Archive | January, 2015

Kevin Sandau and Emily Nishikawa Win 10/15km Skate Titles @Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadian Championships

(Nakkertok, ON) – The weather once again played a part in the Haywood NorAm series as cold delayed the race’s expected start time to 11 am. The course was firm, the sun was out … READ MORE →

USA’s Soule Claims Historic 5th Medal at IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships – Masters Podiums Again, Hudak Career-Best 4th

(Cable, WI) – The USA’s Andrew Soule continued to race into the record books at the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships in Cable, Wisconsin, USA, winning silver in the men’s middle distance cross-country … READ MORE →

Colorado Buffaloes Currently Top Team in SYNC Ski Coaches Poll

– The Colorado Buffaloes have moved into the top spot in the first regular season release of the SYNC Ski Coaches Poll, released Friday by the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association. In its … READ MORE →

Michael Somppi and Heidi Widmer Claim Buff Sprint Victories at Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadian Championships

(Nakkertok, ON) – The promised 10-15 cm of snow fell at Nakkertok last evening and cleared up just in time for the Buff skate sprints, part of the Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadian Championships. The … READ MORE →

USA’s Soule Wins 4th IPC Worlds Medal in Men’s Sitting Long Distance Biathlon

(Cable, WI) – Andy Soule won his fourth medal of the week as he took second in the men’s sitting long distance biathlon event at the International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Championships. Russian Alexey … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest 2014-15 – Standings After Rybinsk

(Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce the leaders of the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest after round six of the 2014/15 Viessmann XC FIS World Cup in Rybinsk, Russia.
The USA’s Liz … READ MORE →

FIS Nordic Junior/U23 Nordic World Championships to Get Underway – Feb. 1–8

– FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships & U23 in Cross-Country will get underway on 1st February in Almaty; one of the largest cities in Kazakhstan. The most important event for youngsters in the … READ MORE →

Job Opportunities – CSI Pacific, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Paralympic

– Here are the latest job openings in the Canadian sports sector, including positions with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, and the Canadian Paralympic Committee. Check out all of … READ MORE →

Russian Biathlete and Three Junior XC Skiers Test Positive

(Moscow, Russia) – In separate announcements, Russian authorities revealed that three junior cross-country ski stars and a biathlete have tested positive for banned substances report RUSADA, and l’Équipe.
“The Cross Country Federation of Russia, following … READ MORE →

FIS Cross Country Talk – Interview w/Liz Stephen

– Liz Stephen recorded her first individual World Cup podium last weekend in Rybinsk. FIS Cross-Country News talked to the 28-year-old U.S. skier about the World Cup podium experience, good vibe in the team … READ MORE →

USA’s Soule, Masters Win Medals in XC Sprints on Day 4 of Cable IPC XC Skiing Worlds

(Cable, WI) – Russia’s visually impaired skiers took both men’s and women’s cross-country sprint titles at the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships in Cable, Wisconsin, USA, on Wednesday (28 January), while Andy Soule … READ MORE →

Canadian Masters XC Ski Championships 2015 Registration Deadline – Midnight Feb. 2

(Kamloops, BC) – Looking for that great ski vacation destination? Still thinking about registering for the Canadian Masters Cross Country Ski Championships? The Organising Committee has just announced that the registration deadline has been … READ MORE →

Canada’s Arendz 5th in Middle Distance Biathlon – Day 3 IPC Cable 2015 Nordic Worlds

(Cable, WI) – Ukrainian Oleksandra Kononova captured her third gold medal of the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships in Cable, Wisconsin, USA, on Tuesday (27 January), maintaining her 100 per cent record across … READ MORE →

NNF Pledges $8,000 of Support for 2015 U.S. World Championships Team

(Salt Lake City, UT) – The National Nordic Foundation announced today $8,000 of support the Falun World Championship team named yesterday. Originally, proposed as a pillar project, one of the funded skiing development projects … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest 2014-15 – Standings After Otepaa

(Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce the leaders of the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest after round five of the 2014/15 Viessmann XC FIS World Cup in Otepaa, Estonia – the … READ MORE →

US Cross Country Ski Team Named for Falun 2015 Nordic World Championships

(Park City, Utah) – Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT), Kikkan Randall (Anchorage), Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) and Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) lead a team of 16 cross country athletes named by the U.S. Ski … READ MORE →

In Memoriam: Larry Sinclair

– It is with great sadness that Cross Country Ontario and Cross Country Canada announce the passing of Larry Sinclair. As a young man, Larry competed both at the provincial and national level. The … READ MORE →

Canada’s McKeever Golden, USA’s Soule Bronze in Distance Races on Day 2 at Cable IPC Nordic Worlds

(Cable, WI) – Brian McKeever (CAN) and his guide Erik Carleton successfully defended their IPC World Championship title in the men’s 20-kilometre cross-country ski race on Sunday in Cable, Wisconsin.

