Norwegian Nebulizer Use at World Junior Championships Stuns North Americans

Citing poor air quality which irritated airways, a Norwegian team doctor says he provided competitors with asthma medication at Junior and U23 World Championships in Romania last season. But American and Canadian competitors and coaches do not remember having such problems, and expressed surprise that such medications were being given to young athletes with no medical history of asthma.

Photo Gallery: World Junior Women’s and Men’s 10/20km Skiathlon

Once again with the help of Reese Hanneman, FasterSkier’s Audrey Mangan captured some of the action during the World Junior Championship 10/20km Skiathlon in Erzurum, Turkey. Related Race Reports: Led By Razinger, Slovenia Takes a Turn at Junior Worlds Dominance Ustiugov Takes Third Straight Title in World Junior Skiathlon [smugmug url=”http://fasterskier.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=21665674_LwLVNp&format=rss200″ imagecount=”100″ start=”1″ num=”100″ thumbsize=”Th” link=”lightbox” captions=”false” sort=”true” window=”false” smugmug=”false” size=”M”]  

Photo Gallery: World Junior Skate Sprint

FasterSkier’s Audrey Mangan in on-site in Erzurum, Turkey reporting on the World Junior/U23 Championships. Here is a selection of photos from the junior skate sprint. Related Race Reports: Nilsson Charges Down Homestretch to Take Sprint Victory in Erzurum [smugmug url=”http://fasterskier.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=21617174_874gZf&format=rss200″ imagecount=”100″ start=”1″ num=”100″ thumbsize=”Th” link=”smugmug” captions=”false” sort=”true” window=”false” smugmug=”false” size=”M”]

Kolb Triumphant in U23 Sprint; Bjornsen Leads North American Women in Fourteenth

ERZURUM, Turkey — After scoring points on the World Cup, a victory at U23 World Championships is still a big deal. Just ask Hanna Kolb (GER)—despite having placed 17th this weekend in Szklarska Poreba, Poland sprint, she still thought of her inaugural U23 title as an significant accomplishment. “It is one of the greatest achievements for me,” she said to FIS marketing coordinator Michal Lamplot. “Even though I have won already some World Cup points…this...

Nilsson Charges Down Homestretch to Take Sprint Victory in Erzurum

ERZURUM, Turkey — Stina Nilsson (SWE) trained all summer for the World Juniors sprint, and on Monday she got what she’d worked for with her victory at the Kandilli Nordic Ski Center. She led a 1-2-4 Swedish team performance in the freestyle sprint, which exceeded ever their coaches’ expectations. Jonna Sundling (SWE) was fourth. Unlike the men’s sprint outcome, which featured a repeat winner, Nilsson came from a 12th-place showing in the classic sprint at...

Trailside in Erzurum for World Juniors and U23s (Video)

ERZURUM, Turkey — Less than a day remains before the start of the 2012 FIS Junior and U23 World Championships. Despite language barriers and transportation confusion, the excitement at the Kandilli Nordic Ski Center was palpable in anticipation of Monday’s junior freestyle sprints. The sun even came out for the occasion, revealing a mountainous, moon-like landscape that had previously been hidden behind clouds. Kandilli lies about 40 k to the west of Erzurum, where athletes...

Injury Behind Her, Stock Ready for World Juniors

Highlighted by her fourth-place performance in the senior freestyle sprint at U.S. Nationals, 17-year-old Corey Stock (Cambridge Sports Union) earned her first trip to Europe with the U.S. Ski Team’s (USST) World Junior Championship squad this coming February. It’s difficult to determine the most remarkable part of that statement. For starters, Stock’s age would normally make her a candidate for the J1 trip, and yet as the top junior finisher in the skate sprint in...

VTXC team member and former University of Vermont (UVM) standout Juergen Uhl, a 2009 NCAA champion in the men’s 10 k classic, recently competed at the World University Games in Erzurum, Turkey. Unfortunately, Uhl came down with the stomach flu upon arriving in Turkey, which stymied his efforts on the trails. Nevertheless he finished 25th in the 10 k classic and 42nd in the 15 k continuous pursuit while representing his home country, Germany. Uhl...