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In a coincidence of timing, the AP has uncovered illegal dumping of construction debris which threatens half the water supply to Sochi - just as the new Olympic city hosts IOC members for a conference on sport and the environment. As leaders discuss whether the Olympics can have a sustainable legacy, will they address these recent concerns?

Travel is a big issue for cross country skiers, particularly those of us living in North America.  Flying back and forth to Europe can be both time consuming and exhausting for athletes.  Obviously, this can have some serious effects on performance.  Of course, this works both ways.  Presumably it’s difficult for Europeans to travel to [...] Related posts:

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For the last two weeks or so, I’ve been holding down the fort here in Craftsbury as my teammates travel and race all over God’s white acre. In the short span between January 19th and February 2nd, the CGRP has been represented at races in Italy, Germany, Estonia, Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Norway, and the western United States…AND at the Craftsbury Marathon, of course. While [...]

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Newton North High School in Newtonville, Massachuessetts.  He WOJB. The official race station is 88.9 WOJB. It’s a community station broadcasting off the local reservation. It has eclectic and quirky programming. Starting on Friday, they broadcast wax tips and Birkie-themed music (it’s very corny). It will either get you in the mood for the race or drive you batty. • Bib pick-up. Get your materials before the race, if possible. If you’re in the tenth wave, you’ll...

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Cyrus Kangarloo is a Canadian skier and cyclist from Calgary Alberta. His ski racing career brought him all over North America where he raced with Team X-C.com. He also raced in Europe for Canada at the World Junior Championships in 2003 and at the World Universiade in 2005. Currently he is attending the Asian Winter Games as a delegate/coach/service member for the Iranian Ski Team in Almaty Kazakhstan where his brother Bijan is competing for...

Fort Kent and Madawaska may not be the most scintillating of towns, but there are, in fact, a handful of things to do aside from eat potatoes and chase moose around. We talked to a couple of locals to get the skinny on Fort Kent and Madawaska. Here are some suggestions. Fort Kent In terms of restaurants, there’s pretty much one game in town for dinner, and that’s The Swamp Buck, on Main Street. Nothing...

Sarah Van Dyke grew up in Stowe where she learned to ski with the Stowe Nordic Outing Club and Craftsbury BKL programs. In high school she was on the St. Paul’s School Nordic ski team and in college a member of the Dartmouth Development ski team. She is now spending a year in China as a science teacher at an international school enjoying many unusual adventures. In an attempt to get over my post-Christmas-I’m-alone-in-China blues,...

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Pavel Sotskov is a recent Dartmouth College graduate who is training and working in New Zealand for the summer at the Snowfarm. He has been in New Zealand since mid June and will be returning to Presque Isle, ME to race for MWSC this coming winter.  He has sent several updates on his experiences. This summer, Maine Winter Sports Center became one of only two US teams to compete in the nordic skiing events at the inaugural 100%...

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Pavel Sotskov is a recent Dartmouth College graduate who is training and working in New Zealand for the summer at the Snowfarm. He has been in New Zealand since mid June and will be returning to Presque Isle, ME to race for MWSC this coming winter.  He has sent several updates on his experiences. Since I’ve been raving about the New Zealand weather in my previous posts, I feel obligated to start by reporting on the noteworthy meteorological...

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Pavel Sotskov is a recent Dartmouth College graduate who is training and working in New Zealand for the summer at the Snow Farm. He has been in New Zealand since mid June and will be returning to Presque Isle, ME to race for MWSC this coming winter.  He has sent several updates on his experiences. Great skiing, beautiful weather, and high caliber skiers continue to be three main markers here at the Snowfarm as I enter my second...

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Pavel Sotskov is a recent Dartmouth College graduate who is training and working in New Zealand for the summer at the Snowfarm. He has been in New Zealand since mid June and will be returning to Presque Isle, ME to race for MWSC this coming winter.  He has sent several updates on his experiences. A perfect way to describe the wonder of New Zealand for skiers was best put by a quote from a ski film I happened...

Hello fellow ski enthusiasts, Finding myself with 2 weeks between jobs, I was unable to find a last-minute mileage ticket to europe. I was able to cash in those about-to-expire air miles for a trip to Queenstown, South Island. A great way to get a jump on northern the ski season. Only 12 hour flight from San Fran to Auckland, then another 2 hours to Queenstown and a 1 hour drive. The lodge, run now...

I’m waking up to another clear sunny day here in Falls Creek, Australia. The clink of the chair lift is just starting up; Finn Marsland’s apartment, where fellow XC Oregon skier Zach Violett and I, as well as Gaber Lah (Slovenian skier/former Archery Biathlon World champ/Austrian National Team Wax Tech) are staying, is right next to the main lift out of the village. The nordic trails are just a couple steps away as well. Temps...

For the first time since the austral winter of 2002, nordic skiing is beginning in May near Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Thanks to a few small snows and a recent huge dump, there are “at least 40 centimeters in the lowest parts, a meter in most parts,” at the Francisco Jerman Ski Area, according to local skier and Club Andino Ushuaia member, Sebastián Menci. When the same May snow happened in 2002, nordic skiing...

Recently I’ve been getting in some great skiing at one of my favorite ski areas in North America — Tahoe Donner XC near Truckee, California. With the Gold Rush marathon completed and some time before the last big races up in Fairbanks, AK, I’ve been lucky to be able to enjoy some of the best ski conditions I’ve seen all year. The past four days have each consisted of positively unbeatable, perfect ski weather (sun...

What has become known as “The Sweden Trip” is gearing up for its 7th summer training tour to Sweden and Norway. It is a lot more than the name implies, and brings special memories to alums from all across the US, from Canada, and of course from Sweden and Norway. It begins with an inspiring dry-land camp with the Solleftea Ski Gymnasium in Sweden , and the chance to work on a daily basis with...