Archive | June, 2012

Canada’s Boyd-Clowes Wins COC Men’s Ski Jumping Opener – USA’s Frenette 10th

(Stams, Austria) – Mark today as a great start to the international season for the North Americans, as the COC circuit kicked off with the first of a two-day competition in this historic jumping … READ MORE →

Justyna Kowalczyk’s Training Season is in the Full Swing

(Poland) – FIS Cross-Country World Cup 2011/12 champ, Justyna Kowalcyk, is training hard. On Wednesday the Polish super star concluded another training camp. Kowalczyk, her training partner Maciej Kreczmer, and coach Alexander Wierietielnym returned … READ MORE →

Fast and Female’s Chandra Crawford on the Power of Adversity

– Fast and Female Founder and 2006 Olympic gold medalist Chandra Crawford talks about a key lesson she’s learned over the course of her athletic career: The power of adversity.

US Ski Jumpers to Compete in Austria

(Stams, Austria) – A trio of US ski jumpers are preparing for this weekend’s summer Continental Cup, in this mecca for ski jumping tucked amidst the magical high peaks of this lovely town, located … READ MORE →

U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team Announced

(Colorado Springs,Colorado) – U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today that six athletes were nominated to the 2012-13 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing National Team; three athletes were also named … READ MORE →

Elmore Uphill Run in Vermont Sees New Course Record

(Elmore St. Park, Vermont) – The uphill run is the third and final test that takes place at REG camp.26 women and 40 men took to the trail. The weather wasn’t perfect but it … READ MORE →

Employment Oportunity: Coaching & Athlete Development Administrative Assistant

(Canmore, AB) – Cross Country Canada (CCC), the National Sport Organization for cross-country skiing in Canada, is currently seeking to fill the part-time position of Coaching and Athlete Development Administrative Assistant (CADAA). The CADAA … READ MORE →

2012 Spin Summit Registration is Now Open

– Sport Innovation (SPIN) Summit is Canada’s cutting edge applied health science and research conference. Our vision is to assist coaches in athlete preparation to achieve podium success at Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The objectives … READ MORE →

John Frado’s Last Hurrah – A Celebration of His Life on July 30

(Winchester, NH) – John J. Frado, Jr., 67 of Winchester, NH died at home June 20th in his wife’s arms as a result of complications from a traumatic brain injury incurred in December while … READ MORE →

Canadian World Cup Team at Training Camp in Maui

(Maui, Hawaii) – Check out this video of the Canadian World Cup Team Training Camp in Maui, Hawaii where heavy lifting includes sun, sand and surf in each workout…

Team Sweden Gears up for Winter Season at Orsa/Grönklitt

–  Sweden’s Cross-Country team met at Orsa/Grönklitt for a week long snow free training camp. Charlotte Kalla, Marcus Hellner, Anna Haag and co. are sharpening their shape for the coming winter season among polar … READ MORE →

Diggins Report: Title lX 40th Anniversary

– Today is the 40th Anniversary of Title Nine! Here are some quick facts (from an email I received from Miss Maria Stuber !)
– Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is the … READ MORE →

Rollerski Superman Front Flip

– Here’s something you may have thought about doing, or wished you could do during some of your more strenuous workouts on rollerskis. Not sure this Rollerski Superman is ready for an ice-tea commercial … READ MORE →

Eastern REG Camp Kicks Off

(Craftsbury, Vermont) – Today Hosmer Point in Craftsbury, Vermont was a beehive of activity on Sunday (June 24) as the Regional Elite Group athletes begin rolling in for a 7-day training camp.
This camp represents … READ MORE →

2013 Birkie Registration Passes the 3,600 Mark

(Hayward, WI) – The number of skier registrations coming in this week for the Birkebeiner, Kortelopet, and Prince Haakon races at the 2013 American Birkebeiner has pushed total registrations for the three events passed … READ MORE →

Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train – Justin Wadsworth Part 2

(Canmore, AB) – Here’s Part 2 of Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train, where Peter Graves caught up with Canadian XC Ski Head Coach, Justin Wadsworth, who enjoyed one of the most successful seasons ever for … READ MORE →

Cross Country Canada 2012 AGM Awards and BOD

– At Cross Country Canada’s 2012 Annual General Meeting held recently in Whitehorse, the association announced its Board of Directors (BOD) – full list below – and also presented their annual Awards – for all … READ MORE →

