Archive | March, 2015

L.L.Bean and CRAFT Announce Multi-year Partnership with U.S. XC and Nordic Combined Ski Teams

(Freeport, ME. and Beverly, MA) – L.L.Bean, a leading outdoor equipment and apparel designer and merchant and CRAFT Sportswear North America, renowned for its cutting edge technology in world class competition and training wear, … READ MORE →

The 40th Annual Great Labrador Loppet Celebrates Success

(Labrador, NF) – On a beautiful Labrador blue ski full of sunshine day, over a hundred excited participants were at the start lines  for the 40th Great Labrador Loppet. Most skiers and snowshoers were … READ MORE →

Brooks Blog – Birken Backpacks and Cooking Dinner for Norway’s (potential) Next Prime Minister

(Norway) – Another week has passed in my “marathon of marathons.”  The Norwegian Birkie, called “Birken” is the 9th long distance ski race I’ve competed in this winter.  As an ambassador and huge fan … READ MORE →

Interview with Rosie Brennan – SuperTour 2015 Overall Women’s Winner

(Sun Valley, ID) – When the dust settled following the SuperTour Finals and 2015 US Long Distance National Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho Rosie Brennan (APU) took home the SuperTour Overall women’s title and … READ MORE →

Petter Eliassen and Seraina Boner Win Årefjällsloppet

(Vålådalen, SWE)- Petter Eliassen (NOR) Team LeasePlan Go took home a historic fourth victory in Swix Ski Classics by winning NordicBet Årefjällsloppet. Once again Eliassen was the strongest in the end and skied away from … READ MORE →

Interviews with Kris Freeman SuperTour Overall Men’s Winner and Caitlin Gregg Women’s 30km FR Winner

(Sun Valley, ID) – Following yesterday’s final 30/50km FR events of the 2015 US Long Distance National Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho we caught up with veteran Kris Freeman (Freebird), who took home the … READ MORE →

SuperTour 2015 Final Point Standings and Grand Champion Award Winners

– Here are the 2015 SuperTour Overall Awards and Final Point Standings. A huge thank you to the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and Rick Kapala & team who put on great races this … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2014-15 Contest Final Standings and Winners Announced

(Toronto, ON) – We are pleased to announce the winners and final standings for our SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest following the conclusion of the 2014/15 Viessmann XC FIS World Cup in Oslo, … READ MORE →

Caitlin Gregg Caps Storybook Season with Women’s 30km FR Triumph @ US National Championships Finale

March 26, 2015 (Sun Valley, ID) – Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) capped her storybook season with a resounding victory by 2:40 for her first women’s 30km FR title, the final event of the 2015 US … READ MORE →

Canada’s Ivan Babikov Wins 50K FR @ US National Championships – Hoffman Retains Title

(Sun Valley, ID) – Canada’s Ivan Babikov took home the biggest victory of his season with a strong performance to win the men’s 50km FR by just under a minute at the 2o15 US … READ MORE →

2014-15 FIS Continental Cup Series/NorAm Final Standings after Haywood Ski Nationals

– Michael Somppi (Lappe, AWCA-NST) and Emily Nishikawa (Whitehorse, AWCA-NST) are the 2015 Continental Cup Series/Haywood NorAm winners while for the Buff Sprint Series specifically, Patrick Stewart-Jones (Nakkertok, AWCA-NST) and Andrea Dupont (RMR) took home the … READ MORE →

Job Opportunity – Director, Marketing Partnerships @ Canadian Olympic Committee

– Be a part of building and servicing a national brand.  The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is a national, private, not-for-profit organization committed to high-performance sports excellence.  We are the largest private supporter of … READ MORE →

CCSAA Annual Conference Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC from April 7-8 – Pierre Harvey & Alex Harvey on Board

(Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC) – Our two day Conference is full of opportunity for networking on skis and over meals with your nordic colleagues. The presentations and sessions are designed to share best practices for operating … READ MORE →

APU Dominates US National Championship Mixed Team 4x5K Relay @ SuperTour Finals in Sun Valley

(Sun Valley, ID) – Once again APU took charge powering to a 1-2 victory at the 2nd annual US National Championship Mixed Team 4x5K Relay in tough snowy conditions. Sadie Bjornsen took home her … READ MORE →

CCES Releases Athlete Protection & Maltreatment in Sport and Hosts Free Webinar

– The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) has released a discussion paper entitled “Athlete Protection and Maltreatment in Sport.”
Written by the Sport Law & Strategy Group, the document discusses policies that have … READ MORE →

Racing Rocks Ski Tournament at Menihek Nordic in Labrador City

(Labrador City, NL) – Here are some pics from our Racing Rocks ski Tournament yesterday.  It was -4 degrees and the kids had a blast.  We had over 30 kids sign up.
There was music, … READ MORE →

Sadie Bjornsen and Andy Newell Rule FR Sprints @ 2015 Supertour Finals + Photos UPDATED

