Archive | February, 2014

USA’s Van Injures Knee During Training in Romania

(Rasnov, Romania) – Olympian and 2009 World Champion Lindsey Van suffered an injury to her left knee during an official training jump Friday in preparation for this weekend’s World Cup ski jumping event in … READ MORE →

Russians Reportedly Used EPO Production Boosting Xenon Gas at Sochi – WADA to Address Claims

(Sochi, Russia) – Russians athletes did well at the Sochi Winter Games, but this might be partly explained by their inhaling xenon gas, which causes an increase in production of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO), … READ MORE →

Parasport Jumpstart Fund Applications Open Feb. 28

– The Canadian Paralympic Committee has teamed up with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities to launch the second round of Parasport Jumpstart Fund, to help more kids get in the game!
This program aims to assist … READ MORE →

Austria’s Dürr Admits Taking EPO for Over a Year

– The fifth athlete to test positive for a banned substance at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Dürr (Aut), admitted to using the blood booster EPO for more than … READ MORE →

Graves Olympic Dispatches – From Russia with Love

(Sochi, Russia) – It’s my last day here, most of the Olympic scene has packed up and is already gone. The torch extinguished the staff and volunteers work on to prepare for the upcoming … READ MORE →

National Winter Sports Association Requests Proposals for Funding from Clubs, Athletes

– The “National Winter Sports Association” (NWSA) was established through the foresight and donation of the Disbrow family to assist cross-country ski clubs with proven ability to develop competitive skiers and coaches based on … READ MORE →

Job Opportunity – Own the Podium High Performance Advisor, Winter Sport

– Own the Podium (OTP) is an innovative and collaborative initiative without precedent in Canadian Sport.  It was created to bring together the key partners involved in leading and funding excellence in Canadian sport, … READ MORE →

Canadian Paralympic Committee Announces Team Canada for Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games

(Sochi, Russia) – It is with great anticipation and pride that the Canadian Paralympic Committee today announced the athletes, coaches and staff who will make up Team Canada at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter … READ MORE →

FIS Fantasy Marathon Cup 2013/14 Contest Standings after the American Birkebeiner

(Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce the FIS Fantasy Marathon Cup 2013/14 standings after the 50km FR 41st American Birkebeiner in Hayward, Wisconsin. Germany’s Tom Reichelt won the men’s race while the … READ MORE →

Maine Winter Sports Center Launches New Fundraising Campaign

(Caribou, ME) – The Maine Winter Sports Center has developed a global reputation for the quality of our programming and the impact we are having in Maine. For the past 15 years, the financial … READ MORE →

Job Opportunity – Head Coach WinSport Junior Cross Country Ski Team

– WinSport, in collaboration with the Canmore Nordic Ski Club (CNSC), is seeking to hire a full time cross country ski coach for the newly formed WinSport Junior Cross Country Ski Team. This program … READ MORE →

SkiTrax 2014 Fantasy Contest Standings after the Women’s 30km FR

(Toronto, ON) – The SkiTrax 2014 Fantasy Contest continues to be exciting as we announce the standings after the Women’s 30km FR race where Norway’s Marit Bjoergen clinched her third medal of the Games becoming … READ MORE →

Hoffman Shines as Legkov Scores Olympic Gold Leading Russian Sweep in Men’s 50km FR Finale – Harvey 19th

 (Krasnaya Polyana, Russia) – It was Russia’s day to shine as Alexander Legkov lead a Russian sweep in the men’s 50km FR, the final cross-country event of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in … READ MORE →

Austrian Johannes Duerr and Ukrainian Marina Lisogor Test Positive – Sochi Has 6 Doping Cases

(Sochi, Russia) – The number of doping cases at the Sochi Games has now grown to six, three of whom are cross-country skiers or biathletes reports AP. Johannes Duerr, an Austrian cross-country skier admitted … READ MORE →

Tom Reichelt and Caitlin Gregg Win 41st American Birkebeiner

(Hayward, WI) – Germany’s Tom Reichelt won the men’s race while the USA’s Caitlin Gregg secured her third victory in the women’s competition at the 41st American Birkebeiner on Feb. 22nd.
In Europe where one … READ MORE →

Canada Strong 7th as Russia Wins First-ever Olympic Biathlon Men’s Relay Gold – USA 16th

(Sochi, Russia) – Canada had a strong seventh-place finish in the men’s 4 x 7.5km relay edging out France by 0.2s, as Russia took home the gold in 1:12:15.9 using eight spare rounds, their … READ MORE →

Bjoergen Wins Historic Olympic Women’s 30km FR Gold – USA’s Stephen 24th

 (Krasnaya Polyana, Russia) – Marit Bjoergen won historic gold as she led a first-ever Norwegian sweep of the women’s 30km FR mass start becoming the most successful woman in Olympic Winter Games history. This was Bjoergen’s … READ MORE →

Germany’s Sachenbacher-Stehle Tests Positive – Kicked Out of Sochi Games

(Sochi, Russia) – German biathlete, Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, was kicked out of the Sochi Games on Feb. 21 by the IOC after testing positive for the stimulant methylhexanamine following tests after the women’s biathlon mass … READ MORE →

