LatestNews Archive - January, 2002

Thursday, January 31 Smigun Cleared in B Sample
Christina Smigun, the leading Estonian cross-country skier, is set for the Olympics after all. Smigun's A test after a race in December was positive for illegal steroids, a measure of 6.4 vs. a legal limit on 5. The B test, however, turned out positive for Smigun, a measure of 4-2, well below the 5.0 limit... [
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Thursday, January 31 Scott 2nd at International Grand Prix
Sun Valley, Idaho - Beckie Scott and her Canadian teammates had a particularly good day of pre-Olympic training today, with strong finishes in the Idaho International Grand Prix competition, made up of various other 2002 Olympic... [
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Thursday, January 31 Waxing Safety - By: Matthew T. Pauli
The advent of flouro additives in glide and kick waxes has spawned the need to adequately address the safety and health factors associated with their use. This article hopes to address some of those questions and concerns. This excerpt will not make you a safety and health expert or provide you with secrets on faster skis... [
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Wednesday, January 30 X-C.com Team Update - By: Werner Schwar
Hello everyone. A busy past weekend for the Crusty Old Guy in Thunder Bay, who finally got his first competitive races under his belt for this season. The Lake Superior Ski Division Championships were held at Lappe Nordic Centre, after being moved from Kamview and Mink Mountain due to thin snow at the other two sites... [
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Tuesday, January 29 World Junior Team Update - By: Sean Crooks
I'm sure anyone who has been following World Junior results this week has noticed Canada's climb in the ranks on sprint day. That's right, Canada rocks house in sprints. With 4 top 30 results in one day the team atmosphere is definitely more positive and upbeat. Although we aren't bringing home the hardware, anyone... [
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Tuesday, January 29 Phil's XC Journal: World Duathlon Premiere - By: Phil Villeneuve
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to race in the first ever Cross Country skiing Duathlon Continental Cup race held in Ramsau, Austria. Here are the details on my experience. The 15km course was divided in 2 separate 7.5km parts, each consisting of three 2.5km loops that circled the... [
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Donald Farley Headshot Tuesday, January 29 Olympic Profile: Donald Farley - By: Charles Nadeau
Donald's cross-country skiing career started back in 1984 following the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games. After more than ten years on the senior national team, he remains one of the strongest North American classic style ski racers and has 19 Canadian championship gold... [
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Sunday, January 27 World Junior Relay Cancelled
The final day's competitions at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Schonach, Germany were cancelled due to stormy wind and hard rain. Technical delegates decided in the morning, that it was not possible to ski in these conditions. There was not much... [
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Sunday, January 27 McKeever, Whyte Second in Disabled Biathlon World Cup
Brian McKeever of Calgary, guided by his brother Robin, placed second in the blind 5 x 2.5 km at the first World Cup Disabled Biathlon race of season in Mouthe France. Frank Höfle of Germany was first and Willi Brem of Germany was third... [
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Saturday, January 26 Canadians Strong at World Junior Championships
Schonach, Germany - Despite rain and unseasonably warm temperatures, Canadian Nordic Junior skiers are having a blast and skiing well at the Nordic World Junior Championships in Schonach, Germany... [
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Saturday, January 26 X-C.com Team Update - By: Rhonda Sandau
My Christmas holidays felt unusually long this year. In past years, I returned home from the December Continental Cup races with only a couple of days left before Christmas. However, this year the cancellation of the pre-Christmas races in Thunder Bay and Wisconsin left me with an extra week of holidays. The cancellations... [
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Saturday, January 26 Isometsa Aims for Comeback in 2003
Jari Isometse, one of the 6 Finnish cross-country skiers caught doping during the 2001 World Championships in Lahti, aims to make a comeback during the 2003 season. Isometse hopes to qualify for the 2003 World Championship... [
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Saturday, January 26 Crawford 12th in World Junior Sprints
Canada posted it's best World Junior results since 1996 today. Chandra Crawford of Canmore, Alberta qualified 15th to advance to the elimination rounds, where she finished 12th, just missing the semi-final round. This is the best Canadian result since Amanda Fortier was 8th in the 15km skate race at the 1996 World Junior Championships... [
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Saturday, January 26 World Junior Team Update - By: Chandra Crawford
