Archive | July, 2011

Frenette and Jerome Take U.S. Ski Jumping Large Hill Titles

(Park City, UT) – Olympic ski jumper Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) took his third straight U.S. title Saturday at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Park City. Jessica Jerome took the women’s crown … READ MORE →

Silver Star XC Camp Countdown

(Silver Star Mountain, BC) – As I am preparing for my annual backcountry camping trip, my mind is flooded with random thoughts. Did I double check the gas stove? Did I pack enough socks? … READ MORE →

The Haig Gives You a Lot of Time to Think…

– Skiing is like baking. Well, at least the way I bake. Let’s say my training plan is like a chocolate chip cookie recipe. Leniency is really important, otherwise the cookies are too dry, … READ MORE →

WADA Sets Out Strategic Plan for the Next 5 Years

– WADA has published the fourth revision of its Strategic Plan, which covers the period 2011 to 2016. The plan, which was created in 2001 and revised in 2004 and 2007, has been developed … READ MORE →

USSA Coaches Certification L100 Technique Clinic – Thursday, August 4th

(Sun Valley, Idaho) – Thursday, August 4th 1:00 to 3:00pm White Clouds Golf Course. Sun Valley, ID. White Clouds is just off Sun Valley (Trail Creek) Road across the street from Sun Valley Golf … READ MORE →

Randall Wins Run for Good 5K

– US XC Ski Team star Kikkan Randall is also in the fast lane without her skis as she won the inaugural Run for Good 5K in Anchorage with a time of 17:06 this … READ MORE →

NENSA’s Eastern REG Women’s Video!

  – The NENSA Eastern REG camp at Hosmer Point provided the perfect setting for the women to show they are well versed at training hard AND having fun! And a big thanks to the … READ MORE →

Cross Country Canada Welcomes Matthew Jeffries as Director of Business Development

July 26, 2011 – In order to capitalize on recent success and improve capacity to provide for existing and potential sponsors, Cross Country Canada welcomes Matthew Jeffries to the newly-created role of director of business … READ MORE →

2011 National J2 Talent ID Camp Supported by NCCSEF Comes to Sun Valley

(Sun Valley, ID) – The 2nd annual National J2 Talent ID camp is set to take place August 1-8th in Sun Valley, ID.  The top 22 J2 boys and top 22 J2 girls in … READ MORE →

Australia-New Zealand Cup Opens at Falls Creek, Australia

(Falls Creek, Australia) – The opening races of the 2011 Australia New Zealand Continental Cup were held at Falls Creek in Australia last weekend.
The events were also the first weekend of Australian National Cross … READ MORE →

Seppas and Paredi Win Final Rollerski World Cup

(Bad Peterstal, Germany) – Sweden’s Hanna Seppas and Simone Paredi of Italy won the final round of the FIS Rollerski World Cup in Bad Peterstal, Germany. The third day of the FIS Rollerski World … READ MORE →

Blink Festival Cancelled after Two Days

(Sandnes, Norway) – The traditional Blink Festival in Sandnes was cancelled after two days because of the tragedy in Oslo and Utøya Island. FIS Cross-Country sends its sincere condolences to the families and friends … READ MORE →

U.S. Ski Team Women’s Video Challenge – VOTE

– A total 24 women’s training groups from all over North America submitted their video entries for the U.S. Ski Team Women’s Video Challenge. The U.S. Ski Team women voted for their five favourite videos … READ MORE →

Bjornsen Blog – US Ski Team CampTown Training in AK

(Alaska) – For this past week we have been training in town with a massive group of top ladies from US and Canada. We have now been renamed the “North American Training Alliance”. It … READ MORE →

North American Women’s Nordic Alliance Camp

(Alaska) – My goal as a coach of APU and two of the women on the US Ski Team is to help support an environment where we have the best women in North America … READ MORE →

MWSC Athletes to Host Maine Team Training Day at Pineland Farms

– Athletes from the Maine Winter Sports Center Olympic Development Teams will host a full day of training and classroom sessions at Pineland Farms on August 13th. All Maine Eastern High School, J2 Championship … READ MORE →

