Archive | December, 2012

TdS Rest Day Tweets – Getting Stached…

(Switzerland) – Here are a few Tour de Ski rest day tweets to brighten up up New Year’s celebrations… once again our best wishes to Kikkan Randall on her 30th birthday.
Great stashes… HERE.
Surprise Kikkan … READ MORE →

The Way I See It – Oberhof Disappoints, Ida Sargent, Canadian Team

– Oberhof Does Disappoint – The weather was just what you expect when you hit this part of Germany – wet and soggy. I remember it well – get the klister out – but, … READ MORE →

Interviews with Coaches Whitcomb and Wadsworth at the Tour de Ski

(Oberhof, Germany) – We caught up with US Women’s Coach Matt Whitcomb and Canadian Head Coach Justin Wadsworth for their take on the first two days of racing at the now fabled Tour de … READ MORE →

West Yellowstone Welcomes for Fun Events on the Rendezvous Ski Trail

(West Yellowstone, mO) – The West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation (WYSEF) is excited to announce a variety of activities for the upcoming winter season.  Cross country skiers of all abilities and ages are welcome … READ MORE →

Alex Harvey and Team Canada Hold Court Following Stage 2 at the Tour de Ski – English/French

(Oberhof, Germany) – In this conference call with Team Canada Alex Harvey talks about how he just missed the podium at the finish of the men’s 15km CL at Stage 2 at the Tour … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski Stage 2 Interviews with Randall, Brooks and Diggins – Happy Birthday Kikkan

(Oberhof, Germany) – The US Women’s team lead by Kikkan Randall have had a great start to the Tour de Ski. Randall took the opening 3km FR Prologue to don the race leader’s bib … READ MORE →

Ladies Nordic Ski Expo 2013 – Jan. 12

– Vermont is blanketed in a gorgeous coat of snow.  The window for winter adventure is short and now is the time to get out on skis, whether you prefer a groomed track or making … READ MORE →

Harvey Takes 5th as Russia Goes 1-2 in Men’s 15km CL at TdS Stage 2

(Oberhof, Germany) – It was another strong day for maple leaf fans as Canada’s Alex Harvey cruised with the leaders to the end taking 5th in the men’s 15km CL – his best finish … READ MORE →

Kowalczyk Dominates Women’s 9km CL at Tour de Ski – Randall 14th

(Oberhof, Germany) – The USA’s Kikkan Randall started in the TdS leader’s bib for the first time in her career in the Stage 2 women’s 9km CL but was chased down by Charlotte Kalla … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski Prologue Interviews and Photos – Randall, Brooks, Stephen, Whitcomb, Harvey, Babikov, Valjas, Wadsworth

(Oberhof, Germany) – Followin the stage one 3km/4km Prologue  at the 7th annual Tour de Ski that kicked off today in Oberhof, Germany we caught up with women’s winner American Kikkan Randall and the … READ MORE →

Tapering Before a Big Race

– As a general rule of thumb, longer endurance events are generally preceded by longer tapering periods. Typically, tapering for relatively short endurance events takes as little as a week or less, but tapering … READ MORE →

Canada’s Harvey Strong 6th as Northug Dominates Men’s Prologue at the Tour de Ski

(Oberhof, Germany) – Canada’s Alex Harvey put in a solid day at the office with a strong 6th-place finish at the Tour de Ski men’s 4km Prologue as Norwegian star Petter Northug pulled out … READ MORE →

USA’s Randall Storms to Tour de Ski Women’s Prologue Victory

(Oberhof, Germany) – The USA’s Kikkan Randall means business as she powered to a decisive victory in tough, misty conditions in the women’s 3km Prologue at the seventh annual Tour de Ski now underway … READ MORE →

Inside the Fence With Friends at the Tour de Ski

(Oberhof, Germany) – Last evening Kikkan Randall took over for FIS and interviewed Emil Jönsson, Dario Cologna and Anna Haag during the opening ceremonies of the 7th Edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de … READ MORE →

Bjoergen to Return to Racing in January

– There was nothing found to be wrong with Marit Bjørgen (NOR) after her arrhythmia last weekend. The Nordic star is scheduled to be back in competition in mid-January as confirmed by the Norwegian … READ MORE →

Seven Strong US Skiers on the Start Line at the Tour de Ski + Schedule & Start Lists

