Archive | March, 2013

2013 Haywood Ski Nationals Aggregate Titles Awarded

(Whistler Olympic Park, BC) – The 2013 Haywood Ski Nationals wrapped up on Saturday and following the competitions everyone gathered for the final awards banquet where SkiTrax’s Drew Goldsack was on hand to snap … READ MORE →

McMurtry Retires w/Memorable 50km FR Title as Kocher Takes Women’s 30km Crown at Haywood Ski Nationals – Video of Men’s Finish

(Whistler Olympic Park, BC) – Brent McMurtry will leave his cross-country ski career standing on top of the podium on the final day of the 2013 Haywood Ski Nationals on Saturday. One of the … READ MORE →

NNF Week in Review – How Your Contributions are Helping Win Medals

– The World Cup concluded in Sweden last weekend. The US had an unprecedented nine skiers racing – seven who qualified by being in the top 50 of the World Cup rankings plus two … READ MORE →

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Clears Andrus Veerpalu

  (Lausanne, Switzerland) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Panel has upheld the appeal of Estonia’s Andrus Veerpalu against a three-year ban by the International Ski Federation (FIS) following an out-of-competition doping control … READ MORE →

Fast and Female Success at Whistler Olympic Park

(Whistler Olympic Park, BC) – Fast and Female’s event at the 2013 Haywood Ski Nationals on Friday was a big success with 20 FF ambassadors and over 100 girls in attendance. Another beautiful day greeted … READ MORE →

Job Opportunity – WinSport Canada President and Chief Executive Officer

– This is more than leading and growing a comprehensive winter sports organization and venue. This is about supporting the pride and passion of 30 million Canadians. It’s about bringing us to the edge … READ MORE →

Interviews w/Sarah Beaudry and Len Valjas at the 2013 Haywood Ski Nationals on Day 5

(Whistler Olympic Park, BC) – SkiTrax caught up with Canadian National Teamer Len Valjas, from Toronto, who returned home from Europe where he snagged two medals, and claimed the Open Men’s Classic Sprint title … READ MORE →

Gaiazova and Valjas Dazzle Fans Winning CL Sprint Titles at 2013 Haywood Ski Nationals on Day 5

(Whistler Olympic Park, BC) – Canada’s top cross-country ski sprinters, Daria Gaiazova and Len Valjas, put on a show in front of the country’s Nordic community by winning the classic-ski sprint titles at the … READ MORE →

US Star Kikkan Randall Has Phenomenal Season

– We caught up with US star Kikkan Randall on her way back home following her amazing season in Europe and managed to score this one-of-a-kind photo with the now legendary cross-country skier.
Randall is … READ MORE →

Seven Canadian Snow Sport Organizations Launch New Consortium to Attract Sponsorship

(Vancouver, BC) – Canada’s seven National Snow Sport Organizations have formed a marketing consortium to attract corporate partnerships and they have hired one of the country’s premier strategic marketing agencies to help them do … READ MORE →

2013 Haywood Ski Nationals Day 4 Juvenile, Junior and Para-Nordic Classic Sprints

(Whistler Olympic Park, BC) – With conditions heating up in Callaghan Valley as the week goes by, the classic short sprints were blazing fast today. The categories for the day were Juvenile Boys and … READ MORE →

FIS Fantasy Marathon Cup 2012/13 Final Contest Standings and Winners Announced after the Engadin Skimarathon

(Toronto, ON) – We’re sorry for the delay and thrilled to announce the overall standings and winners of the second annual SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Marathon Cup 2012/13 Contest after the Engadin Skimarathon 42km  free … READ MORE →

The Way I See It – FIS Screw Ups, Canada’s Wrap-Up, Torin Koos, Kudos to Nats Skiers

– FIS Has a Double Screw-up Weekend – FIS’s efforts to reject the athlete’s demands to bring the Falun courses under control so they would be safe, were lame as they attempted to take … READ MORE →

Vote Now for the Howelsen Sports Complex in Steamboat Springs

(Steamboat Springs, CO) – SSWSC has partnered up with the other large facilities and organizations at Howelsen Hill to form the Howelsen Sports Complex Partners.  These partners include SSWSC, the Rodeo, Ice Rink and … READ MORE →

OPA Cup Recap Video by Eric Packer

– Ski racer Eric Packer has compiled a great video of his 2013 OPA Cup season. Packer, 23, competes for the SMS T2 professional ski racing team based out of southern Vermont. He had … READ MORE →

Interviews w/Gaiazova, McMurtry, Jones at the Haywood Ski Nationals in Whistler

(Whistler Olympic Park, BC) – Following today’s races SkiTrax caught up with winners Daria Gaiazova and Brent McMurtry who took home the titles in the women’s and men’s 10/15km Individual Start CL races today … READ MORE →

Gaiazova and McMurtry Score 10/15km Individual Start CL Titles at 2013 Haywood Ski Nationals

(Whistler Olympic Park, BC) – Canada’s National Ski Team athletes cranked up the heat at the Haywood Ski Nationals in Whistler B.C. on Tuesday as Daria Gaiazova and Brent McMurtry won gold in the … READ MORE →

