Craftsbury to Hire Biathlon Coach



Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury Common, Vermonts is seeking to hire a Biathlon Coach to start in the late Spring/early Summer of 2014. This is a full-time position; the coach will also be expected to participate in other projects and activities at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center as time permits. Compensation includes most meals, and a place to live. 

Coaching responsibilities would include the following athlete groups:
o    Green Racing Project: developing senior athletes
o    Juniors: both introductory and experienced (aiming for Jr National Team)
o    Youth: development programming
o    Any possible collaboration with USBA on Development Programming or supporting visiting National Team biathletes

Oversee all biathlon programming at ... ... read entire story here...


Maine Winter Sports Center Ready for May 1 Relauch



Since announcing in February that it was losing its funding, the Maine Winter Sports Center in Caribous has been actively engaged in preparing for a re-launch on May 1st, with a new funding model and new board. Those efforts include a $1.1 million fundraising campaign that is scheduled to end on April 30th.

"We still have a lot of work to do on the fundraising campaign in the next few weeks," said Andy Shepard, President of the Maine Winter Sports Center. "We have a total of $800,000 in funding at this point, but we're still short of the $1.1 million it will take to run our programs for the full year. We have 2 weeks to go in our campaign, so if there ... ... read entire story here...


Paralympics Update



Canada's Brian McKeever, with guide Erik Carleton, raced to his third Paralympic title at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games on Sunday, March 16, winning the men's 10km visually impaired cross-country skiing event in a time of 23:18.1.

Russia's Stanislav Chokhlaev (23:25.1) and France's Thomas Clarion (24:14.9) finished second and third behind McKeever, who claimed his 10th-career Paralympic gold in Nordic skiing.

McKeever, who became the first Winter Paralympian from Canada to win 10 career golds, has yet to make up his mind about whether he will retire before the PyeongChang 2018 Games.

"We're going to leave the door open," McKeever said. "We're getting a little long in the tooth, but now is not the tim ... ... read entire story here...


Growing the Sport Norway-Style



Heidi Hill

My daughter considered being Kikkan Randall for Halloween. The dilemma was that people wouldn’t know who she was. So she went as Red Sox baseball player Dustin Pedroia instead. The team had won the World Series the night before so her costume was well received.

In Norway, the country’s top skiers are household names. Sports celebrities. Being the country of origin for cross country skiing helps drive the sport’s popularity. But U.S. Cross Country Ski Team members are attracting attention with best-ever performances. What does it take to move the sport into mainstream visibility and grow its numbers, starting with our youngest skiers?

I spoke to Inge Scheve, a Norwegian-born skier, who moved to the United States to attend the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Scheve now divides he ... ... read entire story here...


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