USA Best-ever 7th as Ukraine Strikes Gold in Women’s Olympic Biathlon Relay – Canada 8th

 (Krasnaya Polyana, Russia) – Canada’s anchor, veteran Zina Kocher, was sitting a stunning 4th and gaining with fast skis, but faltered on the range as the Ukranian squad took home the gold using five spare … READ MORE →

Kristina Smigun’s Samples from 2006 Turin Olympics Retested w/Positive Result For Steroids

– Samples from the 2006 Turin Olympics belonging to Estonian cross-country skier Kristina Smigun-Vahi have been found positive report German and Norwegian sources, citing German radio station Deutschland Funk as the original source. The … READ MORE →

U.S. Olympic Committee Announces 80-Member 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team for Sochi

(Colorado Springs, Colorado) – The United States Olympic Committee today announced the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team that will compete in the upcoming Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, March 7-16, in Russia. The 80-member team, … READ MORE →

SkiTrax 2014 Fantasy Contest Standings after the Team Sprints CL

(Toronto, ON) – The SkiTrax 2014 Fantasy Contest is heating up with several ties and only 20 points separating the top ten teams. We’re pleased to announce the standings after the Team Sprints CL where … READ MORE →

German Athlete Tests Positive at Sochi Olympics – First Doping Case of the Games

– A member of the German Olympic team in Sochi has tested positive for a banned substance, in what is the first doping case of the 2014 Games, reports the Associated Press today.
The identity … READ MORE →

Lakewood Dental Named Official Sponsor of 2015 Canada Winter Games

(Prince George, BC) – With the official opening of Kin 1 over the weekend, the 2015 Canada Winter Games is proud to announce Lakewood Dental Group as an Official Sponsor of the 2015 Canada … READ MORE →

US Biathlete Tracy Barnes Receives Special Sochi Fair Play Award

(SOCHI, Russia) – The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) presented Tracy Barnes (Durango, CO) with the Fair Play award on Tuesday at the Team USA House inside the Olympic Park in Sochi.
CIFP President Jeno … READ MORE →

USA 6th at Olympic Nordic Combined Team Event as Legendary Lodwick Retires – Norway Wins Gold

(Esto-Sadok, Russia) – Team USA left it all out on the course Thursday, finishing sixth in the Team Gundersen large hill 4x5k competition, the final Nordic Combined event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
The … READ MORE →

Swix Birkie 2014 Wax Reports Schedule

– You’ve been training for months, planning for days, and scouring the weather report for the last few hours. Fear not, the first of many Swix reports is available, thorough and reading for viewing. … READ MORE →

Adam van Koeverden Olympic Blog Discusses Pain in Sport: Cross-country is as Tough as it Gets

– Adam van Koeverden, a four-time Olympic medalist in kayak, is in Sochi reporting for the CBC and providing his insight as an elite athlete in a blog on the network’s website. His … READ MORE →

USA Solid Sixth as Finland Wins Olympic Team Sprint CL Gold in Sochi – Canada Shut Out

(Krasnaya Polyana, Russia) – Team USA’s Erik Bjornsen and Simi Hamilton scored a strong 6th in the men’s Team Sprint CL while Canada was shut out, as a crash-marred finish saw Finland’s Iivo Niskanen and … READ MORE →

USA 9th in Olympic Biathlon Mixed Relay Debut as Norway Wins and Björndalen Makes History – Canada 12thGold

February 19, 2014 (Krasnaya Polyana, Russia) – Team Norway continued to flex its Nordic muscles on Wednesday, winning another gold medal, this time in the Biathlon Mixed Relay that saw the women complete 2x6km and … READ MORE →

Norway Wins Women’s Olympic Team Sprint CL – USA 8th, Canada 11th UPDATED

(Sochi, Russia) – Norway’s Marit Bjoergen and teammate Ingvild Oesteberg captured gold in the Women’s 6×1.3km CL Team Sprint today in Sochi. The medal made it Bjoergen’s fifth Winter Olympic gold for a total … READ MORE →

Taylor Fletcher Leads Team USA in 20th at Sochi 2014 Nordic Combined Individual Gundersen 10km – Graabak Wins

(Esto-Sadok, Russia) – A tough day on the large hill jump Tuesday had Team USA chasing the pack during the cross-country portion of the individual Gundersen 10km event at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter … READ MORE →

Canada’s Green 9th, Le Guellec 10th as Svendsen Wins Men’s 15km Mass Start Biathlon in Photo-Finish

(Sochi, Russia) – After being rescheduled twice due to heavy fog the Men’s Biathlon 15km Mass Start finally got underway in tough conditions with heavy, wet snowfall as Emil Hegle Svendsen’s (NOR) took home … READ MORE →

SkiTrax 2014 Fantasy Contest Standings after the Men’s Relay

(Toronto, ON) – We’re pleased to announce the SkiTrax 2014 Fantasy Contest standings after the Men’s Relay where Dario Cologna captured his second gold and Noah Hoffman (USA) was the top North American as the Canadians … READ MORE →

Canadian Paralympic is Accepting Applications for Para-Equipment and Recruitment Programs Funds

(Ottawa, ON) – On February 18, 2014, the Canadian Paralympic Committee launched the guidelines and application for the Para-Equipment Fund and the Recruitment Programs Fund. The deadline for applications is March 24, 2014.

