Archive | December, 2013

USA’s Hamilton Scores Historic WIN in Men’s 1.5km Sprint FR at Tour de Ski in Lenzerheide – Canada’s Harvey 2nd

(Lenzerheide, Switzerland) – The USA’s Simeon Hamilton made history with his victory today in the men’s 1.5 FR sprint at the Tour de Ski in Lenzerheide. It was the first men’s World Cup sprint … READ MORE →

USA’s Caldwell Breakthrough 6th as Oesteberg Takes 1.5km FR Sprint at Tour de Ski in Lenzerheide –

(Lenzerheide, Switzerland) – It was an exciting breakthrough day for USA’s Sophie Caldwell in Lenzerheide for the women’s 1.5km FR sprints as the Tour de Ski continued. Caldwell made her first sprint final ever … READ MORE →

Justyna Kowalczyk Leaves Her Mark on the Tour de Ski and the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy TdS Contest

(Oberhof, GER) – When we posted the news about 4-time defending Tour de Ski champ, Justyna Kowalczyk (POL), withdrawing from this year’s race in protest to the changes that eliminated a key classic race, … READ MORE →

Canada’s Harvey Makes Tour de Ski History – First North American Man to Wear TdS Leader’s Bib

(Oberhof, GER) – This past Saturday, Dec. 28, was truly a memorable day as it’s the first time ever that Canada finished one-two at an elite international cross-country skiing event, with Alex Harvey winning … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2013/14 Contest Standings after Oberhof Sprint

(Toronto, ON) – We’re pleased to announce the standings in the SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2013/14 Contest after the 1.5km FR Sprint in Oberhof, Germany where USA’s Andy Newell finished 10th and … READ MORE →

Nick Fairall and Jessica Jerome Punch Their Ski Jumping Tickets to Sochi 2014

(Park City, Utah) – Under a beautiful Western sunny sky, Nick Fairall (Andover, NH) took the victory in the winner-take-all format  of the U.S. Olympic Trials in ski jumping at Utah Olympic Park, at … READ MORE →

Halfvarsson Shines for Sweden in Men’s Sprint FR at Tour de Ski – Newell 10th, Harvey Remains Tour Leader

(Oberhof, GER) – Canada’s Alex Harvey looked destined for more greatness laying down the fastest qualifying time this morning. After acing his quarter final he looked strong in his semi but on a small … READ MORE →

Sweden’s Hanna Erikson Takes Women’s 1.5km Sprint FR at Tour de Ski – Diggins 18th

(Oberhof, GER) – It was Sweden’s day to shine despite tough conditions at the Tour as Hanna Erikson took her first World Cup victory out-pacing 2nd-placed Nicole Herrmann (GER) in the final of the … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2013/14 Contest Standings after the Prologue

(Toronto, ON) – We’re pleased to announce the standings in the SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2013/14 Contest after the 4.5km Prologue in Oberhof, Germany where Canada’s Alex Harvey won gold and Devon … READ MORE →

Todd Lodwick Headed to Historic Sixth Olympic Games for US Nordic Combined Team at Sochi

(Park City, Utah) – Olympic silver medalist Todd Lodwick (Steamboat Springs, CO) earned an historic nomination to his sixth Olympic team Saturday with a victory at the 2014 Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined … READ MORE →

Interviews with Harvey, Kershaw and Wadsworth on Canada’s Historic 1-2 Podium at the Tour de Ski

(Oberhof, GER) – SkiTrax caught up with the dynamic duo, Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw, along with Head Coach Justin Wadsworth for an inside look at the Canadian team’s historic start to the Tour … READ MORE →

Canada is BACK – From the Pits to the Top of the Mountain in 9 Minutes

(Oberhof, GER) – It only took Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw 9 minutes to turn the tables on the Canadian team’s lacklustre start to the season as they stormed the 4.5km men’s Prologue FR at … READ MORE →

USA Unveils Nordic Olympic Uniforms for Sochi 2014

(Park City, Utah) – The official Nordic combined and cross-country competition uniforms for Sochi were unveiled Saturday at the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping in Park City. The … READ MORE →

USA’s Diggins and Caldwell Nail Top-10s at TdS Prologue – Bjoergen Wins, Kowalcyzk OUT + Interview w/Diggins

(Oberhof, GER) – The USA’s Jessie Diggins in 5th and Sophie Caldwell in 9th delivered solid top-10 performances in the women’s 3km Prologue FR as the 8th annual Tour de Ski got underway in … READ MORE →

Catamount’s Ladies Nordic Ski Expo Jan. 11 at Trapp Family Lodge – Register by Jan. 3 and SAVE

(Stowe, Vermont) – In 2014 the Ladies Nordic Ski Expo will again be taking place at the historic, and beautiful Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.  This event is the perfect opportunity to meet … READ MORE →