March 22, 2015 (Sun Valley, ID) – When the dust settled in the FR Sprints at the 2015 Supertour Finals, APU’s Sadie Bjornsen had earned herself another title while Andy Newell (SMS-T2) remains the fastest … READ MORE →

USA’s Dunklee 19th as Dahlmeier Wins Women’s 12.5km Mass Start Finale – Domracheva Captures Overall Globe

(Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) – The USA’s Susan Dunklee capped off the season with a 19th-place finish in the women’s 12.5km Mass Start at the final event of the IBU World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia won … READ MORE →

Canada’s Smith Caps Storybook Season in 17th as Fak Wins Men’s 15km Mst and Fourcade Takes 4th Series Globe

(Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) – Canadian Nathan Smith’s storybook season finished with a respectable 17th in the Men’s 15km Mass Start, won by Slovenia’s Jakov Fak who shot clean as the season wrapped up on Sunday … READ MORE →

Interview with Chris Lindsay High Performance Director at Biathlon Canada

(Canmore, AB) – SkiTrax caught up with Chris Lindsay High Performance Director at Biathlon Canada yesterday for his take on Nathan Smith’s World Cup gold and incredible season. In fact the team has had … READ MORE →

Canada’s Brittany Hudak Wins Biathlon Silver Medal at IPC World Cup Finals in Norway

(Surnadal, Norway) – Canada’s Brittany Hudak capped off a memorable weekend, by hopping onto the podium for the third time this week after winning the silver medal in the women’s biathlon race at the … READ MORE →

Canada’s Nathan Strikes Historic Career-first Gold in IBU World Cup Men’s 12.5K Pursuit @Khanty-Mansiysk

(Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) – Canada’s Nathan Smith hit a homerun on Saturday winning the Men’s 12.5K Pursuit race in one of the heartlands of the sport at the IBU World Cup finals in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. … READ MORE →

Canada’s Crawford 13th in IBU World Women’s Pursuit as Domracheva Triumphs @ Khanty-Mansiysk

(Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) – Canada’s Rosanna Crawford fought her way back into 13th spot in the women’s 10km Pursuit in Khanty-Mansiysk with one missed target at 2:18 behind winner Darya Domracheva of Belarus with one penalty … READ MORE →

Somppi, Browne, Foster, Jackson Win Distance Titles @ Haywood Ski Nationals

 (Thunder Bay, ON) – It was anything but spring-like as the racers prepared for the long distance, skate races at Lappe Nordic Centre. The temperature was hovering in the mid, minus teens, with a strong … READ MORE →

Sadie and Erik Bjornsen Top Fields @ 2015 Supertour Finals 10/15km CL

(Sun Valley, ID) – APU ruled as Sadie and Erik Bjornsen took no prisoners today on their way to victory in the women’s 10km and men’s 15km CL individual competitions on the Galena Trails … READ MORE →

Interview with Canada’s Nathan Smith on Career-first IBU World Cup GOLD @ Khanty-Mansiysk

(Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) – SkiTrax caught up with Canada’s Nathan Smith who claimed a decisive career-first IBU World Cup victory today in the Men’s 12.5km Pursuit at the final round in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. His stellar … READ MORE →

USA’s Masters and Soule Win Overall Cross-country IPC World Cup Titles

  (Surnadal, Norway) – Oksana Masters and Andy Soule claimed the overall IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup cross-country titles on a three-medal day for Team USA at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals in … READ MORE →

Birkebeinerrennet 2015 – Petter Eliassen and Therese Johaug Win

(Norway) – The Birkebeinerrennet is the eighth event out of nine-race series in the Swix Ski Classics tour and offered perfect conditions today on the 54km long course between Rena and Lillehammer.
Petter Eliassen (Team LeasPlan … READ MORE →

USA’s Dreissigacker Career-best 14th as Makarainen Takes IBU Women’s 7.5km Sprint @ Khanty-Mansiysk

(Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) – In the final women’s 7.5km sprint of the season, the USA’s Hannah Dreissigacker turned in a career-best 14th with one penalty at 1:26.4 behind winner Kaisa Makarainen (FIN) at the IBU World … READ MORE →

USA’s Cnossen Scores Silver and Canada’s Arendz Wins Bronze on Day 4 of IPC World Cup Finals

(Surnadal, Norway) – US Paralympian and Navy SEAL Lt. Cmdr. Dan Cnossen came away with silver in the men’s biathlon pursuit sitting race on day four of the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup finals. … READ MORE →

Canada’s Nathan Smith Claims Fab 5th in Men’s 10km Sprint @ IBU World Cup Finals in Khanty-Mansiysk

March 19, 2015 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) – Canada’s Nathan Smith continued his stellar season taking the lead at one point in the Men’s 10km Sprint at the IBU World Cup finals finishing 5th with one penalty … READ MORE →

Perianne Jones and Jesse Cockney are Buff Sprint CL Winners @ Haywood Ski Nationals

(Thunder Bay, ON) – The weather was chilly again at Lappe, with temperatures in the minus teens as the athletes got to the site for the longer sprint competitions. Fortunately yesterday’s strong winds didn’t … READ MORE →

Canada Takes Home Two Bronze Medals @ IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals in Norway

(Surnadal, Norway) – Canada’s Mark  and Brittany Hudak each battled for bronze medal landing on the IPC World Cup biathlon podium on March 18 in Surnadal, Norway.
Arendz, of Hartsville, P.E.I., dropped out of podium … READ MORE →

Canadian Wintersports is the Exclusive Canadian Distributor of Swenor Rollerskis

(Montreal, QC) – Canadian Wintersports Incorporated of Montreal, Quebec, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Sport Import AS of Sarpsporg, Norway, to distribute all Swenor Rollerski products within Canada.

