Archive | April, 2012

CAS Rules Against BOA – Millar Free to Compete at London Olympic Games

(Lausanne, Switzerland) – Today the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) struck down the British Olympic Association’s (BOA) attempt to impose lifetime bans on convicted dopers, a measure that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) … READ MORE →

Team Hardwood Coaching Staff for 2012-13

(Barrie, ON) – After an intensive search, the Board of Directors of Team Hardwood is pleased to announce its coaching staff for the 2012-13 season: Petr Jakl and Ron Howden.
In addition to his current … READ MORE →

SOTC Concludes Successful First Season – Training for 2012-13 Gets Under Way

(Barrie, ON) – The Southern Ontario Training Centre (SOTC) recently concluded a highly successful first season of operation. Based out of the outstanding facilities of Hardwood Ski and Bike near Barrie, Ontario, SOTC was … READ MORE →

Northug & Hellner Faceoff in Monte Carlo at Poker and Tennis

(Monte Carlo) – They just cannot leave each other alone. Petter Northug and Marcus Hellner have been challenging each other for several years not only on cross-country skis but also in other sports. Recently, … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski 2012-13 – Switzerland on Board

(Munich, Germany) – The Tour de Ski 2011/12 evaluation meeting in Munich saw more than 20 representatives of the Organizing Committees, representatives of Infront Italy and FIS Marketing AG, as well as FIS conduct … READ MORE →

US Biathlon Announces National Team 2012-13 Nominations

(New Gloucester, Maine) – The International Competition Committee has forwarded their nominations for the 2012-13 US Biathlon National Men and Women’s Team. The selections were based on both the international results from the 2012 … READ MORE →

Randy Starkman Trust Fund Launched

– Dear Friends: In the shock and sadness at the loss of our dear friend Randy Starkman, many of us were amazed at the strength shown by his grieving family, particularly his daughter, Ella. … READ MORE →

SIA Videos Part 1 – Fischer, Alpina, Swix

(Denver, CO) – The 2012 SIA Snow Show, launching all that’s new for 2013, was held in Denver, CO earlier this year and SkiTrax caught up with many exhibiting companies to find out about … READ MORE →

Attention Skiers – Southern Ontario Training Centre Now Accepting Applications

(Oro, ON) – Attention skiers. The Southern Ontario Training Centre (SOTC) is now accepting applications from post secondary school aged skiers who wish to train on a full time basis with other like-minded skiers.
In … READ MORE →

USA Ski Jumping Teams Up With Burgess Advertising & Marketing

(Portland, ME) – USA Ski Jumping (USASJ) and Portland, Maine-based advertising and public relations agency Burgess Advertising & Marketing, today announced a partnership aimed at paying dividends at the 2014 Winter Olympics being held … READ MORE →

U.S. Olympic Champions, Sochi 2014 Hopefuls to Support Next Generation at NYSEF Fundraiser – May 9

(New York, NY) – Vancouver Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists will be at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park on Wednesday, May 9th, for an evening of entertainment hosted by MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan … READ MORE →

Longtime US XC Ski Team Coach Pete Vordenberg Resigns

(Park City, UT) – Two-time Olympian and longtime cross-country ski coach, Pete Vordenberg, announced his resignation from the U.S. Ski Team after 10 years of coaching to spend more time with his growing family.
Vordenberg … READ MORE →

Can Britain Enforce Lifetime Bans at 2012 London Olympics? Ruling Expected Next Week

(London, UK) – A decision is expected soon in the controversial attempt by the British Olympic Association (BOA) to bar athletes from the 2012 Olympic Games if they have ever tested positive for banned … READ MORE →

Northug to be Caught in Speed Trap at 2012 Bysprinten

(Mosjøen, Norway) – Petter Northug (NOR) will be tested in a laser speed trap at this year’s Bysprinten in Mosjøen, Norway. Fellow Norwegian champion, the celebrated Oddbjørn Hjelmeseths, will also be in attendance at … READ MORE →

Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train – Marty Hall Part 2

– On this week’s edition of Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train, we pick up where we left off last week during Peter Graves’s interview with former US and Canadian XC Ski Team Head Coach, Marty … READ MORE →

Norwegian National Team Announced for 2012/12 Season

– The Norwegian Ski Association has announced national teams for 2012/13 season. Heidi Weng and Niklas Dyrhaug are newly included in the distance teams, while Paal Golberg goes to the sprint team.
Heidi Weng is … READ MORE →

