Archive | November, 2012

Kuusamo Comments from Sargent, Randall, Jones, Gaiazova, Hamilton and Newell

(Kuusamo, Finland) – The Ruka Triple is underway in Kuusamo, Finland, the first mini-tour of the season, and the North Americans are there in force for round two of the FIS XC World Cup. … READ MORE →

FIS XC WCup Men’s 1.4k CL in Kuusamo – Kriukov Scores, USA’s Hamilton 26th

(Kuusamo, Finland) – Vancouver 2010 Olympic CL sprint gold medalist Nikita Kriukov (RUS) won the 1.4km CL sprint in Kuusamo today, scooping favourite Petter Northug (NOR) at the finish by a mere double pole. … READ MORE →

USA’s Sargent a Strong 9th at FIS XC WCup Kuusamo Women’s 1.4km CL Sprint as Bjoergen Wins

(Kuusamo, Finland) – USST’s Ida Sargent turned heads as the top North American with a breakthrough 9th in the women’s 1.4km CL sprint in Kuusamo today with impressive, smart skiing. The Dartmouth skier, on … READ MORE →

USSA SuperTour Bozeman FR Sprint Finals – Caldwell & Pletcher Score

(Bozeman, MO) – Following the opening of the 2012/13 USSA SuperTour series in West Yellowstone amidst inconsistent weather conditions officials were forced to reschedule the 1km FR sprints to Bozeman on Nov. 29. Sophie … READ MORE →

Kocher 23rd at IBU WCup Ostersund Women’s 15km Individual

(Ostersund, Sweden) – Canada’s Zina Kocher, 29, launched her World Cup biathlon season with a solid start placing 23rd  in the women’s 15km individual event today in Ostersund, Sweden. The Red Deer, Alta. athlete shot … READ MORE →

Inside the Fence – Interviews w/Norway’s Pettersen, Brandsdal, Golberg in Kuusamo

(Kuusamo, Finland) – Check out the second episode of the new FIS series, Inside the Fence, hosted by Jeff Ellis. This edition features pre-race interviews with Norwegian sprinters Oystein Pettersen, Erik Brandsdal, and Paal … READ MORE →

The Sasseville Report – Gällivare and the Start of the Racing Season

– So here we are – at the start of another World Cup racing season with the first races in the north of Sweden in Gällivare. Last season, when there were no Olympics or … READ MORE →

Concept2 and New England Nordic Ski Association Renew Partnership

(New Gloucester, ME) – Signing on as an official supplier of the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA), Concept2 will continue their long-standing support of NENSA and the key Eastern Cup, Marathon, and Zak … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2012/13 Contest Standings after Gällivare

(Gällivare, Sweden) – With over 500 registered teams from contestants in 30 countries around the globe – both new fantasy contest records – the 2012/13 SkiTraxFIS Fantasy World Cup Contest kicked off on Saturday … READ MORE →

IBU WCup Ostersund Men’s 20km Individual – Perras 32nd, Burke 33rd

(Ostersund, Sweden) – Canada’s Scott Perras was the top North American in 32nd with two penalties in the men’s individual 20km on Wednesday as round 1 of the E.ON IBU World Cup continued in Ostersund, … READ MORE →

Inside the Fence – Kuusamo Course Preview w/Kikkan Randall

(Kuusamo, Finland) – Check out the first edition of FIS’s Inside the Fence, which includes a preview video of this weekend’s FIS World Cup XC race course in Kuusamo, Finland with USA’s Kikkan Randall.

Diggins Report – The Most Exciting Race Ever!

– Wow, that sure was an awesome way to start off the World Cup season!!! Not that I expect every weekend to be as wildly exciting with multiple historical US podium results, but geez … READ MORE →

Interview w/Chantal Lachance – Inside Look at Inaugural FIS World Cup Sprints in Quebec

– SkiTrax recently caught up with Chantal Lachance, Vice President of Gestev Inc., organizer of the inaugural FIS Sprint Cup in Quebec, City. LaChance and Gestev President, Patrice Drouin, have been staging events at Mont … READ MORE →

Alberta World Cup Academy Men’s Time Trial Results from 17km Skiathlon

(Canmore, AB) – The men from the Alberta World Cup Academy along with the Thunder Bay NDC and a couple other teams raced a 17km Skiathlon on the weekend in preparation for the first … READ MORE →

NNF Thanks the Nordic Community for Drive for 25 Success

– The National Nordic Foundation raised $218,000 from 1,300 donors to support our developing Cross-Country and Nordic Combined athletes. Seeing what our American Nordic community can do when we work together is truly amazing, … READ MORE →

FIS XC Interview w/US Ski Team Women’s Coach Matt Whitcomb

(Kuusamo, Finland) – FIS XC chats with the U.S. Ski Team Women’s Coach Matt Whitcomn after their historic success at the FIS Cross-Country World Cup opener in Gällivare (SWE).

