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OCCUPY APRILL: RETHINKING THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RACE SEASON SCHEDULE

Competitive EdgeThe international 2011-12 race season got off to a chaotic start with a dozen or so of the earliest northern European races cancelled or moved due to warm weather and low snow. Those venues able to provide earliest season skiing did so at an extraordinary resource cost.

Thousands of euros were spent before the U.S. Thanksgiving to provide one to three kilometers of thin and  ... Read more >

SKIING WITH THE STARSIt’s not every day you get to ski with the three best cross country skiers in the United States. Participants at the 2011 Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA) conference this past April, however, enjoyed just that opportunity. Thanks to the generosity of Peter Ashley of Fischer Skis and CCSAA, Kris Freeman, Andy Newell and Kikkan Randall joined conference attendees for dinner, with each addressing the crowd and relating their views on skiing, competing on the international stage and the value of the sport.

Sitting with Kris Freeman for dinner was a thrill; he is truly a gentleman and an excellent ambassador for our sport. A silent auction of a pair of his skis that ... Read more >

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IT FEELS GREAT!

TAKE AN ICE BATH — IT FEELS GREAT!What? Seriously? Yes. Immersing your muscles in cold water has been a growing recovery technique used by athletes all over the world, including cross country skiers. The cold water helps treat the muscle soreness, strain and inflammation that you experience after a hard workout. It is also said to prevent the breakdown of muscle tissues and help stimulate muscle cells to start repairing the “micro tears” in your muscles.

Here’s how you do it. Fill a tub with enough cold water (between 5-12º C) to cover your  ... Read more >

The Finnhook is a versatile , ergonomic , and easy-to-use wellness product that provides the benefits of massage, acupressure and trigger point therapy all in one.

The Finnhook is a versatile , ergonomic , and easy-to-use wellness product that provides the benefits of massage, acupressure and trigger point therapy all in one.After almost 15 years of training and competition I have my first nagging injury. Still trying to maintain my training hours and mobility, I have had to become creative and diligent about my recovery process. I have learned a lot from my injury, including how long the healing process takes, how much time I must spend stretching to recover faster and how much the Finnhook helps me get out the  ... Read more >

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