Archive | December, 2017

USA’s Bjornsen Takes Career-first Distance Podium in Women’s 10km CL @ Tour de Ski – Diggins 7th, Randall DNS

(Lenzerheide, Switzerland) – The USA’s Sadie Bjornsen landed third on the podium in the women’s 10km CL on Stage 2 for the American camp’s second podium in a row at the Tour de Ski, … READ MORE →

Canada’s Harvey 20th as Cologna Triumphs at Home in Men’s 15K CL on Stg 2 @Tour de Ski – Kershaw OUT

(Lenzerheide, Sui) – Canada’s Alex Harvey finished 20th in the men’s 15km individual start CL on Stage 2 as local hero, Dario Cologna, won for the first time at home giving Swiss fans even … READ MORE →

LAST CALL for the Masters World Cup 2018 – Register Until Jan. 6

(Minneapolis, MN) – As we close in on 2017, we are also shortly closing in on the last week to register for the 2018 Masters World Cup. Held in Minneapolis, MN this international ski … READ MORE →

U.S. Biathlon Announces Teams for 2018 Youth/Junior Worlds, IBU Junior Cup 3 & Junior Open European Championships

(New Gloucester, Maine) — The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee is pleased to announce the Youth (U19) and Junior (U21) Biathlon World Championship Team, as well as the team for the IBU Junior Cup … READ MORE →

Bryan Fletcher Wins Nordic Combined US Olympic Team Trials

(Park City, Utah) – USA Nordic athlete Bryan Fletcher skied from behind today to become the first person named to the 2018 US Olympic Nordic Combined team. Fletcher is now the first US Ski … READ MORE →

Canada’s Harvey 7th in Men’s Sprint FR at Tour de Ski Opener – Ustiugov in Charge

(Lenzerheide, SUI) – Canadian star, Alex Harvey, was 7th on the day just missing the final by a boot toe in the men’s 1.5km Sprint FR as defending champ Sergey Ustiugov (Rus), also the … READ MORE →

USA’s Sophie Caldwell Takes Career-best 2nd in Women’s Sprint FR Opener at Tour de Ski

(Lenzerheide, SUI) – American Sophie Caldwell lit up the scoreboard at the opening round of the Tour de Ski in Switzerland  landing second on the final podium in the women’s Sprint FR as local … READ MORE →

Tour de Ski 2018 Hero Voting Now Underway + START LISTS

(Lenzerheide, SUI) – Who will be the Hero of the 12th edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski presented by Le Gruyère?  New for this season you can vote on who you think … READ MORE →

FIS Tour de Ski 2017/18 Facts and Stats – Kowalczyk Rules but Canada’s Kershaw is a Standout

– All the statistics and fun facts you need to know before the start of the 12th edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Le Gruyere AOP that kicks off Dec. … READ MORE →

Job Opportunity @ Canadian Olympic Committee – Chef de Mission Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018

– The Canadian Olympic Committee invites applications for the position of Chef de Mission of the Canadian Team for the Youth Olympic Games which will take place from October 6 to 18, 2018 in … READ MORE →

IOC Accused of Cowardly Response and Failing to Help Rodchenkov Against Russian Threats

– Lawyer Jim Walden, representing Russian whistleblower Dr. Gregory Rodchenkov, issued a statement accusing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of “cowardice” in failing to address Russia’s campaign of retaliation against the former anti-doping official … READ MORE →

Last Call for Glenn Bond Sun Peaks Resort XC SKI CAMP Dec. 30-31

(Sun Peaks, B.C.) – Last call for the Glenn Bond Sun Peaks XC SKI Camp this coming weekend Dec. 30-31. Registration closes on Thursday, December 28 at 4:00pm. The forecast is warming up to … READ MORE →

12th Annual FIS Tour de Ski 2018 – Dec. 30-Jan. 7 + Video Preview

– The countdown is on until the start of the 12th edition of the Viessmann FIS Cross-Country Tour de Ski presented by Le Gruyère. Seven legs in less than ten days, the multi-stage event … READ MORE →

