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With the season-opening national races in Beitostølen, Norway staged to begin a three race stint on Friday, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg announced she will not be competing. Østberg was last season’s overall World Cup winner. She also stated in a press conference that she will miss next week’s World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland.   “I’ve ended up in a situation where I can’t ski. There are health reasons behind this. All the requirements in the health certificate...

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NCAA Skiing Championships (Steamboat Springs, Colorado): 15/20 k freestyle mass starts On the fourth and final day of NCAA Skiing Championships at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, Katharine Ogden skied to her second-straight national title, Ian Torchia became an NCAA champion and the University of Denver (DU) won its 24th NCAA National Championship. Ogden, a Dartmouth College freshman, raced to a 38.4-second victory in the women’s 15-kilometer mass start, finishing in 43:22.0 minutes for her...

Summer means variety in training methods, activities and intensities. However, almost all of the summer training methods that skiers engage in, carry some risk of injury. Martin Lobben, a chiropractor and manual therapist who works extensively with athletes recognizes some common injuries that plague skiers. ”I’ve treated a fair number of nordic skiers, and come up with a short list of tips that can be useful,” Lobben says to Norwegian web site www.langrenn.com.

Cross-country researcher Hans-Christer Holmberg from Mid Sweden University in Östersund leads the research team gathered in Meråker. In the border community to Sweden, they will spend the next few days investigating herringbone technique according to the Trondheim newspaper. “There was research on the diagonal stride in the 70’s and 80’s, but herringbone has never been examined.  In addition we will look at diagonal stride, downhill technique and swing technique.  We will also look at how...

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Last week Craft presented the speedsuit that has been under development for the past year in collaboration with the Swedish national team for the Vancouver Olympics.  According to experts, the new suit could actually make a big difference. After years of research, close cooperation with several of the worlds best skiers and engineers, and lots of plain hard work, Craft finally presented their new world class cross country ski racing suit.  Specialists on functional training...

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.

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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.

Norway announced that they have named seven more athletes to their Olympic Cross-Country Team, bringing the total to 11. Celine Brun-Lie, Marthe Kristoffersen, Vibeke Skofterud, Ronny Hafsås, Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Øystein Pettersen and Eldar Rønning all got the nod, and now join Ola Vigen Hattestad, Petter Northug, Marit Bjørgen and Kristin Størmer Steira with tickets to Vancouver. Norway has a total of 20 spots, but have not taken their full quota in the past. Top...

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There have been three recent articles on langrenn.com addressing the issues of the health risks taken by wax technicians when using fluorinated wax. The first is about a report published by Norway’s national insitute of occupational health, titled “Jeg har jobbet i to år med prototypen” on 1-5-10″, “Er ikke bekymret for skadevirkningene av skismørning” on 12-22-09 buy chantix online, buy ventolin inhaler

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Kuusamo, Finland – Inge Braten, the Canadian World Cup coach, fell and broke his hip today in Finland.  Braten, a native of Norway, slipped outside his apartment near the ski stadium. “I was busy on the phone, and suddenly my legs were gone and I could not catch myself . The first thing that I thought was that this I don’t have time for this,” said Braten. He required surgery and was operated on in...