Competing in his lone event … READ MORE →

UVM Wins on Home Snow to Take Winter Carnival Victory at Trapp Family Lodge

(Stowe, VT) – The University of Vermont took full advantage of home snow to take victory at the its UVM Winter Carnival at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT with 447 points ahead … READ MORE →

USA’s Diggins 5th, Stephen 7th in 15km FIS Skiathlon WCup at Rybinsk

(Rybinsk, Russia) – Team USA women had another fantastic day as Jessie Diggins (USA) continued her upward trajectory to finish fifth in the 15km Skiathlon FIS World Cup event in Rybinsk, Russia, followed closely … READ MORE →

Canada’s Harvey 9th at FIS WCup 30km Skiathlon in Rybinsk as Vylegzhanin Grabs Gold

(Rybinsk, Russia) – Alex Harvey (CAN) bounced back after a difficult sprint race to climb his way back into the top-10 in a men’s 30-kilometre pursuit race on Sunday in Rybinsk, Russia. Harvey, 26, … READ MORE →

Germany Wins Windy Women’s IBU 4x6km Relay Antholz – Canada 10th, USA 12th

(Antholz, Italy) – The winds really picked up for the women’s 4x6km IBU relay in Antholz, Italy that made shooting incredibly challenging. Despite the stormy conditions, the German squad took top spot, with the … READ MORE →

USA 8th and Canada 9th as Norway Wins IBU Men’s Relay Gold in Antholz

(Antholz, Italy) – Team USA claimed 8th while the Canadian men followed in 9th as Norway took the IBU men’s 4×7.5km Relay victory using five spare rounds on the final day of competition in … READ MORE →

Taylor Henrich Wins Canada’s First Women’s Ski Jumping World Cup Medal in Obertsdorf

(Obertsdorf, GER) – Calgary’s Taylor Henrich, 19, became the first Canadian woman to capture a World Cup ski jumping medal, placing third in the HS106 normal hill competition in Oberstdorf, Germany with jumps of 93m … READ MORE →

Norway’s Gjerdalen and Austria’s Smutna Win 42nd Marcialonga – USA’s Brooks 17th and Still Leads Series

(Mazzin, Italy) – A wonderful winter scenery awaited the almost 8000 racers on the start line of this year’s Marcialonga. However, Val di Fassa and Val di Fiemme, the two valleys through which the … READ MORE →

USA’s Diggins Fiesty Fifth in Women’s 1.2km FR Sprint in Rybinsk as Oeberg Wins First World Cup

(Rybinsk, Russia) – The USA’s Jessie Diggins from Afton, MN, followed up yesterday’s strong distance result with a stellar season-high 5th in the women’s 1.2km FR Sprint on Saturday in tough snowy conditions. Sweden’s … READ MORE →

Italy’s Pellegrino Nails Hat-Trick Sprint FR Victory at Rybinsk – Hamilton 17th

(Rybinsk, Russia) – Italy’s Federico Pellegrino took home his third consecutive victory winning the men’s 13km sprint on Saturday at Rybinsk. Russians Sergey Ustiugov and Andrey Parfenov were second and third respectively. Pellegrino now … READ MORE →

USA’s Soule Wins Biathlon Silver on Day 1 at IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships – Canada’s Hudak 5th

(Cable, WI) – American Andy Soule, from Pearland, Texas, led the way for Team USA as he won silver in the men’s 7.5km sitting sprint biathlon on Day 1 of competition at the IPC Nordic … READ MORE →

USA’s Dunklee Strong 6th in IBU Women’s 10K Pursuit at Antholz as Domracheva Scores a Hat-Trick

(Antholz, Italy) – American Susan Dunklee pushed closer to the podium with a stellar 6th place finish with one penalty at 1:40.8 behind winner Darya Domracheva (Bel) who nailed her third straight victory winning … READ MORE →

Canada’s Green 18th as Streak Ends – Germany’s Schempp Takes Third Win in Men’s 12.5K Pursuit at Antholz –

(Antholz, Italy) – A dramatic finish in the men’s 12.5km pursuit at Antholz saw Germany’s Simon Schempp triumph yet again in a battle to the line over Austria’s Simon Eder in second with Russia’s … READ MORE →

Dramatic Podium for USA’s Taylor Fletcher at FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Sapporo

(Sapporo, Japan) – Brothers Taylor and Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) worked together to move up in a FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Sapporo Saturday, with Taylor coming out on the podium in … READ MORE →

USA’s Stephen Claims Historic World Cup Podium in Women’s 10km FR at Rybinsk

(Rybinsk,Russia) – The USA’s Liz Stephen skied into the record books with a historic second-place finish on Friday in the women’s 10km FR race in Rybinsk, Russia – her first full World Cup podium … READ MORE →

Canada’s Harvey Strong 10th as Cologna Triumphs in Men’s 15km FR at Rybinsk

(Rybinsk, Russia) – Canada’s Alex Harvey delivered a strong 10th-place result as Switzerland’s Dario Cologna took no prisoners in cold -12 degrees conditions on his way to victory in the men’s 15km FR interval … READ MORE →

Dunklee Posts Season-best 8th in Women’s 7.5km Sprint at Antholz IBU World Cup Sprint

(Antholz, Italy) – Susan Dunklee raced to her best performance of the season on Friday at the IBU World Cup in Antholz, Italy, finishing eighth in the women’s 7.5km Sprint with one penalty at 1:10 … READ MORE →

