Archive | November, 2016

Interview with US XC Head Coach Chris Grover on Ruka World Cup Opener

(Ruka, Finland) – Team USA arrived in Ruka, Finland for the World Cup launch with a strong contingent including legendary Kikkan Randall who is back the team following the birth of her son Breck. … READ MORE →

Peter Graves Honored as FIS Journalist of the Year

(Killington, Vermont) – One of the most prominent voices in ski sport, Peter Graves, was honored with the FIS Journalist Award during the Audi FIS Ski World Cup weekend at Killington. The award is … READ MORE →

Anti-Doping Norway Proposes 14-month Ban for Johaug

(Oslo, Norway) – Norwegian cross-country ski star Therese Johaug now seems to be facing a 14-month ban for her “unintentional” doping violation in August reports AP. At least this is what Anti-Doping Norway’s prosecution … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2016/17 Contest Standings after Ruka

(Toronto, ON) – With a record 500+ teams entered we’re happy to announce the latest leaders of the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest after round one of the 2016-17 Viessmann FIS World Cup … READ MORE →

Interviews with Dahria Beatty and Cendrine Browne at the Ruka World Cup

(Ruka, Finland) – Canada’s Dahria Beatty, 20, from Athabasca, Alta. and Cendrine Browne, 23, from St-Jérôme, Que. debuted at Ruka, Finland for the FIS XC World Cup Opener as the two rookies join veteran Emily Nishikawa (Whitehorse) … READ MORE →

Former Canadian Olympic Chef de Mission Shane Pearsall Named CEO at Cross Country Ski de Fond Canada

(Canmore, AB) – After spending the last decade in Alberta’s oil patch, Shane Pearsall is returning to the Canadian sport community, January 1, as the chief executive officer for Cross Country Ski de Fond … READ MORE →

Harvey Claims Strong 11th as Niskanen Triumphs on Home Snow in Men’s 15km CL at Ruka – Kershaw 33rd

(Ruka, Finland) – Alex Harvey put in a solid day at the office claiming 11th in the men’s 15km CL individual start as Finland’s Iivo Niskanen proved he is in top form taking thrilling … READ MORE →

Bjoergen Back on Top With Victory in Women’s 10km CL at Ruka World Cup – Diggins Solid 13th

(Ruka, Finland) – Marit Bjoergen of Norway was in charge once again in the women’s 10km CL interval start on day two in Ruka. She may have missed all of last season’s World Cup … READ MORE →

USA Solid 8th as Norway Takes IBU World Cup Relay at Oestersund

(Oestersund, Sweden) – The American foursome of Susan Dunklee, Clare Egan, Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey put in a strong effort to finish 8th in mixed relay won by Norway as the BMW IBU World Cup season got … READ MORE →

Canada’s Crawford & Smith 7th as France’s Fourcade & Dorin-Habert Win IBU Single Mixed Relay in Oestersund

(Oestersund, Sweden) – Team Canada’s Rosanna Crawford and Nathan Smith claimed 7th in the Single Mixed Relay in Oestersund, Sweden as Team France, with Marie Dorin-Habert and Martin Fourcade, dominated the competition at the … READ MORE →

Interview with Ivan Babikov at his First World Cup as Canadian Coach

(Ruka, Finland) – Russian-born Canadian, Ivan Babikov, who recently retired as a cross-country skier racer and became coach of Canada’s national team, made his official World Cup debut with the team at Ruka. Babikov … READ MORE →

Interview with Kikkan Randall on Returning to the World Cup

(Ruka, Finland) – US XC Ski star Kikkan Randall and her husband Jeff Ellis, who is with FIS Cross-Country PR & Communications, celebrated the birth of their son Breck back in April. Randall returned … READ MORE →

Guiney and Patterson Take 5/10km CL Victories on Day 2 at West Yellowstone

(West Yellowstone, MT) – Elizabeth Guiney (Craftsbury) pipped, Merete Myrseth (University of Utah) at the line by a mere 0.3s to take the women’s 5km CL on day two at West Yellowstone. Friday’s winner Katherine … READ MORE →

Harvey 25th as Norway’s Golberg Triumphs in Men’s CL Sprint at World Cup Opener in Ruka

(Ruka, Finland) – Paal Golberg (Nor) took the men’s first win of the season as Canada’s Alex Harvey was the lone North American to make the heats ending up 25th on the day as … READ MORE →

Bjornsen Leads North American Women in 17th at Sprint CL in Ruka as Nilsson Wins First Classic WCup

(Ruka, Finland) – Snow fell throughout the competition as Sadie Bjornsen (USA) led the North American women as four qualified, ending up 17th in the women’s 1.4 km CL Sprint at the opening round … READ MORE →

Claude Laramée Receives Dollard-Morin Award for Gatineau Loppet and Ski Tour Canada Contributions

