Archive | January, 2012

Canadian Ski Marathon 2012 – Feb. 11-12 Register Now!

(Montebello, ON) – I am very proud to report that despite recent freezing rain and warm weather, the traditional trail – Gatineau-Montebello-Lachute – is in excellent condition. The full trail has been groomed creating … READ MORE →

US Biathlon Superbowl Raffle – Tickets On Sale Until Feb. 2

– US Biathlon is raffling off four tickets to this year’s Superbowl! This is an all-expenses paid trip for you and three guests for two nights in Indianapolis! The raffle tickets are only $2 … READ MORE →

Canada’s Klebl Snags 2nd Silver at IPC WCup Men’s 10km Sit Ski w/USA’s Cnossen 7th – Canuck Bourgonje 6th in Women’s Race

(Cable, WI) – Canada’s Chris Klebl skied to his second-straight silver medal at the IPC Cross-Country Skiing World Cup in Cable, Wisconsin on Monday in the Men’s 10k sit ski race.
The 40-year-old Klebl, of … READ MORE →

USA’s Nordgren Storms to 21st in Men’s 12.5km Pursuit at IBU Open Euro Championships

(Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia) – Russia’s Alexey Volkov only missed one shot in the Men’s 12.5k Pursuit at the IBU Open European Championships that run Jan. 27-Feb. 2 in Slovakia to secure the win in a … READ MORE →

14th Annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon Recap – Naryshkina, Ocariz, Brothers and Niemi Top Podiums

(Marquette, MI) – Nearly 1,400 participants took part in the 14th annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon presented by Marquette General Health Systems. The headline event – the 50km classic – started in Ishpeming, home of the National … READ MORE →

North Americans Crowd the Podium at Austrian National Championships

(Bad Ischl, Austria) – Many European and Scandinavian nations have been holding their national championships during the current break in World Cup action. This past weekend it was Austria’s turn, with the competition being … READ MORE →

Canada’s Arendz 4th at Wisconsin IPC Biathlon WCup 12.5km – U.S. Athletes Crack Top 10

(Cable, WI) – Canada’s Mark Arendz came up just shy in his bid to win his fifth IPC Biathlon World Cup medal of the season after finishing fourth in the men’s 12.5-kilometre race on … READ MORE →

31st Annual Craftsbury Marathon Results – Clare Egan and Nils Koons Top 50km CL Fields

– The largest Nordic ski event in the east, the 31st Annual Craftsbury Marathon, took place on Sunday. Hundreds of participants of all ages challenged themselves on 25km and 50km classic routes that traversed … READ MORE →

Liebsch and Bender Win Tour de Twin Cities Overall as Gregg and Knight Take Final Stage

January 29, 2012 (Lake Elmo, Minnesota) – The final day of Tour De Twin Cities SuperTour competition played out as expected: Matt Liebsch (Team Strongheart/Team Birkie) and Caitlin Gregg (CXC) skied away from their respective … READ MORE →

Dartmouth Dominates UNH Carnival – Sophie Caldwell Scores Back-to-Back Wins

(Bartlett, NH) – On the opening day of the University of New Hampshire Carnival (Jan. 27), both the Dartmouth men’s and women’s Nordic teams pulled the rug out from underneath UVM, sweeping the men’s … READ MORE →

FIS Marathon Cup News – Aukland and Nyström Win 70km CL Marcialonga

– The sun had just risen when nearly 7,000 competitors started their 70km classic long journey through the Fassa and Fiemme valleys for the 39th edition of the Marcialonga (ITA) . The best marathon … READ MORE →

Canada’s Mark Arendz Scores IPC World Cup Wisconsin 7.5km Biathlon Bronze

(Cable, WI) – Variable winds, sometimes gusting up to 15-mi/22.5km per hour, added another element of drama to the first day of the biathlon competition during the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Nordic Skiing World … READ MORE →

Bender and McGuffin Top Fields at Tour de Twin Cities Round #4 Battle Creek SuperTour

(Lake Elmo, Minnesota) – For the fourth stage of the Tour De Twin Cities on Saturday, the Battle Creek SuperTour moved east to Green Acres Rec. Area in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. Due to the … READ MORE →

AltaGas Extends Canadian National Team Sponsorship Beyond 2014 Sochi Games

January 28, 2012 (Calgary, AB) – AltaGas Ltd. (TSX:ALA) has refueled the path to the podium for Canada’s cross-country ski athletes by extending its sponsorship of Cross Country Canada for another four years. The long-term commitment, … READ MORE →

Volunteers Needed for the Romance Half Marathon on Feb. 11

– The CTA, Moosalamoo Association, and Rikert Nordic Center are in need of some volunteers to help with the Romance Half Marathon Race and Tour on Saturday, February 11th. Volunteer tasks may include; registration assistants, start/finish line assistants, timers, … READ MORE →

