Archive | February, 2012

Northug to Skip Vasaloppet Due to Stomach Ailment

(Norway) – Norwegian cross-country ski king, Petter Northug Jr., will not be on the start line at Sunday’s Vasaloppet. The traditional 90km race from Salen to Mora was one of the main season goals … READ MORE →

Canadian Wintersports Announces New Ownership

(Montreal, QC) – Canadian Wintersports Corp. (CWS) announces that Peter Rozmovits will be the new owner of Canadian Wintersports.  Seppo Lappalainen indicated “The time had come to pass on the company he has such … READ MORE →

American Birkie Comments from Elliott, Brooks, Liebsch and Gregg + PHOTOS

– SkiTrax caught up with the top men’s and women’s finishers after the biggest XC ski marathon in the U.S. – the American Birkebeiner in Cable, WI. Read race recaps from 50k FR winners … READ MORE →

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

(Toronto, ON) – We are excited to present the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy WCup 2011/12 Contest standings after the inaugural Szklarska Poreba WCup in Poland. Siggy’s Speedsters continues to lead with a total of 1,322 … READ MORE →

CCES Survey Deadline – Feb. 29

– The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) would like to remind all those interested in helping shape the future of drug-free sport that the survey for our anti-doping rules consultation closes on … READ MORE →

Fast and Female MSA – Mar. 18

(Mont-Ste-Anne, QC) – Fast and Female will be traveling East for its second Cross-Country Ski event of the season as it hosts an activity on March 18, 2012 as part of the 2012 Haywood … READ MORE →

One Way and French Ski Federation Extend Partnership Through 2018

– The Finnish Nordic Sports brand ONE WAY and the French Ski Federation (FFS) began their successful cooperation for the exclusive supply of textiles and footwear for the Nordic Ski Teams two years ago. … READ MORE →

Diggins Report: Racing in Turkey…and Dealing with Pressure!

(Ezurum, Turkey) – The Junior/U23 Worlds trip to Turkey has been a really great experience, despite my personal hiccups during the week. It’s been so cool to see international racing through the eyes of junior … READ MORE →

Vermont Wins EISA Championship in Tough Conditions

(Hancock/Stowe, VT) – Under steady snowfall and gusting winds, the University of Vermont claimed its second consecutive and 32nd EISA Championship in the program’s history on Feb. 25. Vermont led the charge totaling 955 … READ MORE →

FIS Fantasy Marathon Cup 2011/12 Contest Standings after the Tartu Maraton REVISED

(Toronto, ON) – We are happy to announce the standings for the SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Marathon Cup 2011/12 International Contest after the the 63km Classic Tartu Maraton in Estonia and apologize for the delay. … READ MORE →

Russia Dominates Relays at Junior World Championships – Canada 9th and 10th, USA 10th and 11th PHOTOS

(Erzurum, TUR) – Russia’s junior athletes put their stamp on the final day of competition at the Junior World Championships in Erzurum, Turkey, winning both the women’s 4×3.3km and the men’s 4x5km (CL/FR) relays.
The … READ MORE →

Utah Claims 2012 RMISA Championship

(Bozeman, Mont.) —In continuing with the season’s trend, the top-ranked Utah ski team won the 2012 Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championship, compiling an impressive 932 points in claiming the victory by 59.5 points … READ MORE →

Canada’s Ransom Wins Pursuit Silver on Final Day of IBU Youth World Championships

(Kontiolahti, FIN) – Canada’s Julia Ransom skied to her first-ever international medal, claiming the silver in the women’s youth pursuit competition on the final day of the Biathlon World Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland on … READ MORE →

Canada’s Vaillancourt 16th, USA’s Dreissigacher 20th at Junior Biathlon World Championships Sprints

February 25, 2012 (Kontiolahti, FIN) – Canada’s Audrey Vaillancourt continued to maintain pace with the world’s best junior biathletes, finishing 16th in the women’s 7.5km sprint competition on Saturday in Kontiolahti, Finland.  The 20-year-old missed … READ MORE →

U23 Worlds 15/30km Skiathlon – Hoffman 8th, Killick and Diggins 15th

(Erzurum, Turkey) – American Noah Hoffman lead a strong performance by the North Americans competing in the men’s 30-kilometre skiathlon race at the U23 World Championships in Erzurum, Turkey on Saturday.
The skiathlon combines 15km … READ MORE →

2012 American Birkie Full Results + Brief Interview w/Vegard Ulvang at the Finish – Dubay DSQ UPDATED

(Haywood, Wisconsin) –  Here are the full results from the 39th American Birkebeiner part of the Worldloppet, held today from Cable to Haywood in great conditons, where Tad Elliott (CXC) was the first skier … READ MORE →

Watch the 2012 American Birkie Finish LIVE

(Haywood, Wisconsin) – Watch today’s LIVE finish of the 39th American Birkebeiner’s 50km FR and 54km CL, part of the Worldloppet, featuring 9,000 participants including top US skiers and the legendary Vegard Ulvang from Norway … READ MORE →