Well the most exciting race of my career so far has come and gone, and now, live from Al's laptop in a hotel in Schonach, it's Saturday Night! And your host, Chandra Crawford will now share the details of what went through her mind in today's events... [
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Friday, January 25 No Medals for Time's Olympic Coverage
If you haven't heard, Time Canada's Olympic special has detailed 1 page profiles of each Canadian Olympic Sport Team, except, you guessed it, Cross Country Skiing. 25 pages featuring a seperate 1 page article on the Women's and Men's teams... [
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Friday, January 25 Bring the Olympics/Paralympics to Future Nordic Stars
In a few short weeks the World will be watching the events unfold on the ski trails of Soldier Hollow, the site of the Nordic Events for the Salt Lake City Olympic and Paralympic Games. Canada will be sending a team including the Nations top athletes, legitimate medal threats in particular in the Women's Pursuit, Sprint and Relay and the Paralympic Cross Country Events. For the other events, you never know, anything can... [
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Friday, January 25 World Junior Team Update - By: Madeleine Williams
Well, racing is now in full swing! Things are going well and spirits are high. In the past week we have seen Connal turn 19 ( January 20th), Dave and Sean finish their first 30km race, and Jo arrive on Saturday... [
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Thursday, January 24 Canadian OPA Tour Schedule
The following athletes have been selected to the OPA Tour: George Grey, Chris Jeffries, Denis Vachon, Gordon Jewett, Drew Goldsack, Charles Nadeau, Shane Stevens. George Grey and Chris Jeffries were selected according to the requirements in the criteria... [
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Thursday, January 24 Doping Allegations Against Kristina Smigun
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) - Cross-country ski star Kristina Smigun, Estonia's best Olympic medal hope, has tested positive in an initial doping test, the Baltic News Service reported Wednesday... [
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Thursday, January 24 McKeever Wins Disabled World Cup
Brian McKeever of Calgary, guided by brother Robin, finished in first place in the blind 5 km free style at the first World Cup Disabled cross country skiing race of season in Mouthe France. Nikolaï ILIOUTCHENKO of Russia was in second place. Emil OSTBERG of Sweden was in third place. The conditions... [
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Wednesday, January 23 Canadian OPA Tour Team
The following athletes have been selected to the OPA Tour: George Grey, Chris Jeffries, Denis Vachon, Gordon Jewett, Drew Goldsack, Charles Nadeau, Shane Stevens. George Grey and Chris Jeffries were selected according to the requirements in the criteria... [
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Wednesday, January 23 X-C.com Team Update - By: Werner Schwar
I am still alive after releasing that top secret Finn training workout in my last report. The skiing has been good for a while now, and today we were able to ski the entire 12 km loop at Lappe. I write this as a racer who has felt all dressed up for the last few weeks with no where to go. Not being able to travel to far away races has meant, that other than the... [
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Tuesday, January 22 World Junior Team Update - By: Colleen Mortimer
Hi, this is Colleen for update number 3. Now that Emily's bag has arrived it's time to pack up and move out again. We're getting ready to leave for Schonach tomorrow morning. The six hour drive will be "peanuts" when compared to our 32hr world wide adventure... [
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Tuesday, January 22 Fifth Man Added To Canadian World Junior Team
Following the World Junior trials in Charlo, New Brunswick, on January 5, 6, and 8, a team of four men and five women was nominated on the National Ski Team for the World Junior Championships (WJC) to be held in Schonach, Germany, January 22 to 27, 2002... [
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Tuesday, January 22 USA Selects Olympic Team
PARK CITY, Utah (Jan. 21) - Sixteen cross country skiers, one of the largest U.S. team ever named - and including four-time Olympian Nina Kemppel (Anchorage, AK), have been nominated to compete next month at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, the U.S. Ski Team said Monday... [
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Tuesday, January 22 Lindsey Weier 14th in World Junior Championships
Lindsey Weier (USA) led the North American contingent at the World Junior Championhips today, with a 14th place in the women's 15km mass-start classic race. Weier finished 2:06.7 behind winner Eugenia Kravtsova of Russia, who finished in a time of 44:00.0. Ellen Sandbakken of Norway and Mona-Liisa Malvalehto of Finland were... [
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Monday, January 21 USA Selects 23 Athletes to World Junior Team
PARK CITY, Utah (Jan. 17) -- Twenty-three skiers, the largest delegation ever sent from the USA, have been named to compete in the World Nordic Junior Championships Jan. 23-27 in Schonach, Germany, the U.S. Ski Team said Thursday... [
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XC Ottawa Update Monday, January 21 XC Ottawa Update - By: David Zylberberg