The Way I See It – Good Season Start, Holly Brooks, Canadian Women, Relay Anchors and More

– Good Start To The Season – Some fantastic results and some not so fantastic results would be the easy way to sum up the first two days of the new World Cup season. … READ MORE →

Biathlon Canada Auction Now Live

– Biathlon Canada’s online auction is now live just in time for your holiday shopping! Shop for great deals on apparel and equipment, including National Team items only available through Biathlon Canada and Vancouver … READ MORE →

Spectators to be in the Heart of the Action at Sprint Quebec on Dec. 7-9

(Quebec City, QC) – The public will have the chance to see elite athletes up close at the FIS Cross Country Sprint World Cup Quebec, Monday November 26, 2012. “Just a few days from … READ MORE →

Interviews w/Randall, Brooks, Stephen, Diggins at Historic WCup Relay PODIUM in Gällivare

(Gällivare, Sweden) – Another milestone was achieved by the amazing US Women’s Team who were the talk of the town at the 2012/13 Viessemann FIS XC opener in Gällivare, Sweden with their stunning third … READ MORE →

Interviews from FIS WCup Opener in Gällivare – Harvey, Valjas, Newell, Hoffman, Elliott & Ellefson

(Gällivare, Sweden) – Following the opening round of the Viessemann FIS XC World Cup in  Gällivare, Sweden this past weekend we caught up the Alex Harvey and Lenny Valjas from the Canadian men’s team … READ MORE →

Cool Video of FIS XC WCup Women’s Relay in Gällivare – US Women’s Team ROCKS

(Gällivare, Sweden) – Check out this cool video of the FIS XC Women’s Relay race in Gällivare, Sweden where the US Women were the talk of the town as they rocked the FIS WCup … READ MORE →

Hardwood Ski and Bike is OPEN for the Ski Season

(Barrie, ON) We have had our first snow fall of the season with just over 20 cm on Saturday.  The weather forecast is calling for more cold temperatures and snow flurries over the next … READ MORE →

Video of Men’s Relay in Gällivare – Canadians Race to Fifth

(Gällivare, Sweden) – Check out this video footage from the men’s relay in Gällivare including the last 5 minutes of the race as Canada’s Alex Harvey battled for positioning and a medal in the final … READ MORE →

Russia Wins IBU Ostersund WCup Mixed Relay Opener – Canada 16th, USA 17th

(Ostersund, SWE) – The Russian team of Olga Zaitseva, Olga Vilukhina, Alexey Volkov, and Evgeny Ustyogov claimed victory in the opening event of the 2012-13 IBU World Cup season finishing in a time of … READ MORE →

FIS World Cup Gällivare Women’s Relay PHOTOS

(Gällivare, Sweden) – It was a stellar day for the US XC ski women’s team in Sweden as they claimed their first 4x5km relay podium and put the international field on notice once again … READ MORE →

Tim Burke’s IBU Ostersund Report – Game Time

(Ostersund, Sweden) – The IBU World Cup kicked off today with the mixed relay here in Ostersund, Sweden. Unfortunately, I was not able to participate because I am just getting over a cold that … READ MORE →

Norway Dominates Men’s WCup Relay in Gällivare – Canada 5th, USA 15th

(Gällivare, Sweden) – Norway remains unstoppable in the men’s relay no matter what the distance as the new 4×7.5km relay format debuted at the first World Cup in Sweden on Sunday with Petter Northug … READ MORE →

US Women Score Historic World Cup Relay Podium in Gällivare

(Gällivare, Sweden) – The US XC ski women’s team has arrived. In a stunning display of ski prowess the team of Kikkan Randall, Holly Brooks, Liz Stephen and Jessie Diggins made history capturing their … READ MORE →

Interviews w/Randall, Brooks, Babikov and Wadsworth at FIS WCup Gallivare on Day 1

November 24, 2012 (Gallivare, Sweden) – Following Saturday’s opening round of the 2012/13 Viesseman FIS Cross-Country World Cup season we caught up with with Kikkan Randall to talk about her stellar 3rd place finish in … READ MORE →

USA’s Hendrickson 2nd at World Cup Opener in Lillehammer – Van 8th, Jerome 13th

November 24, 2012 (Lillehammer, NOR.) – Sarah Hendrickson beat the odds Saturday in the World Cup opener by placing 2nd — just a year after her historic win at the same venue in Lillehammer.
She fought … READ MORE →

Canada’s Gow Blasts into Fifth at IBU Cup in Sweden – Crawford 10th

November 24, 2012 (Idre, Swe.) – Scott Gow made a statement on Saturday that he belongs with the world’s best biathletes after narrowly missing the podium in fifth spot at an IBU Cup in Idre, … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Catches up With SuperTour Race Opener Men’s Winner Matt Liebsch

(West Yellowstone, MO) – I pick up the receiver and give a ring to the Chuck Norris of American skiing. It’s almost dinner time with the family at the Liebsch household, but the man … READ MORE →