Diggins NAWTA Camp Report: Lots of Love with Franti on Summer Solstice

(Alaska) – The other night we went to a Michael Franti and Spearhead concert outdoors (next to the Moose’s Tooth, for those of you who know how awesome their pizza is). Because it was … READ MORE →

US Women’s Coach Matt Whitcomb on the NAWTA Camp

(Anchorage, Alaska) – The second annual North American Women’s Training Alliance (NAWTA) camp is now on in Alaska with the top US and Canadian women skiers gathering for a major pow-wow that includes Finnish … READ MORE →

Job Notice – Lappe Nordic Seeks Cross Country Ski Program Developer

(Thunder Bay, ON) – Lappe Nordic Cross Country is seeking a Ski Program Developer for a 1-year term beginning in August 2012 with the aim to grow and enhance the membership in the Lappe … READ MORE →

Potter Marsh Classic TT – Stephen Wins

(Anchorage, AK) – Liz Stephen won the Potter Marsh Classic TT Rollerski race on Friday during the North American Women’s Training Alliance (NAWTA) camp now on in Alaska. Jessie Diggins was second and visiting … READ MORE →

Parasport Programs Across Canada Receive Funding for Adapted Sport Equipment

– The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) has selected the 42 recipients of the 2012-13 Para-Equipment Fund, presented by Petro-Canada, a Suncor Energy business, and supported by Sport Canada.
A total of 33 sport organizations representing … READ MORE →

Sad News

(Winchester, New Hampshire) – The Nordic community was sad to learn that John Frado, husband of Cross Country Ski Areas Association Executive Director Chris Frado, passed away last night after a lengthy process of … READ MORE →

Neat Tweets from Nordic Stars

– Check out the latest tweets from Hawaii and Norway as Devon Kershaw and the Canadian team are chilling out on the beaches of Hawaii, while American Simi Hamilton and crew check out … READ MORE →

Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train – Justin Wadsworth Part 1

(Canmore, AB) – On this version of Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train, Peter Graves caught up with Canadian XC Ski Head Coach, Justin Wadsworth, who enjoyed one of the most successful seasons ever for the … READ MORE →

Diggins Report – Alaska Week 1 and the Moose Count is at 6

(Anchorage, Alaska) – Seeing as this is Father’s Day, I’d like to start by sharing this photo. My Mom and Dad took me skiing before I could walk, and I would ride in my Dad’s … READ MORE →

Worldloppet AGM Update – Corradini Re-elected, Demino Ski Marathon Joins 2013 Calendar

(Tartu, Estonia) – The Annual General Meeting of the Worldloppet, the international sports federation of cross-country skiing marathons, took place in Tartu, Estonia, from June 14-17. Some important decisions were taken during week-end sessions … READ MORE →

Tara Whitten: From Skis to Wheels Chasing her Olympic Dream

– Check out this great interview with former cross-country skiier, Tara Whitten, who admired Olympic gold medalist Beckie Scott and then switched to cycling, becoming double world champion and is now chasing her own Olympic … READ MORE →

FIS Nordic Combined Announces First World Cup in Turkey & Refined Penalty Race Rules

– For Nordic Combined, the World Cup calendars for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons will contain a full calendar of events. The coming season will see a World Cup event in Turkey for the … READ MORE →

CCC Initiates Coach Apprenticeship Program for NDC’s

(Bend, Oregon) – New NDC Coaching Apprenticeship AWCA &CCC Bend Camp +… As I enter into my second year as an assistant coach for the Alberta World Cup Academy, I have been shocked and … READ MORE →

NEW Sourcing Snow Trade Show Will Debut During 2013 SIA Snow Show

June 18, 2012 (Washington, DC) – Last week, a task force comprised of snow sports industry representatives met in Denver, Colorado to discuss and approve plans for a new trade show entitled Sourcing Snow, member-owned … READ MORE →

FIS Ski Jumping Update – New Jumping Suits, Women on the Large Hill

June 17, 2012 – Regarding Ski Jumping, the meetings during the FIS Congress 2012 in Korea saw some modifications for both the women’s and men’s events. In order to ensure safety and fairness, a change … READ MORE →

FIS XC Competition & Rules Updates Mean More Suspense for TV Audience

June 17, 2012 – The eight meetings relating to Cross-Country Skiing in Kangwonland (KOR) discussed various calendar and rules updates, leading to the following refinements approved by the FIS Council.
As of the upcoming season, the … READ MORE →

