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    Diggins Reacts to World Cup Schedule Changes

    This season FIS changed the World Cup schedule by eliminating 5km races for women, eliminating all relays and reducing the number of skiathlons and team sprints to one each. For the most part, these changes match the Olympic cross country schedule, which features a skiathlon and a team sprint but […]

    U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover on The World Cup Schedule, TV and making Cross Country Ski Racing Easier to Digest

    By November 24th, the best cross-country skiers in the world will make their annual pilgrimage to northern Finland to kick off the opening races of the World Cup season. This year, however, their schedule looks a bit different. The 2017-2018 World Cup Calendar decreases the variation in race distances and formats, a change that aims to build interest in the sport but has created frustration among some of its athletes. The current World Cup schedule features primarily 10kms (15km for men) and sprint races, includes a single skiathlon, a single team sprint and a single 30/50km. It also eliminates all 5/10kms and team relay events. The World Cup schedule has historically boasted a wide range of race formats from the 2.5km prologue to 20km mass starts. The more uniform schedule simplifies the sport, but at what cost?

    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 […]

    Nordic Nation

    “An important component of the CXC Marathon Cup will be masters and citizen skiers competing in the series,” said Yuriy Gusev, CXC executive director and athletic director. “We encourage clubs and teams to compete as well and look forward to seeing the growth and collaboration of clubs and master skiers […]

    Nordic Nation

    Compiled and Edited by Allison Slavick A furious start to the 30k Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway on March 15 set the stage for aggressive racing and impressive performances from the U.S. women competing in the famed race to close the World Cup season. Liz Stephen finished ninth, tying her own USA-best-ever 30k […]

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    Nordic Nation

      Compiled and Edited by Allison Slavick Women’s Ski Jumping U.S.A has hired a new traveling coach to work alongside head coach Alan Alborn as the duo leads the world’s top-ranked team into the 2014 World Cup and Olympic Winter Games season. Norwegian Erik Renmaelmo, who started December 1, joins Alborn, a […]