Checking in with West Yellowstone SuperTour Winner Rosie Brennan

(West Yellowstone, MO) – Rosie Brennan (APU) won the women’s opening round of this season’s USSA SuperTour in West Yellowstone. Originally from Park City, Utah, Brennan established herself among the top tier of eastern … READ MORE →

Sundby Surprises in 15km FR as Babikov Leads North Americans at FIS WCup in Gällivare

(Gällivare, Sweden) – Canada’s Ivan Babikov continued his strong start to the season leading the North American contingent in 14th as Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby showed the field how it’s done grabbing the first … READ MORE →

Randall Nails First FIS WCup Distance Podium in Gällivare w/Brooks a Stunning 5th

(Gällivare, Sweden) – American sensation Kikkan Randall lead a strong US showing at the opening round of the 2012/13 Viesseman FIS Cross-Country World Cup season with a stellar 3rd place finish in the women’s … READ MORE →

APU’s Rosie Brennan and the Pride of the Midwest Matthew Liebsch Victorious at West Yellowstone SuperTour

(West Yellowstone, Montana) – Nothing about the start of the 2012/13 U.S. SuperTour was easy. Unseasonably warm temperatures tested the organizers to the limit at even pulling off the races. The competition course on … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2012/13 Contest – Deadline Extended to 12 Midnight EST

(Toronto, ON) – There’s been a flurry of new Fantasy Contest registrations as the final deadline approaches and we’re pleased to extend the deadline until 12 midnight EST on Friday, Nov. 23 to allow … READ MORE →

FIS Cross-Country World Cup Kicks off This Weekend in Gällivare

(Gällivare, Sweden) – Already for the 6th time the FIS Cross-Country World Cup starts 100 km north of the Arctic Circle, in the capital of the Norrbotten County, Gällivare. On November 24-25 World’s best … READ MORE →

Brennan Wins Women’s 9km FR Race at USSA SuperTour in West Yellowstone

(West Yellowstone, MO) – APU’s Rosie Brennan topped the women’s field in 9km Freestyle Point-to-Point with a strong victory as the 2012/13 USSA SuperTour got underway on Friday in West Yellowstone. Chelsea Holmes gave Sun Valley another … READ MORE →

USSA SuperTour West Yellowstone Men’s 9km Freestyle Point-to-Point – Liebsch Scores

(West Yellowstone, Montana) – Matt Liebsch (Borton Volvo XC United) has won the opening round of the 2012/13 USSA SuperTour in West Yellowstone taking the Men’s 9km Freestyle Point-to-Point race over Sun Valley’s Matthew … READ MORE →

USSA Statement Regarding SuperTour Sprint

– We would like to thank West Yellowstone and Bozeman for being great SuperTour Partners and for their collaborative effort in hosting these races. USSA has heard from the community with regards to relocating … READ MORE →

Notice About Doping Controls at Cross Country Canada Events

– Participants in CCC events must be aware that doping control tests may be conducted by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) on a random basis in accordance with the Canadian Anti-Doping … READ MORE →

Interviews w/Holly Brooks, Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall in Muonio, Finland

(Muonio, Finland) – The US Women’s Team began their Euro campaign in Muonio, Finland landing three skiers in the top 10 in the women’s 10km FR inte start on the final day with Liz … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2012/13 Contest – Final Countdown

(Toronto, ON) – With almost 400 teams registered from around the globe the final countdown is on to participate in the 2012/13 SkiTraxFIS Fantasy World Cup Contest and be eligible to win some great prizes. The … READ MORE →

West Yellowstone Ski Festival Announces South Plateau Road Closure for SuperTour Race

(West Yellowstone, Montana) – The Yellowstone Ski Festival will be hosting SuperTour Races on Friday, November 23, 2012 and Saturday, November 24, 2012 on the South Plateau. Due to the inherent danger of traveling … READ MORE →

Worldloppet and FIS Marathon Cup Launches New Web Page and Promo Trailer

– The new Worldloppet web page will go online on November 23!!! Just in time before the new season kicks off with La Sgambeda (ITA) as the first FIS Marathon Cup on December 16, … READ MORE →

FIS World Cup Jumping to Kick-Off This Week – Mixed Team Event First Up

(Park City, UT) – It’s only hours now until the exciting kick-off of the FIS World Cup ski jumping circuit, set to commence Friday at the site of the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in … READ MORE →

West Yellowstone Update – USA Race Plans Amidst Patchy Snow and Plus Temperatures

(West Yellowstone, MO) – With plus temperatures, just patches of snow present in West Yellowstone proper, and a meager forecast for fresh powder in the next days, race organizers and athletes have been left … READ MORE →

FIS Races Unfold Across Northern Europe – Who’s in SHAPE ?

With one week to go until the FIS Cross-Country World Cup opener in Gällivare (SWE), most of the national teams have been training in Scandinavia to complete the final phase of the preparations, part … READ MORE →