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Cross Country Skier is the Journal of Nordic Skiing. Published during the height of the ski season with November/December and January/February issues, each includes feature articles, destinations, helpful information and perspectives from a variety of columnists, training and technique tips, ski club, personality, and event features; and high performance and racing for the more competitive members of our audience.

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Nordic Nation

Compiled and Edited by Allison Slavick

Preparations for the largest gathering of international athletes since Sochi 2014 continue with the launch of the volunteer program for Cable 2015, including a video aimed at attracting recruits.

Organizers of the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships taking place in Cable, Wisconsin, USA, from January 22 - February 1, have launched their volunteer program aimed at recruiting the multitude of helpers needed to host such a prestigious international event.

The volunteer program allows individuals and groups to participate in the World Championships by helping to fill key roles and provides them with a behind the scenes glimpse into a major international competition. Depending on the length of service, volunteers can receive meals and accommodation along with complimentary merchandise.

The IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships will need between 350-400 volunteers over the 12 days of the event. Volunteer opportunities include helping with the start and finish line areas, course patrol, biathlon range, press services, security and crowd control, stadium set-up, race administration, medical and much more. Opportunities include both inside and outside spaces.

To sign up as a volunteer for Cable 2015 go to: www.Cable2015.com/volunteering

Cable 2015 is expected to gather around 150 athletes from 20 countries less than one year after the most successful Paralympic Winter Games ever took place in Sochi, Russia.

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IPC Nordic Calendar Set for 2014-15 Season

IPC Nordic Skiing has announced the 2014-15 season calendar, which features four World Cups, including the first ever in South Korea, and the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships.

The World Cup season, which follows on from the most successful Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, is set to begin from 10-17 December in Vuokatti, Finland, a favorite destination on the para-Nordic skiing circuit, where athletes will compete in cross-country and biathlon races.

Then, between 22 January and 1 February, the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships will take place in Cable, Wisconsin, USA.

Days later, between 4-11 February, the circuit will move to PyeongChang, South Korea, the host city of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games for the first ever World Cup there.

Cross country races will then be staged at a World Cup in Hokkaido, Japan, from 13-18 February.

Rounding off the calendar is a return to Europe, to Surnadal, Norway, for biathlon and cross-country World Cup Finals from 16-22 March.

In 2013-14, the Russian trio of Roman Petushkov, Rushan Minnegulov and Stanislav Chokhlaev dominated the men's cross-country World Cup in sitting, standing and visually impaired classifications.

World champion Petushkov went on to sweep five individual golds at Sochi 2014 across biathlon and cross-country and was part of the winning relay team which also included Minnegulov. He also won the overall men's sitting biathlon World Cup crown.

A stunning performance in the standing class in both bi ... ... read entire story here...

Madshus Establishes Peter Hale Memorial Sponsorship Program

Nordic ski company Madshus has announced the launch of the first annual Peter Hale Memorial Sponsorship Program. Each year Madshus will select one promising young male and female athlete to receive a full Madshus set up of skis, bindings, boots and poles. The inaugural sponsorship recipients will be announced Fall 2014.

Peter Hale committed his life to the Nordic skiing community through his many years as the Race Director for Madshus. After a long battle with cancer, Peter Evarts Hale (66) passed away on November 17, 2013 in his hometown of Bozeman, Montana. The Nordic community lost a great influencer, but through his sponsorship program, Peter’s legacy will leave a great mark on the racing community and Nordic industry at large.

Throughout his career, Peter supported countless up-and-coming Nordic racers with Madshus racing equipment. He was constantly seeking out the next great talent and always there to lend support on race day. Peter had a keen eye for spotting young talent, and many of the athletes he helped sign to Madshus have gone on to achieve national and international success. “Peter had the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met. He believed in me from the moment he met me,” comments US Ski Team athlete Noah Hoffman. “In his role as a Madshus rep, he did everything in his power to help me be as successful as possible. He is greatly missed.”

Sponsorships will be awarded based on nominations submitted to Madshus and will take into account the following criteria:

  • High school-aged athlete (14 to 18 years)
  • Demonstrates an unwavering commitment to Nordic Skiing within his/her community
  • An exceptional ambassador for the sport
  • Dem ... ... read entire story here...