Justyna Kowalcyzk Withdraws from Tour de Ski in Protest

(Oberhof, GER) – Four-time defending Tour de Ski champ, Justyna Kowalcyzk (POL), has left the Tour in protest over the format changes which sees Sunday’s round #2 in Oberhof becoming a skate sprint in lieu … READ MORE →

Lenny Valjas Back to Canada from Tour de Ski

– Lenny Valjas will not race at the Tour de Ski and is returning to Canada according to a Dec. 27 posting on the Cross Country Canada web site due to continued problems with … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2013/14 Contest Team Registration – Extended Until 12 Midnight

(Toronto, ON) – We are happy to announce that we have updated our menus according to the final Tour de Ski start lists and there have been a number of changes so please review your … READ MORE →

Interview with Canadian Head Coach Justin Wadsworth – Pre-Tour de Ski

(Oberhof, GER) – The 8th annual Tour de Ski starts tomorrow and SkiTrax caught up with Justin Wadsworth, the Head Coach of the Canadian XC Ski Team, for his take on the team’s lacklustre … READ MORE →

Astrid Jacobsen Talks Shop on Training in Alaska with the US Women’s XC Ski Team

(Alaska) – This summer in July, Norwegian National team member, Astrid Jacobsen, hooked up with Kikkan Randall and the US XC Ski Team as a special guest of the NAWTA camp in Alaska. It … READ MORE →

FIS Tour de Ski Gets Underway – Changes in Oberhof

(Oberhof, Germany) – With only two days left until the start of the 8th edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft Sportswear the Organizing Committee of Oberhof (GER) worked hard … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2013/14 Contest Team Registration – Final Countdown

(Toronto, ON) – The 8th annual Tour de Ski is almost here as the final countdown begins and the SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2013/14 Contest final deadline is also soon approaching. Don’t … READ MORE →

FIS Tour de Ski 2014 – Facts and Figures

– The eighth edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft Sportswear will be held from December 28, 2013 to January 5, 2014 with the kick off race in Oberhof, Germany … READ MORE →

Doping in Russia Rears its Ugly Head Again only 2 Months Before the Sochi Games

(Moscow, Russia) – With only two months before the Sochi Games begin eight Russian athletes, including six weightlifters and two female cyclists, have been handed doping suspensions reports the New York Times. The suspensions … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest 2013-14 – Standings After Asiago & WCup Break Winners

(Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce the leaders of the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest after the fourth round of the 2013/14 Viessmann XC FIS World Cup season in Asiago, Italy, … READ MORE →

Support CXC Just 5 Days Left to Reach our Goal – Free SOCHI Mittens w/$100 or More

– Our CXC thermometer is growing, and we are getting closer to reaching our year-end goal of $40,000 by December 31, but we’re not there yet and there isn’t much time left.

Just how important … READ MORE →

Happy Holidays

 (Toronto, ON) – We would like to extend our warmest wishes to all of our readers, contributors, partners, advertisers, suppliers, supporters, families and friends across the continent, and around the globe, for a happy and safe … READ MORE →

Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski 2014 Preview

– The 8th edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft sportswear will soon begin with stages in Oberhof (GER), Lenzerheide (SUI), Cortina/Toblach (ITA) and Val di Fiemme (ITA).
After difficult weather … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2013/14 Contest Team Registration – UPDATED Skier Lists

(Toronto, ON) – We’re pleased to announce that the Tour de Ski team lists have been updated and contestants may wish to revise their entries accordingly. This is the final week to enter your team … READ MORE →

Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping Olympic Trials Dec. 28-29 in Park City

(Park City, UT) – Top U.S. Nordic combined and ski jumping athletes are set to compete for spots on the U.S. Olympic Team this Saturday and Sunday when the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials for … READ MORE →

CXC News – Large Field Attends Wausau Midwest Junior National Qualifer

(Wausau, WI) – A large turnout of top notch regional talent attended the Aspirus Nordic Challenge hosted by Knicker Nordic Ski Club over the weekend in Wausau, WI most to attend a Midwest Jr. … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest 2013-14 – Standings After Davos

(Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce the leaders of the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest after the third round of the 2013/14 Viessmann XC FIS World Cup season in Davos, Switzerland, … READ MORE →

USA 1 Takes 5th as Finland Dominates Women’s CL Sprint in Asiago – USA 2 Claims 8th, Canada Out + Interview w/Randall

(Asiago, Italy) – Finland’s Aino-Kaisa Saarinen and Anne Kylloenen were on fire on Sunday dominating the women’s 6×1.25km Team Sprint CL for a well-deserved victory winning by a strong 10s-margin over Norway I (Oestberg, … READ MORE →

Hattestad Out-Lunges Poltoranin in Men’s Team Sprint CL in Asiago – Canada and USA Shut Out of Final

(Asiago, Italy) – In a rock’em, sock’em showdown Norway’s Ola Vigen Hattestad out-lunged Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ) for the victory in the men’s 6 x 1.65km Team Sprint CL in Asiago, Italy as an appetizer … READ MORE →

