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Erika Flowers is a full-time Nordie, racing for the SMS Elite Team out of Stratton, Vermont. She learned to ski on the trails of the West, taking her first strides with the Bridger Ski Foundation in Bozeman, Montana and later competing at the NCAA level for Dartmouth College. She turned her passion into a full-time Olympic endeavor and started blogging about it, sharing the trials, successes and failures of a person pursuing a dream. Her weekly musings cover everything from the joys of a perfect extra-blue day to the challenges of setting goals and falling short along with the wisdom learned (and sometimes forgotten) along the way. Her stories of training, racing, waxing, eating, and living life on the road as a professional cross-country skier provide an open door into the world of Nordic skiing.

The Top Step

I once had a coach tell me, “You are getting better…just not fast enough.” I’ve always thought of myself as a very coachable athlete, absorbing every nugget of advice and tackling it with laser, sometimes obsessive, focus. But, despite my measured improvement from year to year, those few words brushed […]

Frictional Partners: On Tour With Dr. Wax

While delving into the origin of the Swix hat (see “Hat Trick” in issue 36.2), I heard that Leif Torgersen had died. Harald Bjerke confirmed it in a touching email: “Leif died in January 2012, 68 years old, completely unexpectedly after skiing 30km, taking a nap and planning to ski another […]

Martin Johnsrud Sundby Stripped of 2014/15 World Cup and Tour de Ski Titles Following Court of Arbitration for Sport Ruling

Martin Johnsrud Sundby has been stripped of his 2014/15 World Cup title—one of three he had to his name—as well as his Tour de Ski title from that season. “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against Norwegian Cross-Country Skier […]

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