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There’s a poignant anecdote in Alex Hutchinson’s book Endure where he describes the race in which he drastically reduces his 1500 meter running times as a collegiate runner. He had, for some time, been on an unsuccessful journey to break a four-minute mile. Spoiler alert, Hutchinson goes on a stretch to run several PRs in the 1500, but eventually plateaus. “Reaching the ‘limits of endurance’ is a concept that seems yawningly obvious until you actually try to...

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  IBU Begins Athlete Ambassador Program The International Biathlon Union has begun an initiative in part to empower athletes and bring change to the sport. Over the past several years the IBU has been a leader amongst sport federations when it comes to reforming governance.  The initiative, billed as the Athlete Ambassador program leverages the public voice of athletes to promote change. “Serving as Athlete Ambassadors, they will be able to use their voice to...

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Building a Better Skier is a multi-part series born from the inquisitive mind of a physical therapist and late-blooming Nordic skier. (You can find the intro to the series here.) The objective is to explore how biomechanics and movement patterns affect skiing technique, and more importantly how you can apply these concepts to improve your skiing. To cover this topic thoroughly would likely require a hefty book, so apologies in advance if these articles lack depth or...

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SLNC HEAD COACH JOB DESCRIPTION Position: Head Coach Reporting Structure: Reports to the General Manager Application Deadline: August 1st, 2021 Start Date: August 16th, 2021 Applications should be sent to troy@sovereignlake.com  ——————————————————————————————————– The Head Coach reports directly to the General Manager and oversees the organization of all SLNC Programs and training of club volunteer coaches. The Head Coach will work alongside a Programs Advisory Team (PAT) while also leading Programs Focus Groups (PFG) as deemed...

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The National Team Development Centre Thunder Bay is seeking a High-Performance Coach for the 2021-2022 season. The high-performance coach will work in partnership with the NTDC Head Coach to plan, co-ordinate and monitor the training, race preparation and competition of NTDC Athletes. Term: Commencing August 2021- through until April 30, 2022, with option for extension General Responsibilities: These include but are not limited to the following: Plan, coordinate and monitor the training, race preparation and...

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  With its mountainous and forested terrain and sweeping snowy landscapes, Norway offers some of the best skiing experiences in the world. If you get the chance to ski in the Scandinavian white wilderness, here are four top Norwegian ski resorts that you should check out.    Hemsedal Ski Center With fifty-three slopes, twenty-one lifts, and a very long season, Hemsedal Ski Center has ranked highly as one of Norway’s top skiing destinations for years....

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Press Release CANMORE, Alta.—Experienced cross-country ski coach, Eric de Nys, will return to Nordiq Canada to help develop Canada’s aspiring Olympic athletes into podium performers as the organization’s new NextGen coach, the governing body for cross-country skiing in Canada announced on Friday. De Nys, who was the Senior Development Team and Women’s World Cup coach on the National Ski Team from 2004-2014, will leave his head coach and program director position at Sovereign Lake Nordic...

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I used to think cross-country skiing was a niche sport. Any self-proclaimed Nordic skier can relate to telling someone you’re a “skier” and having them automatically assume you mean alpine skiing. And if you bother to explain what kind of skier you actually are, there’s a good chance they will still have no idea what you’re talking about. Now combine Nordic skiing with the similarly-niche (though better known in Europe) sport of orienteering and you...

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For more than 50 years, the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage has promoted healthy lifestyles and all forms of Nordic skiing, as well as introduced Alaskans to cross-country skiing through learn-to-ski programs, ski races and local, national and international skiing events. NSAA also grooms and maintains more than 150 kilometers of trails in the Anchorage area. Our new Executive Director will take our organization to new heights and build on the momentum that will carry...

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For the next generation of Swedish World Cup racers, the upcoming winter is well underway. Make a note of these names: Edvin Anger, Måns Skoglund, Tilde Bångman, Nils Bergström, and Erik Larsson. These young racers are training hard, aiming high, and will put Sweden on the map. Anger, Skoglund and Bergström are all part of the Swedish junior national team this season, while Bångman was on the junior national team last year and is now...