Swenor has been manufacturing … READ MORE →

Job Opportunity – Nordic Technical Director @ Whistler Olympic Park

(Whistler, BC) – Whistler Sport Legacies is a not-for-profit organization responsible for owning, managing and operating three 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games venues: Whistler Athletes’ Centre, Whistler Olympic Park, and Whistler Sliding Centre. … READ MORE →

Emily Nishikawa and Ivan Babikov Claim 10/15km CL Titles on Day 4 @ Haywood Ski Nationals

(Thunder Bay, ON) – Just when Thunder Bay was thinking that spring had arrived Mother Nature sent cold weather and high winds to Lappe for a deceiving cold -6 degree C. day. Fortunately there … READ MORE →

IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals -Canada and USA Win Gold in Norway

(Surnadal, Norway) – Canadian and Russian athletes enjoyed the best of the action on the first day of the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup finals in Surnadal, Norway, each winning two cross-country freestyle long … READ MORE →

FIS XC Inside the Fence – The Magic of Holmenkollen Video

– Cross-country skiing originated in Fennoscandian countries in prehistoric times. It was still widely practiced in the 19th century as a way of moving from place to place in winter. As a sport, cross-country … READ MORE →

APU Nordic Ski Center is Accepting New Members for the Summer-only Bridge Program

– APU Nordic Ski Center is now accepting new members for the Summer-only Bridge Program. “The Bridge program gave me the opportunity to train with the APU Elite Team and led to a very … READ MORE →

Interview with US Women’s Coach Matt Whitcomb

 (Oslo, NOR) – SkiTrax caught up with US Women’s Coach, Matt Whitcomb, following the women’s 30km FR at the famous Holmenkollen in Oslo marking the strongest distance results in history by the U.S. women’s team. Liz … READ MORE →

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

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

Stephen’s Stellar 9th Leads 3 Americans into Top-20 as Norway’s Bjoergen Wins Historic 30km FR at Holmenkollen

(Oslo, Norway) – With three Americans in the top 20 the US camp was all smiles but the day belonged to Norway as Marit Bjoergen led a Norge podium sweep, capping an incredible season … READ MORE →

2015 Haywood Ski Nationals Day 2 – Somppi and Beatty Take 5/10km FR Titles

(Thunder Bay, ON) – It was another great day for racing at Lappe Nordic as Race Day 2 of the Haywood Ski Nationals began on Sunday. It was slightly cloudy and a bit below … READ MORE →

USA’s Bailey 13th and Burke 14th as Fak Takes Men’s 15km Mst Gold @ IBU Worlds – Canada’s Green 21st

(Kontiolahti, Finland) – Slovenia’s Jakov Fak emerged as the front runner in a lead pack of four to win the Men’s 15km Mass Start as the 2015 IBU World Championships came to a close. It … READ MORE →

Semerenko Claims Women’s Mass Start 12.5km Gold – USA’s Dunklee 20th, Canada’s Heinicke 24th

(Kontiolahti, Finland) – Valj Semerenko shot clean to take home the gold for the Ukraine in the Women’s 12.5km mass start on the final day of the 2015 IBU World Championships in Finland. Germany’s … READ MORE →

NENSA Launches 2015 Annual Fund Campaign

– Amid the excitement of the Bill Koch Festival, Junior National Championships, the Zak Cup Finale, an unprecidented World Cup season, and NENSA’s U16 and Eastern High School Championships, we are asking you to contribute … READ MORE →

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

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

Canada’s Harvey 13th as Norway’s Roethe Claims 50km FR Gold at the Holmenkollen

(Oslo, NOR) – Sjur Roethe claimed a superb victory and fulfilled every Norwegian skier’s dream at the famed Holmenkollen winning the 50km in a photo-finish over Swiss star Dario Cologna. Fellow Norge, Martin Johnsrud Sundby, … READ MORE →

Germany Unstoppable in Men’s Relay @ IBU Worlds in Finland – USA 14th, Canada 19th

(Kontiolahti, FIN) – Team Germany took no prisoners today, using only three spare rounds, on their way to a solid victory in the Men’s Relay 4×7.5km matching their women’s squad as they powered to … READ MORE →

Interview with USA’s Caitlin Gregg

– The USA’s Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) placed 3rd on the women’s podium at the 42km Engadin Skimarathon on March 8. Fellow American and FIS Marathon Cup series leader, Holly Brooks, was 5th. Gregg … READ MORE →