Archive | December, 2007

Happy New Year

December 31, 2007 – We wish everyone the very best for safe and happy New Year celebrations and much success in 2008. Happy New Year from the crew at SkiTrax Magazine.

U.S. XC Nationals 2008 – Web Cams and Race Schedule

Watch U.S. XC Championships on Web Cams

December 31, 2007 (Houghton, Mich.) – Fans can watch portions of the 2008 U.S. Cross Country Championships that start New Year’s Day from Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center. Three Web cams will cover the start … READ MORE →

Free Skate Technique – Video

December 31, 2007 – SkiTrax’s technique columnist, Keith Nicol, has produced a great video on Free Skate Technique which can be viewed below and on YouTube. Nicol has been on four Canadian INTERSKI Demonstration … READ MORE →

US Junior/Youth Biathlon Trials – McNamee and Toussaint Clean Sweep

December 30, 2007 (Coleraine, MN) – Hilary McNamee (Fort Fairfield, ME) and Meagan Toussaint (Madawaska, ME) again swept away the competition today to win their respective categories (Youth Women and Junior Women) at the … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski – Stage 3 Report and Full Results

Follis and Morilov Win First Sprint

December 29, 2007 (Prague, Czech Republic) – Italian star Arianna Follis and unheralded Russian Nikolay Morilov won the first sprints of the 2008 Tour de Ski Sunday but Marit Bjoergen of Norway … READ MORE →

U.S. XC Nationals 2008 – 3 Webcams Offer Video, Audio Coverage

December 30, 2007 (Houghton, Michigan) – When the U.S. Cross Country Championships open on January 1, virtual visitors can see all of the action from the Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center. Three web cams, … READ MORE →

USA’s Demong 2nd at German Grand Prix – Report and Full Results

December 30, 2007 (Oberhof, Germany) – American Billy Demong knows photo finishes. He may hold some unofficial record for most photo finishes. One of these days the three-time Olympian may win one…but Sunday wasn’t the … READ MORE →

U.S. XC Nationals 2008 Begin January 1

December 30, 2007 (Houghton, Michigan)- The fences are up, trails are marked and there is plenty of snow. Skiers have started arriving in Houghton, Michigan, for the 2008 U.S. Cross Country Championships. The … READ MORE →

The Tahoe Rim Tour and Race

A New Far West Winter Event & Race

December 30, 2007 – There is something special about skiing a point-to-point race. It often feels like more of an accomplishment to arrive somewhere different than where you started after skiing hard for 5, … READ MORE →

Whistler Olympic Park Hosts First Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping Events

December 30, 2007 (Whistler, BC) – With construction of the ski jumps and Nordic trails now complete for the 2010 Winter Games, Whistler Olympic Park is ready to welcome the … READ MORE →

US Junior/Youth Biathlon Trials – McNamee and Toussaint 2-for-2

December 29 (Coleraine, MN) – Hilary McNamee (Fort Fairfield, ME) and Meagan Toussaint (Madawaska, ME) won for the second day in a row with victories in the Pursuit Format competitions today at the … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski – Stage 2 Report and Full Results

Bauer and Bjoergen Win - Kershaw 24th

December 29, 2007 (Nove Mesto, Czech Republic) – Czech favorite Lukas Bauer kept up the beat Saturday, winning for the second straight day at the FIS Tour de Ski. Canadian Devon … READ MORE →

WCSN Features Tour de Ski Video Coverage

December 29, 2007 – World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) is featuring Tour de Ski 2007/08 coverage with Peter Graves, renowned cross-country ski and cycling commentator. There’s lots more cross-country ski coverage planned at WCSN … READ MORE →

Canada’s Kershaw and Nighbor at Tour de Ski Prologue

December 29, 2007 (Nove Mesto, CZE) – Canada’s Devon Kershaw from Sudbury, Ont. led a duo of Canadian men at the Tour de Ski 4.5-kilometre classic Prologue in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic yesterday. … READ MORE →

US Junior/Youth Biathlon Trials – Wynn Roberts Buries Field

December 28 (Coleraine, MN) – Wynn Roberts (Battle Lake, MN) left his nearest competitor over one minute behind today as he won the Junior Men’s 10km Sprint in the first day of competition at … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski 2007/08 – Prologue Report

Bauer and Kuitunen Win Opener

December 28, 2007 (Nove Mesto, Cze) – Defending women’s champion Virpi Kuitunen of Finland and national favorite Lukas Bauer opened year two of the FIS Tour de Ski on Friday, winning the … READ MORE →

