May 08, 2012 – Canadian XC ski sensation, Devon Kershaw, recently tweeted a photo of himself at the summit of the 1,912m Mont Ventoux of Tour de France cycling fame. It was not aboard a bicycle that he climbed to the top of the peak via its 21 switchbacks, but with rollerskis. Check out the cool image HERE.
September 21, 2011 – The Climb to the Castle was the culmination of the Lake Placid NENSA camp for many of the participants…. But Friday’s workout was also challenging, in a different way.
After an easy distance day on Thursday, Friday morning dawned cold and clear reminding athletes and coaches alike that winter will be here before you know it! As the coaches headed to the jumps via vans, the skiers rolled to the venue as part of their warmup. That was just the beginning though, because the workout that lay ahead required a very thorough full range warm up to ensure the muscles not only fired quickly, but also to stave off potential for injury in the unaccustomed cold weather.
This was a classic speed session and with the opportunity to go head to head with some of the fastest skiers in the country, it was bound to push everyone beyond their comfort level. Three stations were set up each for men and women: standing starts, overspeed and starts from a rolling start. about 8 starts at each station with 2- 3 minutes rest in between each one, made for a full morning. This is not only a fun one to watch, but it tends to be a rewarding workout for the athletes because improvements are quick to come especially when going head to head with others.
After a good cool down and an easy afternoon run, everyone was ready for Saturday’s Climb to the Castle! This year’s NENSA group was slightly older than in the past (selected was based on Elite team, lowest USSA ranking points). Bringing together our best athletes proved day after day that it is beneficial for improvement, as well as fun training in a different environment with different people.
A big thanks to the USST staff for enabling us all to train alongside them, to Amy Caldwell for helping coach the NENSA group and to Craftsbury’s Pepa Milocheva who brought the Green Team over, and collaborated with transport and coaching.
September 12, 2011 (Barrie, ON) – Here are some video highlights from the 2011 Southern Ontario High Performance Training Camp, hosted by Team Hardwood and at Hardwood Ski and Bike, Aug 27-31. This five-day camp featured over 100 athletes and 30 coaches from Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland, including the National Team Development Centre in Thunder Bay. Guest athletes from the National Ski Team included Len Valjas and Mike Somppi.
June 23, 2011 – Check out this great video of Andy Newell, Garrott Kuzzy, Sam Tarling, Skyler Davis, Bryan Cook, and the rest of the SMS crew as they rollerski on some of the best roads in Vermont this summer.
June 20, 2011 (Orono, ME) – The weather was perfect for the Learn to Rollerski Clinic held today in Orono, ME. Bluebird skies and a slight breeze kept both skiers and coaches cool as they skied around the obstacle course and through the drills that Lauren Jacobs (MWSC) created. 8 participants showed up from the greater Bangor area, looking to try their hand at rollerskiing and pick up some fun summer training tips. The day started with safety, moved onto drills & stations, and finished with a stellar laser biathlon relay challenge. Thanks to Penobscot Valley Ski Club, Emily Cartwright, Maine Winter Sports Center, and Lauren Jacobs for putting on such a fun and informative clinic!
June 20, 2011 (Val di Fiemme, Italy) – The FIS Rollerski World Cup kicks off next week in Bessand, France. On June 11-12, rollerski technical delegates met in Val di Fiemme at a seminar. Eleven participants from seven countries were warmly welcomed in Val di Fiemme, which will host FIS Nordic World Championships 2013 and also became organizer of the FIS Rollerski World Championships in 2015. Participants of the seminar got an update on rollerski rules and talked about challenges in organizing of rollerski competitions. Technical delegates also inspected possible Rollerksi World Championships courses for 2015. Final part of the seminar was reserved to examinations and three participants got FIS Rollerski TD license.
June 17, 2011 – The Canadian XC Ski Team is in Hawaii for its second off-season training camp. “We are going to be on Maui ten days doing altitude training on Haleakala volcano,” said Canada’s head coach Justin Wadsworth.
Devon Kershaw, Alex Harvey, Ivan Babikov, Lenny Valjas, Chandra Crawford and Perianne Jones will carry out volume and intensity training. “We will particularly focus on long uphill climbing rollerskiing and good technique,” revealed Wadsworth.
The Canadian team gathered this month for its second off-season training camp. Kershaw, Harvey and Co. carried out the first one together with the U.S ski team at Mount Bachelor, Oregon. Both national teams praised good snow conditions and excellent joint training sessions.