Hardwood Ski and Bike EMERGENCY Announcement – Fire in Main Chalet Xmas Morning UPDATED

(Barrie, ON) – During early hours of Christmas morning, a structural fire engulfed the middle portion of our main chalet. The Fire Marshall is on scene, and there is an ongoing investigation into the … 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 →

Masters World Cup 2018 Urban Winter Wonderland – 3.5km Groomed for Classic and Skate

(Minneapolis, MN) – If you haven’t heard, we’re making it snow down at Wirth! Thanks to a strengthened relationship with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, we have dramatically increased our ability to create … READ MORE →

Canadian Birkie 10 For 10 Club Challenge – 1st Place Wins $1,000

(Edmonton, Alta.) – Be a part of the new Birkie Club Challenge  Register 10 members on your team, get 10% off each registration fee AND compete against other ski clubs for cash prizes!  1st … READ MORE →

AWCS Ski Tour Canada 2016 Legacy Funds Developing Alberta Coaches

(Canmore, Alta.) – The Alberta World Cup Society set aside a portion of the Ski Tour Canada 2016 Legacy Funds to help develop Alberta Coaches. These coaches will then be better suited to prepare Alberta … READ MORE →

Kriukov, Bessmertnykh and Matveeva Among 11 More Russians Banned for Life by the IOC

– Cross-country skiers Nikita Kriukov and Alexander Bessmertnykh, both silver medalists at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, along with and Natalia Matveeva are among 11 more Russian athletes banned for life by the International … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2017/18 Contest Standings after Toblach

(Toronto, ON) – Here are the standings for the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest following Toblach, Italy, the final stop before the holiday break. Jessie Diggins led the U.S. Ski Team with a … READ MORE →

U.S. Biathlon Names Teams for January IBU Cups, Final Phase of Olympic Qualification

(New Gloucester, Maine) – The U.S. Biathlon International Competition Committee has named the following athletes to compete at IBU Cups 4 and 5 in January. IBU Cup 4 will be held Jan. 6-7 in … READ MORE →

Book Review – A Cross Country Ski Story by Bjorger Pettersen

– If you didn’t know that Alex Harvey’s dad used to race; that Canada has hosted World Cups in Whitehorse and Labrador City; that the world’s best skiers used to flock to Inuvik for … READ MORE →

NEW SkiTrax Roundtable Launched

(Toronto, ON) – We’re excited to announce that the new innovative SkiTrax Roundtable has launched featuring Canadian top gun, Alex Harvey, along with US star Kikkan Randall, veteran Canuck Devon Kershaw, American speed-king Andy Newell … READ MORE →

Auclair Teams up with Alex Harvey and other World-class Athletes on Product Development

(Montreal, QC) – Exciting news out of the Auclair HQ in Montreal as the brand signs new world-class athletes across a diverse range of sports. With over 70 years of heritage, Auclair is the … READ MORE →

USA’s Oksana Masters Completes Stunning Biathlon Hat-trick at Para Nordic Skiing World Cup in Canmore

(Canmore, Alta.) – Oksana Masters capped an outstanding biathlon competition with a third consecutive gold on the final day of the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup in Canmore, Canada. The US Nordic … READ MORE →

Caitlin and Brian Gregg Win 10/15km Pursuit Races at Rossland Haywood NorAms on Day 3

(Rossland, B.C.) – It was -6 deg. C and cloudy with some fresh snow as the last NorAM for 2017 wrapped up in Rossland, B.C.  Today was a skate pursuit race and it was … READ MORE →

Emily Young Grabs Fourth Bronze at Season-Opening Para-Nordic World Cup in Canmore

(Canmore, Alta.—Emily Young stole the show for the Canucks at the season-opening Para-Nordic World Cup race on home snow after racking up four bronze medals. The Vancouver resident took aim on her fourth medal … READ MORE →