Kikkan Randall Makes New York Times

December 28, 2007 – You know you’ve made it when your face appears in the New York Times, one of the most prestigious publications world wide. Alaska’s Kikkan Randall received that honour today as … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski 2007/08 Starts Today

December 28, 2007 (Nove Mesto, Cze) – The second edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft Sportswear begins today in Nove Mesto na Morave (Cze). The 2007/08 Tour consists of … READ MORE →

US Junior/Youth Biathlon Trials in Minnesota on Friday, Dec. 28

December 27 (Coleraine, MN) – Junior and Youth biathletes from across the US are converging at Mt. Itasca today where the Junior and Youth World Championship Trials open tomorrow. Over 60 competitors from six states … READ MORE →

US 2008 XC Championships – 450 Skiers Head to Michigan Tech

December 27, 2007 (Houghton, Michigan) – Good snow, World Cup and Junior World Championships start slots plus another big field of competitors should equal intense competitions for the 2008 U.S. Cross Country Championships, starting New … READ MORE →

Interview With Canadian Head Coach Dave Wood

December 27, 2007 – Canadian head coach Dave Wood was on a plane Christmas eve and as Christmas day arrived in North America, he was landing in Zurich, Switzerland. A couple of hours later, … READ MORE →

Job Offer – Own the Podium 2010

December 27, 2007 – Own the Podium 2010 is seeking a full-time office assistant to start on February 4, 2008 at its Calgary offices. Deadline for application is January 14, 2008. Responsibilities include providing professional … READ MORE →

2008 Masters World Cup – Snow Base and Skier Excitement Building

December 26, 2007 (McCall, Idaho) – With 10 weeks to go until the start of the 2008 Masters World Cup presented by Blackhawk, March 1-7, 2008 in McCall, Idaho, both snow … READ MORE →

Paco’s Fun Race – Over 160 Competitors

First “Major” Event a big Success

December 26, 2007 (Truckee, CA) – Nordic ski racing is obviously alive and well in the Northern Sierra Nevada. In what was possibly the best-attended cross country ski … READ MORE →

Girls On Track: Heros and Mentors

December 26, 2007 – CCC is proud to announce its second session of the Girls On Track a Heros and Mentors Program delivered by the Women On Skis Committee.Aided by the generous support of … READ MORE →

Dogsledding at Great Glen Trails

December 26, 2007 (Pinkham Notch, NH) – New for the 2007/2008 winter season at Great Glen Trails are evening dogsledding tours. In a partnership with New England Dogsledding, Great Glen Trails will be offering dogsled … READ MORE →

Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2007 – Everyone at SkiTrax extends the very best to all of our readers, contributors, partners, advertisers, suppliers, families, friends and ski communities across Canada and around the globe, for a warm and … READ MORE →

Switzerland’s Küttel Snips Morgenstern’s Winning Streak

December 23, 2007 (Engelberg, Switzerland) – National favorite Andreas Küttel gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about Sunday, winning a World Cup jumping competition and dealing Austrian Thomas Morgenstern his first setback … READ MORE →

Prague Castle to Host Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski XC Competition

December 23, 2007 (Prague, Czech Republic) – The E.ON Prague Ski 2007 part of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski scheduled for December 30, will be hosted not at a remote mountain resort, but rather … READ MORE →

Zach Caldwell – Guru of Grinding

In Pursuit of the Ultimate Grind

December 23, 2007 (Squamish, BC) – For those familiar with the XC racing scene, Caldwell Sport is well known for their unique services in both ski selection and stone grinding. Owner … READ MORE →

2007-2008 CCC Para-Nordic Coach Development Fund

Deadline: January 7, 2008

December 23, 2007 – The 2007-2008 CCC Para-Nordic Coach Development Fund is an opportunity for individuals who have an interest in learning more about coaching skiers with a disability. Sport Canada has allocated funding to … READ MORE →

FIS President Kasper Receives Honorary Degree

December 23, 2007 – FIS President Gian Franco recently received an honorary doctorate degree, “doctor honoris causa”, bestowed on him by the University of Sofia in Sofia, Bulgaria. Kasper, a Member of the International Olympic … READ MORE →

Kikkan Randall Teleconference

To Marry Canuck Jeff Ellis

December 22, 2007 (Toronto, ON) – Kikkan Randall now has another date circled on her 2007 calendar. One red circle is around Jan. 21 because on that day she became the first U.S. … READ MORE →