Canada’s Chris Klebl Wins Silver Medal at IPC World Cup in Wisconsin

(Cable, WI) – At the end of the day and at the awards ceremony, Chris Klebl, who has overcome much, was beaming from ear to ear. As well he should, garnering the top North … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy WCup 2011/12 Contest – Standings after Otepaa

(Toronto, ON) – The Viessmann FIS XC World Cup forged on to Otepaa, Estonia last weekend with Canada’s Devon Kershaw scoring bronze in the men’s 15km classic. Read more about Kershaw’s spectacular race HERE. Siggy’s … READ MORE →

Win a Free Birkie 2012 Entry – Enter By Feb. 5

– Greetings Skiers and Friends! Enter by February 5 to win one of five FREE Birkie Entries, courtesy of SmartWool, one of our Birkie 2012 sponsors. The 39th Annual Birkebeiner takes place February 23-25. … READ MORE →

Sun Peaks Students Learn to Cross Country Ski

(Sun Peaks, BC) – Students at the Discovery Centre for Balanced Education at Sun Peaks Resort will be giving a new sport a try as part of their school curriculum this February.
The Nordic Ski … READ MORE →

New Grants Now Available – Canadian Paralympic Committee

(Ottawa) – The Canadian Paralympic Committee invites Canadian sports organizations to apply for the 2012-13 granting round of the Para-Equipment Fund, presented by Petro-Canada, a Suncor Energy business, and supported by the Government of … READ MORE →

National Champions Crowned During FIS World Cup Break – Bjoergen a Surprise 6th

(Toronto, Canada) – While the Viesmann FIS World Cup 2011/12 series is taking a short break, many of the world’s top cross-country skiers are not. Instead, many are taking advantage of the two-week hiatus … READ MORE →

Tour de Twin Cities Skate Sprints – Bender and Reynolds in Charge

(Minneapolis, MN) – Skiers have reached the midpoint of the 5-stage Tour De Twin Cities. On Wednesday evening, racers contested a prologue skate sprint under the lights at Wirth Park. The 1.4 kilometer course … READ MORE →

FIS Fantasy Marathon Cup 2011/12 Contest Standings after Dolomitenlauf

(Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce the standings for the inaugural SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Marathon Cup 2011/12 International Contest after the 38th annual Dolomitenlauf. With over 200 teams in the mix, Team … READ MORE →

USSA Tour De Twin Cities SuperTour – Liebsch Doubles Up as Bender and Gregg Win Women’s Races

(Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN) – The first-ever Tour de Twin Cities kicked off on Saturday with the classic individual start races. The inaugural Tour, also part of the USSA SuperTour series, consists of … READ MORE →

IPC Biathlon World Cup Opens Jan. 26 at Famed Telemark Lodge

(Cable, WI) – Many of the world’s top adaptive athletes are ready for the start of an historic IPC Biathlon World Cup set to kick off tomorrow at the famed Telemark Lodge in this … READ MORE →

Rikert Nordic Center Hosts Women’s Ski Day Feb. 5

(Ripton, VT) – Energizing women about being active in the outdoors during the winter is the aim of a day-long Women’s Ski Day at Rikert Nordic Center in February. Rikert Nordic Center will host … READ MORE →

Otepaa Double Classic – Pain, Joy and the Big Picture

– Last weekend, we departed from beautiful sunny Italia to the double-classic weekend of World Cup racing in Otepaa, Estonia. Last year we had Junior World/U23 Championships there, so it was sweet to return … READ MORE →

1st World Snow Day Premiere Success Worldwide

(Oberhofen, Switzerland) – Sunday, January 22nd saw the inaugural FIS World Snow Day take place all around the world. 227 events in 39 countries featured children, their families and the general public to enjoying … READ MORE →

FIS Tour de Ski 2012 Winners Answer Three Questions

– With each of them clinching their third victory at the Tour de Ski, Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) and Dario Cologna (SUI) secured the respective cross-country crowns for themselves. Fischer, ski sponsor to both athletes, … READ MORE →

RMISA Colorado and Denver Invitationals Wrap – Utah Leading

– The western collegiate RMSIA series kicked off in Steamboat Springs at the Hawelsen Hill Nordic Center with the Colorado Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational on Jan. 13-14 and then moved on to Tabernash, Colo. … READ MORE →

Doing the Distance-Racing-Thing…Otepaa, Estonia!

– I’ve got to keep this short and sweet for now, but I’ll add some pictures when I get a chance! Today was the first time I got to race a World Cup distance, … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski Reflections….I MADE IT!