Upon completion of high school, young skiers who wish to compete seriously and improve have two options; ski full time for as many years as they last, or continue with their education while training seriously and competing. Both options have their advantages, as well as their disadvantages. The biggest advantage of attending school is not directly related to skiing. The education received helps people to mature and become prepared to function as adults... [
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Sunday, January 20 Fortier, Freeman win Again in Silver Star
Justin Freeman (Team Rossignol) won for the second time this weekend, winning the 15km skate Continental Cup race in Silver Star, BC by over a minute, in a time of 40:50. Canadian Robin McKeever finished second, followed by George Grey in third. Canadians Donald Farley and Gordon Jewett finished... [
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Saturday, January 19 World Junior Team Update - By: Emily Hayman
Well, let's see, so far this trip has been quite an interesting experience. LITERALLY. The whole team started our 32 hours and 10 minutes of travelling with a 3hr drive from Charlo to Moncton. So far, So good...BUT...ahhh, our plane was delayed for almost an hour because of technical difficulties, causing us to miss the connecting flight in Toronto... [
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Saturday, January 19 Italy Selects Olympic Team
Italy has announced their Olympic Team for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City during February. Their best medal chances will likely come from Christian Zorzi in the sprint race, and Stefania Belmondo in an... [
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Saturday, January 19 Fortier, Freeman win in Silver Star
Justin Freeman (Team Rossignol) won today's 10km classic Continental Cup race in Silver Star, BC in a time of 29:30.6, 4.3 seconds ahead of second place finisher David Chamberlain. The top Canadian in the race was Donald Farley, rounding out the top three in a time of 29:28.5. Canadian's Robin McKeever and... [
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Saturday, January 19 XC Ottawa Update - By: Lee Churchill
Well its January 2002, and unfortunately weather conditions across the country haven't been exactly fantastic, that is if your life is XC skiing! These horrific conditions have left several of us lacking an important step in our on snow training, Racing! Due to the cancellation of all continental cup races in Thunder Bay, Ontario and Telemark... [
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Friday, January 18 Foothills Coaching Announcement - By: Robert Hogg
Foothills Nordic Ski Club is pleased to announce the addition of Robin McKeever and Phil Villeneuve to our coaching staff. Phil and Robin will be working with Head Coach Eric de Nys and the FNSC volunteer coaches to ensure ongoing athlete development while Eric supports the Canadian Olympic Team in Salt Lake... [
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Friday, January 18 NSDT Update: Keep it Sharp During the Racing Season - By: Charles Nadeau
It remains a challenge for high level athletes of every sport. For us cross-country skiers, the racing season begins in early November and ends around March 15th. It means about five months, during which it is critical to be in perfect shape despite travelling, pressure, anxiety and fatigue. Fortunately, the biggest part... [
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Thursday, January 17 World Cup Video on Your Computer
You can now watch some of the best Canadian World Cup ski performances on your computer. The Asiago Sprint Semis and Finals as well as the Davos Womens Relay are available by following the direction below... [
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Thursday, January 17 World Junior Team News and Results
Things are going well, no sickness or injury. We did a FIS Austrian race on Sunday in Admont. Not great caliber, but nobody knew this before starting. Here are the results... [
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Thursday, January 17 Junior B Tour Update - By: G. Nishikawa and J. Jaques
What do you call an empty jar of Cheese Wiz? Cheese Waz! West Jet's jokes are as good as their cookies and pretzels. Our trip started with a long cross country West Jet flight into Calgary, Alberta. There, coach Don was waiting with our team van. We drove to Canmore and... [
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Thursday, January 17 Moving On - By: Robin McKeever
My largest goal of the past four years, qualifying for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, came to an abrupt halt after only the third race of the season. Only two days later I was proposed the opportunity to go over to Europe with the possible chance of racing a World Cup relay giving me one last glimmer of hope at attaining... [
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Thursday, January 17 Whyte 5th in Isny, Germany
Shauna Whyte of Hinton was fifth at the second disabled cross country race of season in Isny, Germany. Shauna was 6:44.8 behind Svitlana Tryfpnova of Ukraine, the winner of the 10 km. Shauna was 10.7 seconds behind Martina Willing of Germany... [
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Thursday, January 17 World Junior Team Update: East or West - By: David Nighbor
Am I a man of faith? If I were to define it, I were to say, "To believe in something you can't see." What I can't see is the future, what/who I believe in is myself. Therefore, by personal definition, I have faith... [
