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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...

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About a year and a half after Colin Rodgers. GMVS went through some transitions. I am staying in the Mad River Valley, which is amazing; another great part of the job is that I get to stay where I am and sort of create some of that vision and move it in a way. It’s a pretty cool job, it’s a very cool lifestyle, it’s something that I am so passionate about. I was just...

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There are many things that “get better with age,” such as Ford Mustangs, select cheeses and cowboy boots. While society doesn’t usually place workouts in this category, Chris Osgood and his son Brayton may be changing that. The father-son duo celebrate Chris’ birthday every year by rollerskiing his age in kilometers. They most recently did 60.

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Celebrating a birthday often involves cake, candles, and a bit of singing. Not so for Chris Osgood and his son Brayton who participated in what they called the 60 for 60 rollerski on Nov. 16. Every year since turning 30, Chris has rollerskied his age in kilometers, culminating in this year’s ski. Bucking the traditional birthday merriments, he celebrated his sixth decade by rollerskiing 60 kilometers.

Earlier this week, I came up with a draft calendar for the winter. It is (at least to me) very familiar. The first month of the race season is West Yellowstone, followed by BC – this year it’s Silver Star and Rossland. Then US Nationals, wh...

At some point during last week’s fantastically awesome ski for which I do not have pictures, I started wondering whether I was on my best-ever rollerski. (While there is probably some debate over just what goes into making any workout the “best-ever”, which I’ll get to in a second, let’s remember that there is no debate over my best-ever snow ski. This day is still head and shoulders above anything else.) It was a long ski, which gave me plenty of time to think (that’s another topic – the wanderings of my mind while training – on which I could probably write sometime, but not right now), and here is what I’ve come up with.

Some days, training is easy. Everything about the day (the workout, weather, location, energy) comes together and training is not work, it’s just enjoyment. Those are the good days, and yesterday was one of them.

Last week (when it was still August) I didn’t go roller skiing in 44° and rain. I stayed in for the morning and worked instead. This morning, we had 50° and intermittent rain in Bend, and I went out the door. Granted, it was only for an hour (I...

A week shy of six months. That’s how long it’s been since I posted here. During that time I’ve been getting 150-250 visitors per month, which is kind of shocking, given how long it’s been since I’ve written anything. Furt...

Rogla, Slovenia – The Spring 2010 OPA Cup trip came to an end with the last race of the OPA Cup Finals on Sunday.  The US ended the European tour in fine form, posting excellent results in the three race mini-tour. The competition featured a 2.5/3.5km classic prologue on Friday, a mass start 5/10km classic on Saturday, and the final 10/15km handicap start on Sunday to determine the overall winners. Mike Sinnott led the way...

Rogla, Slovenia – Nine American skiers are currently in Slovenia contesting the OPA Cup Finals, an event modeled on the popular Tour de Ski and World Cup Finals. Racing started on Friday with a 2.5/3.5km classic prologue, and continued Saturday with a 5/10km mass start.  The overall winners will be determined in a 10/15km handicap start based on the overall standing from the first two races.  The first across the line is the champion. The...

We’re loading the vans for tomorrow’s 10 hour drive to Slovenia, and I’m bringing with me a healthy balance of acceptance, frustration, optimism and readiness after this weekends OPAs. FIS has results from at least Sunday’s race, and FasterSkier has an article, but I will go into a little more detail here than what you might get by reading those links – at least as far as my races are concerned.

Yesterday afternoon, in an effort to escape the clouds and rain of our mountainside home, a few of us took a field trip down to Chambery. We spent a few hours walking around the old city. We saw at least some of the tourist sites, including the Cathedral, the residence of the Dukes of Savoie (not to be confused with Le Château) and the (former) residence of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. We sampled the sweets from a few bakeries, and I learned that local banks won’t turn Francs into Euros unless you are a client. I am not a client. I still have my Swiss Francs – which aren’t very useful here.