LatestNews Archive - December, 2001

Monday, December 31 Lappe Time Trial Results
A few brave souls braved cold temperatures and very high winds to ski a time trial at Lappe Nordic centre. Frozen body parts and slow skis no matter what the wax were the standard of the day..... [
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Monday, December 31 Junior National Team Update: Mental Preparation - By: Andrew Leoni
Now that the brunt of this year's physical preparation for the race season is completed, athletes everywhere are getting into the main competitive season. If the physical training up to this point has gone according to plan, most of us will be rising... [
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Sunday, December 30 Kempple, Wadsworth qualify for Olympics With Gold Cup Win
In the December 29th USA Gold Cup race, Nina Kemppel (Anchorage) and Justin Wadsworth (Bend, OR) became the first U.S. skiers to qualify for the Winter Olympics. For Kemppel, her decisive 30-second win means she will become the first U.S. skier to compete in four Olympic Games. Justin..... [
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Saturday, December 29 X-C.com Update - By: Werner Schwar
The beginning to this season was some of the most rock skiing I have ever done in my life. It was a good test of my resolve and dedication. In a sick and demented way it presented a challenge. Just how little snow could one ski on, for how long and why even bother? Perhaps I need a shrink, or I am addicted to the feeling of gliding on snow, no matter how thin it is... [
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Friday, December 28 Sachenbacher, Zorzi take World Cup Sprints, Koos 20th
The fastest skier from the qualification, Germany's Ewi Sachenbacher, won Thursday's women's cross-country sprint in Partenkirchen. She was very strong in the final and was followed by Italy's Valbusa, Norway's Sorkmo and Paruzzi... [
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Thursday, December 27 Yultide Ski Blast
This years field for the Yultide Ski Blast Held on Sat Dec 22 was the largest yet as 100 skiers took part. Those risking the ascent into the Highlands south of Collingwood were provided the opportunity to do battle all day long for both individual and club honours. The... [
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Thursday, December 27 Lappe Boxing Day Classic
Cross country skiers in Thunder Bay are now a happy bunch. The snow we received on Saturday has been enough to allow Lappe to open. The Boxing Day Classic was held on December 26th.... [
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Thursday, December 27 Phil's XC Journal #14 - By: Phil Villeneuve
Two weeks away and besides a few new houses that have sprouted up and the commercial projects getting higher, not much has really changed in Canmore. The snow is still as patchy as when I left with the exception of a huge extra 2km of newly laid concrete (man made snow) around the Nordic Centre. But hey, it's better than nothing right... [
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Thursday, December 27 World Junior Trials/ Eastern Canadians Update
The World Junior Championship Trials and Eastern Canadian Championships will proceed as scheduled in Charlo, New Brunswick. The events are presently planned to take place on a golf course, close to the ski area. It is a hilly golf course and a 5km trail is available that will meet... [
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Thursday, December 27 Staying Sharp At Christmas - By: Shane Stevens
So far this year, on the North American racing scene, the big news is that there hasn't been much real racing. With all the cancellations of the Eastern Continental Cups, we've been forced to organize our own time trials and look for regional races around Canmore and Calgary. Most skiers here...[... [
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Monday, December 24 Bjordalen To Ski Biathlon and XC?