Canada’s Ransom 5th and USA’s Doherty 13th in Youth Sprints at IBU Junior Worlds

(Kontiolahti, FIN) – Julia Ransom came up just shy in her quest for the first podium finish of her career at the Youth World Championships, finishing 5th in the women’s sprint competition in Kontiolahti, … READ MORE →

Utah Dominates First Day Of RMISA Championships

February 24, 2012 (Bozeman, Montana) – Behind three race victories and seven podium appearances, the top-ranked Utah Utes moved out to a 61.5-point lead half way through the 2012 RMISA Championships, which double as the … READ MORE →

Watch the American Birkie Elite Sprints Recorded Live

(Haywood, Wisconsin) – Check out this live footage of the Birkie Elite FR Sprints held on Thursday, Feb. 23, in downtown Haywood as skiers sprinted down Main St. on a 500m loop. US skier Jenny … READ MORE →

Canada’s Comeau and Richards Score Top-20 Results in Junior Worlds Skiathlon

(Erzurum, Turkey) – Canada’s Anne-Marie Comeau and Geoffrey Richards posted impressive top-20 results in their respective skiathlon races at the Junior World Championships in Erzurum, Turkey on Friday. In the women’s 5km classic + … READ MORE →

Jessie Diggins Update: Some Ups and Downs, But Mostly Ups

(Erzurum, Turkey) – XC ski fans have been wondering why young phenom Jessie Diggins has not been listed in the results at the U23 World Championships in Turkey. Unfortunately, the medal hopeful picked up … READ MORE →

USA’s Hoffman Captures U23 Worlds 15km CL Silver as Bjornsen Nails 5th in Women’s 10km

February 23, 2012 (Erzurum, Turkey) – The USST’s Noah Hoffman won a silver medal in the 15km classic at the U23 World Championships in Erzurum, Turkey on Thursday, battling Germany’s Hannes Dotzler most of the … READ MORE →

USA’s Hendrickson Scores Women’s Ski Jumping Silver at the Junior Nordic World Ski Championships

(Erzurum, Turkey) – Sarah Hendrickson became took home the silver in women’s ski jumping event at the Junior Nordic World Ski Championships in Erzurum, Turkey on Thursday, adding more lustre to her stellar season. Sara … READ MORE →

Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train – Matt Liebsch Interview

– This week on Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train, Peter Graves catches up with 28-year-old American skier Matt Liebsch of Orono, MN, who won Tour De Twin Cities and the Boulder MT Tour this season. … READ MORE →

Wenzel Anchors Canucks to Strong 6th in Junior Men’s Relay at IBU Biathlon Worlds

(Kontiolahti, FIN) – Four young Canucks joined forces, each skiing 7.5-km with two stops at the range, to finish sixth in the men’s relay at the Junior Biathlon World Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland on … READ MORE →

Top Ten for Canadians in Youth Relay Events at IBU Junior World Championships

(Kontiolahti, FIN) – The Canadian women’s and men’s youth relay teams had solid results finishing eighth and ninth respectively at the IBU Junior World Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland on Wednesday.
Quebec’s Rose-Marie Cote, Julia Ransom, of … READ MORE →

Canada’s Beatty and Greer Crack Top 30 in Junior Worlds 5km Classic Race

(Erzurum, Turkey) – Canada’s Dahria Beatty and Janelle Greer, both of Whitehorse, cracked the top 30 in Wednesday’s women’s 5km classic race at the Junior World Championships in Erzurum, Turkey. Beatty finished the race … READ MORE →

West Yellowstone 33rd Annual Rendezvous Race / Youth Ski Festival – Mar. 3-4

(West Yellowstone, MT) – Snow is falling in West Yellowstone, Montana, and skiers of all ages are invited to participate in the 33rd annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Race on March 3, 2012. Race organizers have … READ MORE →

Five North Americans in Top 30 at U23 World Sprints in Erzurum

(Erzurum, Turkey) – The US and Canadian U23 World Championship teams overcame bitterly cold conditions in Erzurum, Turkey to place five athletes in the top 30 in the freestyle sprint events held today. USST team … READ MORE →

Canada’s Kurtis Wenzel Makes History & Wins Gold at Biathlon Junior World Championships

(Kontiolahti, FIN) – Biathlete Kurtis Wenzel skied into the history books as the first-ever Canadian to be crowned World Champion at the Biathlon Junior World Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland on Tuesday.
The Calgarian missed just … READ MORE →

US Long Distance 2012 Nationals Date Clarification

(Craftsbury Common, Vermoint) – A quick, but important clarification about Dates for US Long Distance Nationals being held at the Craftsbury Nordic Center. The correct schedule for US Long Distance Nationals at Craftsbury is … READ MORE →

NNF Supports U.S. 2012 FIS Junior/U23 World Championship Teams with $38,000 in funding

– The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team named its 2012 FIS Junior World Championship & World Under 23 Championship Teams to compete Feb. 19-26 in Erzurum, Turkey. The National Nordic Foundation has pledged $38,000 … READ MORE →

Madison SuperTour Results, Photos, Videos – Bender and Furror Win Free Sprints

(Madison, WI) – Last weekend, CXC hosted the USSA SuperTour in Madison, WI, as part of the Madison Winter Festival. Saturday saw some of the top U.S. skiers contest a Classic Sprint competition, while … READ MORE →