NENSA News – Coach of the Year, Double-Matched Donations for Annual Fund w/$10,000 Bonus

– NENSA is pleased to announce Justin Beckwith as our 2012 New England Coach of the Year! Justin has been quietly managing the Green Mountain Valley School Nordic Program for several years now. He … READ MORE →

Veerpalu Loses State Funding

– Although support is still strong for him in many quarters in Estonia, disgraced two-time skiing gold medalist Andrus Veerpalu will lose out on state funding for a while – the stipend that the … READ MORE →

Court Injunctions Against One Way Sport OY Dismissed by Courts in Germany and Finland

– Despite several attempts by Austrian ski company Fischer Sports GmbH to claim unfair competition and trademark rights due to ONE WAY Nordic’s use of black and yellow on its premiere line of Nordic … READ MORE →

Mt. Bachelor Again Offers the Longest Nordic Ski Season in North America – Camps In May in June

(Bend, OR) – Mt. Bachelor, known for immense snow pack and one of the longest Alpine ski seasons, will be offering North America’s longest Nordic season again this year with a commitment to keep … READ MORE →

Arctic Run of a Lifetime – Northwest Passage Marathon and Ultramarathon July 11

– The 2012 Northwest Passage Marathon on Somerset Island in Nunavut, Canada, is North America’s most northerly marathon and ultramarathon. This race date July 11, is held under the 24-hour Arctic sun and against … READ MORE →

Red Mountain Academies’ Nordic Team a Huge Success

(Rossland, BC) – Red Mountain Academies started a Nordic Academy this year with the help and support of David Wood and Black Jack Ski Club. Four students attended the program in its first year, … READ MORE →

Bend Endurance Academy Invites U.S. Skiers to Attend Nordic Summer Training Programs and Camps

(Bend, OR) – The Bend Endurance Academy opened enrollment for 2012 Nordic summer programs and camps. The opportunities are designed for local skiers, ages 13-23 and visiting skiers ages 18-23. The program supports athletes … READ MORE →

Big News for NENSA

– I don’t usually write on a Friday night; but the news is big and could not come at a better time for our Annual Fund Drive. With just 10 days remaining in the … READ MORE →

Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train – Marty Hall Part 1

– On this week’s edition of Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train Peter Graves speaks with former US and Canadian XC Ski Team Head Coach, Marty Hall on the North American success this year and what … READ MORE →

Tribute to Randy Starkman: Everyone’s Older Brother

– The indelible picture I have of Randy Starkman is one of him walking on Bloor St. west of Spadina with a bouquet of flowers. They could only be for his everlasting sweetheart Mary … READ MORE →

2011 Canada Winter Games Wins PRESTIGE Award

– The 2011 Canada Winter Games has been named as the 2012 Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) President’s Award winner for a National Multi-Sport Games.
The President’s Award recognizes the outstanding achievements or contributions by … READ MORE →

FIS Ski Jumping News: New Suits and Large Hill for Women Jumpers?

(Zürich, Switzerland) – At the Sub-Committee meetings for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined in Zürich on Friday and Saturday one of the most debated topics was the jumping suit which had become a topic … READ MORE →

National Nordic Foundation Spring Meeting – May 9

– The National Nordic Foundation will hold a spring meeting May 9, 2012 2:00-5:00 pm in Park City, UT.  The purpose of the meeting is to review what the NNF has accomplished in the … READ MORE →

NENSA Annual Fundraiser – 10K to Go!

– Just like skiing well in one of our Marathon Series events, we’ve gotten off to a solid start with our Annual Fund drive and sailed through the first two laps. And now we … READ MORE →

Devon Kershaw Wins First Annual Auclair “Team Spirit” Award

(Canmore, AB) – Representatives from long-time Cross Country Canada sponsor Auclair Gloves joined members of the National Ski Team in Mont Sainte-Anne for a dinner, product consultation and awards ceremony during last month’s Haywood … READ MORE →

Randy Starkman: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words…

(Canmore, AB) – Randy Starkman, who passed away recently at the age of 51, was the Toronto Star’s Amateur Sport reporter, a dedicated journalist that worked tirelessly to raise the profile of amateur sport … READ MORE →

Internship Opportunity – Canadian Olympic Committee

(Toronto, ON) – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is a national, private, not-for-profit organization committed to sport excellence. It is responsible for all aspects of Canada’s involvement in the Olympic movement, including Canada’s participation … READ MORE →

Majdic’s Former Coach Resigns from Slovenian Ski Team

– Ivan Hudac, longtime coach of Petra Majdic, has prematurely terminated the contract with Slovenian Ski Team. Majdic ended her professional racing career after the season 2010/11. Since then, Hudac has been coaching the … READ MORE →

Canada Games Launches Apprenticeship Programs

– The Canada Games Council is pleased to announce the launch of the 2013 and 2015 Canada Games Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program and Women in Coaching Program.
The Aboriginal Apprentice Coach Program (AACP) is a … READ MORE →

Congratulations – Welcome Daniel Oliver Babikov!

