LatestNews Archive - February, 2006

Tuesday, February 28 Vote for XC at Silver Star
Silver Star Mountain's web site has an online poll asking visitors what their favorite thing to do at Silver Star is. Cross-country is getting killed by alpine and snowboarding, so help get us back on the board... [
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Rhonda Sandau putting in a solid time trial. Tuesday, February 28 Exel Racing Team Update: Torino Reflections - By: Rhonda Sandau
While the 20th Winter Olympiad has come to an end, it has left an every lasting expression on many Canadians, including myself. After spending the past two weeks glued to my TV and surfing the CBC's and Torino 2006's websites endlessly... [
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Giorgio Di Centa and Christian Zorzi in the 2006 Olympic Relay where they took gold Sunday, February 26 Di Centa Captures 50km Gold for Italy
In the final sprint Georgio Di Centa powered to gold and Eugeni Dementiev of Russia made a final sprint, just like in the pursuit, to capture silver. Botvinov, of the Austrian team, managed to peak at the right time again, finishing 3rd... [
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Katerina Neumannova Friday, February 24 Neumannova Sprints to 30km Gold for Czech Republic
As fatigue began to catch up with many athletes at the Olympic Games today in Torino, Czech star Katerina Neumannova showed that she is still ready to race. Neumannova took gold in the 30km skate event by out-kicking Russian Julija Tchepalova at the finish line to win... [
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Thursday, February 23 USSA to Expand XC Program Support
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association is expanding its program support of cross country skiing, according to USSA Vice President of Athletics Alan Ashley. The new initiatives, designed to impact the program for the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games... [
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Podium Wednesday, February 22 OLYMPIC GOLD!!!! for CHANDRA
Canada's Chandra Crawford stunned the women's cross-country field as she captured the gold medal in the 1.1-kilometre sprint at the Torino Olympic Winter Games Wednesday. In her first Olympic race in a week and a half, Crawford stormed to the lead early in the race on Pragelato Plan course... [
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Wednesday, February 22 Sprint Gold for Bjoern Lind
Sweden's Bjoern Lind won Olympic gold in the men's sprint today. Lind followed up on his dominance in the qualifier by winning every heat on his way to gold. The final was a tactical race that saw the silver medal go to France's Roddy Darragon... [
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Wednesday, February 22 Salomon Marathon Cup Overall Standings
The Salomon Marathon Cup Series is starting to take shape. Follow the link below to view the updated ranking list taking into account all marathons up to Sunday's Keskinada... [
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FIS Logo Transparent Tuesday, February 21 Russian Athlete Issued with a Third Start Prohibition

Pragelato, Italy - Following a third blood test conducted by FIS today, one Athlete, Nikolai Pankratov (RUS), has been issued with a third start prohibition for five consecutive days due to too high haemoglobin values... [ click to read more ]

Tuesday, February 21 FIS Olympic Medal Rankings after 26 of 38 Events
After Competition Day 10 (Monday, 20th February, 2006), the medals ranking for the FIS disciplines of Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Alpine Skiing, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard is led by Austria with six golds, five silvers and three bronzes... [
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Jeff Ellis Headshot Tuesday, February 21 Exel Racing Team Update: It Only Takes One - By: Jeff Ellis
Since I can remember I have always wanted to be an Olympian. Although I am not sure what instilled that desire it rages as strong today watching the Olympic Games in Torino as it did during the 1988 Games in Calgary. I was 9 years old when those Games were on the TV and I was glued to the screen for two reasons in particular... [
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Sunday, February 19 Italy Captures Men's Relay, Canada 11th
It was a warm and snowy day in Pragelato as Devon Kershaw got Canadian blood pounding as he led the pack through the first leg of today's 4 X 10k relay handing off to Sean Crooks from Thunder Bay. In his Olympic debut, Crooks battled hard against a strong field but faded to 14th on the second leg... [
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Russian Julija Tchepalova chasing Beckie in the women's 15km classic. It was a chase that failed and Beckie went on to win her second race of the week. Saturday, February 18 Women's Relay Gold for Russia
There was more snow falling in Pragelato today as the Women's 4 X 5k relay got underway, but waxing seemed to be less of an issue for teams compared to the previous individual race... [
