Archive | October, 2011

Canada’s Harvey Hungry to Taste Victory Again in 2011-12

– After the kind of season that Canada’s Alex Harvey had in 2010-11, climaxing with a gold medal in the Team Sprint event with Devon Kershaw at the Nordic World Championships in Oslo, Norway … READ MORE →

Beitostolen FIS Races & World Cup Season Opener in Jeopardy

(Beitostolen, Norway) – With the continuing lack of snow and mild temperatures forecast into next weekend, organizers of the FIS and World Cup races slated for Beitostolen are conceding that the risk of cancellation … READ MORE →

What’s New at the 2011 Yellowstone Ski Festival – Nov. 22-26

(West Yellowstone, MT) – With the temperature well below freezing in West Yellowstone last night and five inches of snow above 8,000 feet, planning for the 2011 Yellowstone Ski Festival is in full swing. … READ MORE →

La Sgambeda Kicks Off the 2012 FIS Marathon Cup on Dec. 18

(Italy) – In the past days the winter landscape has reminded us that the first marathon cross-country event of the season is getting closer! La Sgambeda Classic presents a 42km race along with other … READ MORE →

Inaugural Roll the Island 2011 – Roller Skiing PEI from Tip to Tip to Support Right to Play

– On November 4, 5, and 6th I aspire to become the first person to roller ski Prince Edward Island from tip to tip. This three-day excursion will begin Friday, Nov. 4 in North … READ MORE →

Park City and Whistler Training Camp Update and Photos

(Whistler, BC) – Check out Chandra Crawford’s latest update and pics from training camps in Park City, UT, and Whistler, B.C., including a Women’s Retreat. On Nov 1 she leaves for Sweden and her … READ MORE →

Q & A with Kikkan Randall – Equipment

(Park City, UT) – In this edition of Kikkan Randall’s Q&A, we received a great question related to equipment. Just how many pairs of skis does a World Cup racer need…? Check out Randall’s … READ MORE →

Crawford and Kershaw Win Frozen Thunder Sprint Race

(Canmore, AB) – Chandra Crawford and Devon Kershaw were the winners of the first races of the North American ski season on Frozen Thunder in Canmore, AB.  It was a perfect day for skiing, … READ MORE →

Canadian Selections for FIS Scandinavian Races and Early World Cups

(Canmore, AB) – Three athletes from the National Development Team have been selected to join the World Cup Team for early FIS races in Bruksvallarna, Sweden and Rovaniemi, Finland. The athletes will then get … READ MORE →

Sweden’s Daniel Rickardsson Signs with One Way

– The Finnish Nordic Sports brand ONE WAY has signed a contract today with new rising star on the Swedish cross country team, Daniel Rickardsson. Rickardsson has been one of the most successful racers … READ MORE →

Perianne Jones – Sustaining Momentum into 2011-12

(Canmore, AB) – For veteran Canadian national XC ski teamer, Perianne Jones, this past racing season was intended to be a rebuilding year. Following a tough 2009-10 season where Jones cracked the top 30 … READ MORE →

Lack of Snow in Beitostolen Could Threaten World Cup Opener

(Beitostolen, Norway) – The Norwegian cross country ski media is reporting that there is still no snow in Beitostolen (NOR), site of the first World Cup of the 2011-12 season, scheduled for November 19-20. … READ MORE →

Big Status Update from Caldwell Sport

(Putney, VT) – We’ve been sort of quiet on the website lately. It’s not because we don’t have anything to say. As usual, this time of year, it’s because we don’t have a lot … READ MORE →

Support Project A-Team’s Nordic World Cup Send-Off!

– Simi Hamilton and Noah Hoffman leave November 6th for Europe to compete against the best skiers in the world. Please come show your support and celebrate the start of the winter season… free … READ MORE →

Sweden Bullish on 2012

(Italy) – A high altitude training camp of the Swedish cross country ski team is coming to an end and Swedish coaches are satisfied with it. Running, cycling, roller skiing and strength training at … READ MORE →

Snow is Here – The Racing Season is Coming…

– The snow has finally fallen enough to accumulate some ski trails up at Hatchers Pass. Lots of pictures and stories have been circulating around already, so I think the word is out that … READ MORE →

Vancouver 2010 Impact Study – National Pride and City’s Economy Buoyed by Olympic Games

