FasterSkier

HomeAuthor FasterSkier

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2021/01/Dunklee200121cm111-1200x720.jpg

Press Release from US Biathlon: By Bill Kellick After back-to-back IBU World Cup events in Oberhof, Germany, the U.S. Biathlon team and the rest of the world’s best biathletes are headed for Antholz, Italy, for the final World Cup races before the IBU Biathlon World Championships. This week’s BMW IBU World Cup event, running Jan. 21-24, will consist of individual races, mass starts and relays. Antholz played host to last year’s world championships and the...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2021/01/Poromaa19012020fm8509-1200x720.jpg

This story first appeared in www.fondoitalia.it and has been edited for English.   On an international level, cross-country ski fans outside of Sweden only got to know the name of William Poromaa during the women’s 10km classic technique in Seefeld World Championships. That February 26, 2019, he was talked about not for a sporting achievement but as Frida Karlsson’s boyfriend. Karlsson, once she crossed the finish line, placed herself in the leader chair after having...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2021/01/Mt-b-LR-4-1.jpg

At six foot four, Bend Oregon’s Barry Wick remains a person you want to draft behind. The former World Championship mountain biker and cyclocross rider still carries many in town on his wings. There’s the fact of the matter tallness, and yes drafting behind him does feel like you’ve got just a little more lift. He’s also the brains behind bike manufacturer Kona’s endurance cycling team, he’s the endurance team manager, and the owner and...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2018/04/30704857_839388501648_7383900018645077646_n-1.jpg

Training for an endurance sport is the first clue.  Training from a schedule that basically dictates the arrangement of one’s life is an additional data point.  And being a Faster Skier reader? Another strong indicator.  If any of that resonates with you, it’s safe to assume that you are a Type-A personality. There are many positive aspects of being this goal-oriented sort of person. These characteristics lead us to create a plan, make a to-do...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2020/12/49503886836_2994ee81a6_o-1280x720.jpg

What a year. In the spirit of optimism, we want to highlight a few non-profits worthy of your consideration when thinking of buying gifts this holiday season. We know the wonder cross-country skiing provides. Gliding through the woods, no noise, totally connected. Silent sports fuel us. Why not support organizations lifting kids up and sharing the wealth that is skiing.    Spirit North: Canada based and supporting Indigenous youth. Founded by Beckie Scott, a former...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2014/02/mens-relay-day.jpg

Today, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decided Russia will not be represented or recognized officially at the 2021 Tokyo or 2022 Beijing Olympics. The ruling, handed down on Dec. 17, mostly concludes a long-winded judicial process between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). WADA had originally sanctioned RUSADA to a major competition ban of four years. Today’s CAS ruling, although seemingly in agreement with WADA’s arguments, reduced that penalty...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2020/02/Andersson16220vt052.jpg

Yesterday Norway announced it would cease sending skiers to the World Cups in Davos, Switzerland and Dresden, Germany due to Covid-19 concerns. Rumors swirled that Sweden would make a similar decision. Twenty-four hours later the Swedish Ski Federation announced they too would withdraw from December’s competitions. “We learned some lessons about the implementation of a World Cup competition in Ruka. We have found that it went well. But we may also have been lucky. As it stands,...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2020/11/Klaebo29112020fm00700-1200x720.jpg

For years FasterSkier has been navigating the shape shifting media landscape. Although not immune to the effects of social media and an ever changing online advertising model, we’ve kept the lights on. FasterSkier has relied on advertising to keep the website’s content free. But the financial contraction due to the pandemic has closed hard on us too. We’re asking, like many media outlets, what’s the best financial model moving forward? This is our ask: We’d...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2020/02/Klaebo23220vt151.jpg

Norway is pulling athletes from World Cup competitions through at least the holiday break. This was widely reported Tuesday in the Norwegian press. The Norwegian race hiatus includes stops in Davos, Switzerland, and Dresden, Germany. “We do not know the consequences of infection in a fitness practitioner, who is dependent on good lung capacity, yet. Therefore, it has been the number one priority not to get an athlete infected, because it can ruin the season...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/12/Beatty15122019fm3310.jpg

