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Canada took a step back from the World Cup circuit this weekend and focussed attention into development series. As the country tries to build momentum in a post Alex Harvey world, the focus has moved away from World Cup podiums and towards a consistent presence in the top 30. The road to the World Cup goes through local and regional races on the way to national/continental races. One of the development challenges in Canada is...

Over 100 athletes from more than 20 countries compete in biggest event since the Olympics WHISTLER, BC — Whistler Olympic Park is getting ready to host the biggest ski jumping event since the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, with a FIS Cup Ski Jumping on December 7 & 8 and a FIS Continental Cup Ski Jumping on December 9 & 10. Over 100 ski jumpers from over 20 nations will compete on the park’s normal hill. There...

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While most people have moved on to other sports by May, the more obsessive skiers are starting the new training year on snow. Canada’s “first” cross-country ski “races” of the 2017/2018 season were held on May 6. “First” because, while we haven’t exhaustively researched this, it was the first Saturday after May 1, which is the traditional new year for the Northern Hemisphere. “Races” is also a bit misleading as most athletes were viewing the events as an opportunity...

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Last Friday through Sunday, Jan. 20-22, Whistler Olympic Park (WOP) in the Callaghan Valley hosted the NorAm Western Canadian Championships. More than 600 racers attended, making it the largest event the venue has held since 2013 Canadian nationals. Western Canadian Championships opened Friday with theSaturday, Emily Nishikawa (Canadian World Cup B-team) won the women’s 10 k classic interval start, and Andy Shields of Lappe Nordic took the men’s 15 k classic win. Sunday was team day,...

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U.S. SuperTour (Truckee, Calif.): Classic sprints [UPDATED] Less than a week after being men’s 30 k classic mass start champion at this year’s U.S. nationals — won Saturday’s SuperTour classic sprint as well. Lustgarten, of the Craftsbury Green Racing Project, raced to a 1.58-second victory in the men’s A-final at the Auburn Ski Club in Soda Springs, Calif., finishing in 3:03.4. Ben Saxton, of the Stratton Mountain School (SMS) Elite Team, placed second, and Reese...

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As promised, the Canadian version of “Where the (Skiable) White Stuff Is” (a.k.a. November skiing) is here, minus the bit about classic sprint in Canmore, Alberta, and ending in click here).  If your favourite early season spot isn’t featured, you are in good company. Let us know in the comments below. And if you are visiting Canada, remember that the U.S. dollar is worth $1.35 up here. *** CAMPS XC SuperCamp Where: Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre and...

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This article is the third in a series looking at the use of cross-country ski venues left behind by the Winter Olympics. The first two were on New York’s Lake Placid. After a Winter Olympics where nordic skiing took center stage, Whistler Olympic Park (WOP), 77 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia, faces the future with optimism, but with plans that are still murky. Cleaning up the detritus of the 2010 Games, including grandstands, transformers,...

Sunny skies and warm temperatures greeted sprinters on their arrival at Whistler Olympic Park this morning for the men’s and women’s sprint. This is a big chance for the Canadians and the U.S.—all six Americans are capable of qualifying for the heats, with three medal hopefuls in Kikkan Randall, Torin Koos, and Andy Newell.  The Canadians are set up just as well, with Devon Kershaw, Sarah Renner, Dasha Gaiazova, and Perianne Jones gunning for the...

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Editor’s Note: Portions of this article were removed at the request of the US Ski Team, which believed that sensitive information included in the piece could impact its medal chances.  FasterSkier does not generally grant such requests and will not do so in the future, and we would not have done so if we believed the material in the article to be of critical import to the skiing community.  While we did not agree that...

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Whistler Olympic Park, BC – Organizers of the cross country races here have been using a lot of salt recently. And it’s not because they’re hungry. With rain and above-freezing temperatures for the last few days, officials have been experimenting with ways to harden the courses. Today, FIS Cross Country Race Director Jurg Capol said, organizers tested salt on the portions of the courses that will be used for the 10/15k freestyle on Monday. And...

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The FasterSkier team has arrived in Whistler for three weeks of reporting from the 2010 Olympic Games. We will be bringing you live and in-depth coverage of every event on the program for cross country, biathlon, and nordic combined. We’re staying in Whistler village, roughly half an hour from Whistler Olympic Park (WOP), where all of the nordic events are taking place. We spent yesterday getting our feet under us, while today we are in...