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andrusveerpalu_classic.jpg Friday, February 17 Veerpalu Captures Estonia's Third Nordic Gold
Andrus Veerpalu continued Estonia's near perfect run in the Nordic events at the 2006 Winter Olympics today. Veerpalu's winning time of 38:01.3 over the 15km course was 14.5 seconds faster than Czech skier Lukas Bauer's silver medal performance... [
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Sara Renner in the 15km Duathlon World Cup in Oberstdorf, Germany in February 2004 Thursday, February 16 Smigun Gold Again in Classic, Renner 8th
Today's 10k classic race saw difficult conditions, with plus 4 temperatures and rain on the lower part of the course, and some snow falling in the upper sections. Coach Dave Wood characterized it as "an incredibly good race for Sara", who in the past has been stronger at the shorter distance events... [
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Gord Jewett Headshot Wednesday, February 15 Exel Racing Team Update: Simple Acts of Self Discipline - By: Gord Jewett
Every year it seems to be the same. All of a sudden it’s mid-February and I’m staring down the end of the season and the break from training and racing that comes with the spring flowers. Although the last events of the year are still a month and a half away, 22 of the 32 races I’m scheduled to do are behind me... [
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Sean Crooks in his first distance World Cup race. Wednesday, February 15 Crooks Good to Go in Torino
Canada's Sean Crooks passed a haemoglobin test on Wednesday morning, and is allowed to compete in the remaining events at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Pragelato, Italy... [
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Sara battles with Viola Bauer on her way to silver in the relay. Tuesday, February 14 Silver for Scott and Renner!
Beckie Scott and Sara Renner stormed their way to an Olympic silver medal in the team sprint today on the courses in Pragelato, and to get there they had to persevere, just like they have over and over again in their storied careers... [
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Swedish skier Bjorn Lind on his way to silver in the men's team sprint with partner Tobias Fredrikson Tuesday, February 14 Sweden Double Gold with Men's Relay Win
The Swedish men repeated the feat of their female compatriots today, making it a double gold day for Sweden in the Nordic events. An awesome attack from Bjoern Lind on the final leg secured gold, beating Norway by just 0.6 seconds at the line... [
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Kristina Smigun 2002 Olympics, Salt Lake City Sunday, February 12 Scott 6th in Olympic Pursuit, Smigun Gold
Canada's Beckie Scott failed to defend her Olympic Gold medal from 2002 today in the 15km pursuit in Torino but her 6th place finish nevertheless showed that her strong form continues and she should be considered a medal threat throughout the rest of the Olympics... [
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Eugeni Dementiev - Pursuit gold in Torino Sunday, February 12 Dementiev Gold in Men's Pursuit, Grey 26th
Despite the ferocious Pragelato courses, today's 30km pursuit proved to be a race of tactics until the very end. The king of the tactical race was Russian Eugeni Dementiev, who came out of nowhere and used an unmatchable kick to win Olympic Gold... [
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Leif Zimmerman Friday, February 10 U.S. Cross Country Skiers Anticipate Return
U.S. Ski Team officials anticipate that two U.S. skiers placed on a five-day 'no-start' provision will be able to compete beginning next Tuesday (Feb. 14). The two U.S. skiers were among eight athletes placed on a no-start list by the International Ski Federation after tests Wednesday... [
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Axel Teichmann headshot Friday, February 10 Olympic Heartbreak for Teichmann
Defending World Cup Champion Axel Teichmann of Germany will not be at the Olympic Games that begin today in Torino after undergoing surgery on his right thigh... [
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Thursday, February 9 3 North Americans Prohibited from Opening Olympic Events
Three North American skiers, including Canadian Sean Crooks and Americans Kikkan Randall and Leif Zimmerman, were prohibited from starting FIS competition for the next 5 days after blood tests revealed haemoglobin levels in excess of the permitted limit... [
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CXC Skiing Logo Thursday, February 9 CXC FIS SuperTour is a Wrap - By: Corey Coogan
The tremendously successful CXC FIS SuperTour Series hosted by Central Cross-Country Skiing, overcame everything mother nature threw at them to wrap up the four-week loop around the Midwest last weekend. The Capitol Square Sprints opened the series with a bang, as racers fresh from the U.S. National Championships converged on Madison... [
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Karla Mika in the 10km skate pursuit at the 2006 Eastern Canadian Championships Wednesday, February 8 Exel Racing Team Update: You gotta know when to hold em'... - By: Karla Mika