– I MADE IT! Ten years from now I can just picture myself laughing, in reflection: “Remember the time when I raced the entire Tour de Ski with a broken wrist after falling on … READ MORE →

Fast and Female XC Ski Event in Canmore Report

(Canmore, AB) – At the age of 12, Canmore’s Sara Renner attended the 1988 Olympics as a spectator. That moment changed her life and prompted her to aim for Olympic dreams of her own.
With … READ MORE →

Cross Country Canada Names OPA/Convergence Tour Team

(Canmore, AB) – A second group of young Canadian skiers has been selected to gain valuable international experience while representing Canada at OPA and Scandinavian Cup races in early February. The OPA and Scandinavian … READ MORE →

EISA Bates Carnival Days 1-2 – UVM Scores

(Rumford, ME) – The EISA season kicked off with the Bates Carnival from Jan. 20-21. The alpine races were  contested at Sunday River in Newry, Maine, while the Nordic events were held at Black … READ MORE →

The Sasseville Report – Otepaa Success

– The other day, while I was at the CBC filming the highlight show on the Tour de Ski, I was asked by Scott Russell if I thought that this generation of male racers … READ MORE →

Discover Canada’s Paralympic “Super Athletes”

(Ottawa, ON) – They are the fighters. The odds-defiers. The never-say-nevers. Through an unshakable determination, fierce passion and sheer willpower, they have accomplished what many athletes dream of doing, but few actually can: to … READ MORE →

Sandau and Marshall Nail 10/15km FR Pursuit on Final Day of Canmore NorAm Western Champs

(Canmore, AB) – Kevin Sandau (Foothills Nordic) took no prisoners on his way to victory in men’s pursuit start 15km skate on the final day of the Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships in Canmore. … READ MORE →

France Claims IBU Men’s Team Relay Win in Antholz – Canada 7th and USA 10th

(Antholz, ITA) – On the final day in Antholz, France flexed its relay muscles again as their men’s team took top honours on Sunday in the men’s 4×7.5km relay following in the wake of … READ MORE →

Randall, Diggins, Stephen and Jones Shine as Kowalczyk Dominates Women’s 10km CL in Otepaa

– (Otepaa, EST) – While Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland was carving out another resounding victory for herself in the women’s 10km CL individual start race, not far behind, a bevy of North American women … READ MORE →

Kershaw Scores Bronze as Cologna Takes Men’s WCup 15km CL in Otepaa

(Otepaa, Estonia) – It was a great day for Canada’s Devon Kershaw in Otepaa with a bronze medal performance in the men’s 15km classic and yet another podium for the Canadian team in as … READ MORE →

Domracheva Roars from Behind to Claim IBU Women’s Mass Start WCup in Antholz

(Antholz, ITA) – It was a challenging yet satisfying day for Belarus biathlete, Darya Domracheva, who used her superior skiing and fine shooting late in the race to overtake the leaders and blast through … READ MORE →

38th Dolomitenlauf – Fabio Santus and Valentina Shevchenko Triumph

(Obertilliach, AUT) – Fabio Santus (ITA) won this year’s 38th edition of the Dolomitenlauf – it was his third consecutive win however the final podium was decided in a photo finish as second-placed Aliaksei … READ MORE →

Marshall and Cockney Rule Teck Sprints FR at Haywood NorAm Western Championships

(Canmore, AB) – When the dust settled it was Alysson Marshall (Larch Hills) and Foothills Nordic’s Jesse Cockney topping the fields in the 1.2/1.4km freestyle Teck Sprints on Day 2 at the Haywood NorAm … READ MORE →

Canada’s Harvey Formidable Fourth at Otepaa CL Sprints – USA’s Newell Solid 7th

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Canada’s Alex Harvey said he was hungrier after finishing 12th at the Tour de Ski. It seems he arrived at Otepaa, Estonia with an appetite as he placed just off the … READ MORE →

YOG: Historic Bronze for USA in Cross-Country/Biathlon Mixed Team Relay

(Seefeld, AUT) – The USA landed on the podium with a historic third place finish in the Olympic-level Cross-Country/Biathlon Mixed Team Relay event on Saturday at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
Germany, … READ MORE →

Kowalczyk Tops Bjoergen at Otepaa CL Sprints – Randall 9th as Four North Americans Qualify

– (Otepaa, EST) – Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland was in familiar form in Otepaa as she dominated her heats after qualifying second behind her nemesis Norwegian Marit Bjoergen, and then slammed the door on … READ MORE →

Birnbacher Edges Out Shipulin and Fourcade in Antholz IBU 15km Mass Start – Burke 20th, Bailey 21st

(Antholz-Anterselva, ITA) – Andi Birnbacher from Germany pumped his fist in celebration as he narrowly out-sprinted Russia’s Anton Shipulin by a tenth of a second to claim the victory in the men’s 15km Mass … READ MORE →

France Takes IBU Relay Win In Anholtz – Canada Strong 9th, USA 13th

(Anholtz, ITA) – France’s Marie Dorin Habert held off a hard-charging Darya Domracheva from Belarus to claim the victory in the women’s 4x6km relay by 2.5s as Russia took the final podium spot +21.4 behind. … READ MORE →

Interviews w/McMurtry and Nishikawa 5/10km CL Winners at Haywood NorAm Western Championships

(Canmore, AB) – We caught up with Friday’s 5/10km CL winners, Brent McMurtry and Emily Nishikawa, at the Haywood NorAm Western Championships in Canmore for their take on the course, conditions and their races…report … READ MORE →