(Quebec) – On the occasion of presenting the Dollard-Morin Sports and Leisure Volunteer Award, the Minister of Justice and Minister responsible for the Outaouais region, Ms. Stéphanie Vallée, MP Of Hull, Mrs. Maryse Gaudreault, … READ MORE →

La Sgambeda 2016 Confirmed

(Livigno, IT) – Despite the warm weather, Sgambeda 2016 is confirmed. Because of the weather conditions the course will be modified but the participants will still experience a 25km ski competition in the valley … READ MORE →

USSA SuperTour #1 in Bozeman Moved to West Yellowstone

(West Yellowstone, MT) – While not yet officially announced the USSA SuperTour #1 scheduled for Bozeman on Dec. 3-4 has been moved to West Yellowstone due to low snow conditions. The first races at … READ MORE →

Salomon Nordic interview with Canada’s Alex Harvey in Ruka, Finland

(Ruka, Finland) – Hear from Canada’s Alex Harvey now in Ruka, Finland as he speaks with Salomon Nordic about his off-season training and goals for the start of the season and more.
Watch here.

Ogden and Caldwell Take West Yellowstone 5/10km FR Opener

(West Yellowstone, MT) – Katherine Ogden (Stratton Mountain) topped the women’s field in their 5km FR contest while Patrick Caldwell (SMS T2) ruled in the men’s 10km race with a decisive 26.7s margin at … READ MORE →

U.S. Jumpers Ready to Soar as Season Kicks Off in Finland

(Ruka, Finland) – Three American men will hope to springboard from a strong summer of competition when the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup 0pens Saturday in Ruka near Kuusamo. Qualifying gets underway under the … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2016/17 Contest – Bjoergen, Randall Update and Final Countdown

(Toronto, ON) – Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends. We’re in the final countdown to our 8th annual FIS Fantasy World Cup 2016/17 Contest as the season kicks off this coming weekend. With over … READ MORE →

13th Annual Pentathlon des Neiges Hosts ITU Elite S3 Winter Triathlon in 2017

(Quebec City, QC) – The 13th edition of the Pentathlon des Neiges presented by MEC winter-sports extravaganza to be hosted on Quebec City’s historic Plains of Abraham on Feb. 24-March 5, 2017 promises to … READ MORE →

New Heritage Suit Collection from Borah Teamwear

– Celebrate the holiday season and the heritage of Nordic skiing with a new collection of race suits from Borah Teamwear. Featured highlights include country-based designs from Norway, Sweden and Canada, along with a … READ MORE →

2017 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Unveiled

(Park City, Utah) – The 2016-17 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team was announced today, just before the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup opener in Ruka, Finland on Nov. 26. A total of 16 … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2016/17 Contest – Over $4,200 in Prizes

(Toronto, ON) – With over 200 contestants registered and $4,200 worth of prizes up for grabs, our 8th annual SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2016/17 Contest is off and running. These are the original … READ MORE →

Sad News – Olympian Donald Farley Passes Away

(Mt Rolland, QC) – Olympian and Canadian national cross-country ski team member, Donald Farley, passed away over the past weekend at age 46. Farley competed at both the 1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games and … READ MORE →

Early Season Day 3 Results from Rovaniemi, Bruksvallarna, Saariselka and Beitostolen

– Here are the results from the third day of racing at early season competitions in Rovaniemi (FIN), Bruksvallarna (SWE), Saariselka (FIN) and Beitostolen (NOR) where athletes stretched their legs before the FIS World … READ MORE →

NNF Announces $40,000 Challenge Grant to Close Out Drive For 25 by Dec. 1

– The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) today announced a $40,000 matching grant to close out the Drive for 25, challenging the skiing community to raise an additional $40,000 before the end of the Drive … READ MORE →

Kershaw Leads Canadian Sweep in 10km CL Interval Start at Gallivare – Beatty 6th in Women’s Race

(Gallivare, SWE) – On Sunday Devon Kershaw continued his strong results in pre-season racing in Gällivare, Sweden.  Last weekend he skied to a dominant 1 minute victory at the Gallivare Season Opener. This weekend … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2016/17 Contest – Don’t Miss It

(Toronto, ON) – The heat is on as early competitions set the stage for the FIS World Cup season and registration for our SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2016/17 Contest is brisk. Don’t miss … READ MORE →

Canada’s Alex Harvey Podiums Again in 10km CL at Davos – Day 2 Early Season Results

(Davos, SUI) – Canada’s Alex Harvey landed second on the podium in the men’s 10km CL race on day two in Davos on an early-season, snow-farmed loop as local star Dario Cologna (SUI) took … READ MORE →

Nordic Team Night at L.L. Bean Bike, Boat & Ski Store – Dec. 1

– Dear Nordic Coaches, We would like to invite you and your athletes to our Nordic Team Night at L.L. Bean Bike, Boat and Ski Store on Thursday, December 1st. This is going to … READ MORE →

