Archive | February, 2006

Pre-Opening Ceremonies – Ski Nationals Buffet Dinner: Everyone Welcome!

February 28, 2006 – Kick off the 2006 Ski Nationals on March 4th by joining some members of Canada’s National and Olympic Ski Teams, at a buffet dinner (Beef on a bun, pasta, salad and … READ MORE →

Nordic Races Bring Skiers to Maine

February 28 -March means the Maine events for New England’s cross-country skiers. Starting with the TD Banknorth Bill Koch League Ski Festival in Bethel this weekend, and ending with the TAMC International Spring Series in … READ MORE →

New England’s Youth XC Ski Festival Welcomes the Snow

February 27 – Over 350 young cross-country skiers were registered for the annual TD Banknorth Bill Koch League Ski Festival before the snow fell, insuring that the event will be one of the biggest celebrations … READ MORE →

The Cross Country Experience: Bill Koch

February 27, 2006 – Re-released on DVD, “The Cross Country Experience. Bill Koch” is as inspiring and relevant today as when it was first filmed by Rossignol in 1976. This film, originally created by … READ MORE →

Cindy Klassen Named Canada’s Flag Bearer For Closing Ceremony

February 26, 2006 – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced today that it has achieved its goal of a top three finish in the overall medal standings at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Chef de … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – Women’s 30K Free

Neumannova Wins Gold

February 25, 2006 (Pragelato, Italy) – Katerina (CZE) Neumannova won gold yesterday in the Women’s 30K Free over Russia’s Julija Tchepalova who won the silver and Justyna Kowalczk from Poland who took … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – Biathlon Womens 4x6K Relay

Russia Wins Gold – USA 15th, Canada 17th

February 23, 2006 (Pragelato, Italy) – Russia took the gold in the Biathlon Women’s 4x6K Relay with Germany winning the silver and France the bronze. The US finished in 15th followed by Canada in 17th. … READ MORE →

Italians Sweep Birkie 2006

Cattaneo and Santor Claim Victory at Birkie 2006

February 25, 2006 – In a photo finish, Italian Marco Cattaneo beat teammate Roberto DeZolt by half an inch to capture the champion’s title at the 33rd annual Subaru American Birkebeiner today. Cattaneo, the 2005 … READ MORE →

Tell CBC’s Country Canada What You Think

February 25, 2006 – If you enjoyed live coverage of cross country skiing on Country Canada or the quite extensive coverage on the main CBC stations, let the network know how you feel!Your input is … READ MORE →

USSA To Expand XC Ski Program

February 23, 2006 – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is expanding its program support of cross country skiing, according to USSA Vice President of Athletics Alan Ashley. The new initiatives, designed to impact … READ MORE →

Beckie Scott Elected To IOC Athletes’ Commission

February 23, 2006 – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today that Canadian cross-country skier Beckie Scott (Vermilion, Alta.) was one of two Olympians elected to the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission for an eight-year term. … READ MORE →

Chandra Golden! Beckie 4th in Sprint

February 22, 2006 – It was a great start in the quarterfinals for Canada as Beckie captured 1st in her heat, qualifying for the semis along with Kikkan Randall of the US. … READ MORE →

Lakehead Thunderwolves Capture OUA Championships for Second Straight Year!

February 21, 2006 – The Lakehead Thunderwolves men’s and women’s Nordic teams dominated their competition and successfully defended both their OUA men’s and women’s team championship titles at the OUA Nordic Championships hosted by Laurentian … READ MORE →

Rossignol’s Jay Hakkinen Leads in First Leg; Men’s Relay Finishes 9th In Torino

February 21 – Jay Hakkinen (Kasilof, AK) led all 17 teams through the first leg of the Men’s 4 X 7.5K Relay in which the US finished ninth, 2:31.9 behind the winning squad from Germany … READ MORE →

It Wasn’t The Olympics But They Raced As If It Was

Team Rossignol Master Athletes Take Home The Medals in Italy

February 20, 2006 – As the U.S. winter Olympic athletes were settling into their Olympic quarters in Torino Italy, five Team Rossignol master skiers joined a 130 person American contingent on a similar trip to … READ MORE →

Canmore Nordic Centre Day Pass Purchase Reminder

February 20, 2006 – Just a reminder to everyone skiing at Canmore Nordic Centre (or any other Nordic Facility where day pass purchase is required):Make sure you purchase and wear your Day passes when skiing … READ MORE →

Swift as the Wind, Skiers Savoured a Final Sunny Day

Keskinada Loppet - Final

February 20, 2006 – The final day of Keskinada Loppet activities was filled with heart-stopping finishes. Pleasant weather and low winds lent the festivities a helping hand and enabled organizers to provide complete runs under … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – Mens XC 4x10K Mixed Relay