(Oberhof, Germany) – Seven U.S. Cross Country Ski Team athletes are preparing for the start of the nine-day Tour de Ski with the opener set for this weekend in Oberhof. It is the strongest … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012/13 Contest – Deadline Extended to 12 Midnight

(Toronto, ON) – We have experienced increased registration activity for our SkiTrax FIS Tour de Ski 2012/13 Fantasy Contest as the final deadline approaches and we’re pleased to extend the deadline until 12 midnight … READ MORE →

TdS Tweets from the Stars

(Oberhof, Germany) – On the eve of the popular FIS Tour de Ski, the world’s best xc-ski athletes are as excited as the fans – the proof is in their tweets! Check out the … READ MORE →

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

(Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce the 2012/13 SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest standings after Canmore, which hosted the fourth round of the 2012/13 Viessmann XC FIS World Cup tour. The … READ MORE →

Nipika XC Ski Camp Jan. 20-25 and Loppet Weekend Feb. 2-3

(Radium, B.C.) – Happy Holidays from Nipika! We hope that you get to spend some time outside in true Nipika style: some cross country skiing, snowshoeing, toboganning, ice skating in crisp winter… followed by … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012/13 Contest – Final Chance

(Toronto, ON) – Tomorrow is the final day to register your team for the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012/13 Contest – the deadline is 10pm EST on Dec. 28 the day before … READ MORE →

Quick Guide to FIS Tour de Ski Competition Formats

– If you are not familiar with the various competition formats that will be used during the seventh edition of the FIS Tour de Ski, here is a quick overview with explanations.
Oberhof: Stage 1 … READ MORE →

Canadian Sport Centre Pacific Announces New Name, Mission – Canadian Sport Institute

(Victoria, B.C.) – After years of preparation, Canadian Sport Centre Pacific is excited to be evolving to Canadian Sport Institute*. The institute designation, recently granted by Sport Canada and Own the Podium, is a … READ MORE →

Quebec City WCup Sprints Highlight Video

– Check out this great video featuring highlights from the inaugural FIS Quebec City World Cup sprints held earlier this month in the old city right by the Parliament buildings. The video was compiled … READ MORE →

Job Opportunity – Fast and Female

(Canmore, AB) – Want to make a difference in the lives of girls in sports? Fast and Female is seeking an Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for the efficient and effective management … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012/13 Contest – Deadline is Dec. 28

(Toronto, ON) – Time is running out for xc-ski fans the world over as the deadline to enter the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012/13 Contest is 10pm EST on Dec. 28. With … READ MORE →

Kershaw Report – Canadian World Cups and Merry Christmas from Davos, Switzy

(Davos, Switzerland) – It’s been a busy December. Of note, I guess I should highlight that I am now officially “in my thirties” and I’m happy to be the 5th billion person to let … READ MORE →

Alberta World Cup Academy to Host Dinner and Auction Fundraiser – Feb. 15

(Canmore, AB) – The Alberta World Cup Academy is hosting a Taste of Winter – a dinner and silent auction fundraiser with proceeds going towards the program. The event features a four-course dinner with … READ MORE →

Diggins Report – Frohe Weihnachten!

(Oberhof, Germany) – After Canmore I was supposed to go straight to Europe to get the time-change over with, well before the Tour, but a couple weeks ago I realized that five and a … READ MORE →

Happy Holidays from the Kids on the Block

(Toronto, ON) – Check out these great holiday tweets from some of your favourite stars as they share a glass with family and friends this holiday season from Oberhof to Canmore to Davos to … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012/13 Contest – Don’t Miss it Register Today

(Toronto, ON) – With only five days left to enter just over 200 teams have registered for the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012/13 Contest. The deadline to register is 10pm EST on … READ MORE →

Bjoergen Will Not Race TdS – Hospitalized Due to Irregular Heartbeat

– An abnormally high pulse in training Saturday morning prompted Norwegian Marit Bjørgen to go to the hospital, and on Sunday, the defending World Cup champion was discharged after being examined for cardiac dysrhythmia, … READ MORE →

Louis Garneau Revolutionizes Snowshoe Market with Boa Closure System

– Louis Garneau is launching a new snowshoe, featuring a Boa closure system. The Yeti snowshoe is a high-performance snowshoe designed for steep ascents and access to summits and utilizes the Contact Pro Harness … READ MORE →

Diggins Report – What Eurosport Doesn’t Show You

– I finally got time to sit down and load up a bunch of pictures I’ve taken the past few days… and I realized that there’s a lot going on in a World Cup … READ MORE →

Heidi Widmer Blog – Party in the Backyard

(Canmore, AB) – The weekend I had been dreaming about all summer and fall has come and passed. Not an ounce of adrenaline was left unused in Canmore as we played host to the … READ MORE →

Bjoergen to Miss Tour de Ski ?

