Archive | August, 2011

2011/12 Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski – 6th Edition Features 9 Races

– Last week, the main team involved with the FIS Tour de Ski preparations visited the four Tour host venues of Oberhof, Oberstdorf (both GER), Toblach and Val di Fiemme (both ITA). The 6th … READ MORE →

Interview with Simi Hamilton

– Simi Hamilton grew up in Aspen, CO with skiing in his blood. Since before he can remember, he spent every non-school day during the winter either on the alpine hill or out on … READ MORE →

Job Opportunity – Waterville Valley XC Director

(Waterville Valley, NH) – Waterville Valley in New Hampshire is seeking an XC Director. The candidate must possess a knowledge of XC events, possess a high energy, outgoing personality, and have previous supervisory experience. … READ MORE →

Len Valjas Interview – Video

– Check out this video interview with Len Valjas posted on the Team Hardwood YouTube channel. He talks about his break-out season last year, NST training camps so far this year, current training focus, … READ MORE →

Northug Confirms Start at 2012 König Ludwig Lauf

(Oberammergau, Germany) – Petter Northug Jr., the Vancouver 2010 double Olympic Champion and Oslo 2011 triple World Champion has confirmed that he’ll race the 2012 edition of the König Ludwig Lauf in Oberammergau on … READ MORE →

Bjoergen Wants to be a Mom after 2014

– Marit Bjoergen (NOR) has ruled out motherhood before she concludes her racing career, according to The 31-year-old XC skiing superstar has admitted she would like to have a family, but she aims … READ MORE →

Novak and Bottomley Win Kangaroo Hoppet

(Falls Creek, Australia) – Australia’s international ski marathon the Kangaroo Hoppet was held today at Falls Creek in north-east Victoria. The first skier across the line in the premier 30km Freestyle event was Petr … READ MORE →

Estonia’s National XC Ski Team Doctor to Leave his Post

(Estonia) – The fallout surrounding the doping scandal involving Estonia’s top xc skier, Andrus Veerpalu, and his three-year ban continues as Tarvo Kuidma, the Estonian national team’s doctor, has decided to leave his post. … READ MORE →

Kangaroo Hoppet Kicks Off Worldloppet Series on August 27

The 21st annual Kangaroo Hoppet will be held at Falls Creek in north east Victoria on August 27, 2011. The 42km  Hoppet is the opening event of the 2011 / 2012 Worldloppet series of … READ MORE →

FIS XC Interview with Andrew Musgrave

– A Scandinavian newspaper called him once “A Brit that isn’t actually that bad..”. And Andrew Musgrave is not bad at all! He scored a very good 6th place in the 15km Freestyle at … READ MORE →

Team Hardwood to Host 100+ XC Skiers for Major Training Camp Aug. 27-28

(Oro, ON) – Over 100 committed young cross country ski racers from across Ontario will converge on Hardwood Ski and Bike this weekend for the 2011 Southern Ontario Training Camp, an intensive 5-day dryland … READ MORE →

FIS Gives Final Ruling in Andrus Veerpalu Case

– After a June 5 teleconference in which Andrus Veerpalu’s defense team presented its arguments in attempt to clear the retired Estonian skier of doping charges, FIS announced its ruling to maintain the skier’s … READ MORE →

Cross Country Canada Announces Future Sites for Haywood Ski Nationals

(Whistler, BC) – The Events Committee is pleased to announce that the Callaghan Valley Cross Country Ski Club and Blow- Me-Down Cross Country Ski Club will host the 2013 and 2014 Haywood Ski Nationals … READ MORE →


(Canmore, AB) – Since Beckie Scott’s breakthrough win at the 2002 Winter Olympics, North American sprinters have enjoyed growing success on the international cross-country race circuit. SPRINT to WIN, produced in 2008, features commentary … READ MORE →

U.S. Team News from New Zealand Training Camp

– For the first time ever this August, the USST men’s team had a solo trip down to New Zealand for a 2.5-week training camp. The goal of the camp was to bring all … READ MORE →

Babikov Blog – Snow Farm Recap

(Snow Farm, New Zealand) – The Snow Farm, New Zealand is a special place, if you want to ski in summer there is no better conditions in the world, than in New Zealand. That’s … READ MORE →

Stratton Mountain Junior Camp in Full Swing

(Stratton Mountain, VT) – The Stratton Mountain School junior camp comes right on the heels of their BKL camp, keeping the coaches plenty busy! Three days into the junior camp, so far skiers have … READ MORE →

