Archive | January, 2011

Canada’s Harvey Takes U23 Pursuit Gold

(Otepaa, Estonia) – It was another day for the Harvey name to be in lights. Alex Harvey brought his “A” game today when he won gold in the 30km Pursuit (15km +15km) on the … READ MORE →

USA’s Bjornsen 17th as Oestberg Scores Pursuit Victory UPDATED

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Norway’s Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg escaped with teammate Ingunn Britt Nydal during the skate portion in the women’s 15m pursuit for a 1-2 gold-silver punch with Finland’s Kerttu Niskanen netting bronze as … READ MORE →

Canadian Boyd-Clowes 13th at COC Jump in Austria

(Bischofshofen, Austria) – Austria’s Stefan Thurnbichler was a happy man on Sunday as he captured the victory following the second COC jump competition in Bischofshofen, Austria. Yet it was a Canadian ski jumper, Mackenzie … READ MORE →

Norway Grabs Gold in Junior Men’s Relay as Canada Nips USA for 9th

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Norway and Russia duked it out in a thrilling finish to the men’s 4x5km relay that saw Norwegian Sindre Bjoernestad Skar, winner of the 10km freestyle race, claw back a 15.5s … READ MORE →

Norway Takes Junior Women’s Relay Gold – USA 7th, Canada 11th

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Norway took the victory over Russia in the women’s 4×3.3km relay with a comfortable 22s margin while Germany was 3rd bringing home the bronze. The US women claimed a strong 7th … READ MORE →

Nishikawa and Stephen Score Pursuit and Mini-Tour Haywood NorAm Wins

(Orford, QC) – Graham Nishikawa (AWCA) and Liz Stephen (USST) were unstoppable in the handicap start pursuit skate races on the final day of the Haywood NorAm in Orford, Quebec on Sunday, claiming commanding … READ MORE →

Kuzzy and Compton Take Skate Wins at Michigan SuperTour Day 3

(Houghton, Michigan) – CXC’s Caitlin Compton and Garrott Kuzzy topped fields on the final day of the Michigan SuperTour winning the 10/15km skate races respectively with comfortable margins. In the women’s race Compton established … READ MORE →

Germany’s Weeger Takes Junior Men’s 20km Pursuit Glory – Canada’s Shields 31st

(Otepaa, Estonia) – If you looked closely at today’s results for both men and women at the World Junior Championships in Estonia, Sunday was a fine day for the young junior skiers coming from … READ MORE →

USA’s Diggins 12th after Crashing as Norway Double Dips in Junior Women’s 10km Pursuit

(Otepaa, Estonia) – The Norwegian duo of Heidi Weng and Martine Ek Hagen scored first and second on Sunday in a strong display of power in the Junior women’s 5+5km Pursuit at the FIS … READ MORE →

Sinnott and Stuber Win on Day 2 at the Michigan SuperTour

(Houghton, Michigan) – Despite a challenge by Canadian Adam Kates (Thunder Bay), who coaches at Big Thunder, the USA’s Michael Sinnott (SVSEF) prevailed to take the win in a tight men’s 10km classic individual … READ MORE →

Nishikawa Again as Stephen Rebounds on Day 2 of the Haywood NorAm in Orford

(Orford, QC) – U.S. Ski Team’s Liz Stephen rebounded with a decisive victory in the women’s 7.5km classic individual start race as snow fell on Saturday on day 2 of the Haywood NorAm mini-tour … READ MORE →

Canada’s Gow 16th and Davies 19th in World Youth and Junior Biathlon Sprints

January 29, 2011 (Nove Mesto, Czech Republic) – Scott Gow, 20-years-old, led a group of young North Americans with a 16th-place finish in the Junior men 10km Sprint on Saturday won by Germany’s Tom Barth … READ MORE →

Wierer and Zubova Claim Youth and Junior Biathlon Worlds Sprint Titles – USA’s Kjorlien 27th

January 29, 2011 (Nove Mesto, Czech Republic) – The USA’s Kelly Kjorlien placed 27th as the top North American in the youth women’s six-kilometre sprint won by the Ukraine’s Ekaterina Zubova at the opening event … READ MORE →

Russia Wins U23 CL Sprint Gold – Canada’s Cockney 6th, Valjas 7th after Qualifying 2nd

(Otepaa, Estonia) – The powerful Olympic silver medalist from Vancouver, Alexander Panzhinskiy (RUS), was dominant today in Otepää and took the gold medal in the men’s 1.4km U23 sprint classic picking up where he … READ MORE →

Niskanen Takes U23 Classic Sprint Victory – Canada’s Marshall 12th as Six North Americans Qualify

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Finnish ace Kerttu Niskanen won the gold medal in the 1.2km sprint classic final at the U23 World Championships on Saturday morning. She started the day as the top qualifier and … READ MORE →

