Norwegian Nebulizer Use at World Junior Championships Stuns North Americans

Citing poor air quality which irritated airways, a Norwegian team doctor says he provided competitors with asthma medication at Junior and U23 World Championships in Romania last season. But American and Canadian competitors and coaches do not remember having such problems, and expressed surprise that such medications were being given to young athletes with no medical history of asthma.

Photo Gallery: World Junior Women’s and Men’s 10/20km Skiathlon

Once again with the help of Reese Hanneman, FasterSkier’s Audrey Mangan captured some of the action during the World Junior Championship 10/20km Skiathlon in Erzurum, Turkey. Related Race Reports: Led By Razinger, Slovenia Takes a Turn at Junior Worlds Dominance Ustiugov Takes Third Straight Title in World Junior Skiathlon [smugmug url=”http://fasterskier.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=21665674_LwLVNp&format=rss200″ imagecount=”100″ start=”1″ num=”100″ thumbsize=”Th” link=”lightbox” captions=”false” sort=”true” window=”false” smugmug=”false” size=”M”]  

Photo Gallery: World Junior Skate Sprint

FasterSkier’s Audrey Mangan in on-site in Erzurum, Turkey reporting on the World Junior/U23 Championships. Here is a selection of photos from the junior skate sprint. Related Race Reports: Nilsson Charges Down Homestretch to Take Sprint Victory in Erzurum [smugmug url=”http://fasterskier.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=21617174_874gZf&format=rss200″ imagecount=”100″ start=”1″ num=”100″ thumbsize=”Th” link=”smugmug” captions=”false” sort=”true” window=”false” smugmug=”false” size=”M”]

Trailside in Erzurum for World Juniors and U23s (Video)

ERZURUM, Turkey — Less than a day remains before the start of the 2012 FIS Junior and U23 World Championships. Despite language barriers and transportation confusion, the excitement at the Kandilli Nordic Ski Center was palpable in anticipation of Monday’s junior freestyle sprints. The sun even came out for the occasion, revealing a mountainous, moon-like landscape that had previously been hidden behind clouds. Kandilli lies about 40 k to the west of Erzurum, where athletes...

Injury Behind Her, Stock Ready for World Juniors

Highlighted by her fourth-place performance in the senior freestyle sprint at U.S. Nationals, 17-year-old Corey Stock (Cambridge Sports Union) earned her first trip to Europe with the U.S. Ski Team’s (USST) World Junior Championship squad this coming February. It’s difficult to determine the most remarkable part of that statement. For starters, Stock’s age would normally make her a candidate for the J1 trip, and yet as the top junior finisher in the skate sprint in...

VTXC team member and former University of Vermont (UVM) standout Juergen Uhl, a 2009 NCAA champion in the men’s 10 k classic, recently competed at the World University Games in Erzurum, Turkey. Unfortunately, Uhl came down with the stomach flu upon arriving in Turkey, which stymied his efforts on the trails. Nevertheless he finished 25th in the 10 k classic and 42nd in the 15 k continuous pursuit while representing his home country, Germany. Uhl...

Randall Takes Europe By Storm

Training with Marit Bjoergen and the Norwegian women’s cross-country team might be an intimidating prospect even for some of North America’s elite men. But not for Kikkan Randall. In the middle of a two-week visit to Norway this month, Randall took up an offer to go head-to-head with the country’s women’s squad in a double-pole interval workout. And while the pace was high—“pretty much all out”—Randall wasn’t blown away. “It was pretty cool just to...

Major Preparations Underway in Turkey for 2011 World University Games

The Turkish Ski Federation is making great progress in the development of skiing in Turkey and hosting the 2011 FISU Winter University Games (known as the Universiade). The planned site of the competitions, Erzurum (at 1850m), is the biggest city in the Eastern Anatolian region and is also a very ancient settlement. Located at the skirts of Palandoken Mountain, the city has gained great importance in the field of winter tourism in recent years. Just 150 km from...