Archive | December, 2011

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012 Contest – Standings after the Pursuit

(Toronto, ON) – Following the Pursuit we have a new leader in the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012 Contest as Siggy’s Speedsters is now the front runner with 216 points. In second … READ MORE →

Interview with Kikkan Randall Following her Crash in the TdS CL Sprints

(Obertsdorf, Germany) – The USA’s Kikkan Randall was looking strong and poised to go head to head with Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) and Marit Bjoergen (NOR) at Saturday’s 1.2km classic sprint, round #3 of the … READ MORE →

Russia Romps in Men’s TdS CL Sprint as Northug Crashes – Kershaw 11th Now 4th Overall

(Obertsdorf, Germany) – Russian blue put the hurt to the field in the men’s 1.2km classic sprint as rain and snow pelted skiers making for tough conditions. Nikita Kriukov, the 2010 Vancouver Olympic classic … READ MORE →

Kowalcyzk Dominates Tour de Ski CL Sprints as Randall Crashes in Final

(Obertsdorf, Germany) – Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk was on fire again today nailing her third consecutive TdS win taking the women’s 1.2km CL Sprint as Kikkan Randall suffered a surprising and unfortnate fall as she … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012 Contest – Standings after the Prologue

(Toronto, ON) – We’re excited to announce that this year’s SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012 Contest has a total of 333 teams registered for what will prove to be the biggest baddest … READ MORE →

Happy New Year from Team Canada at the Tour de Ski in Germany

(Obertsdorf, GER) – Check out this cool Tour de Ski New Year’s greetings video by the Canadian XC Ski Team from all of the players including the top skiers on the bus to Obertsdorf, … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski Day Three CL Sprints – Randall, Newell, Harvey and Kershaw Qualify

(Obertsdorf, Germany) – Day three is underway as the Tour de Ski caravan made the transfer from Oberhof to Obertsdorf, Germany, for the sprint competitions. Poland’s Justyna Kowalcyzk continued her domination in the women’s … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski Day Two Pursuit Quotes and PHOTOS

(Obertsdorf, Germany) – Tough conditions greeted the worlds best xc skiers on Day Two at the Tour de Ski. Here’s a selection of quotes and photos as the USA’s Kikkan Randall nailed her best-ever … READ MORE →

US Biathlon Youth / Junior World Championship Team Nominated

(Anchorage, AK) – Following three days of competition in Anchorage, Alaska, the following athletes have been nominated to represent Team USA at the IBU Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championship in Kontiolahti, Finland, February 20-26, 2012.
Congratulations … READ MORE →

Austria’s Schlierenzauer Takes Four Hills Day One Victory

(Oberstdorf, Germany) – Austrian super star Gregor Schlierenzauer took the win tonight, and lead an Austrian ski jumping sweep of the podium in the first event in the 60th edition of the prestigious Four … READ MORE →

Teichmann New TdS Leader With Men’s 15km CL Pursuit Win as Kershaw Claims 15th + Final Crash Sequence

(Obertsdorf, Germany) – Germany’s Axel Teichmann captured the victory and the series lead on Stage 2 of the Tour de Ski, winning the men’s 15km classic pursuit race in Oberhof, Germany holding off a … READ MORE →

Kowalczyk Storms to Second Victory at TdS in Women’s 10km CL – Randall Superb in 6th

(Obertsdorf, Germany) – Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland eked out her second consecutive victory at Stage 2 of the Tour de Ski, just outstretching Norway’s Therese Johaug at the line in an exciting duel that … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski Team Presentation and Prologue PHOTOS

(Obertsdorf, Germany) – Here’s a selection of photos from the Team Presentation held the evening before the Tour de Ski began on Dec. 29, and some great action shots from Stage 1 including the … READ MORE →

Canadian Video Highlights and Interviews from Day 1 at the Tour de Ski

(Oberhof, Germany) – Check out this great video courtesy of the Canadian Team during Day 1 of the Tour de Ski, including training clips, action in the wax room, race footage, and post-race interviews … READ MORE →

US XC Ski 2012 Nationals Update: Course Open for Skiing

(Rumford, ME) – Here are a couple of photos from Chief of Course Jim Rodrigues as well as an update on availability of skiing for those getting ready for next week’s Nationals. Things are … READ MORE →

Northug Tops Cologna in Prologue as Tour de Ski Begins – Canada’s Harvey Strong 6th

