Athlete Blogs

NM continues to impress!

By David Norris | October 23, 2020

This past week has been stellar! I’m finding my groove here in ABQ- early morning roller ski, hide from the sun while geeking out on accounting work, afternoon run or ride, cook Jessica dinner while she studies like a maniac, and then basically repeat 🙂 Lesson learned: Prepare a snack-pack for any workout over 2.5 […]

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The Devon Kershaw Show: See the Forest for the Trees – An Eye on FIS

By Reese Hanneman | October 22, 2020

Like so many organizations, FIS, the governing body for international skiing, is a slow-to-change entity. Doping reforms, for example, have evolved but at a yawn-worthy rate. So in rather atypical fashion, like a finger snap, FIS voted to oust its Secretary General, Sarah Lewis, on October 9th. Lewis had been considered a lifer at FIS. […]

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Banff Virtual Film Festival: A Most Excellent Diversion and Fuel for Inspiration

By Reese Hanneman | October 21, 2020

Jim Morrison and Hilaree NelsonSierra Nevada Mountains, CA. (Photo: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity/Christian Pondella)   Within my pay-grade back in November 1993 was the cost of a weekend pass to the renowned Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival. Living in Northwest, Montana at the time, the drive north and across the border […]

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Opportunity and Transformation with Greg Townsend of Ridge View Academy

By Reese Hanneman | October 20, 2020

Like most other states, a cross section of athletes racing in the Colorado High School circuit (CHSAA) looks relatively homogenous when it comes to ethnicity. The field is largely white. However, in stark contrast to skiers hailing from affluent mountain towns like Steamboat Springs, Aspen, and Vail, a team from Denver might catch your eye […]

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Nordic Nation: A Midlife Crisis in Biathlon with Craig Wiggers

By Reese Hanneman | October 19, 2020

A few weeks back, we featured an excerpt from a new book titled Nordic Warrior? A Midlife Crisis in Biathlon. Written by Ithaca, New York, based biathlete, Craig Wiggers, the book explores his love affair with biathlon which began midlife. Wiggers’ path to biathlon is as circuitous as they come. Raised in the deep south, Wiggers attended […]

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Competition Preparation from the Point of View of Ski Technicians

By Reese Hanneman | October 19, 2020

The start-line scene at the 2016 Vasaloppet with skis for 15,000 racers Below is an excerpt from a detailed article exploring “the problems of ski testing, measuring friction, and evaluating skis.” For first-timers, the linked article offers a glimpse into the technical side of the sport at the World Cup level. For those veteran wax-techs, […]

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The Escape: Talus Lodge

By Reese Hanneman | October 16, 2020

Photo: Noel Rogers. When we began this series, The Escape, we imagined it would be a slippery slope. It turns out that the slope is blue-ice slick. Cabin-lust is real.   This past spring, just as Covid-19 began making headlines in the U.S., one of the best treat makers on the planet, Zoë Roy, was chef […]

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Fall in Albuquerque

By David Norris | October 15, 2020

After a rainy August and September in Alaska the blue bird days with a weather range of 50-80 degree isn’t treating me poorly 🙂 Thanks to Jessica for choosing to do her Physical Therapy education in ABQ I’ve (we’ve) discovered how truly incredible New Mexico is. This week is roughly my 13th week in ABQ […]

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“All The Redline 3.0 Skis Are Really Light, Easy To Control And Super Fast”

By Reese Hanneman | October 15, 2020

The all new Redline 3.0 skis are hitting the market right now, after three years of intense research and development, testing and collaboration with the top Madshus athletes. So, what’s the big deal with the new Madshus Redline 3.0? Let’s hear it from four-time Olympic medalist Krista Pärmäkoski. The 29-year-old Finn, who is entering her […]

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American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation Announces Plans for 2021 Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Kortelopet & Prince Haakon Races (Press Release)

By Reese Hanneman | October 15, 2020

Press Release from ABSF:   Birkie Week 2021 Slated for February 24–28, 2021 Hayward, WI (October 14, 2020) – After months of planning, and with the guidance of public health officials, today the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) is pleased to announce the planned format for their annual February ski races. Registration for the 2021 […]