Italy Wins Gold - Canada 11th

February 19, 2006 (Pragelato, Italy) – It was a warm and snowy day in Pragelato as Devon Kershaw got Canadian blood pounding as he led the pack through the first leg of today’s 4x10K … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – Individual Jumping LH

Alborn 43rd in Individual LH

February 19, 2006 (Pragelato, Italy) – U.S. ski jumper Alan Alborn (Anchorage, AK) continued his comeback from a pair of knee injuries, but failed to make the second round cut in Saturday’s K125 large hill … READ MORE →

Austrian Team Raided in Torino

February 18, 2006 – Italian police staged a late-night raid on the Austrian biathlon team’s Winter Olympics quarters on Saturday in Turin. The secretary-general of the Austrian Olympic Committee Heinz Jungwirth told Reuters there had … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – Women’s 4x5K Mixed Relay

Russia Wins Gold

February 18, 2006 – Russia took the gold medal in the Women’s 4x5K Mixed Relay today followed by Germany in second for the silver while host country Italy took the bronze. The … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – Biathlon Women’s 10K Pursuit, Men’s 12.5K Pursuit

February 18, 2006 – France’s Vincent Defrasne and Germany’s Kati Wilhelm won Olympic gold in the Men’s 12.5K Pursuit and Women’s 10K Pursuit today at the Torino Games. Tim Burke was the top North … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – XC Men’s 15K Cl

Veerpalu Wins Gold – Freeman 22nd

February 18, 2006 – Estonia’s Andrus Veerpalu won gold yesterday in the XC Men’s 15K Classic with Lukas Bauer (CZE) taking the silver and world cup leader, Tobias Angerer (GER) … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – Jumping LH Individual Qualifying

February 18, 2006 – Here are the results from yesterday’s Jumping LH Individual Qualifying event.1 KASAI Noriaki JPN 117.32 PETTERSEN Sigurd NOR 115.93 NEUMAYER Michael GER … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – Women’s Biathlon 7.5K

February 17, 2006 – Here are the results from yesterday’s Olympic Women’s Biathlon 7.5K event. Top North American was USA’s Rachel Steer in 35th while Canada’s Zina Kocher placed 62nd.1 BAVEREL-ROBERT Florence FRA 22:31.42 OLOFSSON Anna Carin SWE 22:33.83 EFREMOVA … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – Sarah Renner 8th in Women’s 10K Classic

Smigun Wins Gold

February 16, 2006 – Today’s 10K classic race saw difficult conditions, with plus 4 temperatures and rain on the lower part of the course, and some snow falling in the … READ MORE →

American Birkebeiner 2006 – 10-Day Countdown

North America's Largest Cross-Country Ski Race

February 15, 2006 (Hayward, Wisconsin) – The countdown is on for 9,000 skiers, 2,000 volunteers, 15,000 spectators and organizers of the 33rd annual American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race. They’ll all descend on the 4,100 residents … READ MORE →

Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Inductees РSylvie Fr̩chette, Curt Harnett and Pierre Harvey Top List

February 15, 2006 (Quebec) – On Saturday April 29, 2006 synchronised swimming gold and silver medallist Sylvie Fréchette, cycling silver and double-bronze medallist Curt Harnett, and Pierre Harvey, the first Canadian male athlete to participate … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – Biathlon 10K Sprint

U.S. Guard Changes as Rossi's Burke and Bailey Make Pursuit Field

February 15, 2006 (Cesana San Sicario, Italy) – Olympic “rookies” Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, NY) in 37th place and Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, NY) in 48th place, topped veteran biathletes Jeremy Teela (Anchorage, AK), and … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – Canada’s Scott and Renner Win Olympic Sprint Silver

February 14, 2006 – Beckie Scott gets to stand on the podium with her real Olympic medal today, along with teammate Sara Renner, but it was a day of bad breaks as a busted … READ MORE →

Rossignol Skier Hakkinen 10th in 20K Biathlon – All-Time US Olympic Best

February 13, 2006 (Cesana San Sicario, Italy) – On February 11, Jay Hakkinen (Kasilof) stamped his name in US Olympic History one more time as he finished 10th in the 20K Individual competition, erasing his … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – 20K Biathlon Individual

February 11, 2006 – Germany’s Michael Greis won the men’s 20K Biathlon Individual at the Torino Olympics today. Norwegian star Ole Einar Bjoerndalen took the silver while Norway’s Halvard Hanevold won bronze. Top North American … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – Men’s 30K Pursuit

Canada's Grey is Top North American

February 13, 2005 (Pragelato, Italy) – Russia’s Eugeni Dementiev won the men’s 30K pursuit yesterday at the Torino Olympics edging out Norway’s Frode Estil who won silver and Italy’s Pietro Piller Cottrer the … READ MORE →

Torino Olympics 2006 – Women’s 15K Pursuit

Smigun Wins Gold – Canada's Scott 6th

February 13, 2005 (Pragelato, Italy) – It wasn’t Canadian Beckie Scott’s day yesterday as she finished 6th yesterday in and was unable to defend her gold medal in the women’s 15K pursuit. … READ MORE →