Canada’s head coach Justin Wadsworth decided to go Hawaii because of June weather conditions in Canmore. “It’s a perfect time to get out of Canmore as June is the rainy season there. The locals call it “monsoon June,” he explained.
Cross-Country Canada team gathers every month for a team training camp that usually lasts two weeks. “The next one is going to be on-snow at the Beckie Scott Training center on the Haig Glacier just outside of Canmore. There we will have both our World Cup Team, as well as our Senior Development team focusing on distance training on skis,” revealed Wadsworth plans for upcoming weeks.
June 16, 2011 – Italy’s Simone Paredi and Guro Stroem Solli of Norway will try to defend their Roller Skiing World Cup titles from the 2010 season as the FIS Roller Skiing World Cup 2011 kicks off on 25th June in Bessans, France.
Paredi dominated last season’s series and collected 641 points. Runner-up Ragnar Bragvin Andresen of Norway lost to Paredi in the overall standings by only four points and will have a chance to pay back this year. Sweden’s Anders Svanebo occupied third place with 614 points.
On the ladies’ side Norway’s Guro Stroem Solli clearly dominated the World Cup standings last season with 774 points and edged out two Russians, Elena Rodina and Evgenia Kurochkina.
The FIS Roller Skiing World Cup 2011 will feature 15 races in four countries. After Bessans, France where a mass start and an uphill race will be carried out, the circuit will visit traditional places such as Bad Peterstal and Markleeberg in Germany. The two final events this summer will take place in Oroslavje, Croatia, on 17-18th September.
The main season highlight, however, will be the FIS Roller Skiing World Championships that will be held in Aure and Kristiansund in Norway from 9-13th August. The World Championships kick off on Tuesday, August 9 with 10 km classic uphill race for ladies and men. Following day, the roller skiing specialists will fight for titles in a 24 km mass start in free technique. On 12th August the Championship action will move to Kristiansund for relays in free technique. The final set of medals will be handed over on Saturday, 13th August for the 200 meter sprint.
June 15, 2011 (Middlebury, VT) – Check out details about an upcoming rollerski clinic in Middlebury, VT led by Garrott Kuzzy, Cam Mackugler, Andrew Gardner, and Abby Weissman on July 6.
Join Garrott Kuzzy (CXC), Andrew Gardner (Middlebury), Cam Mackugler (Frost Mountain), and Abby Weissman (NENSA) for this intro level clinic. There will be a Juniors clinic from 4-5 and a Masters clinic from 5:30-7:30. Learn some new techniques or brush up on your form with some of the area’s best coaches.
The clinic will be split into groups based on experience. Lessons will be focused on technique, safety, and fun. NENSA has a limited number of rollerskis so email Abby Weissman (email@example.com) if you need a pair. Please don’t forget to bring a helmet, poles (with road ferrules), boots, and a reflective vest or shirt.
Clinic size will be limited to 20 skiers, so sign up early!
Full event info (including registration link) HERE!
June 14, 2011 – The U.S. Ski Team women are inviting women’s cross country ski teams and summer training groups throughout North America to participate in a video challenge. Rally your team, training group, or summer training camp and send in a video of your summer training experience by July 15, 2011!
- Bring together all women ski training in North America for one project
- Emphasize the importance of group training sessions
- Celebrate and generate awareness of the number of women training in North America
- Take a step back to remember what is fun about skiing for you and your team
- 3 minutes in length
- Include a brief introduction to the team or training group
- Video should show your group training together
- Humor and hardcore training are encouraged!
- The color pink is recommended
U.S. Ski Team’s Entry:
To submit your video: Upload it to www.youtube.com and title your video “U.S. Ski Team Women’s Video challenge – (team/group name)”, and send the link and a brief description of your training group to firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep your link “unlisted” until July 15th. All videos must be submitted by July 15th. The online video festival will begin on July 20th. All videos will be featured on the USSA Nordic Facebook channel.
April 30, 2011 – FIS will be presenting a cross-country homologation seminar in Falun, Sweden from May 20-22, 2011. The core content will include group works in order to design a venue that will promote the Cross-Country sport in the best way, and thus attract spectators and media to the venue during competitions and TV viewers to switch on their TV equipment.The aim of this seminar is three-fold:
- to provide re-certification to existing Homologation Inspectors,
- to train new FIS and National Homologation Inspectors and
- to provide education to those who design cross-country skiing facilities that will be used for any level of competition.
This seminar is purposely set on the 2015 FIS WSC venue in Falun so that an understanding of the processes of redeveloping trails in order to adapt them to the competition formats that are now included in the WSC Cross-Country program.