Cable 2015 Set to Welcome World’s Best Para-Nordic Skiers

(Cable, Wisconsin) – Nordic skiers from around the globe are putting the final touches to their preparations for the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships in Cable, Wisconsin, USA, which begin on Friday (23 … READ MORE →

Canada’s Green Cleans Again for Career-best 5th in IBU World Cup 10km Sprint at Antholz

(Antholz-Anterselva, Italy) – Canada’s Brendan Green delivered superb clean shooting once again for  a career-best fifth-place finish in the IBU men’s 10km Sprint at Antholz, Italy. With today’s result Green extended his unprecedented perfect … READ MORE →

USA’s Annie Pokorny Prepares for 2015 U23 Kazakhstan Project and Reflects on Past Years

– Annie Pokorny is a member of the U23 team traveling to  Kazakhstan in a week’s time. (That team is an NNF pillar project enjoying $38,000 of funding.) She reflects on the lessons learned … READ MORE →

Falun 2015 Nordic World Championships Less Than a Month Away

– After 4.5 years of preparation, less than a month remains until the opening of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2015 in Falun, Sweden on February 18.
Interest in the Championships is increasing day-by-day. … READ MORE →

2015 FIS World Snow Day a Huge Success – 645 Events in 45 Countries

– The fourth edition of the FIS World Snow Day was the biggest and most successful yet with 645 events in 45 countries and an estimated 600,000 participants. Part of the FIS Bring Children … READ MORE →

January Blog Roundup w/Hamilton, Hoffman, Bjornsen, Caldwell, Stephen

– In the midst of the competitive season with racing at full steam across North America and Europe, we catch up with some of our favourite XC skiers and see how they’re doing and … READ MORE →

Deadline to Enter the Jackrabbit Toque Design Contest 2016 is Mar. 1

– Hello to all Jackrabbits and Bunnyrabbits! We invite all Jackrabbit and Bunnyrabbit skiers to participate in designing the 2016 Jackrabbit Toque, which will be worn by 11,000 Jackabbit and Bunnyrabbit skiers across Canada!


Fast and Female Power Hour at Canadian Ski Marathon – Feb. 7

– Join us for an evening of athletic inspiration for 9-19 year old girls with Fast and Female ambassadors Rosanna Tomiuk and Joelle Bekhazi, former and current members of Canadian Women’s Water Polo Team … READ MORE →

SkiTrax Fantasy FIS Tour de Ski 2014/15 Contest Winners and Final Standings after Alpe Cermis 9km FR Pursuit

(Toronto, ON) – We are excited to present the winners and final standings of our 7th annual international SkiTrax FIS Fantasy Tour de Ski 2014/15 Contest after the famed Alpe Cermis climb at round seven in … READ MORE →

Brooks Report – Red Bib, Tirol Wreaths and Bond

– On Sunday I raced the Dolomitenlauf and right now, I’m at the race hotel check out with time to get this post up. We’re moving up into the mountains for a couple days … READ MORE →

Olympian Tours and the Oregon Nordic Ski Foundation Offer Fundraising Bend Trifecta for US Nordic Teams

– Olympian Tours, a Colorado-based custom bike and ski vacation company, has announced its 2015 fundraising event May 21-25 in conjunction with the Oregon Nordic Ski Foundation for the United States Biathlon, Cross Country, … READ MORE →

Nishikawa, Somppi Win 10/20km FR at Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships

(Canmore, AB) – It was a great day for racing, -4 deg. C., as the final day of the Haywood NorAm, Western Canadian Championships wrapped up at the Canmore Nordic Centre on Sunday. On … READ MORE →

Mooney, Caldwell Win 5/10km FR 2015 EISA Bates College Winter Carnival Races

(Rumford, ME) – Day 2 of the 2015 EISA Bates College Winter Carnival in Rumford was frigid and saw the start for the races delayed by an hour due to dangerously cold temperatures. Once … READ MORE →

CXC Marathon Team Shines at the Seeley Hills Classic

(Seeley, WI) – The 23rd annual Seeley Hills Classic was hosted by the Seeley Ski Club at the County 00 Birkie Trailhead on Saturday, January 17. Although snow conditions on the Birkie Trail were … READ MORE →

Canada’s Valjas and Cockney Strong 8th as Russia 1 Topples Norway 1 @ Team Sprint World Cup in Otepaa

(Otepaa, Estonia) – Russia I with Alexey Petukhov and Sergey Ustiugov triumphed in the men’s 6×1.5km Team Sprint over Norway I’s Anders Gloeersen and Finn Haagen Krogh in a close match up that saw … READ MORE →

USA’s Sargent and Brennan Stellar 6th as Sweden-I Takes Team Sprint Gold @Otepaa

(Otepaa, Estonia) – The day belonged to Sweden’s Ida Ingemarsdotter and Stina Nilsson who won the women’s 6×1.2km Team Sprint FR in Otepaa, Estonia but Team USA II’s Ida Sargent and Rosie Brennan turned … READ MORE →