Canada’s Harvey 9th as Norway’s Klaebo Sets Record with 7th Win in Men’s 15km CL Pursuit at Toblach

(Toblach, Italy) – Canadian Alex Harvey took home a strong 9th-place finish in the men’s 15km Classic pursuit race in Toblach, Italy on Sunday as Norway’s Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo set a new benchmark with … READ MORE →

Diggins 7th and Bjornsen 9th in Women’s 10 km CL Pursuit at Toblach as Bjoergen Takes a Squeaker

(Toblach, Italy) – Jessica Diggins (USA) claimed another strong result finishing 7th in the women’s 10 km CL Pursuit race in Toblach, Italy on Sunday followed closely by her teammate Sadie Bjornsen in 9th.
Marit … READ MORE →

Dunklee 20th in IBU WCup Mass Start in France – Braisaz and Fourcade Triumph

(Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, France) – The USA’s Susan Dunklee led the North American with a 20th-place finish on Sunday in the women’s 12.5km Mass Start at Annecy-Le Grand Bornand with three missed targets as … READ MORE →

Caitlin Gregg and Julien Locke Win Rossland Haywood NorAm Sprints on Day 2

(Rossland, B.C.) – Saturday was a skate sprint day at the Rossland, Haywood NorAm. It was also a day of some big margins and small margins. In the morning qualifiers Hannah Mehain of Sovereign … READ MORE →

Canada’s Harvey Just Off the Podium in 4th in Men’s 15km FR at Toblach on Day One – USA’s Bjornsen 29th

(Toblach, Italy) –  Canada’s Alex Harvey, 29, was just off the podium in 4th in the men’s 15km individual start skate-ski race in Toblach, Italy on Saturday as Norway’s Simen Hegstad Krueger won his … READ MORE →

Diggins 7th in Women’s 10km FR on Day 1 at Toblach WCup – Kalla Triumphs Again

(Toblach, Italy) –  Jessie Diggins led the U.S. Ski Team with a seventh-place finish in the women’s 10km FR at Toblach, Italy. Her teammate Sadie Bjornsen was also in the top 10 placing 9th … READ MORE →

USA’s Caitlin and Brian Gregg Win Rossland Haywood NorAm 5/10km CL on Day 1

(Rossland, BC) – The first day of the Haywood NorAm in Rossland was a family affair as Caitlin and Brian Gregg, skied away as NorAm champs in the 5 and 10k classic events. Many … READ MORE →

USA’s Bailey 14th in Men’s 12.5km Pursuit IBU WCup at Annecy – Norway’s JT Boe Takes 4th Straight Victory

(Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, France) – The USA’s Lowell Bailey shot clean to leapfrog 21 spots into 14th place at the finish of the men’s 12.5km Pursuit in Annecy-Le Grand Bornand as Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe … READ MORE →

USA’s Dunklee 6th in IBU WCup Women’s 10km Pursuit at Annecy – Dahlmeier Wins, Canada’s Lunder 18th

(Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, France) – American Susan Dunklee took home a 6th place result in the women’s 10km Pursuit on Saturday in Annecy-Le Grand Bornand at round three of the BMW IBU World Cup. … READ MORE →

Canada’s Mark Arendz Wins Silver and Brittany Hudak Takes Bronze at Para-Nordic World Cup in Canmore

(Canmore, Alta.) – Canada’s Mark Arendz and Brittany Hudak each stormed onto the podium for the first time this year after adding a silver and bronze medal to Canada’s haul at the season-opening Para-Nordic … READ MORE →

USA’s Burke 10th in IBU Men’s World Cup 10km Sprint as Johannes Thingnes Boe Claims 4th Victory

(Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, France) – American Tim Burke shot clean to finish 10th in the men’s 10-kilometer sprint at BMW IBU World Cup 3 in Annecy-Le Grand Bornand. Norway’s Johannes Thingnes Boe continued his … READ MORE →