Sitting down to write my update, it seemed like months had passed rather than weeks. My last update was written right after Christmas, and I was fresh off of a relaxing holiday. Life has been somewhat of a roller coaster for me since that time. Immediately after my previous update I became sick, resorting to bed rest... [
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Salmon Marathon Cup logo Wednesday, February 8 Salomon Marathon Cup Overall Rankings
After three events, the Salomon Marathon Cup Series is now in full swing. Ranking lists take into account the best two out of three events... [
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Wednesday, February 8 Salomon makes commitment to women
Salomon, well known for its snow sports and outdoor activities, continues to develop with an even richer multi-sport, multi-product, multi-seasonal offer for active women. Today, skis, snowboards and nordic equipment as well as footwear and outdoor apparel are merchandised under the “Women Will…” label... [
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Sara on Podium in Davos Sunday, February 5 Renner Silver, Beckie 4th in Davos World Cup
The rest of the world will spend the final week leading up to the Olympics in Torino wondering just how much more the Canadian team is capable of. Just a day after Chandra Crawford stood on her first World Cup podium, Sara Renner took silver in today's 10km classic in Davos, Switzerland to capture the first distance podium result of her career... [
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Peter Northug 2006 Sunday, February 5 Norway Dominates World Junior Relays
The Norwegians were once again unstoppable today at the World Junior Championships in Slovenia. Norway took 7 of the 8 gold medals on offer this week with Peter Northug leading the way by winning every event of the week in dominating style... [
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Tara Whitten in the NorAm sprint in Canmore 2005 Sunday, February 5 Double Gold for Whitten at Eastern Canadians
Exel Racing Team's Tara Whitten made it a perfect weekend at the Eastern Canadian Championships by out-sprinting Shayla Swanson in Sunday's 10km pursuit, recording a combined time of 49:26.6... [
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Chandra Crawford partnered with Milaine Theriault to score an impressive 9th place. Saturday, February 4 Chandra Crawford 3rd in World Cup
A week ahead of the Olympic Games in Torino Canada's list of cross-country medal threats continues to swell. Chandra Crawford served notice that she's to be taken seriously in any event she enters by taking a bronze medal in today's skate sprint in Davos, Switzerland... [
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Tara Whitten Saturday, February 4 Whitten, Kuhn win Eastern Canadian Championships
Exel Racing Team's Tara Whitten, no stranger to the friendly hills of Gatineau Park, rode her Madshus skis to victory in the women’s 10 km race with a time of 17:24.8. Whitten traveled from her home in Edmonton to post her second major victory in the National Capital Region... [
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Saturday, February 4 Gaiazova 5th in U23 Pursuit
It's been one stellar result after another for Canada's Dasha Gaiazova, who closed out the Under-23 Junior World Ski Championships by hustling to a dramatic fifth-place finish in under-23 cross-country pursuit action on Saturday... [
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Alex Harvey in the 2005 Nationals Sprint in Prince George, BC Friday, February 3 Ammar 7th, Harvey 17th in World Junior Pursuit
If anyone had any doubts that there is a generation of Canadian skiers ready to take over the mantle of super star from Beckie Scott and Sara Renner they should have been erased today. Ammar sprinted to the line to tie with American Liz Stephen in the junior women's 10km pursuit event, while Alex Harvey... [
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Dasha Gaiazova on her way to 6th in the 10km classic at the 2006 U23 World Championships Thursday, February 2 Gaiazova Blazes to 6th in U23 Classic
The Canadian women continue to lead the charge at the World Junior Championships in Medvode, Slovenia. Dasha Gaiazova once again proved that she is one of the best skiers in the world with her 6th place finish in the U23 women's 10km classic... [
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Adam Kates Headshot Thursday, February 2 Exel Racing Team Update: Thunder Bay, Round Two - By: Adam Kates
After the World Cup races in Vernon and Canmore I headed home to Sault Ste. Marie for the Christmas holidays and a break from the racing schedule. The holiday break is always a time I enjoy, as it allows me to relax and reflect... [
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Amanda Ammar Headshot 2006 Wednesday, February 1 Ammar Scores Brilliant 6th at World Juniors
Canadian Amanda Ammar, who will head to the Olympics next week, put in a brilliant performance in the 5km classic race at the World Junior Championships today to post the best result by a Canadian junior since Marie-Josee Pepin's silver medal in 1989... [
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