Archive | July, 2012

Developing Skiing in Armenia Faces Challenges

(Armenia) – Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Armenia is a mountainous nation. With an estimated population of 3 million people, the European country is the second most densely populated … READ MORE →

FIS Australia / New Zealand Cup Kicks Off

(New South Wales, AUS) – The 2012 FIS Australia / New Zealand Cup (ANC) for cross-country skiing kicked into action last weekend with the first events of the Australian Championship at Perisher Valley in … READ MORE →

Nordic Mecca Silver Star Mountain Resort Gives It All For Free… to Alpine Skiers

(Vernon, BC) – Silver Star Mountain Resort has launched an unprecedented new perk for Alpine Season Pass and Alpine Day Tickets holders. To add to the resort’s 115 alpine runs, all passes and tickets … READ MORE →

Petter Northug to Race for Norway’s National Team Until 2016

July 30, 2012 (Norway) – Petter Northug recently signed a new four-year contract with the Norwegian Ski Association which means the World Champion and Olympic winner will be member of their national cross-country team until … READ MORE →

Diggins Report – Video from YMCA Clinic in NYC

– Check out this video that News 12 from Brooklyn put together on the YMCA clinic Andy Newell and I did in New York last week, and read more about our session with the … READ MORE →

FIS Roller Skiing World Cup – Sundin and Svanebo in Charge

(Germany) – FIS Roller Skiing World Cup made another stop last weekend in Germany at Bad Peterstal. Three competitions were on the schedule, two distance uphill races and a sprint.
On Friday ladies fought for … READ MORE →

FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix Kicks Off in Poland

(Wisla, Poland) – Who is in shape this year? Ski Jumping fans were eager to find out as the Grand Prix summer competitions began on July 20th in Wisla (POL). The organizers of the … READ MORE →

Fast and Female TV: Sara Renner on Her Proudest Athletic Moment

– Sara Renner achieved the pinnacle of athletic success by claiming silver at the 2006 Olympics with Beckie Scott in the XC Ski Team Sprint. You’ll be surprised to learn in this video how … READ MORE →

SIA Releases 2012 Participation Report

(Washington, DC) – SnowSports Industries America (SIA) released the comprehensive 2012 SIA Snow Sports Participation Report today detailing snow sports participation trends, demographic profiles, and major differences between core and casual participants. The Report … READ MORE →

Volunteer Opportunity – Chef de Mission 2014 Paralympic Winter Games

– The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) invites applications for the position of Chef de Mission for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi (Russia), March 7-16. This is a volunteer position with responsibilities commencing … READ MORE →

Mt. Borah Nordic Expands Partnership Program For 2012/13 Season

(Coon Valley, WI) – Coming off a very busy 2011/12 winter season, Mt. Borah Nordic has put the finishing touches on their upcoming season preparations by inking partnership agreements with some of the top … READ MORE →

NNF Invests $6,000 in upcoming USST International Development Camps

(Sun Valley, ID) – The National Nordic Foundation will invest $6,000 in two forthcoming Cross-Country Pillar Projects in its summer round of XC 2012/2013 funding. The primary goal of these USST International Development camps … READ MORE →

Cross Country Canada Partners with the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

(Canmore, AB) – CCC is pleased to announce a partnership with the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (FCLL) that will see the resort become an official accommodation supplier to CCC and the National Ski Team. … READ MORE →

North American Women’s XC Training Camp: Alysson Marshall Report

– Canada’s Alysson Marshall recently participated in a groundbreaking collaborative North American women’s cross-country ski training champ in Anchorage, AK, along with over dozen other athletes from Canada and the U.S., along with Finland’s … READ MORE →

SkiTrax APP Launched for iPad and iPhone – Android Version Also Available

(Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce the release of our brand new SkiTrax Magazine APP for iPhone and iPad – an Android-branded version is also available – that allows users to download any … READ MORE →

Falla and Eigenmann Win Blink Final Stage 3 Sprint – Randall 6th

(Norway) – Norway’s women dominated the final competition of the Blink Festival 2012 as Maiken Caspersen Falla won the sprint competition on Saturday evening. Falla edged out her compatriot Heidi Weng. Swiss Laurien Van … READ MORE →

Blink Festival Stage 2 Mass Start 10/15km – USA’s Randall 5th, Stephen 13th

(Norway) – Marthe Kristoffersen (Nor) powered to victory winning the second stage of the Blink Festival competition, a 10km Mass Start race that ended in a tight finish as Kristoffersen edged out fellow Norwegians, … READ MORE →

