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

December 05, 2016 (Toronto, ON) – Following the Lillehammer mini tour the race for the top spot in the SkiTrax FIS Fantasy World Cup Contest is heating up as new challengers have risen to … READ MORE → 0 comments

Alex Harvey (CAN) [P] Nordic Focus
Canada’s Harvey Nails 9th Overall as Sundby Rebounds to Win Lillehammer Mini Tour

December 04, 2016 (Lillehammer, Norway) – It was another solid day at the office for Canada’s Alex Harvey who continues to impress making steady gains finishing 9th overall with the 6th fastest time … READ MORE → 0 comments

Jessie Diggins (USA) [P] Nordic Focus
USA’s Diggins Strong 8th as Norway’s Weng Triumphs with First Mini Tour Win in Lillehammer

December 04, 2016 (Lillehammer, Norway) – The USA’s Jessie Diggins led the North American women finishing eighth in women’s 10km classic pursuit finale of the three-day mini tour ending up 8th overall. Norway’s … READ MORE → 0 comments

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USA’s Bailey 13th as Babikov Claims First IBU World Cup Victory in Men’s Pursuit Finale at Oestersund

December 04, 2016 (Oestersund, Sweden) – The USA’s Lowell Bailey was as high as fourth in the men’s 12.5km pursuit cleaning his first three shooting stages, but a heartbreaking two misses in the … READ MORE → 0 comments

Gabriela Koukalova [P] Nordic Focus
Koukalova Takes Women’s IBU World Cup Pursuit Victory in Oestersund – USA’s Dunklee 22nd

December 04, 2016 (Oestersund, Sweden) – Gabriela Koukalova of Czech Republic took home her first victory this season at Oestersund winning the women’s 10km pursuit with one penalty in the first standing stage. … READ MORE → 0 comments

Jessie Diggins (USA) [P] Nordic Focus
Diggins Dazzles with 5km FR World Cup Victory in Lillehammer

December 03, 2016 (Lillehammer, NOR) – American Jessie Diggins claimed her second ever individual World Cup victory winning the 5km FR individual start on stage two of the Lillehammer mini tour, round two … READ MORE → 0 comments

Alex Harvey (CAN) [P] Nordic Focus
Canada’s Harvey 10th in Men’s 10km FR as Halfvarsson Win Again in Lillehammer – Norway Shut Out at Home

December 03, 2016 (Lillehammer, NOR) – Canada’s Alex Harvey delivered another strong result finishing 10th in the men’s 10km FR interval start on Saturday as Sweden’s Calle Halfvarsson made it two for two … READ MORE → 0 comments

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USA’s Bailey Shoots Clean in IBU World Cup Men’s Sprint for 13th as Fourcade Dominates Again in Oestersund

December 03, 2016 (Oestersund, Sweden) – The USA’s Lowell Bailey shot clean to finish 13th in the men’s 10km Sprint at 58.7s behind Martin Fourcade of France who was also perfect on the … READ MORE → 0 comments

Susan Dunklee [P] Nordic Focus
Dorin Habert Takes Oestersund IBU WCup Sprint – Dunklee 27th, Ransom 32nd

December 03, 2016 (Oestersund, Sweden) – The USA’s Susan Dunklee finished 27th in the women’s 7.5km sprint with two misses on the range at 1:29.9 behind winner Marie Dorin Habert (Fra) who shot … READ MORE → 0 comments

02.12.2016, Lillehammer, Norway (NOR):
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Canada’s Harvey 10th and Valjas 13th as Halfvarsson Wins Men’s CL Sprint in Lillehammer

December 02, 2016 (Lillehammer (Norway) – Canada’s Alex Harvey placed a strong 10th in the men’s 1.6km CL Sprint with teammate Len Valjas 13th as the 3-day mini tour got underway in Lillehammer, … READ MORE → 0 comments

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Diggins 13th as Bjornsen Tops Qualifications in Women’s CL Sprint at Lillehammer – Weng Takes Debut Win

December 02, 2016 (Lillehammer (Norway) – American Sadie Bjornsen lit up the scoreboard topping the women’s qualifications in the CL Sprint in Lillehammer at round #2 of the FIS World Cup as four … READ MORE → 0 comments