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This week the Worldloppet released its official race calendar for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 race seasons. On the upside, for the time being, there are opportunities for in-person Worldloppet events. All this, of course, depends on the status of the pandemic in specific countries and associated travel restrictions. As many skiers know, the loppet series is global, spanning from Southern Hemisphere races in Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina, to Northern Hemisphere races in North America,...

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In a statement on social media last week, Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall announced that she had made the decision to step down from her position as a member of the International Olympic Committee Athletes Commission. “Unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances in my personal life have made it difficult for me to contribute the energy and attention necessary to fulfill my IOC roles at a level consistent with my values,” wrote Randall.    Members of the...

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Press Release 15 June 2021: Global Athlete is pleased to announce an exciting expansion in our efforts toward athlete-driven change across the world of sport- a new athlete-led podcast seeking to broaden the conversation about power, accountability, and athlete rights in international sport. Hosted by 2x Olympian and Global Athlete startup group member Noah Hoffman and featuring guest hosts and Global Athlete members Bree Schaaf and Caradh O’Donovan, the 14-episode first season of our weekly...

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The International Biathlon Union (IBU) remains committed to improving its online and mobile products according to a recent announcement. The IBU, along with the global app and web developer Vincit, claims the new products, “will allow fans to follow competitions in real-time, as well as provide a second-screen experience with user-friendly statistics and insights into competitions, personalized user experience, and top-notch content with images and video.” More on this in a bit. Live event streaming or...

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It’s been a tricky time for us fans of competitive cross-county skiing races, with so many of the races and competitions being cancelled. The International Ski Federation (FIS) announced back in February that the remaining World Cup races in Norway would not take place, as was reported here at FasterSkier. That’s left a gaping hole in the calendar for those wanting to catch all the action of their favorite cross-country skiers, but fear not. The...

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Durango Nordic is hiring for two exciting positions, an Executive Director and Head Coach. Visit our website at durangonordic.org to view position descriptions.  Qualified candidates are encouraged to email their resume and cover letter to secretary@durangonordic.org Executive Director – Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will oversee the success of the organization and its administration, programs, partnerships, fundraising, staff, and strategic plan. Visit https://www.durangonordic.org/executive-director for the full position description and instructions on how to apply. Head Coach – Reporting to the Executive...

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Press Release   New Gloucester, Maine: US Biathlon is pleased to announce the hiring of Dana Hatton as the new National Team Assistant Coach. Dana grew up in Maine and skied with the St. Lawrence Varsity Nordic Ski Team for four years. Most recently, Dana spent two years as the Graduate Assistant Coach for the St. Lawrence Ski Team, where she completed her Masters degree in Leadership. “We are thrilled to have Dana onboard as...

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Extreme sports aren’t for everyone. The idea of speeding down a mountain, snowmobiling, ice climbing, and snow biking, for most people, is nothing more than terrifying. For the thrill-seekers amongst us, however, these things are exciting. They’re what we live for. But, as fun as extreme sports can be, safety must always be at the forefront of our minds. Part of staying safe while practicing extreme sports is being able to perform to the best...

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Last week after winning 65 of the 119 total votes, Johan Eliasch (59), a dual citizen of Sweden and the United Kingdom, was elected the new President of the International Ski Federation (FIS). Eliasch succeeds Gian-Franco Kasper who has been in the position for 23 years. Nominated for the position by GB Snowsport, Eliasch brings a long history of business acumen as the CEO of Head Sport to FIS. Eliasch is credited with leading HEAD...

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  Press Release The Davis U.S. Cross Country Team welcomes two new staff members, including Greta Anderson as Development Team Coach, and Bjørn Heimdal a member of the World Cup Service staff, for the 2021-22 season. Heimdal joins the World Cup Service staff, replacing fellow Norweigen Per-Erik Bjørnstad. He has been running ski/wax service for Norweigan regional Team Elon Nord-Norge since 2017, and has experience as both a coach and competitor. “He came highly recommended...