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen has pushed Per Elofsson in 2 cross-country skating events this season and is qualified for the Olympics in biathlon and cross-country... [
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Monday, December 24 Water Intake - By: John Berardi
Adequate water is an important part of any athletic regimen but it is often neglected. How much water is needed is a controversial topic in the popular literature. Let's look to the science. When looking at the research, there is... [
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Saturday, December 22 Carl Swenson 11th in World Cup
Ramsau, Austria - The USA's North American Continental Cup leader Carl Swenson had another fantastic result today, finishing 11th in the men's 30km mass start World Cup skate race, less than 50 seconds behind the winner Per Elofsson of Sweden. The 30k mass start... [
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Friday, December 21 Subaru World Junior Trials and Eastern Canadians Update
Presently the ski conditions in Charlo, NB are marginal. There is a potential local option for running the events if the Canada Games trail's don't receive the necessary amount of snow. Charlo usually receives significant quantities of snow so there is still not a great deal...[... [
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Friday, December 21 News and Criteria Changes From CCC
Due to the cancellation of the Telemark and Fairbanks events the 2000/2001 Continental Cup winners will be determined based on their best 6 of 9 racesl... [
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Thursday, December 20 XC Ottawa Update - By: David Zylberberg
Given that skiing is different from any dryland training methods, most skiers find that they need some time adjusting to snow before they are ready to race. In order to do this early skiing, the members of XC Ottawa, accompanied by coaches Pavol... [
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Wednesday, December 19 Canadians in Ramsau Continental Cup
Several Canadian men were in Ramsau, AUT on December 16th to contest a European Continental Cup race. Carl Swenson was the top North American in 9th place, behind winner Achim... [
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Wednesday, December 19 Podium 2010: Stategies Priority 5
To date the Podium 2010 strategies have generated considerable activity and interest in club and divisional programs. The initiatives have been circulated among pertinent athlete development committees, been the subject of planning workshops and have been posted on club and divisional websites. We hope that you will use this information to assist with... [
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Wednesday, December 19 Snow: The Science Behind It - By: Tasha Betcherman
The scientist responsible for pioneering the study of snow crystals was undoubtedly Wilson A. Bentley. He is the man behind the phrase we all remember from our childhood "no two snowflakes are alike". He made this discovery in Jericho, Vermont (1865-1931). A self educated farmer, Bentley attracted...... [
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Wednesday, December 19 3 Canadians Crack Top 10 in World Cup Sprint
By: Editor Today will certainly be a day to remember in Canadian ski history. Canadian's made history in the 1500m classic sprint races in Asiago, Italy, placing three women in the top ten! Beckie Scott qualified in 3rd place, Milaine Theriault 5th and Sara Renner 9th. After the elimination heats these results... [
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Tuesday, December 18 Vauhti Fox Gel Application
FoxGel is a liquid fluor "glide wax" that is used as a final layer. It works exceptionally well in all snow conditions. Package net weight is approx. 50g. The contents covers 15 - 40 pairs of skis...[... [
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Tuesday, December 18 Mt. Washington, BC Update
We've got lots of snow here at Mt Washington on Vancouver Island. Our base is now 196 cm with 41 cm in the last 48 hours which made it a snowy weekend forcing us to postpone our first club sprint race of the year from Saturday to Sunday. Phil Parkes organized a great race on a technical... [
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Tuesday, December 18 Junior National Team Update: Sprinting in Silver Star - By: Chandra Crawford
Am I ready? Am I ready? I have trained all summer for this! Am I shaking? Am I steady? Once again I have to piss. My skis are ready, they will... [
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Monday, December 17 Snowmaking: A Matter of Survival - By: Stephane Barrette
As we are all still frustrated and numbed from the December Continental cups fiasco, the debate rages about how to avoid this unpleasant and unproductive situation in the future. Even though it's commonly accepted in our sport that Mother Nature has the last say and that's just... [
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Sunday, December 16 Canmore Time Trial Results
Yesterday was the Devonian skate race in Canmore. The race is a penalized format with slower skiers getting a head start. Complete times and results are not available, but several Training Centre and National Team skiers started together at the back... [
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Sunday, December 16 Dryden, Ontario Time Trial Results
Cross country skiers continue to search for snow and trails to race on in eastern Canada. A group of elite skiers from Ottawa and Thunder Bay converged on Dryden this weekend for training and a time trial. Conditions... [
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Sunday, December 16 Canadians Close in World Cup Relay