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 30, 2020 National Body Cancels Canadian World Championship Trials in Whistler and Canadian Ski Championships in Gatineau; Still plans on Sending Canadian Teams to Targeted International Races   CANMORE, Alta.—The long-term health and safety of athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers is Nordiq Canada’s top priority. Using this statement as the beacon to guide the organization through the ongoing global pandemic, Nordiq Canada, in consultation with its members (Divisions) and national...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2020/03/Klaebo01032020fm13331.jpg

This morning news came out of Norway that star skiers Johannes Høsflot Klæbo (24) and Emil Iversen (29) are temporarily stepping away from World Cup competitions due to the ongoing pandemic.  Aftenposten, a leading Norwegian news outlet, reported Klæbo had decided to withdraw from competition until at least the start of the Tour de Ski. According to the translated Aftenposten article, Klæbo stated the following in a press release: “I’ve been feeling this for a...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2015/03/Johannes-Thingnes-Bø-leads-Arnd-Peiffer.jpg

The International Biathlon Union announced on Wednesday that as part of their Covid-19 testing protocols, several teams had athletes test positive for the virus. Those positive tests were from Russian, Latvian, and Moldovan biathletes. The IBU stated it was the first of a series of PCR tests to be administered in Kontiolahti, Finland, the first stop of the IBU World Cup. In an email received Thursday morning, the IBU relayed news that athletes from France...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/11/Brennan29112019fm239.jpg

A brave new world awaits World Cup skiers for Period I on the cross-country World Cup. The scheduling is the easy part, three race weekends reduced from four for Period I. The racing in Lillehammer, Norway, has been postponed due to Covid-19 precautions.   In an email to FasterSkier, Cross-Country Program Director Chris Grover wrote the following when asked about the team’s protocols if an athlete tests positive for Covid-19. If someone in our group tests...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2017/10/birch-hill-stadium-october-19.jpg

Weather, pandemic travel restrictions, and… a bunch of newbies on the trails? Anyone skiing in the Northeastern parts of the U.S. and Canada knows, as if by osmosis, we acquire a sort of obsessive (and annoying) fascination with the weather. This season adds the Coronavirus pandemic as a factor. The snowsports industry has been working all summer planning and revising practices for safe skiing this winter. Cross-country skiers are actually lucky in that touring centers...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/11/Caldwell29112019fm209.jpg

We’ll keep this as simple as we can. This piece includes information about streaming the FIS Cross-Country World Cup on your computer or watching on cable TV through a U.S. based content provider. This is not a primer on acquiring a VPN and tapping into a European based broadcast network. We know of a single reliable option at this point for viewing the World Cup – that would be the subscription model offered by NBC...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/10/IMG_1405.jpg

Yesterday, RMOTODAY.com, reported 11 “active” cases of Covid-19 linked to Frozen Thunder, an early season on-snow event organized at the Canmore Nordic Centre. According to the news report, athletes, clubs, and national governing bodies like Nordiq Canada and Biathlon Canada were notified about the cases on November 17. RMOTODAY contacted Chris Dornan, Nordiq Canada’s communications director, who emailed, “These individuals are in quarantine and following all of the required protocols in place to protect themselves and the...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/02/lpvsmask.png

  Another mask to add to your wardrobe? These masks will not provide protection from Covid-19, however, they may be key to preventing breathing problems into the future for cross-country skiers. Whilst it may not be news to any of the readers here, but cross-country skiing as a winter sport exposes us to some quite extreme conditions both in training and competition. The FIS cut-off of -4°F (-20°C) was primarily established to prevent cold-based injuries...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2019/12/Group07122019fm1791.jpg

  This morning the International Ski Federation (FIS) announced the postponement of the Lillehammer, Norway World Cup events. President of the Norwegian Ski Federation, Erik Røste, told FIS, “Based on the difficult time we are in, the uncertainty and the consequences associated with Covid-19, the Norwegian Ski Association believes that it is not right to arrange the World Cup in Lillehammer now. We would rather work on finding new dates in consultation with FIS and...

https://fasterskier.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2020/11/Dachstein-Lift-1280x720.jpg

A lack of on-snow opportunities. Although a major first-world problem, that’s been on the mind of some this offseason. Here and there, we’ve published stories about a strict dryland diet for elite skiers this season. Meaning, no on-snow training. Mostly, that strict diet has applied to North Americans who normally access snow in late spring and summer at a variety of venues. The Haig Glacier and its Beckie Scott High Altitude Training Center have been...