– An Olympic Games Impact Study examining the effects of the Vancouver 2010 Games has been released. The report, which examines socio-cultural, economic and environmental impacts of the Games, is available at the University … READ MORE →

AthletesCAN Launches “I Tested Positive?” Resources

– Recognizing that athletes are subject to ongoing anti-doping regulations and testing, the “I Tested Positive?” resources were adopted by AthletesCAN to provide a straight-forward and independent guide to assist athletes should they be … READ MORE →

Magda Genuin Retires from World Cup Racing

– Elite Italian cross-country ski racer Magda Genuin, 32, recently announced on her personal website her intention to retire from World Cup racing. In the post, Genuin wrote that she returned early from a … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup, TdS, and NEW Marathon Contests – Phase 1 Launching Soon

October 25, 2011 (Toronto, ON) – With under a month to go to the first World Cup we’re excited once again to announce that Phase 1 of our international 3-in-1 SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup, … READ MORE →

Famed Former USST Coach Dies

– The former head coach of the US Cross-country ski team, Rob Kiesel has died. Kiesel, 65, was discovered dead yesterday of an apparent heart aliment at his home in Joesph, OR, where he … READ MORE →

Bogus Basin Nordic Team Assistant Coach Opening

(Boise, Idaho) – The Bogus Basin Nordic Team (BBNT) in Boise, ID is the club program serving youth skiers age 6-19 in the Treasure Valley.  Currently, the team consists of around 10 high school … READ MORE →

Southern Ontario Training Centre – What a Difference a Year Makes!

(Barrie, ON) – A little over a year ago a group of like-minded coaches, parents and club officials in southern Ontario saw a need to provide greater high performance coaching and training support to … READ MORE →

Buff Headwear Continues as Supplier to Canada’s National XC Ski Team

– Cross Country Canada’s National Ski Team and Track Attack skiers across the country will hit the tracks this year with custom designed Buff® Headwear thanks to the ongoing support and sponsorship from Buff® … READ MORE →

Women’s Ski Jumping USA Nominates 8 Athletes to Visa Team

– Women’s Ski Jumping USA has nominated eight of the top women athletes in the nation to represent the Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team in one of the most historic seasons ever for the … READ MORE →

Fischer Announces Exceptional Pre-Season Sales & Launches Offtrack Category

(Auburn, NH) – Fischer Skis, the world’s leading cross country ski manufacturer, today announced it has processed a double-digit increase in pre-season sales of its Nordic ski products as cross country skiing experiences a … READ MORE →

The Best Place on Earth you Could Ask to Live

(Canmore, AB) – It’s been a busy fall season – as they all seem to be. The days are getting noticeably shorter, and the leaves are evacuating the trees faster than a herd of … READ MORE →

Traverse City to Host 2012 Masters National Nordic Ski Championships

(Traverse City, MI) – Over 900 cross-country skiers from around the U.S. and Canada competed last winter at Traverse City’s North American Vasa Festival of Races. And organizers expect hundreds more to attend the … READ MORE →

Bjørgen Signs New 3-Year Contract with Bliz Active

– The Bliz Active brand is continuing its rapid expansion and taking market shares in Sweden, in Scandinavia and in other countries. Since its inception in 2007, Bliz Active has been actively involved with … READ MORE →

Skibec and Club Nordique MSA Training Camp Update

(Mont-Ste-Anne, QC) – Skibec Nordique and Club Nordique Mont-Ste-Anne (CNMSA) spent Thanksgiving week-end in La Malbaie. Three days of intense training were on the menu for the athletes on the beautiful and challenging roads … READ MORE →

The Race – It’s Not About the Fall

(Minnesota) – Life and sport are full of ups and downs. You never know how far you can get if you try and Heather Dorniden of the University of Minnesota captures the essence of … READ MORE →

NDC TBay Report – On the Road Again

(Italy) – The NDC headed out on the road again this fall for a multi-week training camp, this time we headed overseas for some valuable on-snow training. Six members of the team and Eric … READ MORE →

The Way I See It – Flu Shots, Training Zones, Anti-Doping Decisions, Quebec’s Olympic Bid, NNF and Dasha

– Flu Shot Time – should not be a question as to whether or not you get this year’s flu vaccine. If it is a question in your mind, please talk to your doctor. … READ MORE →

