Here are some photos from the last few minutes around the World Cup race venue in Canmore. Coaches are waxing, skiers are testing, spectators are crouding, the press' cameras are shooting...
Team Alsgaard unrolled it's new website so that fans and athletes can follow the team's training for the Vasaloppet. Team Alsgaard is made up of Thomas Alsgaard and Anders Myrland. They have opened their training logs so that everyone can see what they are doing every day. Why don't more of us do this in the US?
The University of New Mexico won the overall Utah Invitational in Soldier Hollow today. “Considering all of the illness we have been battling this week, this is a great win,” said Lobos head coach Fredrik Landstedt. “One of our top men’s racers, Tor-Hakon Hellebostad, did not race all weekend and Polina Ermoshina was struggling with illness all week and still skied.” Colorado’s Buffaloes were the fastest cross country team for the second weekend in a...
The Norwegian Ski Association signs a new $10.3 million agreement with Aker ASA. Aker ASA is the main sponsor of the Norwegian Ski Association (Norway's USSA) for the 2010/2011 season. The financial assistance will be channeled to the Norwegian National team members and their clubs. Overall the cooperative agreement has a financial value in excess of 10.3 million dollars over four years.
After it was discovered that Thomas Alsgaard had registered for Thursday's 15Km at Norwegian Nationals in Stokke, his name has also been heard in the Olympic context. Sports Manager Åge Skinstad knows what the former top skier is good for, after seeing him at the National Team's fall training camps, so he certainly won't exclude the 38-year-old.
Pro North American racing continued today at Silver Star Resort in Vernon, BC. Holly Brooks (APU) won the womens' race just 8 seconds in front of Canadian Dasha Gaiazova. American Rebecca Dussault (CXC/Team Vertical Limit) took the last podium spot in third. On the mens' side Garrot Kuzzy (USST/CXC Team Vertical Limit) finished in first place 50 seconds in front of second place finisher James Southam (APU), with Math Liebsch in third.
It's a frigid Monday morning and the American SuperTour has left the building. The USSA PR department must have forgotten to send Zeus a Christmas card last December, because this tour has seen plenty of uncomfortably cold mountain air in the last twelve months. West Yellowstone was the coldest spot in the country at -30F five nights ago. Yesterday racers warmed up with breathing masks and the races were almost moved from Bohart Ranch back to Lindley in hopes of finding a venue that was above the FIS legal floor of -4F.
James Southam (APU) won yesterday's 15K classic race at Bohart Ranch in Bozeman. Brothers Bryan and Chris Cook, filled the rest of the podium, Bryan in second and Chris in third. It was a cold day out at Bohart. Race organizers were watching the low temps and rumors were circulating late last night about the race being moved within the town of Bozeman to Lindley Park, the venue for yesterday's sprint. Luckily ambient temps stayed manageable, or the day would have been closer to home but also turned today into a gerbil-style front yard distance event.
Start lists have been posted for Sunday's distance race at Bohrat Ranch in Bozeman, Montana. Despite rumors that the race may be held at Saturday's sprint venue (Lindley Park), the race is currently scheduled to continue as planned at Bohart Ranch. The women will start at 10am, and men will start at 11am.