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Whistler, British Columbia – The first Nordic medal event of the 2010 Olympic Games kicks off at 1:00PM local time.  The women’s 7.5km biathlon sprint features 89 starters, with a maximum of four from any one nation. The US with four women at the Olympics will start a full contingent, Laura Spector, Haley Johnson, Sara Studebaker, and Lanny Barnes.  The Canadians will also start four – Rosanna Crawford, Zina Kocher, Megan Imrie and Megan Tandy.  ...

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Canmore, Alberta – Rumor has it that there are days when the sun does not shine in Canmore, but over the course of two World Cup weekends, we have yet to see it.  Cold, hard tracks await the sprint qualifier set to start in less than an hour.  The stadium is still in shadow, and the snow will remain cold for the qualifier. Nat Herz chatted with US Coach Pat Casey.  Interview below, with photos...

Canmore, Alberta – World Cup racing continues tomorrow with a classic sprint on a new course at the Canmore Nordic Center. Two years ago when the World Cup came to town, many of the men opted to double pole the classic sprint on skate skis.  Since then FIS has worked to hold longer, more challenging classic sprints to avoid this.  Canmore is no exception.  The sprint course has been re-routed to add one large climb...

Video preview of the 10/15k distance course for tomorrow’s races with SuperTour Distance Champion James Southam. ANCHORAGE – Three tough climbs, two or three times. That’s what’s in store for the racers here who will tackle the U.S. National Championship 10/15k distance freestyle race tomorrow. With temperatures warming and a difficult but straightforward course, there should be nothing to hinder the strongest athletes from rising to the top. Currently the course is groomed very firm, but...

Beitostolen, Norway – World Cup racing continues tomorrow with a 4×5/10km relay.  Canada will field both a men’s and women’s team, while the US will represent in the men’s race. The Beitostolen realy is the only such event prior to the Olympics, so there will not be another opportunity to see how team’s measure up. Canada is missing a key member of their squad – George Grey.  Grey is recovering from an injury and will...

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Visit the Universal Sports Nordic World Championship page Cross-Country US There will be no surprises here. The US foursome of Kikkan Randall, Andy Newell, Torin Koos and Kris Freeman have been well ahead of the rest of the US for some years, represent the hope for medals. Freeman, suffering from compartment syndrome, can only race classic, limiting him to Friday’s 15km classic individual start and a leg in the relay. The 15km has been Kris’...

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The Whistler World Cups are set to get under way tomorrow morning with the individual classic sprint.  Nine American men and 17 Canadian men will contest the 1.6km event.  The course has been lengthened from the original 1.4km course that many skiers raced on at Canadian Nationals last year, and trained on in the spring.  The increase is due to an attempt by the FIS to prevent double poling classic sprints. The field, as expected,...