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17 Questions for 2017: Julia Kern

Having joined the SMST2 Elite Team this year as well as enrolling at Dartmouth College, Kern has made some changes and is looking forward to another big year. "I think there isn’t one specific area where I have seen improvement over the past few months, but actually in every area," she wrote.

17 Questions for 2017: Ben Berend

Between a rafting trip on the Snake River and working on his jumps with a new coach from Austria, Ben Berend also got in lots of nordic combined competition this summer: he podiumed at U.S. Nationals and competed in Europe in the Grand Prix. Bernend will start the season on the World Cup for the first time this year.

17 Questions for 2017: Maya MacIsaac-Jones

In 2016, Maya MacIsaac-Jones got her first World Cup top-30 in the Gatineau sprint stage of the Ski Tour Canada. She'll start this season on the World Cup, but is shooting for excellence at U23 World Championships in Utah later in the year - fueled by pre-race Harry Potter reading.

FIS Rules for Shorter Classic Poles to ‘Defend Classic Technique’ (Updated)

On Friday, the FIS Cross Country Committee passed a new rule requiring that classic pole lengths not exceed 83 percent of an athlete's height. "The rule is intended to keep future athletes from double poling races (and micro-skating) with poles that are close to the head-height limit," explains U.S. head coach Chris Grover, chairman of the FIS Subcommittee for World & Continental Cups.