Canada’s Harvey Takes First Early Season Victory at Davos Sprint CL

(Davos, SUI) – Canada’s Alex Harvey took the win in the men’s CL Sprint in Davos (SUI) besting Swiss skiers Jovian Hediger and  Dario Cologna. Laurien van der Graaff (SUI) took the women’s race … READ MORE →

Pierre Lafontaine to Leave Cross Country Canada – Named CEO at Cycling Canada

(Ottawa, ON) – Pierre Lafontaine is returning to Ottawa full time, accepting the role as chief executive officer/secretary general for Cycling Canada, after splitting time over the last year between his hometown and Cross … READ MORE →

Fischer Announces Gear Reservation Schedule/Info for West Yellowstone Thanksgiving Ski Fest 2016

(West Yellowstone, Montana) – Fischer’s high end skis and boots are at a level of performance and sophistication that it is best to work with consumers through on line reservations at West Yellowstone instead … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2016/17 Contest – Team Registration NOW OPEN

(Toronto, ON) – With the first FIS World Cup kicking off the season on Nov. 26-27 in Ruka, Finland, we’re pleased to announce the launch of our annual SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2016/17 Contest. Next … READ MORE →

FIS Nordic Season Launches in Ruka, Finland Nov. 24-27

– The Nordic ski family is going to Ruka (FIN) next week where the traditional FIS Nordic Opening is set to take place from 24th-27th November 2016 with competitions in Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping … READ MORE →

Nordic Rocks Skis in Over 100 Schools Across the Country

The Nordic Rocks for Schools program, now in its 4th season, was developed to introduce new generations of children in kindergarten to 8th grade to the excitement found in the sport of cross country … READ MORE →

Kanata Nordic Club Coach Job Opening

– Kanata Nordic is looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual to oversee delivery and implementation of the club’s ski programs, both on-snow and dryland components.
Primary responsibilities are:
– the development and delivery of the … READ MORE →

FIS Adopts Universal Code of Ethics

(Oberhofen, SUI)- Following the meeting of the FIS Council on 5th November 2016 in Oberhofen (SUI), one of the important topics on the agenda was establishing the FIS Universal Code of Ethics.

The Council’s legal … READ MORE →

Biathlon Canada Announces Partnership with Halti Outerwear

(Canmore, AB) – Canada’s top biathletes will be sporting new duds in their quest for the podium on Nordic trails around the world, thanks to a new agreement established with Halti and Biathlon Canada … READ MORE →

Canada’s Kershaw Takes First Early Win of the Season at Gällivare 15km CL

(Gällivare, SWE) – Canada’s Devon Kershaw, a veteran national xc ski team member, took his first win of the season at the 15km classic Gällivarepremiärens in Gällivare, SWE on Sunday. SportEvent Gällivare Lapland hosts … READ MORE →

Kowalczyk Dominates 5/10km CL in Muonio as Czechs Take FR Sprints at Gallivare

– Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland continued her strong start this season at early races in Muonio, Finland. After winning Friday’s classic sprint she bested the full Finnish National team in the women’s 4.4 km … READ MORE →

Kowalczyk and Luusua Win Muonio 1.4km CL Sprints – USA’s Sargent 5th

(Muonio, Finland) – Justyna Kowalczyk (Pol) and Ari Luusua won all stages of Friday’s 1.4 classic Sprint competitions in Muonio, Finland. The competition included many recognizable World Cup names such as Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ), … READ MORE →

Vermont Bread Company and Newell Partner for PyeongChang

– Cross-country skier Andy Newell of Shaftsbury Vermont has competed in three Winter Olympic Games, representing Team USA in pursuit of that elusive gold medal. In addition to hours of training in the gym … READ MORE →

Could Therese Johaug be Facing a 4-Year Ban ?

(Oslo, Norway) – Norwegian xc ski star, Therese Johaug, might be facing a doping ban of up to four years instead of the provisional 2-month ban she is currently serving. Johaug, who tested positive … READ MORE →

University of Alaska Reverses Decision – #SAVE Alaska Skiing Wins

(Anchorage, AK) – The University of Alaska (UofA) has reversed an earlier decision to stop funding its Nordic and alpine ski teams at the end of the 2016-7 academic year. We reported previously that … READ MORE →

Yellowstone Ski Festival Nov. 22-25 – Snow Update and Strategies

(West Yellowstone, MT) – Yellowstone Ski Festival 2016 is just around the corner. At present, there is no snow on the ski trails, but the surfaces have been rolled and ready for when the … READ MORE →

U.S. Biathlon Names Early-Season World Cup Roster

– The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has named Russell Currier (Stockholm, Maine – an Outdoor Sports Institute athlete) to the World Cup Team for World Cups 1-3, thus finalizing the roster.
Currier’s selection was … READ MORE →