Archive | February, 2008

Nordic Junior/U23 Worlds 2008 – Relays Won by Norway and Russia

US Leads NA Teams

February 29, 2008 (Mals, Italy) – Both the US and Canadian teams delivered middle-of-the-field relay performances on Friday as Norway won the women’s 4×3.3km Free relay in 41:50.1, and Russia took the men’s 4x5km Free … READ MORE →

Interview with NST Member Drew Goldsack

February 29, 2008 (Liberec, Cze) – Drew Goldsack is a 6-year NST member. At the recent Canmore World Cups Goldsack recorded the top male finish for the Canadian team with a 12th place finish … READ MORE →

Canada’s McKeever Brothers Win IPC World Cup Gold

February 29, 2008 (Nes, Norway) – Brian McKeever took another stride forward in his goal of becoming the first winter-sport athlete to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The 28-year-old McKeever and … READ MORE →

Winter Trails 2008 Total Participation Exceeds 11,000

Estes Park Event Drew More Than 1,000

February 29, 2008 (McLean, VA) – Winter Trails organizers announced today that the 2008 program attracted more than 11,250 participants at approximately 80 locations in the U.S. That is more than a 25 percent increase … READ MORE →

Nordic Junior/U23 Worlds 2008 – USA’s Stephen 3rd in 15km Mass Start

NA Men Continue To Chase Euros

February 28, 2008 (Mals, Italy) – On another warm day of racing in the Italian Alps American Liz Stephen lead the North American charge with a fabulous 3rd place finish in the women’s 15km … READ MORE →

Canada’s Harvey on His 4th Place in 20km Freestyle Race

February 28, 2008 (Mals, Italy) – Canada’s Alex Harvey finished fourth in Wednesday’s 20km freestyle mass start race at the 2008 Nordic Junior/U23 Worlds. Philipp Marschall of Germany came in first, stopping the clock at … READ MORE →

Three Canadian Biathletes Qualify for Pursuit Races with Top 60

Perras, Keith and Kocher Advance

February 28, 2008 (Pyeong Chang, Korea) – Canada will suit up three men and women for the World Cup pursuit competitions after Scott Perras, Sandra Keith and Zina Kocher all qualified in the top-60 in … READ MORE →

Stockholm WCup Classic Sprints – Canada’s Crawford 12th

USA's Koos Leads Men

February 27, 2008 (Stockholm, Sweden) – After qualifying in 28th place Chandra Crawford of the Canadian team tore up the rainy soft tracks that ran themselves around the Royal Place in downtown Stockholm to … READ MORE →

Nordic Junior/U23 Worlds 2008 – Canada’s Harvey 4th in 20km Freestyle

Hoffman Leads US Men, Canada's Marshall Leads Women

February 27, 2008 (Mals, Italy) – Canada’s Alex Harvey continued his assault with top placings finishing 4th again on Wednesday in the 20km Freestyle mass start at Val Venosta, Italy. All four Canadian boys were … READ MORE →

Kikkan Randall’s Race Tails – 2008 Stockholm World Cups

February 27, 2008 (Stockholm, Sweden) – Here’s an inside look at the XC World Cup 1km Sprint Classic that took place on Wednesday (today) in the city of Stockholm by USA’s Kikkan Randall. Cliff NotesOnly … READ MORE →

Interview with NST Member Perianne Jones

February 27, 2008 (Mals, Italy) – Perianne Jones is a 3-year member of the National Ski Team. Previously she had a successful career as a National Junior team member for three years. At the … READ MORE →

Interview with Silver Medallist Alex Harvey

First Canuck to Win Two Junior Worlds Medals

February 26, 2008 (Mals, Italy) – Canada’s Alex Harvey won silver at Monday’s 10km classic race at the 2008 Nordic Junior/U23 Worlds in the Italian Alps. Harvey was only 8.2 seconds off the pace … READ MORE →

Chronicles of Chandria – Have Fun and Ski Faster

February 26, 2008 (Falun, Sweden) – Stop being so serious all the time and go have some fun for cryin’ out loud. It may be the best thing you can do for … READ MORE →

Nordic Junior/U23 Worlds 2008 – Canada’s Jones 12th in 10km Classic

NA Men Have a Lackluster Day

February 26, 2008 (Mals, Italy) – Tuesday featured the U23 races at the 2008 Nordic Junior/U23 Worlds and North American women, lead by Perianne Jones (Can) in 12th, took four top-20 spots in the … READ MORE →

Subaru American Birkebeiner 2008 Photos

February 25, 2008 (Hayward, WI) – Here’s a selection of great photos from this year’s 35th annual Subaru American Birkebeiner that capture the spirit of the biggest cross-country … READ MORE →

Raphael Gagné Wins 2008 Pentathlon des Neiges

February 26, 2008 (Quebec City, QC) – Raphael Gagné of Lac Beauport won this last weekend’s fourth annual edition of the Pentathlon des Neiges, an event that combines 14km of cycling, 6km of running, 10km … READ MORE →

Nordic Junior/U23 Worlds 2008 – Canada’s Harvey Hits Podium for Silver in 10km Classic

