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(Press release) BOZEMAN, Mont. — On June 2, local non-profit Crosscut Mountain Sports Center (CMSC) announced closing on the long- awaited acquisition of Bohart Ranch in Bridger Canyon. This landmark deal represents a commitment to continuing the Nordic skiing legacy at Bohart Ranch that Bozeman residents have cherished since the 1980s. “After nearly sixty years of skiing in Bridger Canyon, it’s really special to see this legacy of mountain recreation continue,” said Cliff Montagne, longtime...

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Before Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins, the last time U.S. women won a championship medal in a team event was back at the first women's biathlon World Championships in 1984, by Julie Newnam, Kari Swenson, and Holly Beattie. It was a different time, says Swenson: spectators warned them that "women shouldn’t be skiing and carrying a rifle, that this was just too hard on women."

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Pam Weiss, a top American competitor in both biathlon and cross country skiing who now splits her time between Jackson Hole and teaching kayaking in New Zealand, tells us more about the wild early days of women's biathlon, based on her personal experience. Art Stegen, a former national team coach now based in upstate New York, provides commentary around the edges about why adding a women's team was the best move the U.S. ever could have made.