Archive | November, 2011

Canada’s Kocher Leads NA Women at IBU World Cup Opener – Domracheva Wins

(Ostersund, Sweden) – Canada’s Zina Kocher lead the North American women in 35th despite a tough day of shooting in the women’s 15km individual start season-opener E.ON IBU Biathlon World Cup in Ostersund won … READ MORE →

USA’s Bailey 9th at IBU World Cup Season Opener – Canada’s Le Guellec 14th

(Ostersund, Sweden) – The E.ON IBU Biathlon World Cup got underway in Ostersund, Sweden with round one, the men’s 20-kilometre individual start, and Two-time Olympian Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid, NY, lead the North … READ MORE →

Lenny Valjas Interview in Kuusamo after 5th Place Sprint Finish

(Kuusamo, Finland) – Watch this short video interview with Canada’s Lenny Valjas after his 5th place finish in the classic sprint stage of the Viessmann FIS XC World Cup’s first mini-tour this season that … READ MORE →

Bozeman USSA SuperTour Races Are a GO!

(Bozeman, MT) – The Bozeman Super Tour races scheduled for this weekend are a go, thanks to a just-in-time dump of snow today. Race organizers had been warning of a possible cancellation due to … READ MORE →

Heidi Widmer’s Wild, Wild, West

(West Yellowstone, MT) – Passports in hand and plenty of snacks on snacks, eight Academy athletes and two coaches ventured into the Wild West. The drive down to Montana proved to be a scenic … READ MORE →

Green Light for Davos: Cologna’s Hometown Ready to Host World Cup Dec. 10-11

(Davos, Switzerland) – Despite challenging snow conditions, the Organizing Committee in Davos and FIS gave the green light for the 31st edition of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup presented by Viessmann in Davos on December … READ MORE →

Bozeman SuperTour in Jeopardy due to Lack of Snow

(Bozeman, MT) – The USSA Super Tour races scheduled for this weekend in Bozeman, Montana, are in jeopardy of being cancelled due to lack of snow at the Bohart Ranch race site. According to … READ MORE →

Alex Harvey and Kikkan Randall Kuusamo Press Conference Highlights

(Kussamo, Finland) – Check out this video, courtesy of FIS Cross Country, featuring highlights of a press conference with Canadian star Alex Harvey and the American star Kikkan Randall. Both talk about their summer … READ MORE →

Race Tails: Opening the 2012 Season with a Bang!

– The Kikk Notes: The 2011-2012 season is underway and has started off with a bang!  We’re now two weekends into the World Cup season and I’ve been skiing to some of my best … READ MORE →

World Cup Videos from Sjusjoen – Bjoergen Makes History

(Sjusjoen, Norway) – Check out these great highlight videos from the FIS XC World Cup action in Sjusjoen, Norway, where Norway’s Marit Bjoergen recorded her record-breaking 47th career World Cup victory in the women’s … READ MORE →

Jessie Diggins: I Almost Forgot About Race Hack…

(West Yellowstone, MT) – OUCH! I felt like I took a blowtorch to my lungs. Friday’s 10km skate (15km for the guys…sorry dudes…) was really hard. It was snowing on and off all morning, … READ MORE →

Northug Claims Kuusamo Crown – Harvey 11th as Kershaw Rebounds

(Kussamo, Finland) – While all eyes were watching Norway’s Petter Northug and Switzerland’s Dario Cologna duking it out for overall supremacy in the World Cup mini-tour in Kuusamo, Finland, this past weekend several other … READ MORE →

USA’s Randall Claims 6th Overall as Bjoergen Wins Kuusamo Mini Tour

(Kuusamo, FIN) – While Marit Bjoergen surprised noone with her victory of the mini-tour title in Kuusamo, Finland this past weekend, North American fans were also given plenty to cheer about as American Kikkan … READ MORE →

US Biathlon Announces 2011 Ostersund World Cup Team

(Ostersund, Sweden) – Following the conclusion of today’s IBU Cup competition in Ostersund, US Biathlon has announced the following roster of athletes who will compete in the IBU World Cup Ostersund, November 30-December 4, … READ MORE →

Germany’s Edelmann in Yellow Following Kuusamo NCombined Season Opener – USA’s Demong 19th

(Kuusamo, Finland) – The strong, gusty winds that swirl around Northern Finland played a major role in defining events of the weekend past, but in the end, the athletes wrote the finishing script.
The opening … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy WCup 2011/12 Contest – Standings after Sjusjoen REVISED

(Toronto, ON) – With the 2011/12 Viessmann FIS XC World Cup season officially underway, we are pleased to announce the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy WCup 2011/12 Contest standings after round one of the series in … READ MORE →

Northug Holds off Cologna for Kuusamo Victory – Harvey Leads NA Men in 11th Overall

(Kuusamo, Finland) – This weekend’s World Cup mini-tour in Kuusamo wrapped up with a two-man duel for the overall victory between Norway’s Petter Northug and Switzerland’s Dario Cologna. Northug began the 15km Classic handicap … READ MORE →