Continental Cup XC Ski Race Season to Gets Underway July 23-24

(Victoria, Australia) – While many people in the Northern Hemisphere are at the beach, the ski racing season in the Southern Hemisphere is kicking off. The FIS Cross-Country Continental Cup will launch it’s competition … READ MORE →

Women’s Ski Jumping Continental Cup Series Kicks Off

(Szcyrk, Poland) – The 2011/2012 ladies’ Ski Jumping Continental Cup season started with victory by the Junior World Champion Coline Mattel yesterday in Szcyrk (POL). The 15 year-old French athlete impressed with jumps of … READ MORE →

Crested Butte Nordic Center Takes Reins of Elk Mountains Grand Traverse

(Crested Butte, CO) – “The Crested Butte Nordic Center is assuming responsibility for the Elk Mountains Grand Traverse,” announced Keith Bauer, Executive Director of the Nordic Center. The announcement marked the completion of more … READ MORE →

Burke Mountain Academy’s Norway Trip – Up Near the End

(Sognefjell, Norway) – The final week at Sognefjell has seen the training hours increasing steadily for almost everyone. Occasionally a coach has stepped in and “suggested” an afternoon or morning off. With great trails … READ MORE →

National Winter Sports Association Announces Funding Support for 2011-12

– The National Winter Sport Association (NWSA) was established through the foresight and donation of the Disbrow family. This generous support of the NWSA is aimed at assisting coaches, athletes and competitive racing programs … READ MORE →

Job Posting – Edmonton Nordic Ski Club

(Edmonton, AB) – The Edmonton Nordic Ski Club is seeking a qualified, experienced head club coach to lead, foster and coordinate the club’s athlete development program. This is full time permanent position beginning September … READ MORE →

Welcome to Alaska!

(Anchorage, Alaska) – “And remember…if a grizzly charges you, lay down and cover your head and neck. If it’s a black bear…do your best to fight back”. These were Erik Flora’s last words to … READ MORE →

Anti-Doping – What You Need to Know

– One of the most complicated issues in sport surrounds doping. This hot topic has an impact on everything from high school, university and college athletics to elite and professional sport. Studies have indicated … READ MORE →

Job Opportunities – Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

– There are two positions now open at the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (CSHoF) – Chief Operating Officer and Event Supervisor. The Sports Hall of Fame which is committed to preserve and showcase … READ MORE →

Auburn Ski Club Hosts First Annual Summer Team Sprint Nordic Race

(Truckee, California) – Not satisfied with merely skiing well into June, past the Solstice, and into the summer, Auburn Ski Club hosted the First Annual Summer Team Sprint Nordic Race on July 3rd, 2011. … READ MORE →

Mt. Borah Custom Partners with Maine Winter Sports Center Through 2014

(Coon Valley, WI) – Mt. Borah Custom has signed an agreement with the Maine Winter Sports Center as their exclusive training and racing apparel provider through 2014. Through the recently created agreement Mt Borah … READ MORE →

Interview with Finland’s Matti Heikkinen

– Finnish cross-country skier Matti Heikkinen found some time in the middle of the training season to talk to FIS Cross-Country News about his training year. Heikkinen’s season last winter was highlighted by a … READ MORE →

Let’s Go Skiing – Indoor and Glacier XC Options

– With the masses heading to the beach, cross-country skiers are busy getting ready for the new season. When they want to spend some training hours on skis in summer they basically have two … READ MORE →

Swix Sport USA has Relocated to a Larger Facility

(Haverhill, MA) – Swix Sport USA, the top supplier of accessories for the winter sports industry, has confirmed that it has moved its entire operations to Haverhill, Massachusetts.  The 65-year-old brand has outgrown its … READ MORE →

CXC Summer Championships and REG Awesome-ness

(Telemark, WI) – I can’t get over how awesome the REG and junior camps here at Telemark are. It’s so much fun to have everyone running up and down the hall, into the pool, … READ MORE →

New Doping Investigation in Finland?