    Pilates and The Core Centered Skier

    Lauri Ann Stricker

    What does it take to be a powerful, smooth, energy-efficient skier? A skier with rhythm and flow, gliding seamlessly from one movement to the next?

    Just about any skier can become an energy-efficient gliding machine. To be smooth and yet powerful, to feel that your skis are an extension of your body, requires core-centered movement. Core-centered skiing means tapping into what Joseph Pilates referred to as the “powerhouse.” The powerhouse refers to the muscles of the torso: hips, abdominals, chest, back and shoulders. Pilates targets these muscles and can help you become a stronger, smoother and more powerful skier.

    Skiing requires proper alignment, lower-body fitness, core strength and a strong mind-body connection. Muscle imbalances in the legs, such as tight or weak hamstrings, coupled with overly powerful quadriceps, can leave the ankles, knees, hips and back vulnerable to injury.

    As a cross country skier, you’ll appreciate the additional core strength gained from Pilates. Tapping into a strong core, you’ll improve your balance, agility and be more in control. By tightening your core, you’ll reduce impact on your back, hips and knees. As you improve your flexibility and core strength, your alignment will improve and so will your technique.

    If your hips and core muscles are not strong, or if your muscles are inflexible, you will be challenged every step of the way. Moving from your center, balancing your muscles and improving your flexibility go a long way to improving your technique, your endurance and will help you avoid injury. Over the past 60 years, the Pilates method of body conditioning has trained athletes how to effectively strengthen and move from their core.

    Pilates helps skiers to accomplish three things: prevent spo ... ... read entire story here...

    American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Appoints New Director of Race Operations

    Allan Serrano Family (1200x900)

    The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) has appointed Allan Serrano as its new Director of Race Operations. Serrano will replace Shellie Milford—who served in various capacities for 13 years and then Director of Race Operations for the past 15 years—announced her retirement earlier this year. Serrano and his family will be relocating from New Paltz, NY. He assumes the ABSF position on September 15, 2014, and will work with Milford until her departure in March of 2015.

    “Allan comes to the Birkie with a wealth of knowledge of Nordic ski racing. As we continue the tradition of excellence that the Birkie is known for, Allan’s skills will be put to good use immediately. We look forward to welcoming Allan and his family to our community,” said Sue Scheer, Board President, American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.

    Serrano brings to the American Birkebeiner his experience in leadership and management needed to be a successful Race Director. “I have a sense of the pride and ownership embodied in the greater community surrounding the Birkie. The brand is successful due to the diligent work of staff and volunteers over the years. I see the critical mission of this position is working with the Chiefs and volunteers to uphold the tradition and values, as well as developing changes to keep the experience current for all of the constituent groups,” Serrano said.

    Previously, Serrano has served as an International Ski Federation (FIS) Technical Delegate which has created opportunities for him to work with race organizers and regional event staff. Serrano’s technical, communication, and organizational skil ... ... read entire story here...

    Dryland Drills

    Training exercises and drills will help improve endurance, strength and technique. Whether you are a strictly recreational skier, or on the road for a race most weekends, better technique and endurance will make things a lot more fun.

    The quest for better fitness and better technique never ends. For the dedicated – some might say the hard core – summer is the time to build the endurance base, strengthen the core, and work on basic technique.

    Experts will tell you that successful skiers are formed in the off-season, so here are some drills to keep you focused through the low-snow months. Most of these drills require just the basics – you and your shoes. And no poles, unless specified.

    While many of these drills are commonly used by coaches across the country, this compilation is derived from a comprehensive collection of drills distributed at local clinics by coaches Rob Bradlee and Jim Stock.

    Classic Technique Dryland Drills

    Basic Athletic Position (BAP)

    Many of these drills start with the basic athletic position (BAP), a relaxed athletic stance. Your pelvis is in a neutral position (as in the start of a crunch), ankles and knees are bent, and your shoulders are relaxed and rounded.


    Arm Swing Drill

    Swing your arms easily, with your hands and fingers loose and relaxed. As you swing to the front, your hands should come as high as your face. Make sure to relax the shoulders and let your arm hang loose in the socket. Do not rotate your shoulders around the spine. Try swinging your arms faster and faster, but stay relaxed.


    Arm and Leg Swing Drill

    This drill is great for balance. Assume the BAP stance. Swing one leg about 15 times, then switch to ... ... read entire story here...

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