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Far away from the World Cup buzz in Quebec City there are NorAm races scheduled at Sovereign Lake Nordic in Vernon, British Columbia. A 10/15 k mass start classic and 10/15 k freestyle are on on tap, and the field is expected to be quite competitive between the domestic Canadian and American field on top of international skiers racing as a tune-up before the Canmore World Cup next weekend.

Holding elite level events, whether World Cup races, National Championships or just FIS points competitions, pose numerous challenges for organizers and National Governing Bodies in the US and Canada. Over the course of the summer FasterSkier will examine the various issues at hand. Today we start with a piece on homologation, with future topics to include snowmaking and prize money, among others. Until this year, the U.S. and Canada have had reprieve from the International...

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So far this year, Drew Goldsack has been tearing it up on the NorAm sprint circuit. Goldsack, a member of Canada’s senior development team, had won every sprint he entered coming into this weekend’s mini-tour in Rossland, British Columbia. But while he had proven that he was the North American not on the World Cup circuit, he hadn’t had the chance to test himself against his teammates in Europe. Until now. On Friday, Goldsack was...

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After completing one of her best seasons of racing last winter, Dasha Gaiazova has continued to build on her success this winter.  She has been tearing up the Continental Cup this season, standing on the podium in every race she has entered by taking 1st place four times, 2nd place twice, and 3rd place twice.  Though sprinting is her strongest suit – all her wins so far this season and all her top World Cup races last year were...

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The third race in the Hayward NorAms, a 30/50km individual start classic, took place this morning at the Canmore Nordic Center. Madeleine Williams won the women’s race by almost 30 seconds over Brittany Webster.  Dasha Gaiazova, who has won the two previous sprint races this weekend, was third, two minutes behind Williams. In the men’s race Brian McKeever topped the field with a comfortable 1 minute, 12 second margin.  Brent McMurtry and Kevin Sandau rounded out the podium in second...

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With the help of some good snow and skiing conditions, this year’s Continental Cup could be one of the most successful.  This is why: 1) The Nor-Am and Super Tour schedules mesh so as to encourage maximum participation in both series from both Canadian and US athletes. 2) With a large number of athletes competing to make it onto the Olympic Team, the best racers will be sure to make it to every race possible and the...