Norwegian Women Sweep Kuusamo Pursuit Final – Bjoergen Wins Mini Tour, USA’s Randall 6th Overall

(Kuusamo, FIN) – Norway’s Marit Bjoergen stormed to victory taking home the overall World Cup mini-tour title in Kuusamo on Sunday, finishing second in the final 10km classic pursuit behind compatriot Therese Johaug, with … READ MORE →

An Inside Look at One Way’s New Service and Promotion WCup Vehicle

(Finland) – Check out this great video of One Way from Finland’s new service and promotion truck launched this World Cup season providing race service on site to their many teams and athletes, as well … READ MORE →

Kuusamo 10/15km Freestyle – US and Canadian Race Quotes and PHOTOS

(Kuusamo, FIN) – The North Americans continued their assault at the World Cup mini-tour in Kuusamo today as the US women demonstrated the great progress they’ve been making by placing three skiers in the … READ MORE →

West Yellowstone USSA SuperTour Women/Men 10/15km CL – Diggins and Killick Win UPDATED

(West Yellowstone, MT) – Here are some brief results from the women’s USSA SuperTour 10km Classic on Day 3 in West Yellowstone, the final day of competition. Jesse Diggins (CXC Team) took the win … READ MORE →

Northug Seizes Overall Lead in Kuusamo – Canada’s Babikov Top North American in 16th

(Kuusamo, FIN) – Petter Northug of Norway grabbed the overall lead in the World Cup mini-tour in Kussamo today with a convincing win in the men’s individual start 10k freestyle race. Northug was on … READ MORE →

Bjoergen Scores Again in Kuusamo 5km F – Three American Women Crack Top 30

(Kuusamo, FIN) – Day 2 of the World Cup mini-tour in Kuusamo kicked off with a women’s 5km freestyle race held in blustery conditions. Once again Norway’s Marit Bjoergen was the class of the … READ MORE →

West Yellowstone USSA SuperTour 10km/15km Photos + Interview w/Matt Liebsch

(West Yellowstone, MT) – Here are some great photos capturing lots of the 10km/15km freestyle action on Day 2 of the USSA SuperTour in West Yellowstone where skiers are enjoying fabulous conditions. Morgan Arritola … READ MORE →

Randall and Valjas Shine at FIS XC Kuusamo Sprints as Peterson and Bjoergen Win

(Kuusamo, Finland) – Team North America was out in force on Day 1 at the first mini-tour on round two of of Viessman FIS World Cup in Kuusamo, Finland. American Kikkan Randall delivered her … READ MORE →

FIS Anti-Doping Program Focuses on Athlete Biological Passport

– This FIS Fact Sheet is intended to provide an update on FIS Anti-Doping Activities leading up to and during the 2011/12 season. The fight against doping remains an important focus for FIS, through … READ MORE →

West Yellowstone USSA SuperTour Day 2 – Zimmerman and Arritola Triumph

(West Yellowstone, MT) – Day Two of the USSA SuperTour proceeded today in West Yellowstone with the distance skate races – 15km for the men and 10km for the women. Morgan Arritola (Sun Valley … READ MORE →

Call for Nominations for 39th Canadian Sport Awards

– The True Sport Foundation announced today its Call for Nominations for the 39th Canadian Sport Awards (CSA). Canadian Sport Awards Recognize Canada’s Top Athletes, Coaches and Corporations for 2011. The nomination period begins … READ MORE →

Peterson and Bjoergen Win Kuusamo Sprints – Career Bests for Randall in 4th and Valjas in 5th

(Kuusamo, Finland) – Teodor Peterson (SWE) and Marit Bjeorgen (NOR) were victorious in today’s classic sprint races in Kuusamo, Finland, the first of three days of racing in the first Viessman FIS World Cup … READ MORE →

The Way I See It – Kershaw’s Bindings, Northug’s Antics, Canadian and US Teams

– Devon Kershaw’s Bindings – the short solution is to change systems – how many more times do you have to be chasing your skis in the crowd before you realize it is costing … READ MORE →

FIS XC Interview with Alex Harvey

(Kuusamo, FIN) – Check out this great interview with Canada’s Alex Harvey direct from Kuusamo, Finland where round two of the Viessman FIS XC World Cup unfolds tomorrow. Harvey is a contender for any … READ MORE →

Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train – Andy Newell Interview

  – Check out the third installment of our new SkiTrax audio series, Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train, featuring legendary commentator and sports reporter Peter Graves. Our guest this week is US skier, Andy Newell, who just … READ MORE →

Kuusamo Nordic Opening – Bjoergen and Legkov to Defend Mini-Tour Titles + Start Lists

(Kuusamo, FIN) – The Viessmann FIS World Cup moves to Kuusamo, Finland this weekend for the official Nordic Opening of the season with all Nordic disciplines converging for a massive free-heel gathering of the … READ MORE →

