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Biathlon, like many Olympic sports, began as a way for soldiers to practice their skills. Neal Bascomb’s new book, "The Winter Fortress", tells the tale of Norwegian and British soldiers on skis fighting the German occupation of Norway in World War II. This book is interesting, historically accurate, scientifically accurate, and well written. Even without the skiing, this would be my favorite nonfiction book of the year.


After hearing fantastical tales in the 1970s of what it was like to race in the Soviet Union, Bill Frank set out to discover why fans there were so biathlon-crazy. The answers have much to do with the debacle of the 1939 Winter War, where the Soviets were turned back by Finnish ski troopers, and that the biathlon relay was about as Marxist an athletic event as you could find.

This post is somewhat of a teaser trailer for the sorts of things we can do once we have a complete record of major international ski results stretching back to the 70′s. A natural and possibly controversial question is whether the World Cup field has become more or less competitive over time.  Intuitively, I think [...] Related posts:

  1. Predicting FIS Points For World Cup Races
  2. Predicting World Cup FIS Points (con’t)
  3. Are Women’s WC Fields Really ‘Weaker’?


  1960 Winter Olympic Games and Ski History Artifacts Sought. [Olympic Valley, California] Did you attend the 1960 Olympics as a spectator? Were you involved as a volunteer or athlete? Does your family have a long time connection to skiing in the region? If so, the Squaw Valley Ski Museum Foundation would love to hear about your experiences and is seeking donations of artifacts and memorabilia. Artifacts will be on display at this January’s Olympic...

A blog post from Fairbanks Cross-Country Coach, Peter Leonard brought an extremely interesting article to our attention.  Written by Kjell Erik Kristiansen on Langde.se, this article (in English) details the evolution of skating in to the mainstream of FIS competitions.  The process took time and was quite contentious at times.  This is an excellent window into one of the most important periods for Cross-Country Skiing.