Andrew Johnson Named Nordic Ski Coach at Middlebury College

(Middlebury, VT) – Former Middlebury skier and two-time U.S. Olympian Andrew Johnson has been named the new head coach of the nordic ski program at Middlebury College. Johnson comes to Middlebury from the University … READ MORE →

Interview w/Canadian Men’s XC Team Coach Justin Wadsworth in Falun

(Falun, Sweden) – SkiTrax caught up with Canadian Men’s XC Team Coach Justin Wadsworth after the FIS World Cup finale in Falun, Sweden this past weekend to get his take on the 2012/13 season, … READ MORE →

38th PAL Great Labrador Loppet a Success – Report Results

(Labrador City, NL) – The 38th PAL Great Labrador Loppet was an exciting event to remember. It was very worrisome on Friday night with blowing snow, 60-80Km winds and low visibility. But we persevered, … READ MORE →

Interviews w/Randall and US Coach Whitcomb on Historic 3rd Place Podium in Falun

(Falun, Sweden) – We caught up with the USA’s Kikkan Randall in Falun, Sweden, following her historic 3rd place finish in the overall World Cup standings – a first for an American woman – … READ MORE →

McKeever and Widmer Score Career-First Titles at Haywood Ski Nationals in Individual Start Races

(Whistler Olympic Park, BC) – Brian McKeever and Heidi Widmer were crowned Canadian Champions for the first time in their career after winning the men’s and women’s individual start cross-country skate-ski race at the … READ MORE →

Northug Takes Falun Mini Tour and FIS XC World Cup Series Title – Babikov 20th, Newell 29th Overall

(Falun, Sweden) – The final race of the 2012/13 FIS XC World Cup season ended as expected with Norway’s Petter Northug Jr. claiming the Falun Mini Tour crown and the overall World Cup Series title.

The … READ MORE →

Randall Makes History as First US Woman to Finish on FIS World Cup Overall Podium Placing 3rd

(Falun, Sweden) – The USA’s Kikkan Randall accomplished what no other American female skier has done before, placing 3rd in the overall World Cup standings as she clinched the final podium spot with her … READ MORE →

Registration for FIS Calendar Conference 2013/14 is Now OPEN

– Registration for the FIS Calendar Conference 2013/14 in Cavtat-Dubrovnik (CRO) from June 5-8 is now open. The deadline for registrations is April 20. Please find the latest time schedule of the various FIS … READ MORE →

WADA Issues Alert on GW501516

– It has come to WADA’s attention that the black market substance GW501516 is being sold to and used by some athletes. The side effect of this chemical compound is so serious that WADA … READ MORE →

USA’s Randall Poised for Historic 3rd in FIS World Cup Overall Standings

(Falun, Sweden) – Start 15th, finish 15th. What could be easier…? When the USA’s Kikkan Randall leaves the start line in the women’s 10km FR Pursuit race on Sunday, the final women’s contest of … READ MORE →

Cockney & McMurtry Defend Team Sprint Title at Haywood Ski Nationals – Kromm/Widmer Take Women’s Crown

(Whistler Olympic Park, BC) – Crowds of spectators turned out on a bluebird day to watch the 2013 Haywood Ski Nationals’ first race, the team sprint, at Whistler Olympic Park in Callaghan Valley, and … READ MORE →

Roenning Triumphs in Men’s 15km CL at Falun – Northug Closes in on Overall Title

(Falun, Sweden) – Veteran classic aficionado, Eldar Roenning of Norway, timed his final lunge perfectly besting Russia’s Maxim Vylegzhanin at the line for the victory in the men’s 15km CL at Falun at round three … READ MORE →

Bjoergen in Charge in Women’s 10km CL at Falun as Randall Holds Strong in 3rd Overall

(Falun, Sweden) – Marit Bjoergen lead another Norwegian podium sweep in the women’s 10km CL at Falun but Kikkan Randall’s strong 19th place today solidifies the American’s 3rd place in the overall WCup standings … READ MORE →

XC Ski Nationals Update on Conditions and Start Lists

(Whistler, BC) – The weather at WOP (Whistler Olympic Park) was clear and cold yesterday evening and grooming commenced at 6pm until about midnight according to Dirk Van Wijk, chief of course preparation for … READ MORE →

Interview with Kikkan Randall on her Falun Podium, Course Controversy & Late Night w/Thomas & Harald

(Falun, Sweden) – Kikkan Randall is one busy woman. The US XC Ski squad’s team leader is also the FIS Athlete’s Rep and she spent most of Thursday talking with fellow athletes and the … READ MORE →

2013 Haywood Cross Country Ski Nationals Kicks Off This Weekend + Event Schedule

(Whistler Olympic Park, BC) – With over 800 participants signed up, the 2013 Haywood Cross Country Ski Nationals are sure to be an exhilarating week of races full of up-and-coming talent from across Canada.
Tomorrow, … READ MORE →

Northug Leads Norge Sweep at Falun 2.5km FR Prologue and Strengthens Grip on Overall WCup – Newell 16th

(Falun, Sweden) – Norway’s Petter Northug Jr. edged closer to his final goal this season – to take home the men’s overall FIS World Cup Series crown – as he lead a Norwegian podium … READ MORE →

USA’s Randall Podiums at Falun 2.5km FR – Brooks 7th, Diggins 8th as Bjoergen Wins

(Falun, Sweden) – USA’s Kikkan Randall is storming strong, even as the end of the World Cup season quickly approaches. Only days ago, she successfully defended her World Cup Sprint crystal globe, but the … READ MORE →

Falun World Cup Finale Courses – LAST MINUTE CHANGES Mean No Queen and King of Mördarbacken?

