Athlete Blogs

Matching grant announced for UAA ski team supporters

By Reese Hanneman | October 6, 2020

View this post on Instagram Save UAA Skiing. Join the 314 Campaign. Link in bio. One Team. One Goal. We can do this! 💪 A post shared by UAA Ski team (@uaa_skiwolves) on Sep 22, 2020 at 10:25pm PDT ANCHORAGE — The beleaguered ski team at the University of Alaska Anchorage, or UAA, once more […]

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FIS Cross-Country Committee Sets Schedule and Extends Maternity Protection Status

By Reese Hanneman | October 5, 2020

  Andrew Young of Great Britain during Stage 6 of the 2020 Tour de Ski. (Photo: NordicFocus) Last week, the International Ski Federation (FIS) concluded its fall Cross-Country Committee meetings. The most pressing issues are COVID related and concern the calendaring and running of safe events. Many variables remain in play, like how each hosting […]

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An Excerpt from “Nordic Warrior? A Midlife Crisis in Biathlon” By: Craig Wiggers

By Reese Hanneman | October 2, 2020

Craig Wiggers is a biathlete based in Ithaca, New York. Below we have a brief intro from Wiggers and an excerpt from his book, Nordic Warrior? A Midlife Crisis in Biathlon. As the title suggests, Wiggers came to skiing and biathlon midlife. His experience and anecdotes reveal a universal truth: it’s never too late to be fearless […]

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Life After Sport: Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen

By Reese Hanneman | October 1, 2020

This Interview with former Norwegian National Team member Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen comes from Paolo Romanò, a reporter for Fondoitalia.it. The interview was also published on the FIS website. This version of the interview has been lightly edited.         Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen in bib 4 during the Storlien-Meraker, Norway stage of the 2020 […]

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Gear Review: Nathan VaporHowe Waistpak

By Reese Hanneman | September 30, 2020

Nathan VaporHowe Review by: Casey Collins As cross-country skiers we’ve all defaulted to running with a standard drink belt. The sort we’ve skied with for years: a foam insulated vessel covered in nylon with a small zipper pocket up top – just enough room for a bar and phone. Suitable for skiing, not exactly the […]

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MSU Seeks Head Nordic Coach

By Reese Hanneman | September 29, 2020

Montana State University is looking to hire a new Head Nordic Coach for their NCAA Division-I Ski Team.  Bobcat Skiing is one of the longest standing ski teams in the country with a history of All-Americans, National Champions and excellent team results.  Join the Montana State University’s Athletics Department. A dynamic working environment for persons seeking a student-centered […]

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“Anything Less Than Two Hours Is A Short Workout”

By Reese Hanneman | September 29, 2020

Madshus World Cup racer Lucas Bögl puts in up to 30 hours a week in preparation for the is preparing for the 2020-21 season. Check out his favorite workout. The 30-year-old from Holzkirchen in Bavaria is entering his fourth season with the German national A-team, and with the 2021 FIS Nordic World Championships on home […]

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Nordic Nation: Jordan Fields Snags the Triple Crown of White Mountain FKTs

By Reese Hanneman | September 28, 2020

Granite slabs, krumholtz, and continuous ridge line are features of the iconic Pemi Loop in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. (Photo: fastestknowntime.com) Last fall, FasterSkier spoke with former Williams Ski Team member Jordan Fields after his impressive effort on the Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains of Northern New Hampshire. This classic point-to-point route […]

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West Yellowstone Fall Training Camp – Ski with a Pro & Ski Festival Clinics Registration

By Reese Hanneman | September 27, 2020

Come and join our professional coaching staff to get a “jump start” on your 2020 – 2021 ski season during the Yellowstone Ski Festival, November 26-28, 2020.  The staff provides a solid understanding of technique, and gives you the tools and drills to gain efficiency and strength at the camp and throughout your ski season. The […]

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IBU Announces Plans for First Trimester of World Cup Season (Press Release)

By Reese Hanneman | September 26, 2020

IBU Press Release The Executive Board (EB) of the International Biathlon Union today announced that four World Cup events will take place in the first trimester of the 2020/21 season as planned. However, in order to minimise travel and protect athlete and stakeholder safety they will be hosted in just two venues. The competition dates […]

