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As Vincent Vittoz’s career drew to a close in the late 2000’s, French skiing needed a breath of life – and it found it in a group of young racers led by Maurice Manificat. A several-time junior national champion and a member of the bronze-medal relay at 2005 World Junior Championships, Manificat stepped up to earn another bronze medal in the U23 30 k in 2008 and his first World Cup podium a year later....

HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE – When Laura Spector left the East and drove to Bozeman, Montana, this spring, she knew she was headed for school, but she wasn’t sure what was going to happen after that. The 2010 Olympian and national team biathlete had finished up her first full year of training and racing since graduating from Dartmouth College, and it wasn’t what she had been hoping for. After starting the early-season World Cups she struggled,...

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The 2010 NCAA Nordic Ski Championships are set to begin tomorrow at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, hosted by the University of Colorado.  It is appropriate to be in “Ski Town USA” at this time, and especially at this location.  As the oldest ski area in continuous use in Colorado, Howelsen Hill has sent more skiers to international competition than any other area in North America.  This ski club takes pride in its rich...

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The last EISA carnival before Regionals was hosted by Williams College this weekend.  There were already several feet of base snow on the race courses at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, VT, but that didn’t stop more snow from falling overnight and into the morning of Friday’s classic races. Despite soft conditions on Friday, the snow stopped and temperatures stayed below freezing, making for hard wax conditions in the classic tracks and a solid base for...

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At just 19 years old, Noah Hoffman is brimming with potential.  He followed 2008’s 12th place in the 10k classic at the World Junior Championships with a 17th and a 14th this year, but then emerged from a month off to take a solid fourth place (second American) at Distance Nationals in Fairbanks. Hoffman is currently training with the U.S. Ski Team in Park City, Utah. FasterSkier: Before we start talking about what you’re doing...