(Helsinki, Finland) – Finland’s doping fiascos may not be over just yet. Apparently Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation has launched a new preliminary investigation regarding the 10-year old libel case against the Finnish News … READ MORE →

Start Wax & Poles to Service U.S. Market with Q-Outdoor and Endurance Enterprises

(Lahti, Finland) – Startex Oy, owner of the Start wax and pole brands, is launching a two-pronged U.S. marketing, sales and fulfillment program. The company has engaged Endurance Enterprises Inc. (EEI), a marketing firm … READ MORE →

Job Opportunity – Salomon Nordic Product Category Manager

July 10, 2011 (Ogden, UT) – Amer Sports Winter & Outdoor based in Ogden, UT has a job opportunity in their Salomon division for a Nordic Product Category Manager including overall product to market execution, … READ MORE →

Alaska’s Fatbikes Kick Butt on Snow

(Anchorage, Alaska) – Alaska is known for many things, from its great xc skiing, Bering Sea crab fisherman, big-game hunting and fishing to Sarah Palin, long winters and 20+ hours of daylight in the … READ MORE →

2022 Olympic Games in Quebec City?

July 8, 2011 (Quebec City, QC) – Quebec City has twice lost its bid to host the Winter Olympics, first in 2002 when Salt Lake City was selected by the IOC and in 2010 the … READ MORE →

Open Letter to Cross-Country Ski Coaches

– During the 2005 National XC Coaches’ Education Symposium, the attending coaches created a mission statement: U.S. Cross Country Ski Coaches are committed to a system that prepares skiers at all levels to become … READ MORE →

Silver Star Hires New Nordic Manager

(Silver Star, BC) – Silver Star Mountain Resort is excited to announce that Guy Paulsen of Vernon, BC will be taking over the roll as Nordic Manager starting Monday July 11th. Paulsen has a … READ MORE →

SIA Announces Snow Show Sold Out for 2012

(McLean, VA) – While mountain resorts and retail shops across the country have transitioned into summer offerings, SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is thinking SNOW and looking ahead to next year’s Snow Show in Denver. … READ MORE →

PyeongChang to Host 2018 Winter Olympics

(Durban, South Africa) – South Korea’s PyeongChang 2018 Bid Committee celebrated after being selected as the host city of the Games of the XXIII Winter Olympiad reports the Associated Press. Receiving 63 of the … READ MORE →

Apogee Partners with Biathlon Canada on the Road to Sochi 2014

(Ottawa, ON) – The nation’s top biathletes will be dressed for success while pursuing excellence representing Canada around the world, thanks to the addition of Apogée Sports to the team’s pool of product sponsors, … READ MORE →

Finland’s Mika Myllyla Found Dead

(Helsinki, Finland) – Mika Myllylä, one of Finland’s most successful xc skiers, was found dead in his apartment in the northwest town of Kokkola reports Associated Press. Apparently no crime was involved but few … READ MORE →

Randall Bests Brooks at Mount Marathon

(Seward, Alaska) – U.S. XC Ski and APU teammates Kikkan Randall and Holly Brooks duked it out on July 4 at the annual Mount Marathon climb up and down the 3-1/2-mile/5.6km, 3,022-foot peak, with … READ MORE →

Cross Country Canada’s 2011 AGM Annual Awards

July 4, 2011 (Canmore, AB) – At the recent Cross Country Canada Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Canmore, AB, the following individuals were recognized for their contributions to the sport of cross-country skiing. Congratulations … READ MORE →

The Sasseville Report – Guilty Verdicts for Two Defendants in Finnish STT Doping Trial

(Finland) – The long and complicated STT doping case came to an end this past week with the guilty verdicts against former skier Jari Rasanen and former coach Pekka Vahasoyrinki for lying during an … READ MORE →

Babikov’s Maui Hawaii Camp #2 Update

– Just returned from an amazing Maui, Hawaii training camp. Yes you’ve heard that right, the Canadian Cross Country ski team had a training camp in Maui. We tried to combine some fun with … READ MORE →

FIS Roller Ski World Cup Kicks Off in France

July 1, 2011 (Bessans, FRA) – Russians Elena Ektova and Igor Glushkov won the season opening 15km mass start free technique FIS Roller Ski World Cup races in Bessans (FRA) last weekend. On … READ MORE →