Canada’s Greer Leads North Americans w/Top 30 in FR Sprints at Junior Worlds in Turkey

(Erzurum, Turkey) – The 2012  Junior/U23 World Championships kicked off in Erzurum, Turkey on Monday with freestyle sprints for the Juniors. Canada’s Janelle Greer of Whitehorse, YK, led a youthful contingent of North Americans, … READ MORE →

Classic Focus at American Birkie Demo

(Cable, WI) – There has been a worldwide surge in classic racing the last two years.  Major marathons, such as the American Birkebeiner, used to focus on skating with classic receiving a secondary status.  … READ MORE →

IBU Junior Worlds Day One Women’s 10km Sprint & Men’s 12.5km Pursuit – Canada’s Ransom 8th

(Kontiolahti, Finland) – The IBU World Junior Championships got underway in Finland yesterday and Canada’s Julia Ransom led all North Americans with an eighth-place finish in the Youth Women’s 10km Individual competition. The 19-year-old … READ MORE →

World Uphill Trophy Invitational Poland – Magnificat and Slonova Score, USA’s Stephen 3rd

(Szklarska Poreba, Poland) – A crew of North American athletes challenged for the invitational World Uphill Trophy yesterday in Poland on an 8km course with 3,700m of climbing and a vertical gain of 480m. … READ MORE →

Fischer Sports Sponsors Vegard Ulvang’s Participation at the 39th American Birkebeiner

(Auburn, NH) – Fischer Sports, the world’s leading cross country ski manufacturer, today announced it is sponsoring six-time Norwegian Olympic medalist Vegard Ulvang’s participation at the 39th American Birkebeiner. Ulvang, who raced on Fischer … READ MORE →

FIS Fantasy Marathon Cup 2011/12 Contest Standings after La Transjurassienne

(Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce the standings for the SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Marathon Cup 2011/12 International Contest after the the 76km FT La Transjurassienne in France. The inaugural FIS Marathon Cup … READ MORE →

6th Annual Equinox Snow Challenge

(West Yellowstone, MT ) – The 6th annual Equinox Snow Challenge multi-sport event will be taking place in West Yellowstone, MT on March 24-25. The 2012 Equinox Snow Challenge invites nordic skiers, snowbikers, and … READ MORE →

Olsson Outpowers Field in 15km CL for Gold at Poland WCup – Harvey 15th

February 18, 2012 (Szklarska Poreba, Poland) – Sweden’s Johan Olsson delivered another dominant performance in tough conditons bringing everyone to their knees with a powerful display of classic skiing in the men’s individual start 15km … READ MORE →

Kowalczyk Rules 10km CL at Home in Poland – USA’s Randall Best-Ever Classic Result

(Szklarska Poreba, Poland) – In royal fashion Justyna Kowalczyk delivered the crowning victory her adoring fans were after on Day 2 of the inaugural FIS WCup in her home country of Poland. Signified by … READ MORE →

Historic Footage of Devon Kershaw Winning Canada’s First Men’s Sprint GOLD

(Szklarska Poreba, Poland) – Check out this great historic race footage of Devon Kershaw, 29, winning the final 1.6km Sprint FR World Cup in Poland on Friday capturing the gold in a stunning come-from-behind … READ MORE →

US Biathlon Announces 2012 IBU World Championship Team

(New Gloucester, Maine) – US Biathlon is pleased to announce the following roster of athletes who will be competing in the IBU 2012 World Championships, March 1st -11th in Ruhpolding, Germany.
2012 U.S. Biathlon IBU World … READ MORE →

Employment Opportunity – CCES Doping Control Officer

– The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is seeking a suitable candidate to fill the position of Doping Control Officer. See below to find out more about this job opportunity.
Canadian Centre for … READ MORE →

King Kong Kershaw Claims Collosal Sprint GOLD in Poland and Makes History

(Szklarska Poreba, Poland) – Canada’s Devon Kershaw wowed World Cup fans today, capturing the gold medal in the men’s freestyle 1.6km sprint in Szklarska Poreba, Poland, in a stunning come-from-behind victory. The Sudbury native … READ MORE →

USA’s Randall Recovers from Crash to Claim Sprint Bronze in Poland

(Szklarska Poreba, Poland) – The USA’s Kikkan Randall skied with tremendous heart in the women’s World Cup 1.6km skate sprint event in Poland today, overcoming recent illness and an ill-timed crash to take the … READ MORE →

Seven North Americans Qualify at Inaugural FIS World Cup FR Sprints in Poland

(Szklarska Poreba, Poland) – Seven North Americans qualified for the skate sprint heats at the inaugural FIS World Cup sprint competition being held in Szklarska Poreba, Poland, on Friday. In the women’s race, Americans … READ MORE →

Canada’s Nathan Smith Scores Hat Trick GOLD at IBU Cup in Canmore UPDATED

(Canmore Alta.) – Nathan Smith made it three victories in three starts at the International Biathlon Union Cup sprint race Thursday, Feb. 16 in Canmore, Alberta. Racing on his hometown track, Smith once again … READ MORE →