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The 2010 World Cup season is set to start this weekend in Beitostolen, Norway, with a 10/15km freestyle on Saturday, and a 4×5/10km relay on Sunday.   Exactly 120 days later, with the conclusion of the World Cup Final in Falun, Sweden, one of athletics ultimate endurance challenges comes to an end.  A total of 40 races, including 13 individual sprints, 21 distance races, 3 relays, and 3 team sprints, are on the schedule.   This includes...

Four years ago, Fischer had just launched the Jibskate in West Yellowstone. In Norway, a 19-year-old Petter Northug Jr. was being touted as “the next Thomas Alsgaard,” having vanquished the entire national team in a rollerski race in the fall. And somewhere in Finland, the U.S. Ski Team’s Carl Swenson was alone in a car, stuck in a pair of sweaty windbriefs, driving himself 500 miles across northern Europe. Swenson was on his way back...

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Team Canada: In good health, could be the most successful season yet. When asked if he thought he had the “strongest team ever” coach Dave Wood paused and said that, in 2006, Becky Scott and Sara Renner were two of the strongest athletes he had seen on the Canadian Team. The difference coming into this season, Wood says, is that Canada not only has athletes with medal-winning potential, but a larger number of them.  With...

The 2010 men’s World Cup field should be as deep and competitive as always.  FasterSkier previews the top men in the world, and makes some predictions. Petter Northug (NOR) He can do it all and has the best finish in the game.  Some question the sportsmanship of his tactics, but regardless of morality, they work. Prediction: After being left off the ’06 Olympic team, he has something to prove.  He will go for a sweep,...

Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) Kowalczyk is last year’s overall World Cup Champion and should be considered the favorite to repeat.   Her versatility and stamina are her strengths. She’s just as capable of winning a sprint as a 30 km., and last year she missed just one race, scoring World Cup points in every start. She had a total of nine podium finishes, including five victories. Kowalczyk was not dominating last weekend at FIS races in Sweden,...