Archive | March, 2003

The 28th Great Labrador Loppet

The 28th Great Labrador Loppet, sponsored by Provincial Airlines Ltd andco-sponsored by the Iron Oer company of Canada, took place yesterdaySaturday, March 29th with just under 200 participants. Tryingconditions prevailed with 15 cm of snow … READ MORE →

Art at Hardwood

Hardwood Hills is home to renowned cross-country skiing and mountain biking trails. It is also the home of owner Kim Viney's gallery, where she displays the variety of landscapes she has rendered in pastels … READ MORE →

Exel Moves Into Skis

There hasn't been a new cross-country ski brand in the market in years. Now, there is a new player, a familiar brand name-Exel of Finland. So is it a leap of faith for Exel to … READ MORE →

Jeannie Thoren Awarded Golden Quill Award

La Malbaie, Quebec – Women's skiing pioneer Jeannie Thoren's lifetime devotion to making skiing easier and more fun was recognized by North American Snowsports Journalists (NASJA) at their annual meeting in Quebec.Thoren, of Duluth, Minn., … READ MORE →

Snowsports Journalists Honored

La Malbaie, Quebec -Seven journalists were awarded 2002 Harold S. Hirsch Awards for Excellence in Snowsports Journalism by the North American Snowsports Journalists Association, on March 22, at its annual convention.Winners of the awards are: … READ MORE →

Ginny Cochran Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

La Malbaie, Quebec – Encouraging and developing young ski racers earned Ginny Cochran, of Richmond, VT, the 2003 Lifetime Achievment Award, from North America's Snowsports Journalists.The award was presented at the North American Snowsports Journalists … READ MORE →

Chip Carey Awarded NASJA’s Bob Gillen Memorial Award

La Malbaie, Quebec – Chip Carey, vice president of marketing and sales for The Canyons, Utah, received the Bob Gillen Memorial Award for 2003, presented by the North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA). The Bob … READ MORE →

Skari and Fredriksson Grab Gold

March 22, 2003 (Falun, Sweden) – Norway's Bente Skari stood on top of the podium for the 17th time this season after capturing the gold in the 2×5 km double pursuit cross-country ski world cup … READ MORE →

Scott Scores Silver at World Cup

March 20, 2003 (Borlange, Sweden) – Canadian National Cross Country ski team member Beckie Scott got her hands on a well-deserved silver medal yesterday evening as the last sprint world cup race got underway in … READ MORE →

Italy’s Paruzzi Steals Gold – Sweden’s Fredriksson Collects Another

March 16, 2003 (Lahti, Finland) – Olympic Gold Medallist Gabriella Paruzzi, from Italy, collected her first world cup gold medal yesterday morning, and Mathias Fredriksson, from Sweden, added another to his collection after the 10/15 … READ MORE →

Skier Development Grant

The Board of Directors of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of a grant program to fund skier development in the Central Region. Initial grant requests must be limited to … READ MORE →

Finland’s Varis Confirmed Doping

March 14, 2003 – The Finnish Ski Association announced in a press conference today that both the A and B-sample of Kaisa Varis confirm that she has used illegal doping substances to enhance her performance. … READ MORE →

Team Rossi Racers Win Marathon Series

March 12, 2003 – Team Rossignol racer Marc Gilbertson clinched the overall American Marathon Ski Series title in the last point competition held in W. Yellowstone, MT. Gilbertson, a history teacher from Hyde Park, … READ MORE →

Betcherman & Roycroft Win Big!

Canadian XC Nationals 30 km/50 km Classic Events

March 9, 2003 (Duntroon, Ontario) – Ontario's husband-wife team, Dan Roycroft and Tasha Betcherman, dominated in their respective categories to win the 30 km and 50 km classic races held Sunday, March 9, 2003 as … READ MORE →

Betcherman & Roycroft Win Big!

Canadian XC Nationals 30 km/50 km Classic Events

March 9, 2003 (Duntroon, Ontario) – Ontario's husband-wife team, DanRoycroft and Tasha Betcherman, dominated in their respective categories towin the 30 km and 50 km classic races held Sunday, March 9, 2003 as thefourth event … READ MORE →

Canadian Sprint Champs Crowned

March 8, 2003 (Duntroon, Ontario) – It was a long day of racing for the athletes competing in the sprint finals, as the third event at this year's National Cross Country Ski Nationals held in … READ MORE →

Close Women’s 15 km Classic at Nationals

March 6, 2003 (Duntroon, Ontario) – The top three women finished within three seconds of each other in the 15 km classic, the second race of the Duntroon National Cross Country Ski Championships. Montreal's Daria … READ MORE →

Renner Finishes in Top-16

March 8, 2003 (Holmenkollen, Norway) – National Cross Country Ski Team member Sara Renner closed her final long-distance World Cup event of the season with a 16th place in this morning's epic 30 km classic … READ MORE →

Alsgaard Retires

March 8, 2003 (Oslo, Norway) – Thomas Alsgaard, one of  Norway's best cross-country skiers ever, said Wednesday that he would retire at  the end of this season. The 31-year-old told reporters that he'd simply … READ MORE →

Finnish Skier Tests Positive for Doping

March 7, 2003 (Helsinki, Finland) – SkiTrax has learned that another Finnish skier has tested positive for doping at the Nordic world championships recently in Italy, which may have severe reprecussions for cross-country skiing in … READ MORE →

Near Swedish-Sweep at Final Race at Nordic Worlds

March 1, 2003 (Val di Fiemme, Italy) – Were it not for the speedy young Czech racer, Martin Koukal, winning the 50 km freestyle cross-country ski race at the last of a 10-day World Championship … READ MORE →

Swenson Breaks Pole – Finishes 5th in Worlds 50K

March 1, 2003 (Val Di Fiemme, Italy) – Two-time Olympian Carl Swenson (Boulder, CO), the top skater on the U.S. Ski Team, put an exclamation point Saturday on the team's performance at the 2003 FIS … READ MORE →

Johnny Spillane Wins First US Nordic Worlds Gold

Feb. 28, 2003 (Val Di Fiemme, Italy) – Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO), picking up confidence because of fast skis, broke open the nordic combined sprint Friday (Feb 28) at the 2003 FIS Nordic World … READ MORE →

Rossignol Women Score Big on the World Loppet

February 25, 2003 (Hayward, WI) – A field of 6,000 racers competed in the prestigious American Birkebeiner, the largest cross-country ski race in the U.S. Team Rossignol racer Brooke Baughman of Ketchum, ID skied the … READ MORE →