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Thursday, January 17 Canadian National Ski Championships
We have approvals to run the Sprints on the Downtown Streets of Canmore! This showcase and fun event has already attracted media to Cross Country skiing and bodes well for Sprint day, Thursday March 7, 2002. Certainly the Canadian... [
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Monday, January 14 NSDT Update: European Racing - By: Drew Goldsack
With Christmas behind us, almost everyone's attention focused on the important qualifying races fast approaching and just past. Weather it is the seniors looking to score that so far illusive 60 F.I.S points in order to qualify for the Opa Cup tour (Senior B-tour), or the juniors that were looking forward to the World Junior... [
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Sunday, January 13 XC Ottawa Update - By: Craig Storey
A rumour has been circulating about Karl Saidla and Megan McTavish, two of XC Ottawa's top skiers. No, no, everyone knows they have been dating for awhile, that's old news. No this is something else, something exciting. It first started in the summer, then seemed to fade. It resurfaced before the early snow camp. It circulated before the first two continental cups were cancelled, before they went to Thuder Bay... [
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Sunday, January 13 Tchepalova, Mai win World Cup in Nove Mesto
Russia's Julia Tschepalova, skate specialist and Olympic champion from 1998, won Saturday's women's 5k cross-country skate in Nove Mesto, recording her second win of the season. The Chech Republic's Katarina Neumannova was second and Belmondo 3rd. Neumannova takes... [
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Sunday, January 13 Russia, Italy win World Cup Relay
The Russian women with Medvedeva and Tschepalova won Sunday's sprint relay in Nove Mesto. Italy, with Paruzzi and Valbusa, was second while Finland and Germany followed next... [
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Sunday, January 13 Scott, McKeever Repeat in Canada Cup
Canmore, AB - Canada's best-ever Nordic ski women's team continued on their path towards Olympic excellence by taking the top five spots in day two of the Canmore Subaru Canada Cup today. "It was a tough course but it went well," said event winner of the women's 10km classic Beckie... [
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Saturday, January 12 Scott, McKeever Take Canada Cup Pursuit
Beckie Scott confirmed her status as Canada's top female skier today, winning both the morning classic portion, as well as the overall of the one-day pursuit in Canmore, Alberta. She was followed closely by the other four members of the Canadian women's Olympic team: Sara Renner 2nd, Amanda Fortier 3rd, Milaine... [
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Saturday, January 12 No Canadian Biathletes At Olympics
Martine Albert of Rimouski, Que., was Canada's last hope in Friday's women's 10 kilometre pursuit at a World Cup event. She stepped to the starter's line knowing her chances were remote for a required top-16 finish and withdrew from the race after only one kilometre... [
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Saturday, January 12 Phil's XC Journal #14: Border Hoping - By: Phil Villeneuve
"Where are you headed sir?" "Uh...Bozeman, Montana...I'm going down to take part in some cross country races...the US Nationals actually." "I see...passport please...thanks...ok, can you pull ahead a bit and park to the left please, we'll be with you shortly." No "How long will you be in the United States for?" or not even a "Are you carrying any... [
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Saturday, January 12 Whyte Wins Europa Cup Bronze
Shauna Whyte of Hinton, Alberta captured the bronze medal at the Europa Cup 5km race in Isny im Allgäu Germany. Shauna was 1:37.8 behind the leader Svitlana Tryfonova of Ukraine. Colette Bourgonje of Saskatoon was fourth 3.7 seconds behind Shauna... [
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Friday, January 11 New Security Measures in Salt Lake City
New Security Measures in Salt Lake City will make the life of dopers much more difficult. As well as the new antidoping procedures being implemented, extensive new security measures will ensure the detailed scrutiny of everything... [
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Thursday, January 10 Hanusova, Bauer Win in Bozeman
BOZEMAN, Mont. (Jan. 9) -- The weather created havoc Wednesday on the third day of racing at the Chevy Truck U.S. Cross Country Championships. While Czech skier Katerina Hanusova won the women's race, unheralded Tara Hamilton (Anchorage, AK), a Denver University freshman, won her first U.S. title in the women's 5-km classic... [
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Thursday, January 10 Hanusova, Bauer Repeat at US Nationals
(Complete Story and Results Now Available) BOZEMAN, Mont. (Jan. 10) - Alltime U.S. title-holder Nina Kemppel (Anchorage, AK) finished second behind Katerina Hanusova of the Czech Republic in the 5-km freestyle pursuit race Thursday at the Chevy Truck Cross Country Championships, but, as the first U.S. skier, collected her 17th national title; Aelin Peterson (Fairbanks, AK) was third. In the men's 10-km freestyle pursuit, John Bauer (Duluth, MN) picked... [