(Oberhof, Germany) – Norway’s Petter Northug fired warning shots signaling his full intention to finally win the Tour de Ski overall this year with a win in the men’s 4.1km Prologue, beating TdS arch … READ MORE →

Kowalczyk Bests Bjoergen With TdS Prologue Win – USA’s Randall a Solid 10th

(Oberhof, Germany) – Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland won the Prologue at the 2011-12 Tour de Ski on Thursday in Oberhof, Germany, staking her claim for a third consecutive overall women’s title in the gruelling … READ MORE →

NNF Pledges $35,000 Towards Nordic Combined Pillar Projects

(Salt Lake City, Utah) – The National Nordic Foundation will invest $35,000 in Nordic Combined Pillar Projects for its 2011/2012 Nordic Combined funding.  Nordic Combined joined the National Nordic Foundation in May of 2011 … READ MORE →

Nordic Group International’s John Frado – GOOD NEWS Update

(Winchester, New Hampshire) – Dear Friends – great news about John! Maybe all of our praying/good thoughts/healing energy yesterday worked. But today is definitely a MUCH better day for him (and family and friends there) … READ MORE →

Kowalczyk and Northug Claim Prologue Victories at Tour de Ski – Harvey 6th and Randall 10th

(Oberhof, Germany) – Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland staked her claim to the women’s Tour de Ski overall crown with a win in today’s opening 3.1km Prologue stage in Oberhof, Germany. Kowalczyk bested World Cup … READ MORE →

The Eve of the Tour de Ski

(Oberhof, Germany) – So…. I haven’t said much on my blog yet about the Tour de Ski but here it is – starting TOMORROW!  As there is no World Champs or Olympics this year, … READ MORE →

FIS Tour de Ski Preview – Canada and US Poised for Podiums

(Oberhof, Germany) – The Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski looks destined to live up to what many have predicted is the most-anticipated event of the FIS cross-country race season. Now in its sixth year … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012 Contest – Final Deadline Extended to 12pm Midnight

(Toronto, ON) – Due to popular demand the final registration deadline for the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2011/12 Contest has been extended to 12pm Midnight on Dec. 28. This year’s TdS is … READ MORE →

Hardwood Ski and Bike is Open for the Ski Season

(Barrie, ON) – Mother Nature has come through and brought 15 centimetres of snow which has allowed us to re-open. We received 15cm of snow Tuesday night and now have 7km trails that are … READ MORE →

Minocqua Couple Donates Millions to Protect XC Skiing

(Minocqua, WI) – A couple from Minocqua, WI bought over 3,200 acres of land near their home and donated it to the Northwoods Land Trust with the goal of preserving the land for recreational … READ MORE →

Sad News

(Wolfeboro, NH) – The Nordic community was sad to learn that Jennifer Caldwell, daughter of John and Hep Caldwell passed away at her home in Wolfeboro, NH, on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Jennifer raced for … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012 Contest – Final Chance

(Toronto, ON) – With over 250 teams entered in the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2011/12 Contest the action is heating up as the world’s best xc skiers will soon do battle at … READ MORE →

One Way Sport Signs Long Term Contract w/Dario Cologna

(Helsinki, Finland) – One Way, the Finnish Nordic Sports brand, signed a contract today with World Cup Overall Series winner and Tour de Ski winner, Dario Cologna from Switzerland, that begins May 1, 2012
Cologna … READ MORE →

Update on Nordic Group International’s John Frado

(Winchester, New Hampshire) – Friends, I’m talking with Chris pretty much daily, acting as a kind of middleman for the moment to keep the Cross Country Ski Area Association (CCSAA) Board updated on what … READ MORE →

Canadian XC Team in Davos – Photos

(Davos, Switzerland) – When the Canadian XC squad was in Davos for the FIS WCup earlier this month, new CCC sponsor One Way organized a photo shoot for the country’s top skiers. Check out … READ MORE →

Message from IOC President: The 2012 Agenda

– The events of 2011 have put the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Movement in a strong position as we look to 2012 and beyond. Over the course of this year, we took … READ MORE →

Chama Chile Ski Classic – Jan. 14-16

(Chama, NM) – Come out and play in the snow at the Chama Chile Ski Classic, January 14-16, 2012 over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in Chama, NM! There will be 3 days … READ MORE →

Ddorf, Davos, Rogla, Davos. What’s Up.

