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In this episode we put the elusive Fast Big Dog, known in the business world as Jon Schafer, in front of the mic for his answers to the 17 Questions for 2017. It brings a conclusion to the FasterSkier interview series run last fall before the start of the 2016/2017 cross-country, nordic combined and biathlon race seasons. Schafer is knee deep in the nordic scene as high performance director for USA Nordic Sport, a supporter of many...

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In 2022, Beijing will become the only city that has hosted both Summer and Winter Olympic Games. But sooner than expected another unlikely city might join that rank: Los Angeles. L.A. is currently one of only two remaining candidate cities to host the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the other one being Paris. The winner will be determined at the next International Olympic Committee (IOC) general session in Lima, Peru, in September of this...

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With Kuusamo’s sudden cancellation of the season-opening Ruka Triple in November, FIS formally announced a schedule change for the start of the 2017/2018 World Cup season. The season’s first event will be a mini tour in Thailand. Yup, Thailand. A dedicated committee of ski enthusiasts recently committed to organizing a three-stage mini tour on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, in late November 2017. “I bought a Snow Factory in 2015. At first, we thought people would be interested...

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Ever an equality advocate, Kikkan Randall is spearheading an effort to allow Fido and friends to accompany their World Cup pet owners on the circuit. “I was just blown away by the level of support myself and other new parents had on the circuit this year, thanks to FIS’s new childcare initiative,” Randall, an International Ski Federation (FIS) athlete representative, U.S. Ski Team member and mother of a nearly 1-year-old child, told FasterSkier in an...

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Liz Stephen has made a name for herself as one of the best uphill climbers in the world on the cross-country World Cup circuit, frequently achieving her best performances of the season in the final stage of the Tour de Ski up the grueling Alpe Cermis climb on a ski slope in Italy. She placed second for the time of day up the climb again this year, her fourth time to do so. “I want...

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We know it’s a bit maddening, but everything posted in the main column of FasterSkier today, April 1, is a joke. Happy April Fools’ and if we got you — mission accomplished! Tomorrow, we’ll get back to the truth. Pinky promise. 2017 April Fools’ articles: Liz ‘Hill’ Stephen Plans Switch to Skimo FIS Considers Cat-and-Dog Daycare World Cup Skiing Comes to Thailand LA Potential Host for 2024 Summer & 2026 Winter Olympics 17 Questions with Fast Big...