(Norway) – According to the latest news Norwegian star Marit Bjoergen, 32, will miss the Tour de Ski after being hospitalized for one day of observation due to heart rhythm abnormalities reports Langrenn. Bjoergen … READ MORE →

CBC Interview with Ivan Babikov

(Canmore, AB) – Check out this interview with Ivan Babikov after he was the top Canadian man in the 30km Skiathlon (15kCL+15kmFR) race at the Alberta World Cup in Canmore last weekend finishing 12th. … READ MORE →

Canadian Team Selected for 2013 Tour de Ski

– Canada has named four athletes to represent the country at the 2012/2013 edition of the Tour de Ski. The team goals are daily podiums, top 10 overall results for each athletes and an overall TDS … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012/13 Contest – Team Registration Update

(Toronto, ON) – With over 150 teams already registered we would like to inform all contestants that we heard from FIS and the most current list of TdS registered skiers has now been updated … READ MORE →

Dick Hunt’s European Cycling Tours – ONLY 4 Spots Left for September 2013 Trip

– SkiTrax Masters columnist, Dick Hunt of AXCS fame, is into cycling in a big way and offers unique cycling trips to Europe. Check out his latest adventures planned for 2013… according to Hunt you … READ MORE →

Hardwood Ski and Bike Re-Opens w/20cm of New Snow – Only 1-hr From TO + Reduced Trail Fees

(Barrie, ON) – The snow has returned and we have had over 20cm of snow overnight and now have 14km of cross-country and 11km of snowshoe trails open.   The weather forecast is calling for … READ MORE →

Bob Woodward Inducted into Mountain Bike Hall of Fame

(Bend, OR) – There is this tall guy who always wears glasses with interesting frames – sometimes polka dots, sometimes like the side of a fish. He is funny, he writes a lot and … READ MORE →

FIS Fantasy Marathon Cup 2012/13 Contest Standings after La Sgambeda

(Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce that over 150 teams have registered for our second annual FIS Fantasy Marathon Cup 2012/13 Contest and we have the standings after the first race – … READ MORE →

Gravey’s Grapevine – Thank You Canada

– I arrived back at my Vermont home yesterday from Canmore and the World Cup tour with my mind racing from all manner of things – to be sure, there was some measure of … READ MORE →

USSA Prez Bill Marolt Named to USOC Board

Colorado Springs, CO) – U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt was named Thursday to the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Board of Directors. He will serve a four year term as … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012/13 Contest – Registration Now OPEN

(Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce that the fifth annual international SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2012/13 Contest is now live for team registration for contestants around the world with over $2,500 … READ MORE →

Sadie and Erik Bjornsen to Host Cascade Challenge Ski Camp – Dec. 23

(Mazama, WA) – The Methow Valley’s elite skiers, Sadie and Erik Bjornsen, are home for Christmas with huge wins in the Super Tour. Both brother and sister came away from the competitions in Canmore, … READ MORE →

Fast and Female Thanks Marie-Hélène Thibeault for Tenure as Executive Director, Seeks New Candidate

(Canmore, AB) – The Board of Directors of Fast and Female announces the departure of Marie-Hélène (M&H) Thibeault following more than four years of dedication to the program as Executive Director.
M&H, alumni of the … READ MORE →

Talkin’ with the Gravy Train – Kikkan Randall and Justin Wadsworth at Canmore WCup

– Talkin’ with the Gravy Train went on the road as Peter Graves was announcing at both the Quebec City and Canmore World Cups on back-to-back weekends. At Canmore he caught up with US star … READ MORE →

Canadian Olympic Selections for Sochi 2014

– The pre-Christmas World Cups marked the first opportunity for Canadian skiers to meet the standards required for nomination to the 2014 Olympic Team competing in Sochi, Russia.
The selection/nomination criteria for the team is … READ MORE →