Bob Thompson [P] Nordic Focus
Interview with Bob Thompson Following the Ruka World Cup

December 02, 2016 (Ruka, Finland) – Canada’s Bob Thompson, 25, from Woodstock, Ont.20, with the National Development Centre in Thunder Bay, won the final spot on the World Cup team for Period 1 at … READ MORE → 0 comments

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MasterPower Cold Apply Ski Waxing System Joins Canadian National Ski Team Official Supplier Pool Program

December 02, 2016 – Cross Country Ski de fond Canada is proud to introduce the high-tech MasterPower Cold Apply Ski Waxing System as the exclusive Cold Wax system to the Canadian National Ski … READ MORE → 0 comments

Lowell Bailey [P] Nordic Focus
USA’s Bailey 15th and Burke 16th as Fourcade Dominates Men’s 20km Individual at IBU World Cup in Oestersund

December 01, 2016 (Oestersund, Sweden) – The USA’s Lowell Bailey claimed 15th with four penalties while teammate Tim Burke was 16th with three misses for a pair of top-20 finishes in the men’s … READ MORE → 0 comments

Joanne Reid [P] Nordic Focus
US Biathlon Rookie Joanne Reid Top North American in 29th @ IBU World Cup 15km in Sweden

December 01, 2016 (Oestersund, Sweden) – In only her second season of biathlon, and racing in just her fourth World Cup event, Joanne Reid (Boulder, Colo.) was the top American finisher in Wednesday’s … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 30, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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Peter Graves Honored as FIS Journalist of the Year

November 30, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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Anti-Doping Norway Proposes 14-month Ban for Johaug

November 30, 2016 (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 … READ MORE →2 comments

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

November 29, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 1 comment

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

November 29, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 28, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 27, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

Marit Bjoergen [P] Nordic Focus
Bjoergen Back on Top With Victory in Women’s 10km CL at Ruka World Cup – Diggins Solid 13th

November 27, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

Susan Dunklee (USA) [P] Nordic Focus
USA Solid 8th as Norway Takes IBU World Cup Relay at Oestersund

November 27, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

27.11.2016, Oestersund, Sweden, (SWE):
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Canada’s Crawford & Smith 7th as France’s Fourcade & Dorin-Habert Win IBU Single Mixed Relay in Oestersund

November 27, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

National Cross Country Ski Team World Cup Coach Ivan Babikov at the Frozen Thunder cross country ski track at the Canmore Nordic Centre on Saturday afternoon. photo by Pam Doyle
Interview with Ivan Babikov at his First World Cup as Canadian Coach

November 27, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

Kikkan Randall [P] Nordic Focus
Interview with Kikkan Randall on Returning to the World Cup

November 27, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 26, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

Alex Harvey [P] Nordic Focus
Harvey 25th as Norway’s Golberg Triumphs in Men’s CL Sprint at World Cup Opener in Ruka

November 26, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

Sadie Bjornsen [P] Nordic Focus
Bjornsen Leads North American Women in 17th at Sprint CL in Ruka as Nilsson Wins First Classic WCup

November 26, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 26, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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La Sgambeda 2016 Confirmed

November 26, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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USSA SuperTour #1 in Bozeman Moved to West Yellowstone

November 26, 2016 (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. … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 25, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

Katharine Ogden [P] Ian Harvey
Ogden and Caldwell Take West Yellowstone 5/10km FR Opener

November 25, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 25, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 24, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 24, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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New Heritage Suit Collection from Borah Teamwear

November 23, 2016 – 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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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2017 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Unveiled

November 23, 2016 (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. … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 22, 2016 (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. … READ MORE →3 comments

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Sad News – Olympian Donald Farley Passes Away

November 21, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 21, 2016 – 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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 20, 2016 – 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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 20, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 19, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 19, 2016 (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 … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 19, 2016 – 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. … READ MORE → 0 comments

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

November 18, 2016 (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) … READ MORE → 0 comments

Pierre Lafontaine [P] CCC

(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 → 1 comment