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Kuusamo, Finland World Cup Goes Full Steam Ahead – with no Fans

By Reese Hanneman | September 24, 2020

Sadie Maubet Bjornsen at the 2019 Ruka World Cup. This year, Ruka Nordic announced the three race series will be held with no fans. (Photo: Nordic Focus) The local organizing club for the first cross-country Word Cup of the season, Kuusamon Erä-Veikot, announced on it’s website rukanordic.com the show will go on as planned with […]

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Biathlon Integrity Unit Suspends two Biathletes

By Reese Hanneman | September 24, 2020

The Biathlon Integrity Unit (BIU) announced on Thursday that Russian biathletes Ekaterina Glazyrina and Timofey Lapshin were provisionally suspended. According to the BIU, Lapshin has been competing for Korea since 2017. Both Lapshin and Glazyrina are accused of violating anti-doping rules (ADRV). The evidence used to hand down the provisional suspensions came from information included […]

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CAS Ruling Removes Lifetime Ban for Three Russian Biathletes

By Reese Hanneman | September 24, 2020

The Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS) announced Thursday that three Russian biathletes implicated for doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics had their lifetime bans overturned. The biathletes in question, Olga Vilukhina, Yana Romanova, and Olga Zaitseva were first handed lifetime bans in 2017 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).  The McLaren Report included information […]

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A Boom for Bikes, Bullish on Cross-Country Skiing

By Reese Hanneman | September 23, 2020

Boulder Nordic Sport’s Nathan Schultz. When the country began shutting down in March, sporting good retailers initially shuddered. It appeared many if not all sectors of the economy would bottom out. “Everything was dicey in February and starting early March,” said Boulder Nordic Sport (BNS) founder Nathan Schultz about the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. […]

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The Escape: SKIGARD HYTTE

By Reese Hanneman | September 23, 2020

These are times for daydreaming. Times to stay grounded. Times to remain socially distant when appropriate — but, still, daydream. We’re prone to daydreaming here at FasterSkier. There’s the eventual skiing, solitude, and winter light to distract from daily tasks. Fun stuff to imagine. Along those lines, we are starting a new series: The Escape. […]

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New and Exciting for Ski Season 2020

By Reese Hanneman | September 19, 2020

With the cold air blowing and the leaves starting to change it’s time to think ahead about new products for this winter and what major changes have hit the nordic skiing industry. Some brands have done as little as changing graphics and others have completely reinvented their brands.  In the wax industry, we have seen the release […]

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The Devon Kershaw Show: A Return

By Reese Hanneman | September 17, 2020

  March 31st is the last day we posted a new episode. Depending on where you stand in the COVID time machine, that might as well be a light year. Or a nano-second. From Oslo, Norway Devon chats about the time that was and the time that will be as we lurch into fall and […]

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Nordic Nation: Zach Caldwell and Noah Hoffman Talk Anti-Doping Reform

By Reese Hanneman | September 16, 2020

  With a kowtow to Zach Caldwell and Noah Hoffman, we are repurposing their recent video conversation about anti-doping reform. On Nordic Nation, you’ll find just the audio. If you are more visual by nature, you can find the video here. Hoffman is a former longtime U.S. Ski Team member. Caldwell is Hoffman’s former coach and […]

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Coping with Corona

By Reese Hanneman | September 16, 2020

Hailey Swirbul (USA) racing in Oestersund, Sweden. Photo: Nordic Focus. Madshus athlete Hailey Swirbul (USA) shares her strategies for getting the job done and preparing for the upcoming season amidst the corona pandemic that has hit the United States harder than any other Western country. “I’m trying not to stress out about it. The virus […]

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I Don’t Have a Six Pack, but a Car Hit Me and I Survived: By Hannah Halvorsen

By Reese Hanneman | September 15, 2020

Hannah Halvorsen during the 2019 Quebec City World Cup sprint. (Photo: Doug Stephen) I’ve struggled with body satisfaction my entire life. I don’t just want to be skinnier, I want to be leaner, more defined, more like an… “athlete”. But last fall, I was hit by a car and I find myself wondering, is the […]

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