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Tuesday, January 8 Swenson and Kempple Win US Titles
Carl Swenson captured the 2002 US National 30km skate title today, on a difficult course in Bozeman, Montana. Swenson's time of 1:20:28.1 beat out Gold Cup champion Justin Wadsworth by 36 seconds. US National Sprint Champion Lars Flora added another medal to his collection, finishing third. Andrew...[... [
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Tuesday, January 8 Aukland, Skari Victorious in Val Di Fiemme
Thomas Alsgaard tested the field early as he took the lead for the first 8k in the men's 30k (6X5k) classic mass start in Val di Fiemme. Two of the pre-race favorites, Frode Estil and Oddbjoern Hjelemeset, could not stay with Alsgaard and quickly moved back through the field, as did Alsgaard later... [
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Tuesday, January 8 Canadian World Junior Team Announced
Devon Kershaw continued his dominant performance for the week at the World Junior trials in Charlo, NB winning by over 30 seconds in todays 20km classic race. Colleen Mortimer had a strong race to win the women's 15km classic by 13 seconds over Dasha Gaiasov... [
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Sunday, January 6 Randall, Flora Win US Sprints
BOZEMAN, Mont. (Jan. 5) -- Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) ignored a steady snowfall and overtook Tessa Benoit (South Pomfret, VT) on the final uphill Saturday, skiing skied to her first U.S. title in the sprint opening the Chevy Truck U.S. Cross Country... [
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Sunday, January 6 Western Canadian Championships Results Day 2
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Sunday, January 6 Neumannova, Iversen Win Val Di Fiemme Sprint
Katarina Neumannova won Sunday's women's sprint in Val di Fiemme in superb style, taking the lead from the start and never being challenged. With her second sprint win this season, she now takes the lead in the Overall World Cup as Skari... [
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Sunday, January 6 Crooks, Crawford Aualify For World Junior Team
Connal Robertson-More and Chandra Crawford won the sprint races today at the World Junior Trials in Charlo, NB, but it is Sean Crooks who will join Kershaw, Williams and Crawford on the Canadian World Junior Team. The selection criteria for the World Junior Championships ... [
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Saturday, January 5 XC Ottawa Update - By: Sharon Clay
By: Sharon Clay and Anna-Spring Doerfler Six-thirty in the morning. Yawning, but eager, they congregate in front of Pavol's house, three cars sagging from the excessive weight; so much that David's mud flap drags on the pavement as he banks a turn. No, they do not skimp out on the provisions. Not only do they bring food and vitamins, but also they have heard that there might be snow at the "North Pole", so they brought their skis. Not knowing how much snow there might... [
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Saturday, January 5 Coache's Perspective: X-C Sprint Racing - By: Matthias Ahrens
Has Sprint racing created new excitement? I think not quite yet. Why? The sprint is still too long (1500m for Seniors, 1000m for Juniors), some hills are too steep and high (up to 50m height difference) and the classic technique is completely unsuitable... [
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Saturday, January 5 Western Canadian Championships Results
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Saturday, January 5 Elofsson, Lazutina Take World Cup Sprint
Sweden's Per Elofsson was leading by 18 seconds after the 10k classic in the men's pursuit in Val di Fiemme today, and never looked back. The pursuit World Champion from 2001 won by more than 30 seconds... [
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Saturday, January 5 Kershaw, Williams Win First Races at World Junior Trials
Madelaine Williams won the Junior Women's 5km skate race today in Charlo, New Brunswick. Rounding out the podium results was Dasha Gaiazov in second and Perianne Jones in third place. Colleen Mortimer was 4th... [
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Thursday, January 3 Lappe Distance Challenge
Lappe Nordic Ski Centre hosted the "distance challenge" on Sunday December 30. Skiers took the opportunity to ski as many kilometres as possible over a 8 hour period. Many switched between classic and skate to relieve tired muscles... [
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Thursday, January 3 X-C.com Update - By: Werner Schwar
The week between Christmas and New Year's has seen the return of a more normal Thunder Bay winter, -20 C nights and highs -10 to -15 C. And best of all that dry squeaky snow we are so famous for. Fortunately it has not been too slow, since the snow is thin and a lot of people are going around a short loop... [
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Tuesday, January 1 Muscle Balance During the Race Season - By: Jonne Kahkonen
Racing season is the kind of time that you easily get a little carried away with the rush to just race; raced today, racing again tomorrow, when's the next race after that... Ever had that feeling? The ski season is the most important time for the skier and I'm not talking about the races now. For sure, that's what... [
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