Davos, Switzerland - The Canadian Women's team proved today that their World Cup Silver medal and best-ever Canadian relay World Championship results last year were no fluke. The team is on track for a best-ever Canadian Olympic showing in 2002... [
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Saturday, December 15 Podium 2010: Strategies Priority 3
PRIORITY #3: Increase the number of full-time paid, club coaches. End Result: All clubs have the information needed to begin the process of hiring a full-time coach and will have been told the benefits of doing so... [
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Saturday, December 15 Podium 2010: Strategies Priority 4
PRIORITY #4: Improve the quality of coaching for children ages 6-14. End Result: Increase #ís of Competitive Skiers... [
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Saturday, December 15 Another Good Day for Scott on World Cup
Davos, Switzerland -- Beckie Scott from Vermillion, Alberta continues to lead her Canadian teammates through a strong pre-Christmas World Cup tour. Scott finished 13th today in the Women's 10km classic style race in Davos, Switzerland... [
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Saturday, December 15 Scott 13th in Davos World Cup
Canada's Beckie Scott used the Davos World Cup to once again display her top classic form, finishing 13th in the 10km classic race. Scott was 1 minute and 14.1 seconds behind Norwegian winner Bente Skari. Skari dominated the race winning by 42.4 seconds over Kristina Smiguna..... [
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Friday, December 14 NSDT Update: The Elusive Grip - By: Erik Carleton
Waxing kick wax for cross country ski racing can be quite a challenge. With conditions ranging from dry to wet, new to transformed, proper waxing is an intricate skill. It is safe to say that the right wax choice can decide the race, especially in more difficult waxing conditions. At... [
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Thursday, December 13 COP Sprint Results
Top 4 results from yesterday's night sprint races at Canada Olympic Park (COP) in Calgary. Top 16 qualified for four person elimination rounds. Complete results will be posted as soon as the are available... [
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Wednesday, December 12 Continental Cup Results- Urlichen, Switzerland
Unofficial results from Sunday's 15km skate European Continental Cup race. The conditions changed from +10C to -12C overnight before the race and transformed the slow and dirty course into boiler plate conditions. The icy conditions... [
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Wednesday, December 12 Podium 2010: Strategies Priority 2
PRIORITY #2: Increase the quality and number of athlete incentives (trips, recognition, finances). End Result: Retain X% of athletes after 3-4 years. "Get involved, stay involved"...[... [
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Wednesday, December 12 Phil's XC Journal #13 - By: Phil Villeneuve
It's down to crunch time and I get the feeling I need to clear up a few things before the big decision is made regarding our attempt at making the Olympic standard. I've always believed, from the point I actually made my decision (and believe me when I say it wasn't an easy one) that I...[... [
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Wednesday, December 12 The Women's Blur Tour - By: Sara Renner
We started the season pretty much where we left off. Beckie blasted off from the start in Cogne, Italy and scored two top ten performances and the remainder of the women's team collected good FIS points and proved that we are easily within striking distance of the top... [
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Wednesday, December 12 Americans Hit Stride at Brusson World Cup
Carl Swenson skied an incredible race at today's 15km skate World Cup in Brusson, Italy, to take 18th place, just 1 minute and 22 seconds behind race winner Johann Muehlegg of Spain. Marcus Nash also skied well to finish 41st, 2:06 behind. Second was Christian Hoffman of Austria... [
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Tuesday, December 11 Podium 2010: Strategy Priority 1
This October CCC held 2 athlete development planning workshops, one near Ottawa and one in Edmonton, in order to identify the highest priorities for athlete development system improvement, to win medals in the 2010 Olympics and beyond. Over 60 people attended the 2 workshops, from 25 of the strongest racing clubs in the country, the 3 training centres, the National team and various provincial/territorial and national administrative committees. The professionally facilitated sessions included.... [
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Sunday, December 9 Beckie Scott 5th in World Cup Sprint
Canada's Beckie Scott was 5th in today's 1.5km skate sprint World Cup race in Cogne, Italy, behind winner Katerina Neumannova of the Czech Republic. The top three was rounded out by Vibeke Skofterud and Hilde Pedersen, both from Norway... [
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Saturday, December 8 Canmore, AB Night Race Results Dec. 5, 2001
Complete results from the Wednesday night race in Canmore. The race was on a 600m loop held in criterium style with races 10 minutes in length, plus one lap... [
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Saturday, December 8 Canmore, AB Classic Time Trial December 7, 2001
Complete results from the Wednesday night race in Canmore. The race was on a 600m loop held in criterium style with races 10 minutes in length, plus one lap...[... [
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Saturday, December 8 FIS Tightens Rules On Classic Deviation
The chairman of the FIS Subcommitte for Rule and Control (ICR) has recently announced their intention to crack down on deviation in classical technique. The announcment comes after what the FIS Cross Country Committe claims is a scandalous misuse of the classic... [