Newell and Diggins Talk Skiing, Fitness and Olympics with YMCA Summer Camp Kids in Brooklyn

(Brooklyn, New York) – As the world gears for the summer Olympic games in London, U.S. Ski Team members Jessie Diggins and Andy Newell met with YMCA campers to talk about what it takes … READ MORE →

Swedish Ski Legend Sixten Jernberg Dies

– To look at how the sport of cross-country skiing has come to be in its current state, it’s instructive and necessary to look at its history. Sadly, one of the sport’s most legendary … READ MORE →

Blink Festival Stage 1 Lysebotn Opp – USA’s Stephen 3rd

– The USA’s Liz Stephen landed in 3rd place on the podium at the 7.5km Lysebotn Opp, the opening round of the Blink Festival, a popular three-day rollerski race event in Norway, that was … READ MORE →

Two-Time Olympian Drew Goldsack Retires from Skiing to Focus on Film Career

(Canmore, AB) – Two-time Olympic cross-country skier Drew Goldsack will retire from competitive ski racing, Cross Country Canada announced on Wednesday. The 30-year-old Goldsack, of Red Deer, Alta., leaves the National Ski Team after … READ MORE →

Red Mountain Academy Athletes Take Advantage of Blended Learning at RSS

(Rossland, BC) – Rossland Secondary School (RSS) is moving to a full blended learning environment in September of 2012. What that means for Red Mountain Academy athletes is more flexibility for their training schedule … READ MORE →

Kershaw Report – After Over 7 Months…

– Where to begin…it’s July – something that is not lost on me. The last time I updated my website was a long time ago – over seven months back when I was battling … READ MORE →

Building an Effective Coach/Athlete Relationship – Perspectives from Great Female Coaches and Athletes

– Following the 2008 summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, a study was undertaken to analyse the Canadian performances. The review process was initiated and funded by Own the Podium*, and the primary objective … READ MORE →

Long-time XC Ski Volunteer Linda Dunbar Earns Firth Award

– The Canmore cross-country skiing community recognized one of its own at a surprise ceremony for long-time volunteer Linda Dunbar on Sunday, July 8.
Dunbar received the Firth Award from cross-country fixtures Shirley and Sharon … READ MORE →

New Hampshire SOTC Training Camp Report

(Mt. Washington State Park, New Hampshire) – On June 25th the Southern Ontario Training Centre (SOTC) team headed to the Mt. Washington State Park, New Hampshire for our first training camp of the year. … READ MORE →

NNF Pledges $26,000 in Nordic Combined Summer Funding Round

(Salt Lake City, Utah) – The National Nordic Foundation will invest $26,000 in two Nordic Combined Pillar Projects in its summer round of NC 2012/2013 funding.  These strategic investments in numerous International Development Camps … READ MORE →

Diggins Report – Short and Sweet Update from Vermont

(Vermont) – I’d always thought of Vermont as the land of Maple Syrup, green mountains, and ski schools. While all those are true (and very nice), there’s so much more to Stratton Mountain and … READ MORE →

The Hoff’s New Website

– Rising US XC star, Noah Hoffman, who scored a breakthru win in the men’s 30km CL at the US XC Championships along with U23 Nordic Worlds silver last season in the men’s 15km … READ MORE →

Brooks Report: So Many Wonderful Things!

– I can honestly say that the past few weeks have been some of the busier ones in my life. But I’m not complaining as I’ve been able to do some wonderful, amazing things … READ MORE →

NENSA 2012-2013 TD Bank Eastern Cup and Championship Event Schedule Set

– With a focus on continuing to provide a top-notch competitive experience, NENSA has set the schedule for this season’s TD Bank Eastern Cup and Championship events to feature a mix of venues and … READ MORE →

Upgraded Mobile Services Provide New Features on

– Last week marked the launch of enhanced features for FIS Mobile services! Users can now follow the latest FIS, Alpine, Cross-Country, Ski Jumping, Freestyle and Snowboard news directly on their mobile devices without … READ MORE →

Catamount Trail’s Race to the Top of Vermont Sets High Goals

(Vermont) – On Sunday, August 26th, 2012, two non-profit organizations are coming together in support of fitness, conservation, and stewardship of Vermont’s natural landscape. The Catamount Trail Association (CTA) is a non-profit organization that … READ MORE →