February 25, 2008 (Mals, Italy) – It was another outstanding day for Canada and the USA at the 2008 Nordic Junior/U23 Worlds as Alex Harvey (Can) finally hit the … READ MORE →

Nordic Junior/U23 Worlds – Day 1 Skate Sprints Report

February 25, 2008 – It was a very good start for Team Canada to the World Junior/Under-23 World Ski Championships in Mals, ITA. The first day of competition was the skate sprint … READ MORE →

Kikkan Randall’s Race Tails – 2008 Falun World Cups

15km Duathlon - 4x5km Relay

February 24, 2008 (Falun, Sweden) – Here’s an inside look at the XC World Cup 15km Duathlon and women’s 4x5km Relay that took place in Falun, Sweden this past weekend by USA’s Kikkan … READ MORE →

Ski Racing Journalist and Historian Paul Robbins Dies

Ski Racing Loses Good Friend

February 24, 2008 (Weathersfield, VT) – Internationally recognized ski and travel journalist Paul Robbins, a wordsmith and historian for the U.S. Ski Team for 30 years, died Saturday at his home in Vermont. Robbins, … READ MORE →

Falun World Cup – Norway Dominates Men’s and Women’s Relays

February 24, 2008 (Falun, Sweden) – Norway swept the women’s 4x5km and the men’s 4x10km relays today in Sweden as Team Canada (Sara Renner, Chandra Crawford, Madeleine Williams, Sarah Daitch) placed 10th … READ MORE →

USA’s Spector 6th in 10km Pursuit at European Biathlon Championships – Video

February 24, 2008 (Nove Mesto, Cze) – Laura Spector (Lenox, MA) finished 6h in the Junior 10km Pursuit on Saturday, at the European Biathlon Championships. Spector, in her final major competition as a … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Launches \”Rants and Raves\” Forum

February 24, 2008 – SkiTrax is pleased to announce that we have launched a new feature section today – our “Rants and Raves” forum is where you can enjoy exchanges on a variety of topics … READ MORE →

Sad News – Paul Robbins Passes Away

February 24, 2008 (Weathersfield, VT) – Ski communities around the world were stunned and saddened to learn that Paul Robbins, the venerable journalist who’s career spanned over 30 years, had passed away on Saturday … READ MORE →

Demong 3rd in Sprint in Poland – Closes Gap on World Cup Lead

February 24, 2008 (Zakopane, Poland) – The U.S. Ski Team’s Bill Demong (Vermontville, NY) came from behind Sunday, moving up 18 places after the jump to finish third at the Warsteiner World Cup Nordic Combined … READ MORE →

Dartmouth Wins Middlebury Eastern Ski Championships

February 24, 2008 (Middlebury) – Despite skiing to an opening day lead, Middlebury College was unable to secure a win Saturday on its home courses. Nordic racers at Middlebury’s Rikert Touring Center were … READ MORE →

Colorado Wins 2008 RMISA Championships

February 24, 2008 (Bozeman, Mont.) – The University of Colorado ski team, with three individual victories on Saturday and five overall on the weekend, cruised to the 2008 Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships. … READ MORE →

Subaru American Birkebeiner – Babikov and Dong Win 51km Freestyle Race

February 23, 2008 (Hayward, WI) – Russian-born Ivan Babikov, now living in Canmore, Alberta, and Evelyn Dong, Bend, Oregon, skied to victory at the 35th anniversary Subaru American Birkebeiner freestyle race in Hayward, Wisc. … READ MORE →

Subaru American Birkebeiner – Kozlov and Skillicorn Win 53km Classic Race

Santiago and Diggins Win Kortelopet

February 23, 2008 (Hayward, Wis.) – Skiing on near-perfect conditions, Yuri Kozlov, Russia, and Kelly Skillicorn, Winona, Minn., skied to victory during the 53km classic American Birkebeiner finishing on Main Street in Hayward, Wisc. today. … READ MORE →

Nordic Junior/U23 Worlds 2008 – Sprint Flash

Canada's Harvey 4th

February 23, 2008 (Mals, Italy) – Canada’s Alex Harvey finished 4th on Saturday in the Junior Men’s A Final in the 1.3km freestyle sprint won by Sweden’s Calle Halfvarsson with team mate Jesper Modin in … READ MORE →

Falun World Cup – Bauer, Jacobsen Win Pursuits

Renner 16th Freeman 23rd, Kershaw 24th

February 23, 2008 (Falun, Sweden) – Men’s World Cup leader Lukas Bauer (Cze) took his time getting to the front Saturday, but a fast-closing charge gave him the 30km pursuit victory as … READ MORE →

Middlebury Leading at Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Championships on Day 1

February 23, 2008 (Middlebury) – Middlebury College opened its annual Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Championships event Friday with a narrow lead over Dartmouth. Middlebury had no individual or team victories in the opening … READ MORE →