Kershaw Attends Sudbury Share the Road Ride

(Sudbury, ON) – Devon Kershaw barely made it out of New Zealand during a intense winter storms last week, but he was determined to reach Sudbury, Ontario in time to participate in the Share … READ MORE →

Diggins Report – Recharging…

– After five consecutive training camps… it was time to unwind a bit and recharge the battery! And what better way to do that than spending time with my family? When I got off … READ MORE →

IOC Applauds Austrian Walter Mayer’s Doping Conviction

(Vienna, Austria) – Former Austrian xc ski coach Walter Mayer was recently convicted for supplying doping materials to athletes and was issued a 15-month jail term which the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is applauding … READ MORE →

Brian McKeever Wins Merino Muster in New Zealand

(New Zealand) – The weather was outstanding as Brian McKeever won the 42k Merino Muster skate mass start race in New Zealand, with Erik Carleton finishing two seconds back in second place. New Zealander … READ MORE →

Training to Russian Rap Music at the Snow Farm

(Snow Farm, New Zealand) – Check out this entertaining video as the US and Canadian men’s National XC Ski Teams train with the Russian men’s National Team to the beat of Russian rap music … READ MORE →

Interest in Jizerska 50 Triples Over Last Year

(Czech Republic) – What will you be doing on the second weekend in January 2012? If you want to take part in one of the 45th annual Jizerska 50 competitions it’s time to post … READ MORE →

Former Austrian Coach Walter Mayer Found Guilty of Supplying Doping Materials to Athletes

(Vienna, Austria) – The criminal trial of former Austrian ski coach Walter Mayer, 54,  has ended with a guilty verdict and a 15-month jail term after Mayer was found guilty of supplying doping materials … READ MORE →

Sweden’s Bryntesson Organizes Camp for Young Athletes with Diabetes

(Mosjoen, Norway) – Swedish sprint specialist Robin Bryntesson organized a camp for young athletes with diabetes in Mosjoen, Norway last week.
“When I was sick as a 17-year-old, I wanted to meet others who were … READ MORE →

Ushuaia Loppet Launches in Tierra del Fuego – Aug. 22

(Tierra del Fuego, Argentina) – The first ever Ushuaia Loppet ski marathon is taking place on Monday, August 22nd 2011 outside the city of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
The freestyle technique, 42km Ushuaia Loppet … READ MORE →

Organize a Canada Games Day and Support Sports Day in Canada

(Ottawa, ON) – The Canada Games Council (CGC), in support of Sports Day in Canada on September 17, invites all students, schools and community centres from across the country to Catch the Spirit of … READ MORE →

Top Skiers to Contest in Hamar

(Hamar, Norway) – One week after succesful Toppidrettsveka and FIS Rollerski World Championships in Aure/Kristiansund, top Norwegian athletes will meet again at another roller skiing event – the Kirkebakken Grand Prix at Hamar.
Organizers of … READ MORE →

Pietro Piller Cottrer Forced to Take a Month Off

– Italy’s Cross-Country skiing ace Pietro Piller Cottrer will be out for a month due to an injury he suffered while cycling earlier this month. The champion from Sappada crashed during a mountain bike … READ MORE →

Support Ellis River Trail in Jackson, NH

(Jackson, NH) – As many of you know from skiing the Ellis River Trail last winter, a landslide, caused by river erosion, occurred at the halfway point of the trail. With the U. S. … READ MORE →

New Zealand Winter Games Day 2 – 1/1.6km Free Sprints

(Snow Farm, New Zealand) – Olympic medallists and world champions battled against each other and adverse weather conditions on day two of the cross country ski racing at the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter … READ MORE →

Mongolian Ski Association Hosts XC Training Camp

(Handgait, Mongolia) – As a follow-up to last year’s first Coaches’ Seminar that was held under the IOC Olympic Solidarity technical courses for coaches program, the Mongolian Ski Association organized a training camp for … READ MORE →

FIS Rollerski World Championships – Norway Dominates

– Ragnar Andresen fought back in yesterday’s 200 m Sprint Free and was unbeatable the whole day. Andresen already dominated the prologue and was victorious all the way through till the finals. Italians had … READ MORE →

New Zealand Winter Games 10/15km Classic – Freeman and Newell 1-2, Kowalcyzk Wins Women’s Race

(Snow Farm, New Zealand) – The USA’s Kris Freeman threw down the gauntlet as he claimed the gold besting his teammate Andy Newell in the final sprint to the line in the men’s 15km … READ MORE →