Austria’s Morgenstern Still Bulletproof

Wins 6th Straight

December 22, 2007 (Engelberg, Austria) – The good news Saturday for the World Cup ski jumping community was that Thomas Morgenstern of Austria didn’t have the highest-scoring jump in either round in the … READ MORE →

Haywood NorAm 2007/08 Standings

Nishikawa and Williams Leading

December 22, 2007 – Here are the current standings for the 2007/08 Haywood NorAm Canada Cup Series based on results up to December 18. The NorAm Canada Cup resumes … READ MORE →

Alex Harvey Honoured at Gala

December 21, 2007 (Laval, QC) – Alex Harvey was among the athletes honoured at the 35th annual Sports Quebec Gala held in Laval on Wednesday according to the Soleil. Following in the tracks of … READ MORE →

Kikkan Randall ‘s World Cup Sprint Win – More Photos

December 21, 2007 (Rybinsk, Russia) – Alaskan Kikkan Randall skied to the first World Cup victory by a U.S. woman in Rybinsk, Russia last Sunday. Here … READ MORE →

Photos of Andy Newell at World Cup Sprint in Rybinsk

December 21, 2007 (Rybinsk, Russia) – American Andy Newell won the Men’s Sprint B final easily at the World Cup in Rybinsk, Russia, and then got cleaned out by Russian … READ MORE →

Teck Cominco Announces Major Partnership with CCC

“Team Teck Cominco” Celebrates Excellence

December 21, 2007 – A year to the day after Teck Cominco announced their sponsorship support of the 2008, 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games, Don Lindsay, President and CEO launched Team Teck Cominco at the … READ MORE →

2009 World University Winter Games

December 21, 2007 – The 2009 World University Winter Games (FISU) will be hosted in Harbin, China February 18-28 in 2009. The Canadian Team selection information is now available.Please note the change in eligibility: Previously, … READ MORE →

Cross Country Grooming Workshop

December 20, 2007 – A Cross Country Trail Grooming Clinic will held in conjunction with the CCC World Junior Trials on January 4, 2008 at Highland Nordic, near Duntroon. The workshop will include the use … READ MORE →

FIS to Launch Global Campaign “Bring Kids Back to the Snow”

December 20, 2007 – FIS is planning to launch a world-wide campaign to promote playing in the snow as the number one outdoor activity choice for kids and the youth in winter. The main aim … READ MORE →

Sport Events Congress 2008 – Building Business Through Sport

Offer Extended to NSO/MSO/PSO Representatives

December 20, 2007 – Meet top sport business executives and sport leaders in Canada as they provide their expertise and knowledge to delegates attending Sport Events Congress 2008 scheduled for April 27-29 at the Hilton … READ MORE →

Randall Report – Race Tails: Oh My Gosh… A World Cup Win!!

December 19, 2007 (Rybinsk, Russia) – It’s been a whirlwind couple of days and it’s taken me some time to collect my thoughts from the 2008 … READ MORE →

FIS Cross-Country News

December 19, 2007 – Welcome to the 13th edition of the FIS Cross-Country News. The season so far has been very successful for the Cross-Country sport and we are now looking forward to the second … READ MORE →

New Training DVD Featuring U.S. Olympians Released

December 19, 2007 (Park City, Utah) – Athletes at any level, in any sport can train like Olympic-class performers with the Competitive Core Training DVD, a new DVD set featuring top Olympic athletes produced by … READ MORE →

Great Glen Trails Announces Ski Camps for Kids

Penguins & Polar Bears

December 19, 2007 (Pinkham Notch, NH) — During Christmas and February vacation weeks, Great Glen Trails will be hosting new cross country ski camps for kids called Penguins and Polar Bears. Penguins are children ages … READ MORE →

Val Cartier Haywood NorAm Report & Results

Harvey and Williams Fight Blizzard to Podium in Classic

December 17, 2007 (Val Cartier, Que.) — A day of rest is all that Alex Harvey (29.41.5) required to regenerate his batteries as he battled a large field of senior skiers and a … READ MORE →

Arritola, Babikov Dominate SuperTour #3 Distance Races at SoHo

December 16, 2007 (Soldier Hollow, Utah) – U.S. B Team skiers Morgan Arritola, Tax Mannix and Laura Valaas swept the women’s podium Sunday in a 10 km freestyle race at Soldier Hollow during the annual … READ MORE →

USA’s Demong 6th in Ramsau

December 16, 2007 (Ramsau, Austria) – It’s always nice in Nordic combined, Billy Demong says, to know you can ski fast. Sunday, he jumped so-so but he really scooted through a 7.5 km race to … READ MORE →