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Subaru Factory Team Seeking Nordic Ski Technician
The Subaru Factory Team is seeking a full time assistant wax technician to work on the team ski gear from Fischer, Salomon and Swix. The Subaru Factory Team is a race team competing throughout the United States and Canada in events ranging from Nor/Am FIS Continental Cup events and US National Championships to National Loppet events including the American Ski Marathon Series. The team is made up of several Olympians and World Championship Team members. Subaru Factory Team athletes also compete world wide in World Cup, OPA Cup and World Loppet events, but the waxing position is for North American events only. This is a great opportunity to travel throughout the United States, work with a top ski organization, hone your ski technician skills and help athletes achieve their dreams. The postion is from Jan. 1, 2003 - March 31, 2003 with possibilities for long term employment. For more info email

Beckie Scott on CD
Watch Beckie Scott's Gold Medal performance at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics. Offered by XCZone, the CD-ROM contains 17 Quicktime MPEG 4 Movies, 100+ photos and 80 pages of text including a biography of Scott and a World Cup Diary. The cost is $12.00 and all the proceeds from this CD-ROM go to Beckie Scott !

Subaru Noquemanon Ski Marathon Plans for 5th Anniversary on January 25, 2003
The Subaru Noquemanon Ski Marathon and Ski Hall of Fame Half Marathon held in Marquette County, Michigan will be celebrating their 5th anniversary on January 25, 2003. Attracting over 700 cross country ski enthusiasts its first year in 1999, the race has grown to over 1,200 participants. The 55k marathon takes skiers on an incredible journey through Upper Peninsula wilderness from Ishpeming to Marquette. The half marathon follows the last half of the course from Negaunee to Marquette with a 1000-foot descent to the finish line. For registration and more information, visit or call (888)578-6489.

Contrary to earlier reports, the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) will not be broadcasting any Nordic skiing events this winter. OLN will provide coverage of FIS alpine and snowboard events only. No specific reason was given for this shift in coverage.

OLN will offer a studio show on Thursday evenings beginning in mid-January that will provide FIS highlights from that week. It is likely that there will be occasional Nordic event results and commentary, but this will be included with other FIS disciplines and will not be full event coverage.

Soldier Hollow Update
Soldier Hollow, the 2002 Olympic Nordic skiing venue, is moving rapidly ahead with its plans to become a full-blown Nordic skiing and winter recreation facility. According facility director, Howard Peterson, Soldier Hollow has joined with the Olympic Park and the Olympic ice oval under the Utah Athletic Foundation (UAF) umbrella. Soldier Hollow will still function independently, but the UAF affiliation will provide additional organizational and funding support. Solider Hollow had previously operated under the Legacy Foundation and that relationship will now be phased out.

Recent developments from Soldier Hollow include the construction of 8,000 feet of additional snowmaking to provide for eight new recently completed ski trails. The trails, ranging from 2km to 6km, are all easy to moderate in degree of difficulty and are intended to compliment the challenging trails used for Olympic competition. Also recently completed is a tubing facility complete with snowmaking capability. Still under development is a Nordic skiing terrain park.

Team Back on Snow in Fairbanks
United States Ski Team Coach Trond Nystad reported the cross country racers had an outstanding training camp at Birch Hill Recreation Area in Fairbanks, Alaska as they headed toward the first round of Nor Am Continental Cup races.

The opening races were held Nov. 9-10 at Birch Hill, followed by races over Thanksgiving Weekend in West Yellowstone, MT. The Continental Cup schedule then swings to Canada for races before Christmas at Sovereign Lake, BC and Rossland, BC.

"The camp's been great although I wish we had a little more snow," Nystad said. "It's decent, though, and good enough for us to ski," he said. The national team trains in the morning for up to three hours with another session in the afternoon; John Estle, former U.S. head coach who is one of the lead organizers in Fairbanks, and his staff have arranged for the athletes to train two or thee days a week at the Fairbanks Athletic Club. U.S. Nordic Combined skiers also are training in Fairbanks, he said. "The major thing for us has been to get to sea level and get a lot of skiing done, and we're doing it," the coach said. "At sea level, we're able to move a lot faster, so that's been good."

"Right now, they're all looking good. It's kind of hard to say because we haven't had a lot of intensity yet, so they're all looking strong. Kris Freeman has been under the weather but he's working to get healthy again.

"The team is extremely positive and everyone's working well together. It's a good group," he said. "Everything's lined up right for us to be successful."

The World Cup season opens Nov. 23-24 in Kiruna, Sweden, but U.S. skiers will be training or racing in North America until after the Chevy Truck U.S. Cross Country Championships in early January in Rumford, ME. Nystad said the World Championships team will have a couple of World Cup races before Worlds in Val diFiemme, Italy, in addition to Freeman and others competing in the first although unofficial U-23 Championships near Bormio, Italy, before the Worlds.

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