Randall’s Iron Girl Pre-NAWTA Camp – Update and Photos

(Alaska) – Only days before the second annual North American Women’s Training Alliance (NAWTA) camp Kikkan Randall is playing host to Jessie Diggins, Chandra Crawford and Finnish great, Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, for her own mini-camp … READ MORE →

USSA Adds New World Cup Service

– Cory Wubbels has been added to the USSA’s cross country World Cup service team. This is a new addition to the service staff as the number of cross-country athletes racing on the World … READ MORE →

Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train – Zach Caldwell Part 2

(Park City, UT) – Here’s Part 2 of Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train, where Peter Graves speaks with Zach Caldwell, a Putney, Vermont native has spent a lifetime (so far) in and around the sport … READ MORE →

Swix Sports USA Goes Solar

(Haverhill, MA) – Continuing their long-standing commitment to sustainable business practices, Swix Sport USA and Leewood Realty signed an agreement to provide up to 95 percent of their electrical requirements from a 343 kilowatt … READ MORE →

Marty & Kathy Say Au Revoir…See You Soon

(Gatineau, QC) – Later this week Marty and Kathy Hall are moving back to the United States after being Canadian residents for the past 27 years. The former head coach of both the American … READ MORE →

SkiTrax 2011-2012 North American (NA) Nordic Ski Award Winners

(Toronto, ON) – We’re pleased to announce the winners of the annual SkiTrax Annual North American (NA) Nordic Ski Awards that recognize elite, U23 and junior skiers, along with Conti Cup, collegiate, biathlon, Nordic combined, … READ MORE →

Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train – Zach Caldwell Part 1

(Park City, UT) – In this edition of Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train, Peter Graves speaks with Zach Caldwell, a Putney, Vermont native has spent a lifetime (so far) in and around the sport of … READ MORE →

2013 American Birkie Doubles Registrations to Date – Tops 2,900

(Hayward, Wisconsin) – The 2013 Birkie is turning out to be another record year. After opening registration on April 16, there are now 2,900 skiers registered for the Birkie Skate 50K and Classic 54K … READ MORE →

Veerpalu Fights Doping Ban at Court of Arbitration for Sports

(Switzerland) – The Andrus Veerpalu doping case landed in Switzerland as Estonia’s most decorated skier is appealing his case at the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland reports Estonia’s Public Broadcaster, ERR. … READ MORE →

Norway to Bid 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Oslo

(Trondheim, Norway) – Norway’s sport council that gathered in Trondheim last weekend said yes to the application process of the Winter Olympic Games in Oslo 2022. The council gave its board a clear mandsate … READ MORE →

Diggins’ Top 10 Countdown: You Know it’s Been a Good Camp When…

10. You do something that ranks at least a 5 on your “Things-I-Never-Want-To-Do-List”. For me, this is a 1 to 10 scale, with 1 being washing dishes, and 10 being running into a burning … READ MORE →

SNOWING in Canmore – Coldest Workout Ever

(Canmore, AB) – Yes! You’re reading correctly. It snowed in Canmore, Alberta, yesterday and here’s the proof courtesy of Canadian National XC Ski Team member Devon Kershaw who tweeted… “Made the mistake of classic … READ MORE →

SkiTrax 2011-2012 North American (NA) Nordic Ski Awards – Final Countdown

(Toronto, ON) – Battles continue to rage as the annual SkiTrax Annual North American (NA) Nordic Ski Awards are winding down with a little over 24hr to go. Who do you think the top … READ MORE →

Curdin Perl: From Malaga Beach to Stelvio’s Snow + Giro Stage 20 Photos

– Swiss Cross-Country skier Curdin Perl has decided to spend part of his summer season training with his former coach, Felix Dieter in the southern part of Spain. This week  the skier from Engadine … READ MORE →

The National Winter Sports Association Announces Funding Support for 2012-13

– The National Winter Sport Association (NWSA) was established through the foresight and donation of the Disbrow family. This generous support of the NWSA is aimed at assisting coaches, athletes and competitive racing programs … READ MORE →

IOC Claims its Aim is Zero-tolerance on Drug Cheats

– The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently butted heads with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over its ruling against the British Olympic Committee’s (BOA) attempt to ban sanctioned athletes from the Games … READ MORE →

Marcus Hellner and Teammates Pay Tribute to Inge Braten in Sunne

(Sunne, Sweden) – Legendary cross-country ski coach Inge Braten passed away in April and on July 1st Sweden’s and Norway’s national cross-country teams will pay tribute to him at the Bråten memorial in Sunne. … READ MORE →