One-Day Season Pass Sale at Historic Black Mountain of Maine – Oct. 22

(Rumford, ME) – On Saturday, October 22, Black Mountain of Maine will be holding its annual one-day season pass sale. Season passes are only $195 with no black-out dates. The one-day season pass sale … READ MORE →

U.S. Women Ski Jumpers Win Award and to be Honored at Ski Affair in Salt Lake City

(Salt Lake City, UT) – The Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team was honoured Wednesday night in New York City at the 32nd Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Gala. Team members and their … READ MORE →

Hardwood Ski & Bike’s 29th Annual Cross Country Ski Swap & Open House – Oct. 22-23

(Oro Station, ON) – The Hardwood Ski and Bike Annual Ski Swap is one of the largest cross country swaps around offering a great opportunity to find just the right equipment for you for … READ MORE →

Three Weeks Later… Still in PC!

(Park City, UT) – I’ve only got five more days to enjoy the sunshine, mountains and great training that Park City has to offer. And I plan to make the most of it! Official … READ MORE →

Czech Team Training Camp on the Dachstein Glacier

(Dachstein, Austria) – The complete Czech Cross-Country team with fourteen skiers and four coaches have been finishing their last glacier altitude training block on Dachstein, at about 2,800 m above sea level. It takes … READ MORE →

Heidi Widmer Blog – Santa Came Early!

(Canmore, AB) – Frozen Thunder, or Christmas as I like to call it, officially opened this past Monday and I couldn’t be more excited. I spent the previous week trying to shake a head … READ MORE →

Q & A with Kikkan Randall Every Wednesday – Strength Training Part 2

(Park City, UT) – Here’s part two of the Strength Training  Q & A with Kikkan Randall where she explains about her 3-part program for balance, agility, strength and speed. Check out Randall’s Training … READ MORE →

Sweden’s Joenssen Cuts Training Camp Short Due to Injury

(Livigno, Italy) – Top Swedish sprinter Emil Joenssen was forced to leave team camp in Livigno, Italy early when he sustained a thigh injury during training. “I was on the camp in the Italian … READ MORE →

Canada’s Brian McKeever Shortlisted for IPC Best Male Athlete Award

– Five snow sport athletes make up the shortlist for the Best Male Athlete Category for the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) 2011 Paralympic Sport Awards, proudly partnered by the IPC’s International Partner, Allianz. The … READ MORE →

Duesseldorf World Cup to Celebrate 10 Years – Dec. 3-4

(Duesseldorf, Germany) – The snow spectacle on the banks of the Rhine river will fascinate visitors from near and far for the tenth time. The World’s best cross-country skiers will again compete on the … READ MORE →

Dinner with Bjorn Daehlie at the Holmenkollen World Cup Contest

– Bjorn Daehlie North America announced today that they will give away a free trip to the 2012 Oslo/Holmenkollen world cup races to one of their fans. According to Bjorn Daehlie’s Kevin Johnson, “simply … READ MORE →

CCC and Dasha Gaiazova Rift Still Unresolved

(Canmore, AB) – Cross Country Canada held a news conference in Canmore yesterday to introduce the various National Ski Teams for the 2011-12 season, against the backdrop of the newly opened “Frozen Thunder” ski … READ MORE →

Job Opportunity – Canadian Olympic Committee

– The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is a national, private, not-for-profit organization committed to high-performance sports excellence. We are the largest private supporter of high performance sport in Canada and we are responsible for … READ MORE →

Cross Country Canada Names 2011-12 National Ski Team

, (Canmore, AB) – Canada’s elite nordic athletes will gain early-season snow access at their home training centre thanks to an innovative project that stock-piles snow at the CanmoreNordic Centre. The project, coined Frozen Thunder, … READ MORE →

The Drive for 25 – Let it be LARGE!

– The National Nordic Foundation’s “Drive for 25” on November 15th is a fundraiser based on as many $25 donations possible in a single day. There are two ways to be involved.  The most … READ MORE →

Kershaw and Webster take Inaugural Spray Drag Victory

, (Canmore, AB) – With winter just around the corner runners took part in what may be their last running race of the season in the inaugural Spray Drag Running Race. Sixty five entrants took on … READ MORE →

Silver Star Camps Countdown – 6 Weeks To Go

(Silver Star, BC) – Searching for Mr. (Miss) Right…”My coach is such a great skier. And he is really patient too. But I just don’t feel like I’m improving or am being challenged enough. … READ MORE →