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Kris Freeman: Finding Opportunities to Race and a Few More Years of Getting Faster

By Reese Hanneman | October 14, 2020

Freeman at the 2020 Sunapee Tri. (Photo: Millennium Running.)   “I train because I like to race but I also train because I enjoy it, so I never took a pause,” said Kris Freeman from his New Hampshire home. That’s straight-up Freeman. Focus. Intensity. A plan. Even during COVID. Let’s face it, enjoying the process […]

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Inside The Factory: What’s New With Madshus Redline 3.0

By Reese Hanneman | October 13, 2020

The Madshus Redline 3.0 is no less than a small revolution three years in the making. There are huge changes under the hood on the new Redline 3.0 models headed for retailers this season. Madshus engineers explain what’s under the top coat of the all-new Redline 3.0 models. The new Redline models are the result […]

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SuperTour COC Leader and Discretionary Nomination Selection Dates

By Reese Hanneman | October 13, 2020

  Dear Cross Country Community, Now that the autumn FIS Cross Country Committee meetings are over, and we have confirmed the World Cup calendar for 2020-21, you can find all finalized selection criteria for World Cup, the Oberstdorf Nordic World Championships, the World Junior and U23 World Champs, the U18 Nordic Nations Championships, etc. here: […]

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FIS Ousts Sarah Lewis

By Reese Hanneman | October 12, 2020

Sarah Lewis, secretary general of the International Ski Federation. (FIS file photo) The International Ski Federation announced last Friday that Secretary General Sarah Lewis has been relieved of her duties effective immediately.  “At its meeting today, the FIS Council, including the members of the Marc Hodler Foundation, has decided by a great majority vote to […]

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Picking Skis with Matt Liebsch of Pioneer Midwest

By Reese Hanneman | October 12, 2020

Watch Matt Liebsch talk about picking skis before his 2018 trip to Europe. Skis are all different, even within a pair there are differences since skis are made in single quantities, one at a time. The manufacturing process to produce a ski is still variable and the materials can change. The core of most skis […]

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A Summer Without Snow: Athletes and Coaches on a Year with No Summer Skiing

By Reese Hanneman | October 12, 2020

DIY Dachstein: September tracks on a snowfield in the Chugach mountains, Sept. 27, 2020. (photo: Gavin Kentch) The koan that skiers are made in the summer has been around for longer than this website. The related truism, that summer snow time is necessary to effectively compete as a high-level skier come winter, also has a […]

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Nordic Nation: Building Equity in Sport with Dr. Edwin Moses

By Reese Hanneman | October 12, 2020

In this episode, we hear from a familiar voice – someone, in fact, we’ve heard from recently on the podcast, former elite cross-country skier Noah Hoffman. Post-race career, Hoffman has been deeply involved in the anti-doping movement as an educator, lobbyist, and content creator. This conversation is from Hoffman’s content creation side. A few months […]

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FIS and IBU Pull Back from 2020-2021 Fluoro Ban

By Reese Hanneman | October 9, 2020

Testing the Fischer fleet in Davos. (Photo: NoridcFocus) This morning the International Biathlon Union (IBU) and the International Ski Federation announced they were postponing their fluoro wax bans until the 2021-2022 season. The stated reason in the IBU press release was the following: “allow more time to test and refine the Fluorine Tracker device that […]

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All the Lightness as they Rotate Towards Winter: Chad Salmela and the Family in Finland

By Reese Hanneman | October 8, 2020

FOMO: Fear of missing out. FOMO through the lens of envy is probably not the way to thrive. FOMO through the lens of seizing the day, on the other hand, has a lovely ring to it. Chad Salmela: biathlete, skier, running coach, forever linked with “HERE COMES DIGGINS”, husband, and parent. He is also the […]

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WSCA Announces Webinar: Waxing Skis and Waning the Gender Gap (Press Release)

By Reese Hanneman | October 6, 2020

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The WSCA Announces Webinar: Waxing Skis and Waning the Gender Gap Today, the Women Ski Coaches Association (WSCA) announced it will host a Webinar to connect and educate women coaches, and redefine ski waxing culture and opportunities. The webinar, Waxing Skis and Waning the Gender Gap will take place on October […]

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