New research shows that nearly 20 percent of female junior skiers and biathletes in Norway display disordered eating, with the percentage even higher at elite sports high schools.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Ski Team returned to New Zealand’s Snow Farm for on-snow training and racing. “The primary goal was extended time on snow working on group and individual technique needs,” head coach Chris Grover explained. “Another goal of the camp was to touch base with racing.” Ten U.S. skiers started 2-4 races, and several racked up podiums.
The University of Alaska president has recommended two options that could preserve the future of intercollegiate skiing at one or both of Alaska’s NCAA member schools – but both options may be without precedent in modern NCAA history. The final decision will be made by the Board of Regents in mid-November.
Martin Johnsrud Sundby blamed his poor performance at 2015 World Championships on stress from his positive doping test, while WADA’s scientific director is now commenting that asthma drugs are performance-enhancing at high doses. In addition, Russian hackers released athlete medical records from a WADA database.
If you’re looking to be faster in speed workouts, 2006 Olympian Justin Freeman suggests adding some technique drills and accelerations to your warmup. “We do ten to fifteen minutes of running technique drills, focused on sort of generating power, quick foot strike, kind of getting off your feet,” he says of his Netherlands-based running club.
On the final days of the FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix, Taylor Fletcher raced to 15th overall for the U.S. while teammates Ben Berend and Ben Loomis proved they can fly. “Throughout the two-week Grand Prix Tour I had some of the furthest jumps on the hill,” Berend told FS. “By the time we got to Oberstdorf my confidence was through the roof.”
Although the IOC said in July that Russia should not host any international winter sports events due to their systematic doping violations and cheating at the 2014 Olympics, it apparently walked those guidelines back — and now Russia has been awarded biathlon World Championships, despite the fact that the country is not currently in compliance with the WADA Code.
U.S. Biathlon Association President and CEO Max Cobb will join the International Biathlon Union’s Executive Board, after serving for four years as the head of the Technical Committee. “As biathlon develops even further, the marriage of the technical aspects of the sport with further development… will become more and more important.”