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Thomas Alsgaard is fired up. Having challenged the International Ski Federation (FIS) regarding rules he considers arbitrary and insensitive to other venues for nordic skiing besides the World Cup, a potential divide may be opening up between the Ski Classics marathons and World Cup racing. With 15 Olympic and World Championships medals, Alsgaard is considered by many to be the most apt pupil of the skating technique, and has the palmares to corroborate that claim. As a veteran of...

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After a three-year break from World Cup racing, Torin Koos returned to the international scene last year and picked up where he left off with a top 20 finish last March. As the 33-year-old prepares for what could be his fourth Olympic Games, he thinks of last season as a stepping stone to more progress in 2014. "I feel like I’m coming into this year with some momentum and still with a lot to prove as well, to myself," Koos says.

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  “Young Briton Beat Northug.” “Andrew Musgrave Outdistanced Norwegian Cross Country Elite.” So read the headlines in Norway on Thursday after Andrew Musgrave (GBR) snuck his way into second place in the opening event of the country’s national championships in Voss, Norway to Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR), who took the win by 1:07.1 in the 15 k individual freestyle. Ansnes Ron Frederick  (NOR) placed third (+1:22.5), and in another noteworthy finish, 40-year-old Thomas Alsgaard (+1:23.3)...

NEW YORK — After Norwegian ski legend and five-time gold medalist Thomas Alsgaard, 39, decided not to run the New York City Marathon, he met with FasterSkier’s Nat Herz on Saturday at a diner on Broadway. He said his legs weren’t ready for the 26.2-mile grind, a decision he came to after trying to run for two hours in Central Park on Friday. After an 1 1/2 hours, he had to walk back. On Sunday,...

Thomas Alsgaard will skip the 2011 New York City Marathon on Sunday, despite traveling to the U.S. to run in the race. The Norwegian Olympic champion has been struggling with leg pain after ratcheting up his running hours this summer in anticipation of the marathon, and he was forced to cut short a training run in Central Park on Friday. “I’ve been away from running too long, I guess,” he said in an interview. “Starting...

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Team United Bakeries, for which he will race this winter. Inspired by Alsgaard’s prowess, FasterSkier and Madshus bring you the “Champion Moments” Photo Contest. Team United Bakeries – aiming for success on the International Ski Federation’s (FIS’s) Marathon Cup. Check out our out on the internet. But I think I did 450 to 500 hours. My goal is to make 50 hours every month. But it’s difficult. Now, I train about the same all year. When I was...

The period from 1989 to 1994 is often referred to as the “golden age” in Norwegian cross-country skiing. During these years, Norwegian skiers hauled home buckets of medals, and the party culminated with the Olympics on home turf in Lillehammer 1994. What happened behind the scenes was determining for the results. Terje Olav Seim was one of the wax techs on the support team who groomed and polished up several golden pairs. There is no...

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Martin Rosvall, 32, works full time as an assistant professor of physics at the University of Umeå in northern Sweden. But the constraints of a full time job, work-related travel and conferences are no barriers to stellar marathon performances, Rosvall says. Point in case: In March, he finished 15th overall at the Vasaloppet, the 90 K classic race that attracts more than 20,000 skiers and was Rosvall’s main goal for the season. The legendary race...

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(translated by Aubrey Smith from langrenn.com: “Alsgaard bedre enn på seks år”  11-1-09 by nrk.no, “Therese utnytter dagene på hjemmebane”  11-1-09 by teamturbo.no, “Jeg er trygg på det jeg har gjort”  11-2-09 by Ivar Haugen. All photos from langrenn.com taken by Ivar Haugen)  After a severe bike accident in June that broke bones in both her back and face, Astrid Jacobsen set about on a long road to recovery.  She recently returned to training by...