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  National Nordic Foundation Allocates $154,280 to 2015 – 2016 Pillar Projects http://nationalnordicfoundation.org  The National Nordic Foundation funds projects year round. This is the first allocation since this year’s Drive for 25 held in October and November. NNF Cross Country Allocations 2015- 2016 U18 Scandinavian Championships   $24,000 U23/Junior World Championships $36,029 Post WJC Continental Cup   $13,251 World Cup   $45,000 Total Allocation $118,280 NNF Nordic Combined Allocations 2015 -2016 COC P1 Park City &...

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This spring, nordic organizations across the U.S. and Canada were hit hard by cuts from their Olympic funding partners. U.S. Biathlon Association President Max Cobb says his group wasn't one of them: USBA didn't get its full request, but it got enough. "It's a relief," he said. USBA also has the added benefit of a foundation to help with additional fundraising.

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Own the Podium increased biathlon's budget from last season's $200,000 to a still-low $250,000 - less than its post-Vancouver award despite better performances. "I see great potential in the Nordic sports where a single athlete who is at that level can win multiple medals," Biathlon Canada's Chris Lindsay said. "We’re potentially going to be missing out on a bunch of those podiums."

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U.S. Biathlon CEO Max Cobb says that it took four or five years for his organization to get on its feet after splitting from modern pentathlon in 1980 -- but that whatever route U.S. Nordic Combined takes, the good news for them is that they have proven success and that direct fundraising tools have entered a whole new realm in the past few years.