Michigan SuperTour Day 1 – Sinnott and Turman Top the Fields

(Houghton, Michigan) – Michael Sinnott (SVSEF) edged out CXC’s Garrott Kuzzy in the men’s 1.5km Classic Sprint in a tight finish in Houghton, Michigan on Friday winning by only 0.3s. In third another 8s … READ MORE →

Swix – A Perfect Pole for Every Skier

– Ski poles are perhaps the most overlooked aspect of a cross-country ski racer’s equipment. People comment on their ski’s or boot’s weight but too often disregard the extra grams on their ski pole … READ MORE →

Call for Business Proposal to Operate Revelstoke Nordic Ski Lodge

(Revelstoke, BC) – The Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club is looking for an individual(s) who will operate a stand alone cross country ski rental, ski instruction and small retail outlet out of the Club’s Day … READ MORE →

RaceSplitter App Released

– NENSA played a critical role in the development of this new split and race timing app for iOS devices (designed for iPod Touch and iPhone… works on iPad). We started the process about … READ MORE →

Haywood NorAm Orford – Nishikawa and Workun-Hill Take CL Prologue

(Orford, QC) – Graham Nishikawa (Whitehorse Cross Country/AWCA) and junior Michelle Workun-Hill (Nakkertok) won the prologue opener on Friday as the Haywood NorAm resumed this weekend with a mini-tour in Orford, QC. Temperatures were … READ MORE →

Zografski Wins Junior Worlds Ski Jumping Gold – USA’s Frenette Kicks Off in 27th

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) was the top U.S. finisher in 27th in the men’s HS 100, the first men’s ski jumping event of the 2011 FIS Junior World Nordic Ski … READ MORE →

USA’s Bjornsen 14th as Russia’s Ustiugov Takes 1.4km CL Sprint Junior Worlds Title

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Russia’s Sergey Ustiugov won the gold medal in the Junior men’s 1.4km classic sprint over Norwegian Sondre Turvoll Fossli, while Russia took third place with Gleb Retivykh winning the bronze.
American Erik … READ MORE →

Anger Wins Crash-Laden Classic Sprint Final – Canada’s Greer 21st and Widmer 28th UPDATED

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Germany’s Lucia Anger claimed the Junior Women’s classic 1.2km sprint title as the two leading skiers Elena Soboleva (RUS) and Germany’s Hanna Kolb crashed over the final hill in the final … READ MORE →

Snow Sports Market Sets Billion Dollar Record in December

(McLean, VA) – The snow sports market sold more than $1 billion worth of equipment apparel and accessories in December alone and reached $2.1 billion season-to-date. This is the first time in history snow … READ MORE →

France’s Mattel Wins Jr. Women’s Ski Jumping Gold – USA’s Hendrickson 18th

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Coline Mattel brought home the gold for France at the Junior World Championships in Otepää on Thursday after placing second last year and third the year before. Leading after the first … READ MORE →

Rydzek Wins Men’s NH/10k NCombined at Junior Worlds – USA’s Field 19th

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Johannes Rydzek is the first Nordic Combined winner at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Otepää (EST) today. The German athlete won the Normal Hill/10 km event in front … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy WCup 2010/11 Contest Standings after Otepaa

(Toronto, ON) – Following round #7 of the Viessmann XC FIS 2010/11 World Cup in Otepaa, Estonia last weekend here are the leaders and the complete standings of the international … READ MORE →

32nd Annual Rendezvous Race – Mar. 5

(West Yellowstone, MT) – The time is now to register for the annual marathon ski race in West Yellowstone. With a bit of luck, a season’s worth of long skis, interval training, and hill … READ MORE →

Mission Accomplished: Canada’s Sandau Impressive 5th in U23 Men’s 15km – USA’s Hoffman 9th

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Canadian National Team skier Kevin Sandau wanted to be in the top 10 in today’s men’s 15km Free Race at the U-23 World Championships in Otepaa, Estonia, and when the race … READ MORE →

Lahteenmaki Dominates U23 Women’s 10km Skate – Canada’s Nishikawa 16th

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Using her experience as a former Junior World champ, Finland’s rising star Krista Lahteenmaki dominated Thursday’s U-23 10km free technique in Otepaa. Her winning time of 26:33.3 was one minute ahead … READ MORE →

Widmer’s Junior Worlds Report – 5km Hammer Fest

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Wednesday morning’s 5km Skate race was, as expected, a hammer fest. The course is not nearly as challenging as past years at the World Junior Championships, but nonetheless, it demanded every … READ MORE →

World Junior Championships – Pretty Stoked on Today!