Women’s Ski Jumping World Cup Round #2 – Canada’s Henrich 8th and USA’s Jerome 9th on Day 2

(Hinterzarten, Germany) – Canada’s Taylor Henrich placed 8th on Day 2 followed by the USA’s Jessica Jerome in 9th as Japan’s Sara Takanashi easily won both events in Hinterzarten in the Black Forest. On … READ MORE →

Nordic Combined World Cup Round #4 – Fletcher 9th on Day 2 in Schonach

(Schonach, Germany) – On Day 1 at round #4 of the Nordic Combined World Cup in Schonach, Germany, Bryan Fletcher from Steamboat Springs, CO, the lone U.S. athlete racing, skied from 31st to finish 18th. Fletcher’s … READ MORE →

Egan & Kling Take EasternCup Opener Sprints – Day 2 Cancelled Due to Weather Conditions

– Clare Egan (Green Racing Project) and Peter Kling (Alaska Pacific University) celebrated winter solstice with the victory in the Craftsbury EasternCup Opener Freestyle Sprints on Dec. 21. The day, and the EasternCup Series, opened … READ MORE →

Russia’s Kriukov Scores First CL Sprint WCup Victory in Asiago – Hamilton 23rd as Harvey DSQs

(Asiago, Italy) – It was a day of firsts on Saturday in the men’s 1.65km CL Sprint as Russian Olympic and World Champion Nikita Kriukov claimed his first Classic World Cup win, Gianluca Cologna … READ MORE →

USA’s Sargent 10th at Asiago 1.25km CL Sprint as Kowalczyk Dominates – Gaiazova Rebounds to 14th

(Asiago, Italy) – The USA’s Ida Sargent grabbed an impressive 10th place in the 1.25km CL Sprints in Asiago, Italy as Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) claimed her 29th individual World Cup win powering ahead of … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2013/14 Contest Team Registration OPEN – Don’t Miss It!

(Toronto, ON) – With over 100 teams registered the sixth annual international SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2013/14 Contest is well underway and open to contestants worldwid. Don’t miss your chance to win some … READ MORE →

Demong Wins Utah Continental Cup – Earns 5th World Cup Quota Spot for Sochi

(Soldier Hollow, Utah) – Olympic champion Bill Demong (USA) took the victory at the last Contintental Cup taking place in Utah Olympic Park /Soldier Hollow. The American star crossed the finish line 23 … READ MORE →

FIS XC Viessmann World Cup Asiago Preview

– The third round of the 2013/14 Viessmann XC FIS World Cup season takes place this weekend in Asiago, Italy with individual classic sprints on Saturday and team sprint events on Sunday. Check out … READ MORE →

Talkin’ With the Gravy Train Interview with NBC’s Chad Salmela – Part 2

– In this edition of Talkin’ With The Gravy Train, host Peter Graves continues his conversation with NBC Sports nordic commentator Chad Salmela who joins him from Duluth, Minnesota. Salmela has become a regular … READ MORE →

NENSA Eastern Cup Kicks Off this Weekend at Craftsbury

 – NENSA Eastern Cup series opens this weekend and the folks at Craftsbury are once again pulling out all the stops to ensure that this weekend provides a great experience for racers, spectators and coaches. … READ MORE →

Nordgren and Cook Named to 2014 US Olympic Biathlon Team

(New Gloucester Maine) – As the first trimester of the IBU World Cup season comes to a close, US Biathlon is pleased to announce that Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, NY) and Leif Nordgren (Marine, MN) … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2013/14 Contest Registration Now Open – Over $5,000 in Prizes

(Toronto, ON) – We are excited to announce that the sixth annual international SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2013/14 Contest is now live for team registration for contestants worldwide with over $5,000 in prizes … READ MORE →

Canada’s Mark Arendz Fires Up Gold in Day 6 at IPC World Cup Biathlon in Canmore

(Canmore, Alta.) — Canada’s Mark Arendz got an early Christmas gift on Tuesday after winning the gold medal in para-biathlon at the IPC World Cup in Canmore, Alta.

Arendz, of Springton, P.E.I., backed up a … READ MORE →

Haywood NorAm#2 Rossland – PHOTOS

 

(Rossland, BC) – Here’s a great selection of photos by Shelley Peachell from round two of the 2013/14 Haywood NorAm series took place in Rossland, BC, Dec. 14-15, beginning with a freestyle 1.4/1.6km sprint … READ MORE →

CXC News Update – Challenge Grant and Technique Camp

– Here’s the latest news from CXC about their Challenge Grant fundraising campaign plus the upcoming Technique Camp being held Dec. 27-29
CXC Challenge Grant
Thanks to all of you we are half way through our … READ MORE →

Talkin’ With The Gravy Train Interview with Chad Salmela of NBC Sports – Part 1

– In this edition of Talkin’ With The Gravy Train, host Peter Graves talks with Chad Salmela who joins him from Duluth, Minnesota. Salmela has become a regular fixture on NBC Sports covering cross-country … READ MORE →