Don’t miss … READ MORE →

FIS Fantasy Marathon Cup 2013/14 American Birkebiener – Team Modification Now OPEN

(Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce that team modification is now open for the FIS Fantasy Marathon Cup 2013/14 Contest – the twist. Contestants can modify their team until 10pm EST on … READ MORE →

Germany Topples Austria in Olympic Ski Jumping Team Event – USA 10th, Canada 12th

(Sochi, Russia) – Germany ended Austria’s dominance in the ski jumping team event taking home the gold in a down-to-the-wire Olympic competition on the large hill at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center. Andreas Wank, … READ MORE →

Domracheva Makes Olympic History with 3rd Gold in 12.5km Mass Start Women’s Biathlon – USA’s Dunklee Scores Historic 12th

(Sochi, Russia) – The heavy fog that caused the men’s mass start event to be postponed until Feb. 18, finally lifted in the afternoon just in time for Darya Domracheva (BLR) to score her … READ MORE →

USSA SuperTour #5 Battle Creek – Brennan and Gelso Win Day 1, Gregg and Ellefson Take Day 2

(St. Paul, MN) – While the globe’s top skiers tested themselves in Sochi at the pinnacle of sporting events, the USSA Battle Creek SuperTour in St. Paul, Minnesota took place this past weekend, Feb. … READ MORE →

SkiTrax 2014 Fantasy Contest Standings after the Women’s Relay

(Toronto, ON) – We’re pleased to announce the SkiTrax 2014 Fantasy Contest standings after the Women’s 4x5km Relay, where Sweden sped to gold, led by their star anchor, Charlotte Kalla. Team USA landed in ninth … READ MORE →

43rd Tartu Maraton FIS Marathon Cup Cancelled Due to Lack of Snow

– Due to lack of snow, the organizers of the 63km CL Tartu Maraton in Estonia decided on February 10th to cancel the 43rd Tartu Maraton, which had been scheduled to take place last … READ MORE →

Men’s Biathlon 15km Mass Start Postponed until Feb. 18 at 2:30pm Local Time

(Sochi, Russia) – The Men’s 15km Mass Start competition at the Laura Biathlon Stadium has been postponed until Tuesday, Feb. 18. The new starting time for the competition is 14:30 Sochi Time (11:30 CET … READ MORE →

Sweden Captures Historic Men’s Relay Olympic Gold – Russia Claims Silver over France as USA pips Canada

 (Krasnaya Polyana, Russia) – The Swedes sailed into gold showing their dominance in the men’s 4 x 10 relay, with a 27-second lead over the host Russian team adding another Olympic gold to their resume. … READ MORE →

Bédard and Godbout Win Gatineau Loppet 51km FR – Crowned Canadian Long Distance Championships

(Gatineau, QC) – The polar sun swept in for this second day of competition of the 36th edition of the Gatineau Loppet. Race conditions were chilly, just above the 18 deg. C. limit. Despite … READ MORE →

Canada on the Podium at Latvian National Championships Days 1 and 2

– While the Games are going on at Sochi, the next generation of Canadian athletes are racing a “B” Tour in the Baltic countries. Many of the athletes have continued on from the U23 … READ MORE →

USSA SuperTour #4 Craftsbury – Gregg, Patterson, Brenan and Naney Win

(Craftsbury, VT) – Last weekend Feb. 7-9, the 2014 USSA SuperTour touched down at the renowed Craftsbury Nordic Centre for round four of the series that saw skiers battle it out in three events … READ MORE →

Sweden Defends Olympic Men’s Relay Title in Style – USA 11th, Canada 12th

 (Krasnaya Polyana, Russia) – Sweden delivered a stellar performance in the men’s 4x10km relay taking an early lead in the first Classic leg and held on to it throughout the race to win a decisive gold … READ MORE →

Haywood NorAm Western Nationals Day 1 – Macisaac-Jones and Widmer Take CL Sprints

(Prince George, BC) – The Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships held the classic sprint presented by Buff on Feb. 15. Conditions at the Otway Nordic Center were spectacular for the Men’s and Women’s Open … READ MORE →

Men’s Mass Start Moved to Monday at 10 AM Local Time

(Sochi, Russia) – The string of perfect competition evenings here in Sochi was due to run out at some point, like at 18:00 tonight when the Men’s 15K Mass Start was initially delayed for … READ MORE →

Sweden Scores Stunning Olympic Gold in Women’s Relay – USA Settles for 9th, Canada Struggles in 14th

(Sochi, Russia) – In a nail-biting finish to the women’s 4x5km relay Swedish superstar, Charlotte Kalla, had fans glued to the edge of their seats as she erased a 25.7-second deficit to catch and … READ MORE →