(Otepaa, Estonia) – The Junior World Championships kicked off today with the 5km/10km freestyle race. It was super exciting with all the athletes from every country here ready to rip around the challenging courses … READ MORE →

The Way I See It – Kochie, Flat Skis, Great Tradition, Gaiazova and Crawford Otepaa Wrap, World Juniors and U23s

– Bill Koch has one more medal than most of us give him credit for. I found this out when I was researching the fact that Kikkan is leading the FIS WC Sprint … READ MORE →

2011 Winter Universiade – Canada Sends 102 Athletes to Turkey

(Ottawa, ON) – A delegation of 102 student-athletes and 39 officials will represent Canada at the 2011 Winter Universiade in Erzurum, Turkey, from January 27 to February 6. The opening ceremonies of the 25th … READ MORE →

Norway Scores Again in Junior Worlds Men’s 10km Free – USA’s Patterson 28th UPDATED

(Otepaa, Estonia) – While it was a mixed nation podium today in the men’s junior 10km free race, the top step again belonged to Norway. On a cool day with powdery snow conditions the … READ MORE →

USA’s Diggins 7th as Norway Sweeps Women’s 5km at Junior Worlds Opener UPDATED

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Norway kept the magic of their strong development program in order today, by sweeping the top three spots in the opening race of the 2011 FIS World Junior/U23 Championships in Otepaa, … READ MORE →

Team Canada: World Jr/U23 Championships Preview

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Canada’s contingent for the 2011 World Junior/U23 Championships (WJCs) in Otepaa, Estonia, consists of 19 athletes, along with a support crew of 8 lead by Senior Development Team Coach, Eric De … READ MORE →

Ontario Coaching Opportunities

– Cross Country Ontario would like to fill the Assistant Coach and the Apprentice Coach positions for the 2011 National Championships between March 10 – 20, 2011 in Canmore AB.
National … READ MORE →

Jessie Diggins – Running Down a Dream

– One couldn’t help but be impressed by the skiing of Afton, Minnesota’s 19 year-old sensation, Jessie Diggins at the recent 2011 US Nationals in Rumford, Maine. Diggins, who went to Stillwater High School, … READ MORE →

The Sasseville Report – A Look at the Otepaa WCup

(Barrie, ON) – It was so good to see a “traditional” cross-country ski race on Saturday from Otepaa. The 10 and 15km individual start classic races were great to watch. I grew up with … READ MORE →

USSA Names Nordic Combined World Championship Team

(Park City, Utah) – Olympic medalists and World Champions Johnny Spillane (Steamboat Springs, CO), Billy Demong (Vermontville, NY) and Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) will lead the decorated U.S. Nordic Combined World Championship Team … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy WCup 2010/11 Contest Standings after Liberec

(Toronto, ON) – We’re excited to announce the leaders of the international SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2010/11 Contest after round #6 of the Viessmann XC FIS 2010/11 World Cup … READ MORE →

Otepaa WCup – Great Prep for Junior/U23 Worlds

(Otepaa, Estonia) -The Otepaa World Cup has been on my radar since the summer. It was appealing because the timing of it would be a great experience and a good primer for the 2011 World … READ MORE →

Team CXC: From Finland to Estonia over the Baltic

(Otepaa, Estonia) – The past week in Finland has been great; good snow, good trails, good lodging…but now it’s time to get to Estonia, where the races are! After driving down to Helsinki, we … READ MORE →

Canada’s Mark Arendz Wins Gold at IPC World Cup

(Vuokatti, Finland) – Canada’s Mark Arendz captured his first IPC World Cup victory after winning the gold medal in a biathlon individual race on Sunday in Vuokatti, Finland on Sunday.
Arendz shot clean to post … READ MORE →

Berger 4-for-4 at 12.5km IBU Mass Start – Spector 29th UPDATED

(Antholz, Italy) – Norway’s Tora Berger won her fourth consecutive individual competition on Sunday, netting the top podium spot in the women’s 12.5km Mass Start at the IBU World Cup in Antholz. Berger narrowly … READ MORE →

Kuzzy and Compton Dominate SuperTour Day 2 in Minnesota

(Minneapolis, Minnesota) – CXC’s Caitlin Compton and Garrott Kuzzy measured up again to claim back-to-back victories in the 10/15km mass start classic races on day 2 of the SuperTour Mayor’s Challenge. Compton held court … READ MORE →

USA’s Lodwick 8th in Nordic Combined Battle in France – Lamy-Chappuis Wins

(Chaux-Neuve, France) – Olympic silver medalist Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) jumped third and hung on in a hotly contested battle to finish eighth in a nordic combined World Cup in Chaux-Neuve in the … READ MORE →

USA Hauls in Best Relay of the Season with 9th – Germany Wins UPDATED

(Anholtz, Italy) – Germany needed just seven spare rounds to claim the top podium spot in Sunday’s 4×7.5km Men’s Relay in Antholz. The foursome, consisting of Stephan Christoph (0+1, 0+0), Daniel Böhm (0+0, 0+2), … READ MORE →

Norway’s Brandsdal Takes Surprise CL Sprint Victory in Otepaa UPDATED

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Norway’s young Eirik Brandsdal at 24 years old, won his first individual WCup in Otepaa on Saturday surprising some of the sport’s top sprinters as he bested team mate Ola Vigen … READ MORE →