USA’s Alborn, Jones Qualify for Olympic NH Final

February 11, 2006 (Pragelato, Italy) – U.S. ski jumpers Alan Alborn (Anchorage, AK) and Clint Jones (Steamboat Springs, CO) jumped well enough Saturday to qualify for Sunday’s Olympic NH Individual event in Pragelato.A total of … READ MORE →

USA’s Lodwick 8th in Olympic Individual Gundersen

February 11, 2006 (Pragelato, Italy) – U.S. Nordic Combined skier Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO), in 13th place after the jumping portion of the Olympic Individual NH Gundersen, finished eighth overall following the 15k Cross … READ MORE →

Sean Crooks Issued 5-Day Prohibition

February 10, 2006 – Sean Crooks, a member of the Canadian Olympic Cross-Country Team, was issued a five-day start prohibition on Thursday after pre-competition blood testing carried out by the FIS revealed a haemoglobin level … READ MORE →

Canadian Olympic Committee Restates Goal Of Top-Three Finish In Turin

February 10, 2006 – Armed with several new high-performance initiatives designed to help Canada’s athletes achieve optimum success on the international stage and coming off a 2005-06 pre-Olympic World Cup season in which Canada recorded … READ MORE →

FIS Issues Start Prohibitions

Two U.S. Olympic Cross Country Skiers Named

February 11, 2006 (Pragelato, Italy) – Two U.S. Olympic cross country skiers were among eight athletes who will not be permitted to participate in competitions for five days as a result of high hemoglobin levels … READ MORE →

Holland Heineken House Opens its doors in Torino

February 9, 2006 – The Holland Heineken House was today officially opened by Theo Fledderus, Secretary General of NOC*NSF and Ed Verheijen, Chef de Mission of NOC*NSF. Conveniently located close to the Olympic Oval, the … READ MORE →

2006 TD Banknorth New England Bill Koch Youth Ski League Festival

February 9, 2006 – March 3 – 5, 2006 at The Bethel Inn’s Nordic Center and Gould Academy Bethel, Maine Sponsor event/venue hours: Friday, March 3, 2004 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Saturday, March 4, … READ MORE →

From Start to Finish 35th Annual SIA SnowSports Show Was \”Pure Energy\”

February 9, 2006 – As the SIA.06 SnowSports Show culminated on Thursday, January 26th, excitement filled the aisles marking the conclusion of yet another successful year for attendees at the SIA (SnowSports Industries America) SnowSports … READ MORE →

Official Torino Training Schedules

February 8, 2006 – NOTE: Following are posted official venue training times. Actual training times of U.S. athletes will vary.Wednesday, February 8Cross Country: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., PragelatoNordic Combined: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., … READ MORE →

Yellowknife Jackrabbits Olympic Kickoff

February 8, 2006 – The Yellowknife Jackrabbits hosted an Olympic Kickoff and Choclate Bar Ski Day this past weekend. NWT’s Olympic ski stars Sharon and Shirley Firth were honored as part of the special Jackrabbit … READ MORE →

Team X-C.com Race Report: East Bound

February 8, 2006 – Team X-C.com is wrapping up their first block of western Salomon Marathon Cup Series (MCS) events in preparation for the Eastern MCS events. Here’s a recap of the team’s activities … READ MORE →

Rossi Skiers Sizzle at the Lakes Loppet Sprints

February 7, 2006 – The Streets of Uptown were brimming with thousands of spectators anticipating the short intense bursts of speedster sprinters as they dashed over the artificially snow covered Minneapolis boulevards.The morning qualifiers were … READ MORE →

Canmore Nordic Centre Day Pass Purchase Reminder

February 7, 2006 – Just a reminder to everyone skiing at Canmore Nordic Centre (or any other Nordic Facility where day pass purchase is required):Make sure you purchase and wear your Day passes when skiing … READ MORE →

2005-2006 World Cup Season A Success For Canadian Winter High Performance Sport

February 7, 2006 – “The 2005-06 World Cup season has been an unequivocal success for Canadian winter high-performance sport,” said COC Director of International Performance, Alex Gardiner. “Heading into the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, the … READ MORE →

The Olympic Winter Games on CBC Country Canada

February 7, 2006 – The Olympic Winter Games on CBC Country CanadaCBC COUNTRY CANADA is Canada’s digital home for celebrating this country; our land, our people, our regions and passions. It’s a crowded digital universe, … READ MORE →

Canadian Olympic Committee Welcomes Prime Minister Harper’s Appointment of Michael D. Chong as Minister for Sport

February 6, 2006 – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) welcomed today’s announcement by the new Federal Government of a senior Minister responsible for sport, and applauded its’ appointment of Michael D. Chong as Minister for … READ MORE →