– Canadian Ski Team member Ivan Babikov and wife Svetlana recently welcomed a new addition to their family, Daniel Oliver Babikov, a brother for Sergey.
Ivan Babikov: “Yeah Danny!!! Daniel Oliver Babikov is here!!! All … READ MORE →

Canadian Amateur Sport Loses a Friend in Randy Starkman

(Toronto, ON) – Sports communities across Canada are mourning the loss of Randy Starkman, a passionate and prolific journalist, who championed amateur sport and was loved, respected and admired by athletes, colleagues and sport … READ MORE →

aHead of the Game Brain Injury and Concussion Education Awareness Program Launched

– Spring has arrived! A crazy but no less exciting winter has now been put to rest. This summer in New England holds the potential to be one of the best yet for Nordic … READ MORE →

First Annual Nordic Workshop Invites all Nordic Ski Areas and Professionals in the XC Ski Industry

(Kelowna, BC) – The first annual Nordic Workshop, presented by the Canada West Ski Areas Association, is being held May 1st at the Grand Okanagan Hotel in Kelowna, BC. Featuring lots of great speakers … READ MORE →

NSCF-FXC Seeks Assistant Coach

(Fairbanks, AK) – Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks’ Fairbanks Cross Country (NSCF-FXC) racing program is searching for an assistant coach to work with its Prep and Comp Teams, serving primarily middle school and high … READ MORE →

Steira and Jespersen Take Haukelirennet – Flemmen & Gløersen Win Røldal Opp

(Røldal, Norway) – Kristin Stoermer Steira and Chris Andre Jespersen were the quickest in Saturday’s Haukelirennet over the 32km freestyle race. Steira won the competition in 1:21.05 and edged out the big Crystal Globe … READ MORE →

Olympic Solidarity Athlete Scholarships for Sochi 2014

– The second edition of the Olympic Solidarity scholarship program for Sochi 2014 has been launched following the success of the first edition in 2010, through which 325 athletes were assisted to prepare and … READ MORE →

Cologna and Neuner – King and Queen of Nordic Skiing

April 15, 2012 – Members of the Forum Nordicum have once again elected the Queen and King of Nordic Skiing. With 524 votes,  three-time overall World Cup and Tour de Ski champion, Dario Cologna (SUI), … READ MORE →

Legendary Coach Inge Braten Passes Away

April 14, 2012 (Norway) – The global Nordic community was sad to learn that legendary Norwegian cross-country skiing coach, Inge Braten, passed away on Friday after a brief illness. Braten, 63, had a brilliant career … READ MORE →

Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club Seeks Head Coach

– The Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club is seeking a Head Coach who will be responsible for a variety of programs for youth and adults in Revelstoke BC. Accomodation for this position is supplied by … READ MORE →

Top Nordic Athletes Choose Rossignol and Extend Contracts Leading Up To Sochi 2014 Olympics

– Rossignol is delighted to announce that its top athletes have extended their contracts leading up to the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014. Heading the list is Carl-Johan Bergman, double medalist at the Ruhpolding World Championships in … READ MORE →

UVM’s Amy Glen in Sports Illustrated

(Burlington, VT) – University of Vermont senior skier Amy Glen appeared in this week’s Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd section following her photo-finish victory to win the NCAA national title in the 15k … READ MORE →

One Way Sport OY Seeks New Distribution Partner for USA

(Finland) – One Way, one of the leading and fastest growing Nordic sport brands worldwide, is seeking a new distributor for the US market. Due to changes in our present operation we are offering … READ MORE →

Joey Caterinichio Named USSA Nordic Program Manager

(Park City, UT) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced that longtime cross-country coach and former racer Joey Caterinichio (Anchorage) has been named Nordic program manager for the USSA. With the primary … READ MORE →

Alberta World Cup 2012 and Beyond

(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.