NAWTA and AK Adventure Photos

(Alaska) – Check out these great NAWTA pics courtesy of Kikkan Randall as another successful camp, that featured special guest Aino-Kaisa Saarinen from Finland, recently came to an end. Following the camp a small … READ MORE →

BIG News in Nordic at Silver Star Mountain – Dual Area Pass, Super Trail System, 2012 XC Supercamps

(Vernon, BC) – For the first time in the history of Silver Star Mountain Resort and neighboring Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre, the two Nordic operators will now provide a Dual Area Cross Country Trail … READ MORE →

Maine Team Camp: Uphill Test Results 2012

– Solid work from the Maine Winter Sports Center’s Sam Wood and Braden Becker, both under the previous men’s record. Great work Maine Teamers! Nice to see some race faces out there – more … READ MORE →

Three Clubs Selected as Recipients of a CCC-AltaGas Club Support Grant

– The AltaGas Club Coaching Support Program (“ACCSP”) is a CCC initiative aimed at supporting Canada’s high performance clubs and coaches by optimizing High Performance coaches’ ongoing practical education and training.
The financial support aims … READ MORE →

Eric Bailey Recipient of the 2012 Heinz Niederhauser Coaching Award

– Cross Country Ontario is pleased to announce Eric Bailey as the recipient of the 2012 Heinz Niederhauser Coaching Award. Eric has been active in the Ontario coaching community for more than 10 years. … READ MORE →

Petro-Canada Sport Leadership Sportif – Registration NOW OPEN

– The sport community’s hottest conference just got better. From November 8th to 10th, Canada’s sport elite will gather in Montreal, Quebec. Our country’s top coaches and sport scientists will join senior leaders from … READ MORE →

Venezuela’s Cesar Baena Sets Rollerski World Record

– Following three months of intense fighting, strong climate changes, and even an accident, Venezuela’s Cesar Baena, has made it into the Guinness World Records completing the world’s longest roller ski trip from Sweden … READ MORE →

Liberec 2013 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships – Preparations Well Underway

(Liberec, Czech Republic) – Four years after the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, the city of Liberec (CZE) will again host the best Nordic skiers as the FIS Junior & U23 Nordic World Ski … READ MORE →

Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train – Ben True

– In this edition of Talkin’ with the Gravy-Train, Peter Graves catches up with Ben True, who is by any standard, an extraordinary athlete, a young man with special gifts in sport coupled with … READ MORE →

Sochi 2014 Olympic Qualification Period Begins

– Although there are still more than one and a half years to go – the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games are already around the corner.
On 1st July 2012, the start the official Olympic … READ MORE →

First Look at 2015 Anti-Doping Rules

(Ottawa, ON) – Phase 2 of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) rules consultation is under way with the release of a first draft of the World Anti-Doping Code that will come into effect January … READ MORE →

Petter Northug is Back on Track

– Norwegian star, Petter Northug, is back on track according to a recent report by This past season saw Northug out early with stomach problems as he missed many WCups in the latter part … READ MORE →

Job Opportunity – Coaching and Athlete Development Administrative Assistant

– 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 is expected … READ MORE →

Jessie Diggins Interviews Aino-Kaisa Saarinen

(Anchorage, Alasaka) – Finish xc ski star, Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, travelled over the pond for a taste of Alaska, the NAWTA Camp, and the Iron Girls pre-camp along with a cultural and training exchange with … READ MORE →

NAWTA Camp Wrap Up BBQ on Canada Day Chez Kikkan and Jeff

(Anchorage, Alasaka) – A quick follow up on the NAWTA Camp wrap up BBQ on Canada Day chez Kikkan and Jeff in Anchorage, Alaska, following the women’s-only camp on Eagle Glacier where they hosted … READ MORE →

CXC 2nd Annual Telemark Forest MTB Race – July 14

– With less than two to go until the 2nd annual Telemark Forest Mountain Bike Race, NOW IS THE TIME to get registered.  Hosted by Telemark Resort in Cable, Wisconsin on Saturday, July 14, … READ MORE →

Diggins and Newell to Talk Skiing, Fitness and Olympics at YMCA Camp on July 19

July 3, 2012 (New York, New York) – As the summer London Olympic Games approach, U.S. Ski Team members Jessie Diggins and Andy Newell will show campers from the YMCA of Greater New York what … READ MORE →