Southern Ontario Training Centre (SOTC) 2011 Summer Training Camp Report

(Horseshoe Valley, ON)  – The Southern Ontario Training Centre (SOTC) recently concluded its first week-long training camp of the summer. Based out of Horseshoe Valley, ON, the camp ran for six days, from July … READ MORE →

Unidentified Norwegian National Team Skier Fined for Roller Skiing on German Autobahn

(Oberhof, Germany) – When the Norwegian National XC Team van ran out of gas on the German Autobahn near Oberhof where they were training recently, instead of thumbing a ride or hoofing it to … READ MORE →

National Cross Country Ski Education Foundation (NCCSEF) Becomes National Nordic Foundation

(Salt Lake City, Utah)  – The National Cross Country Ski Education Foundation (NCCSEF) will soon be renamed the National Nordic Foundation (NNF). This name change is being undertaken to better represent the foundations updated … READ MORE →

Only 99 days Until 2011/12 FIS Cross-Country World Cup Season Kick-off

– Nineteen World Cup venues are included in the 2011/2012 season, which will kick off in Beitostoelen, Norway on November 19. The FIS Cross-Country family will then move to Kuusamo for the three-stage competition, … READ MORE →

2011 FIS Roller Skiing World Championships Underway

(Aure and Kristiansund, Norway) – For the first time, FIS Roller Skiing World Championships are taking place in Norway. Aure and Kristiansund are hosting the world’s best roller skiing specialists as well as some … READ MORE →

Agility Testing for XC Skiers Video

– Check out this educational video from the USSA emphasizing the importance of agility training for XC skiers. The video explains why the best skiers in the world are also some of the most … READ MORE →

In Memory of Birkie Founder Dave Landgraf

(Bloomer, Wisconsin) – David Landgraf, well known in the cross country ski community as a “Founder of the American Birkebeiner” died Monday afternoon, August 8, from injuries he suffered when a car hit him … READ MORE →

NYSEF Climb to the Castle Rollerski Race – Sept. 17

(Wilmington, NY) – The New York Ski Educational Foundation and the Olympic Regional Development Authority announce the 5th annual NYSEF Whiteface Climb to the Castle Rollerski Race on Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 am. … READ MORE →

Trial Against Former Austrian XC Coach Walter Mayer Begins

(Vienna, Austria) – The case against Walter Mayer, 54, the former Austrian cross-country skiing and biathlon coach is underway in Vienna where Mayer entered a non-guilty plea to the crown’s charges that he disseminated … READ MORE →

USA Ski Jumping Names Trio to National Development Team

(Park City, UT) – A trio of top developing ski jumping talent has been named to the USA Ski Jumping (USASJ) Development team according to USASJ Athletic Director Alan Johnson, in an announcement today.
Named … READ MORE →

The Canadian Paralympic Committee Announces Call for Nominations for the Paralympic Hall of Fame

(Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Paralympic Committee is pleased to announce that the call for nominations for induction into the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame is now open.
The Canadian Paralympic Committee encourages all members … READ MORE →

Raffle to Benefit US Biathlon Foundation Ends August 19th

(Portland, Maine) – Ray Bourque and Portland Sea Dogs to Raffle “Ultimate Fan” Prize Package. The United States Biathon Foundation today announced its new partnership with the Portland Sea Dogs. Hockey legend Ray Bourque, … READ MORE →

Finland’s Vähäsöyrinki and Räsänen to Appeal Suspended Sentences

(Finland) – Pekka Vähäsöyrink, the former head of Finland’s XC Ski Association, and Jari Räsänen, a former national team skier, both announced that they will appeal the suspended sentences they were given by the … READ MORE →

7th Annual Nordic Fat Tire Festival

(Presque Isle, ME) – When riders, racers, and festival goers arrived Saturday morning for the 7th annual Nordic Fat Tire Festival they were met with this summer’s all too familiar sound of steady, pouring … READ MORE →

Recharge and Replenish – Recovery Nutrition

– Did you know that in a typical hard two-hour workout, you can use up all your stored carbohydrate energy (muscle and liver glycogen), sweat away over two litres of water (along with approximately … READ MORE →

J2 National Camp Day #2 – Canadian Strength Test

(Sun Valley, ID) – The campers took part in the Canadian Strength test on Tuesday afternoon. Everyone was on their game putting in solid efforts, as has been the norm for all of the … READ MORE →