West Yellowstone Day 1 USSA SuperTour Sprint Showdown PHOTOS

(West Yellowstone, MT) – Here’s a great selection of photos by Ian Harvey from Toko from the season-launch USSA SuperTour Sprint Showdown at West Yellowstone which featured a 1.67 km classic sprint showdown, followed 60 … READ MORE →

World Cup News – Bauer Launches Season, Heikkinen Puts it on Hold

– Tommorow, the Czech Republic’s top Cross-Country Skier, Lukas Bauer, will kick off his FIS Cross-Country World Cup season, while Finland’s Matti Heikkinen will sit out the second round of the series due to … READ MORE →

FIS Announces New Anti-Doping Campaign

(Kuusamo, Finland) – Today will see the official launch of new FIS campaign known as Skiers and Snowboarders Say NO! to Doping – “Clean as Snow” in Ruka, Kuusamo, Finland.
Say NO! To Doping is … READ MORE →

Alberta World Cup 2012 Video

(Canmore, AB) – Check out this breathtaking, heart pumping video that gives fans and racers alike a glimpse of the upcoming cross country skiing Alberta World Cup scheduled for December 2012.

West Yellowstone USSA SuperTour Video Interviews w/Diggins, Compton & Sinnott

(West Yellowstone, MT) – We caught up with some the winners of the the Sprint Showdown at round one of the USSA Supertour in West Yellowstone, including women’s 1.647km classic sprint champ Jesse Diggins (CXC Team), … READ MORE →

US Season Launches at West Yellowstone with USSA SuperTour Sprint Showdown UPDATED

(West Yellowstone, MT) – The USSA Supertour kicked off to a great start today in West Yellowstone with a series of individual sprints in both classic and skate technique. The Sprint Showdown featured a … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy WCup 2011/12 Contest – Record Number of Participants

(Toronto, ON) – SkiTrax is excited to report that 463 contestants from 28 countries are competing in the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy WCup 2011/12 Contest. Participation for this truly international contest, that runs through the … READ MORE →

Sjusjoen World Cup Opener Photos by Holly Brooks

(Sjusjoen, Norway) – Check out the gallery of photos below from this past weekend’s World Cup opening races in Sjusjoen, Norway, courtesy of  the USST’s Holly Brooks. The women of the USST had a … READ MORE →

Norway’s a Nice Place But I’ve Had Better Weekends

(Ruka, Finland) – After traveling North/East yesterday up here to Kuusamo, my motivation to write a report on how the weekend went eluded me. Simply put – the weekend wasn’t fantastic (or even ok, … READ MORE →

Drive for 25 Unites Nordic Community in Support of Tomorrow’s Stars Today

– The National Nordic Foundation’s Drive for 25 was a huge success, with over 750 Nordic enthusiasts pledging their support for America’s future Cross-Country and Nordic Combined stars on November 15th. Over $35,000 was … READ MORE →

CAAWS Announces WISE Fund for Active Girls and Women

– CAAWS announced today that it is offering twelve grants of $900 to active girls and women and/or organizations offering sport programs targeted to girls and women.
For more details and information, please review the … READ MORE →

The Sasseville Report – First World Cup is in the Can

(Sjusjoen, Norway) – Without a doubt, one of the most stressful weekends for a cross-country ski racer is the first meaningful race weekend of the year. All of the skiers have trained for six … READ MORE →

10th Mountain Division Junior Championships set for Rumford and Fort Kent

(Caribou, ME) – The Maine Winter Sports Center is pleased to host the 10th Mountain Division Junior Nordic and Junior Biathlon Championships in 2012. These events serve as Maine’s state-wide junior championships and offer … READ MORE →

CBC’s Canadian Athlete of the Year – VOTE for Devon Kershaw

(Toronto) – The CBC’s Scott Russell and Sports Weekend are conducting an online vote for Canada’s best athlete of 2011.  Devon Kershaw is on the shortlist among a dozen athletes and is currently running … READ MORE →

Men’s Relay Victory for Norway as USA Takes 11th & Canadians Suffer Bad Luck Blues

(Sjusjoen, Norway) – Petter Northug’s trademark finishing kick gave Norway a seemingly easy victory in the men’s World Cup 4x10km relay in Sjusjoen, Norway this afternoon. Local fans were treated to a 1-2 finish … READ MORE →

Norway on Top as USA Battles for 9th at FIS WCup Women’s Relay in Sjusjeon

(Sjusjeon, Norway)  – In another stunning display of raw power and control the Norwegian women lead by Marit Bjoergen delivered a 1-2 punch as Norway I and II landed on the podium in the … READ MORE →

FIS Nordic Director Capol Calls for Tougher Doping Penalties – 4 Years

Following the recent positive doping case against Juha Lallukka (FIN) FIS Nordic Director Jurg Capol was back in the news on YLE (Finnish TV) urging the powers that govern doping to bring in 4-year … READ MORE →