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Saturday, December 8 Continental Cup Results- Urlichen, Goms Valley, Switzerland
Unofficial results from today's 10km skate European Continental Cup race. Complete results will be posted when available... [
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Saturday, December 8 Beckie Scott 9th at Cogne World Cup
Canada's Beckie Scott was 9th in today's 5km Classic World Cup race in Cogne, Italy. Of note is the fact that she was only 1.7 seconds behind 5th place, and only 25 seconds behind the winner, Bente Skari of Norway... [
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Saturday, December 8 Kamview, Thunder Bay- Time Trial
Despite the cancellation of the Continental Cup, Thunder Bay was able to hold a time trial event at the Kamview Nordic Centre. Kamview Manager, Peter Crooks was able to put together a 1.3 kilometre loop of excellent classic track for the event. Several out of town skiers... [
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Saturday, December 8 Telemark Continental Cup Canceled
For the second week in a row a North American Continental Cup stop has been cancelled. Cancellaton notice came from the race organizing committee... [
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Friday, December 7 Men's Relay Issue: Editor's Correctios
Two recent articles on skifaster.net have contained minor errors. Below are the corrections, we appologize for the misinformation... [
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Friday, December 7 A Future Perspective - By: Chris Jeffries
Two recent articles on skifaster.net have contained minor errors. Below are the corrections, we appologize for the misinformation... [
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Friday, December 7 Men's Relay Issue: Reader's Opinions
Read the skifaster.net opinions on the Men's Relay Issue. Do you have an opinion you'd like to share? Email your comments to ... [
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Thursday, December 6 NSCC Coaches Meetings #2
The NCI (National Coaching Institute)/NSCC (National Sport Centre Calgary) is cordinating an ongoing dialogue on high perfomance coaching for the purpose of sharing ideas and experience on developing world class training systems and athlete podium performances. The following is a list of points discussed at the last meeting.... [
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Thursday, December 6 Junior National Team Update - By: Devon Kershaw
So, it's already November 7th and I am just starting my athlete article which is due tomorrow (of course!). Some may call me a procrastinator and those people are probably partially correct. Oh well, here it goes... [
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Thursday, December 6 Phil's XC Journal #11: Olympic Bound or Bust - By: Phil Villeneuve
I know this seems like a quick back to back dose of my journal but there is a matter of great importance developing in the sport of Cross Country Skiing. Following the races in Silver Star, there has been a push... [
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Thursday, December 6 Men's Relay Issue: CCC in "no win situation" - By: Robert Hogg
Phil Villeneuve and Robin McKeever want to compete in the Olympics. They are struggling with a chance to keep their Olympic dreams alive through a men's relay berth. For an athlete it's a black and white issue: 'I have a chance, why can't I take it?' From the administrator's side, it is more complex... [
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Wednesday, December 5 Application Procedure of CERAX - By: Matthias Ahrens
1.Remove existing coatings with brass or copper brush or clean base with CERAX cleaner. 2. Prepare base with CERAX Groundwax G or paraffin [hydrocarbon]wax. Do not use fluorinated waxes!!! 3. After the use of CERAX Groundwax... [
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Wednesday, December 5 NSDT Update: Exciting Times - By: Tara Whitten
It is an exciting time to be a cross country skier. I have always loved hearing stories about the beginnings of skating, and I envied the people who were a part of that revolution. Now it feels like we are a part of the same type of revolution... [
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Monday, December 3 Thunder Bay Continental Cup Cancelled
Presently their are fair skiing conditions in Thunder Bay at Lappe, with insufficient snow depth at this time to prepare an appropriate classic track. The race organizers have offered the possible backup sites the option to take over the event but both sites have declined given... [
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Monday, December 3 Stocking Your Wax Box With the "Must Haves." - By: Mike Cavaliere
Before I go off on a rant about seeing the leaves change colors, and my optimistic view on how early the snow will arrive because of my recent observations on squirrel activity, a brief introduction may be necessary... [
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Saturday, December 1 Infinity Ski Poles Announces Sponsorship of XC Ottawa
Infinity has one of the lightest shafts on the market at only 40g per metre. They also just released a new strap combination that is lighter and more secure than previous versions. In mid December a newer Ultralight racing basket is due to be released... [
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Saturday, December 1 XC Ottawa Update: A Skier's Sonata - By: Alicia Berthiaume
The percussion duet of my heart and feet Crescendos toward a thunderous beat My poles like cymbals as I crest the hill Air rushes to lungs and they hungrily fill... [
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