(Falun, Sweden) – As the FIS XC World Cup Series Finale wraps up this weekend in Falun, Sweden concerns and protests regarding the final courses have led to a flurry of emails, tweets and … READ MORE →

Salomon International Nordic Survey – Win Great Prizes

– Salomon Nordic wants your input on Classical skis, boots, and bindings. Complete this survey today and you’ll be entered to win a number of great prizes including some S-Lab skis. Please start the … READ MORE →

IOC Applies Modern Drug Testing Standards to 2006 Olympic Samples – Dopers Beware

– IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist knows time is running out but according to a CBC.ca interview he’s vigilantly retesting samples for banned substances from the Torino 2006 Winter Games with more advanced techniques … READ MORE →

Canada’s Harvey and USA’s Randall on Norwegian Late Night TV Show

(Norway) – Alex Harvey and Kikkan Randall were recent guests on Norwegian late night talk show Senkveld (Late Night) with Thomas & Harald. Check out their great interview on YouTube (in English)!

Canada’s Arendz Wins Overall IPC World Cup Biathlon Title with Bronze in Sochi

(Sochi, Russia) – Mark Arendz put the finishing touches to a memorable season by locking up the overall IPC World Cup biathlon title after winning the bronze medal in the men’s 15 kilometre biathlon … READ MORE →

CCC Launches National Marketing Campaign to Increase XC Ski Participation

(Canmore, AB) – Cross Country Canada will ski into communities across the country with a one-of-a-kind marketing campaign that showcases the universal appeal of the sport to Canadians of all ages and abilities in … READ MORE →

The USA’s Kikkan Randall on Defending Her Sprint Cup GLOBE

(Stockholm, Sweden) – The USA’s Kikkan Randall came to Stockholm knowing she had successfully defended her Sprint Cup title and looked forward to receiving the Crystal Globe from the King of Sweden once again. … READ MORE →

Northug in Charge at Stockholm CL Sprints and Leads WCup Series – Newell 5th Overall in Sprint Cup

(Stockholm, Sweden) – Petter Northug (NOR) was all business today as he took over the overall World Cup leader’s bib with his victory in the men’s 1.1km CL Sprint on the palace course in … READ MORE →

Kowalczyk Reigns at Women’s Stockholm CL Sprint – Gaiazova 16th as Randall Claims the Crystal Globe

(Stockholm, Sweden) – The final World Cup sprint of the season unfolded on a sunny and cold but windy day as Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk delivered a majestic performance in front of Stockholm’s Royal Palace … READ MORE →

Stockholm WCup CL Sprint Qualifications – Gaiazova 4th, Newell 10th

(Stockholm, Sweden) – Canada’s Dasha Gaiazova placed fourth in the Stockholm classic sprint qualifications led by Finland’s Anne Kylloenen. Fellow Finn Kerttu Niskanen qualified second, with Slovenia’s Katja Visnar in third. American results include … READ MORE →

Mt. Borah Adds Neon to Custom Color Palatte

(Coon Valley, WI) – As the sublimation market booms, Mt. Borah has been discovering new ways to advance their custom team apparel offering. Neon, a color known for its pizazz in style and value … READ MORE →

All Proceeds from Sale of U.S. XC Junior Nationals Photos to be Donated to NNF

(Fairbanks, Alaska) – Bert Boyer, Ph.D., who is a Professor of Molecular Biology, a Director at the Center for Alaska Native Health Research and Associate Director of Human Health, Institute of Arctic Biology at … READ MORE →

Vaillancourt and Smith Win Mass Start Titles at North American and Canadian Biathlon Championships

(Whistler, B.C.) – National Team athletes, Audrey Vaillancourt and Nathan Smith, stole the show for the third straight day at the North American and Canadian Biathlon Championships, winning the women’s and men’s mass starts … READ MORE →

The Way I See It – Master Skiers, Liz Stephen, TdS, Noah Hoffman, Therese Johaug, Obos

– For you Master Skiers – If you’re a master skier and a serious trainer and need to maximize your training time during the snow months because of your job, you need to head … READ MORE →

Canada’s McKeever and Carleton Win Back-to-Back Gold at IPC World Cup Finals in Sochi

March 18, 2013 (Sochi, Russia) – Canada’s Brian McKeever and Erik Carleton made a statement to the world they will be the team to beat at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, winning their second straight … READ MORE →