Athlete Blogs


By Sadie Bjornsen | November 17, 2014

For one month now, I have been preparing. Preparing for racing, preparing to leaving, preparing for my graduation, and preparing to spend another five months away from home. Sad to say goodbye to my favorite little buddies! Preparing for racing is the fun part! This is the time of year that snow starts falling and […]

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Fast and Female Fairbanks: Sweet Success

By Becca Rorabaugh | November 6, 2014

About two weeks ago I was in Fairbanks, enjoying some snow, chilling with my parents and pooches, and getting ready to put on our fourth annual Fast and Female event.  As usual, I somehow left all the event promotion until the last few weeks, so there was a lot to do!  It was actually really […]

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Drive for 25

By Erik Bjornsen | November 5, 2014

Fun Facts: Alaska has had 55 donations.          Alaska population: 735,132 people Washington has had 37 donations.         Washington population: 6.971 million people If you live in Kentucky and you donated today you will be the first person from your state to donate to this great cause. That would give mad […]

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NNF: Nun-chuck Ninja Federation

By Becca Rorabaugh | October 29, 2014

Well, judging by how much of my blog traffic comes from FasterSkier, you all know that NNF doesn’t stand for Nun-chuck Ninja Federation.  But when you think about it, the two organizational concepts seem to have a lot in common.  Ninjas are sneaky, right?  You never know when they’ll pop up.  If they’re involved in […]

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By Erik Bjornsen | October 25, 2014

I just got back from an awesome camp in Park City. I spent two weeks down there training with the National Team. It was a great way to finish off my last big block of training before winter. Now I have a few weeks at home in Alaska. For the most part, I will spend […]

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Park City Camp

By Sadie Bjornsen | October 24, 2014

Last winter, I made a goal for myself, when I was loading onto the airplane for the 5 month World Cup Season in November. As I was taking off, I had this feeling of sadness. I wasn’t ready to leave home and spend my life as a traveling suitcase. As I tried to find some […]

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Exciting Happenings in Fairbanks

By Becca Rorabaugh | October 22, 2014

If you’re in Fairbanks this weekend, and you’re female (or like females, or have female friends, or have/know female children), it’s going to be a fun few days!  For one I am organizing another annual Fast and Female event, featuring some Alaska Lady Nanooks, and at least one of my Alaska Pacific University teammates . […]

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Extension to summer

By David Norris | October 22, 2014

After a productive summer of training and adventures my training season is winding down. I just finished an altitude camp in Park City, Utah with APU and USST, which was our last major training block before the season. I OD’d on some vit. D with the expectations of my return to the dark, frigid north. […]

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Utah Training Camp: The View from Quarantine

By Becca Rorabaugh | October 21, 2014

It has become apparent to me that I must be reaching some well-ripened athlete status.  I can train more, I am less nervous for intervals, and I am nominated to drive the van more often than not.  I also get sick less.  Last year was my healthiest ski season since I can remember, perhaps my […]

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First AK Skiing & Birkie Marathon Partnership!

By Holly Brooks | October 20, 2014

October 20th, 2014 – first day on snow in AK. It was marginal at best but I was striding and gliding. The key was skiing in places that hadn’t been touched yet because as you can see, I was hitting the grass! So, I was ski/snow “mining” making sure to get the most out of […]

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3-Time Overall World Cup Sprint Champion

By Kikkan Randall | October 20, 2014
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What Do You Do When You’re Not Skiing??

By Kikkan Randall | October 15, 2014

Written by Lynn E. Paulson, APU staff writer I could hear the high-pitched, happy ruckus before I even entered the East Anchorage High School gymnasium, where the event was already in full swing. Over 200 girls, wearing hot pink “Fast and Female” t-shirts, were shooting hoops, lifting weights, walking slack lines, kicking soccer balls, hoola-hooping, tumbling, […]

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Returning Home to YOKO poles and gloves

By Kikkan Randall | October 15, 2014

From the 2014/2015 season onwards, I will be going for gold with YOKO ski gloves and poles! “We joyfully announce that 3-time World Cup Sprint Champion Kikkan Randall has chosen YOKO products to aid her in her pursuit of success. Competition is tough at the top, and victory cannot be achieved without the world’s best equipment,” […]

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A story worth telling……

By Holly Brooks | October 13, 2014

3022: A Mt. Marathon Story  You know how they say that a picture is worth a thousand words? What does that make a documentary worth? Let’s just say, a lot. Especially if you’re as talented and dedicated as Max and Natalie are.  What am I talked about? Well, you know that crazy race Mt. Marathon? […]

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Three hundred and sixty!

By Holly Brooks | October 6, 2014

250 Girls + 35 Ambassadors + 30 Parents/Coaches + 45 Volunteers = 360… THAT’s how many people we had at Fast and Female this year! This was our 6th year hosting this event in Anchorage and I’m proud to say that Anchorage is (annually) the largest Fast and Female event in the world! And yes, […]

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Fall for fun- fun for Fall!

By Sadie Bjornsen | October 5, 2014

This fall has been following the general theme of this year, a whole heck of a lot of fun! It started on a more negative note…. 1 month straight of rain and 40 degrees. 3 weeks into it, I picked up a little virus that my household managed to catch, and I spent two weeks […]

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Work Hard, Play Hard

By Sadie Bjornsen | August 26, 2014

After four weeks of working really hard at finishing summer school, and training my butt off- I got to have the little “play hard” break at home with my family last week. I was in the Methow for only five days earlier this summer, so it was great to be able to sneak another one […]

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Website Up. Summer Stuff

By David Norris | August 21, 2014

Website is up and running. It’s practically like going facebook official. This site will be used to thank my generous supporters and keep any followers up to date on what I am doing. This summer has been great. Solid training, feeling healthy, adventuring, and visiting with family. Training on Eagle Glacier is done for the […]

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By Erik Bjornsen | June 21, 2014

It’s mid June already, time is flying! I’m a back in full on training mode, trying to build a fitness that can take me to the next level. The last couple days the training load really caught up to me, my legs are fried. Luckily I have tomorrow off and then I’m headed up to […]

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Disappearing For a Quick Month

By Erik Bjornsen | May 19, 2014

You know you spend a lot of time away from home when being back feels like a vacation. Even though I have been busy lately it’s just so nice to be sleeping in my own bed, catching up on things, and spending every second of my free time outside.  Alaska has been absolutely beautiful this […]

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