European Biathlon Championships – USA’s Spector 12th, Manbeck 14th in Sprint

February 23, 2008 (Nove Mesto, Cze) – Laura Spector (Lenox, MA) finished 12th, with Brynden Manbeck (Grand Rapids, MN) 14th in the Junior Sprint competition at the European Biathlon Championships on Friday. Cloudy skies and … READ MORE →

CU Nordic Sweep Day 1 at RMISA Championships

Grevsgaard, Richmond Lead Charge

February 23, 2008 (Bozeman, Mont.) – The University of Colorado ski team got another exceptional performance from its Nordic teams, and despite a surprising unexpected sub-par day from its women’s alpine unit, the Buffaloes own … READ MORE →

USA’s Bill Demong on Vancouver 2010 – In His Words

February 22, 2008 – Competing in Nordic combined, Bill Demong of the United States on the ski jump hill of the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games. (Al Bello/Allsport/Getty Images)Bill (Billy) Demong of Vermontville, New … READ MORE →

Alex Harvey and Canadian Team Ready for 2008 Nordic Junior/U23 Worlds

February 22, 2008 (Malles, Italy) – The 2008 FIS Nordic Cross Country Ski Junior/U23 World Championships start tomorrow – Feb. 23-29 – and SkiTrax caught up with Alex Harvey, a leading member of the … READ MORE →

American Birkebeiner Trail Report

February 21, 2008 – The trails received 4-5 inches of light snow on Monday. The trails have a solid 7-8″ base. The Birkie Trail south from OO is being groomed and tracked today. The Birkie … READ MORE →

Interview with Bjorn Daehlie – Video

February 20, 2008 (Las Vegas, Nevada) – Norway’s Bjorn Daehlie, the most successful cross-country ski racer in history, has retaken ownership of his ski apparel company, Bj Sport and is reintroducing it in … READ MORE →

Historical Results for Rottefella at 2008 Biathlon Worlds

February 20, 2008 – The 2008 IBU World Championships in Østersund, Sweden was a historical championship for Rottefella. Eighty-five percent of all gold medals were won on Rottefella bindings, and 73.3% of all medals medals … READ MORE →

Call for Applications – Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship

February 20, 2008 (Vancouver, B.C.) – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is now accepting applications for the 2008 Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship. The scholarship is a national, three-year, $1,500 per year, university … READ MORE →

Gatineau Loppet 2008 Celebrates 30th Annivesary

Kozlov, Martineau, Babikov, Thériault Win

February 16, 2008 (Gatineau, QC) – Skiers from every corner of the world were bursting with enthusiasm as they threw themselves onto the magnificent trails of the Gatineau Loppet. The temperatures turned out to be … READ MORE →

Silver Star Snowshoe Stomp – Sunday, March 3

February 19, 2008 – The Silver Star Snowshoe STOMP will be held on Sunday, March 3 with a start time of 10:00 am. Registration is at Tube Town 9:15am-9:45am and the cost is $10.00. … READ MORE →

CXC Skiing Introduces Sponsoring Memberships

February 19, 2008 (Hayward, WI) – The ski community can now support the tremendous success of CXC Team athletes and help CXC sustain momentum in all regional programs. CXC is offering an innovative fundraising campaign … READ MORE →

Kikkan Randall’s Race Tails – 2008 Liberec World Cups

7.6km Skate and 1.4km Classic Team Sprint

February 18, 2008 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – Distance skate race and a classic team sprint in Liberec, Czech Republic, host of next year’s World Championships. While we didn’t have a … READ MORE →

Fischer Debuts New RCS Carbonlite Top End Boots at Birkie Demo

February 18, 2008 – Fischer will be introducing their highly anticipated RCS Carbonlite Skate and Classic boots for the first time to the public at the on-snow … READ MORE →

Interview with Sara Renner

February 18, 2008 (Liberec, Czech Republic) – Sara Renner is a 12-year member of Canada’s National Ski Team. Along the way she has become a 3-time Olympian, an Olympic silver medalist (in … READ MORE →

Biathlon Worlds – Svendsen Wins Mass Start and Germany Wins Women’s Relay

February 17, 2008 (Oestersund, Sweden) – The 2008 Biathlon World Championships came to a close on Sunday with Ole Einar Bjoerndalen four-tenths of a second away from history. But still on the podium.The … READ MORE →

Liberec XC World Cup 2008 – Norway Sweeps Team Sprints – Report, Full Results and Photos

February 17, 2008 (Liberec, Cze) – The men’s and women’s classic team sprint victories went to Norway Sunday while North Americans in the two-skier competition had a tough day at the office and … READ MORE →

Winds Scuttle Nordic Combined Sprint Again

February 17, 2008 (Liberec, Cze) – The Nordic Combined World Cup stop in Liberec again came up short on Sunday when strong, changing winds forced organizers to cancel a World Cup sprint. Winds had also … READ MORE →

Biathlon Worlds – Russia, Germany Win Relay Gold as Neuner Wins Women’s 12.5km

February 16, 2008 (Oestersund, Sweden) – Russian men easily skied away Saturday with the 4×7.5km relay gold medal at the 2008 Biathlon World Championships, winning by 49.2 seconds over Norway. Germany was third … READ MORE →