(Davos, Switzerland) – Apparently, life’s been good the last few weeks because I’ve been too busy eating stellar food, taking saunas, drinking cappuccinos, training hard and hitting up all the World Cup stops instead … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012 Contest – Registration Deadline is Dec. 28

Dec. 26, 2011 (Toronto, ON) – The deadline to register or revise your team for the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2011/12 Contest, is 10pm EST on Dec. 28 – the Tour begins Dec. … READ MORE →

NNF Pledges Reach $83,000 for Cross-Country Pillar Projects

(Salt Lake City, Utah) – The National Nordic Foundation will invest an additional $25,000 in two Cross-Country Pillar Projects in its second round of 2011/2012 funding. Of this additional investment $13,000 will go toward … READ MORE →

Rogla WCup Sprint Videos – Crawford, Randall, Hamilton and Newell

(Rogla, Slovenia) – Check out these great video recaps of the recent sprint competition in Rogla, Slovenia, courtesy of Torin Koos, where Canada’s Chandra Crawford captured her first ever World Cup silver medal in … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy WCup 2011/12 Contest – Standings after Rogla + WCup Break Prizes

(Toronto, ON) – Seasons greetings…following the FIS World Cup in Rogla, Slovenia, we still have a very close race in the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy WCup 2011/12 Contest. Siggy’s Speedsters has taken over the lead … READ MORE →

Happy Holidays

December 24, 2011 (Toronto, ON) – We would like to take this opportunity to extend best wishes to all of our readers, contributors, partners, advertisers, suppliers, supporters, families and friends across the continent, and around … READ MORE →

Q & A with Kikkan Randall – Warm Ups

– In this week’s edition of Kikkan Randall’s Q&A, junior skier, Abe Meyerhofer, from Alaska asks an interesting question about Warm Ups before sprint and distance races. Kikkan responds with some valuable tips for … READ MORE →

NENSA TD Bank Eastern Cup & US Junior National Qualifier Points

(New Gloucester, ME) – The New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) has posted the most recent 2011-12 points standings for NENSA, the TD Bank Eastern Cup, and US Junior National Qualifiers. Leading the TD … READ MORE →

Preparing for the 2012 US XC Ski Nationals in Rumford with Swix

With US XC Nationals less than two weeks away, Mother Nature has been most unco-operative.  Fortunately, the organizing committee and volunteers in Rumford have picked up the slack and have the snow guns blowing at … READ MORE →

VIP Special Invitation to Join the US NCombined Team at the 2012 WCup Finale in Oslo

– Ring your cowbell in the heat of the battle, while the US Team fights for victory! Join the tour and be a member of our team at the Nordic Combined World Cup … READ MORE →

Job Posting – Head Coach for NDC-Thunder Bay

(Thunder Bay, ON) – NDC-Thunder Bay is seeking a skilled, enthusiastic Head Coach to lead our organization into the future. Operating out of Thunder Bay, Ontario, a community renowned for its support of and … READ MORE →

Nordic Group International’s John Frado Seriously Injured in a Fall

(Winchester, New Hampshire) – On December 20, John Frado, husband of Cross Country Ski Areas Association Executive Director Chris Frado, suffered head and brain injuries along with some broken ribs as a result of … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012 Contest Registration NOW OPEN

(Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce that the fourth annual international SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2011/12 Contest is now live for team registration for contestants around the world with over … READ MORE →

Lukas Bauer Inteview: The Tour de Ski is Extremely Difficult

– Lukas Bauer is a two-time FIS Tour de Ski champion and one of the hot candidates for a third win. FIS Cross-Country News talked to the Czech ace about his feelings before the … READ MORE →

Mt. Borah Launches Cycling Gear for a Year Contest

(Coon Valley, WI) Mt. Borah Custom will be offering cycling teams and clubs a chance to outfit their riders in pro-level gear for the 2012 season.  Mt. Borah’s Gear for a Year contest is … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski – 7 Days to Go

– The sixth edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft Sportswear will kick off in just seven days, on December 29, 2011. For the first time, the event will be … READ MORE →

The Way I See It – Diggins, Sprint Qualifiers, Even Better, Future Team Sprints

– DIGGINS Again – Jessie hasn’t lost a race since the first race in Yellowstone, and the 10km (the last race before the Xmas break) in Rossland was the icing on the cake. She … READ MORE →

Charlotte Kalla’s Tour de Ski in Jeopardy Due to Illness

(Sweden) – According to Scandinavian media reports, Swedish sensation Charlotte Kalla is a possible no-show for the Tour de Ski as a result of an ongoing chest infection. Swedish broadcaster, SVT, reports that Kalla … READ MORE →