Emily Young Goes the Distance to Win Silver Medal at Para-Nordic World Cup in Canmore

(Canmore, Alta.) – Canada’s Emily Young rattled off her third-straight podium performance at the season-opening Para-Nordic World Cup in Canmore, Alta. winning the silver medal on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old skied onto the silver step of … READ MORE →

SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup 2017/18 Contest Standings after Davos

(Toronto, ON) – Check out the standings for the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest following Davos where the USA’s Kikkan Randall landed on the podium in third in the women’s FR Sprint and … READ MORE →

USA’s Dunklee Shoots Clean for Top-10 Finish in Women’s Sprint at IBU World Cup 3 in France

(Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, France) – Susan Dunklee delivered her best performance this season cleaning all 10 targets in the women’s sprint for a 10th-place finish as the BMW IBU World Cup 3 got underway … READ MORE →

The Gatineau Loppet Celebrates 40th Anniversary

(Gatineau, Que.) – High spirits marked the Gatineau Loppet Organizing Committee’s official launch of the festivities surrounding the 40th edition of the biggest international cross-country ski event in Canada. Thousands of local skiers, and … READ MORE →

WADA Reveals New Data from Moscow Lab to 60 International Federations – 1,000s of Athletes Samples

(Lausanne, Switzerland) – Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) Intelligence and Investigations (I&I) Team, led by Gunter Younger, Director of I&I, met with over 60 representatives from International Federations (IFs), the International Olympic Committee … READ MORE →

Labrador On-Snow Camp Dec. 3-10 at Menihek Nordic Featured Plenty of Snow

(Labrador) – It was a great week for the Labrador Provincial On-Snow Camp at Menihek Nordic from Dec. 3-10 with plenty of snow, good trails and mostly warm temperatures. Provincial Coach Luke Dunphy along … READ MORE →

Emily Young Wins Back-to-Back Bronze Medals at Para-Nordic World Cup on Home Snow

(Canmore, AB) – Canada’s Emily Young was on a hunting exploration at the Canmore Nordic Centre on Sunday afternoon. After venturing 7.5-kilometres skate-skiing through the tall pines at one of the world’s most challenging … READ MORE →

Registration for the Nakkertok Alumni Candy Cane Cup Closes 12 Midnight Dec. 13

(Cantley,  QC) – Registration for the Nakkertok Alumni Candy Cane Cup closes midnight tonight. The Nakkertok Alumni Candy Cane Cup is an early season, CPL points race.
The idea behind this event is to host … READ MORE →

Three More Russian XC Skiers Suspected of Doping – Kryukov, Bessmertnykh, Matveyeva in Hot Water

(Moscow, Russia) – According to the Russian News Agency, TASS, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspects three more Russian cross-country skiers of anti-doping rules violations. Olympic gold medallist Nikita Kryukov along with Alexander Bessmertnykh … READ MORE →

IBU Executive Board Relegates the Russian Biathlon Union to Provisional Membership

– Following the decision of the IOC to suspend the Russian NOC and create a path for a clean individual athlete to compete at the Pyoengchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the IBU Executive Board … READ MORE →

USA’s Caitlin Patterson and Ian Torchia Win Haywood NorAm/US SuperTour 10/15km FR Races

(Vernon, BC) – Day two of the Haywood NorAm & Sprints / USSA SuperTour saw sunny skies and a temperature hovering around -2 degree Celsius as skiers from around North America tackled the gruelling … READ MORE →

Canada’s Harvey Claims Strong 10th in Men’s 15km FR at Davos World Cup as Manificat Tops Field

(Davos, Switzerland) (Davos, Switzerland) – Canada’s Alex Harvey posted his best result at high altitude in Davos finishing 10th in the men’s 15km individual start won by Maurice Manificat (Fra). Russia’s Sergey Ustiugov finished … READ MORE →