Harald Bjerke got on a plane to the U.S. in 1963, and after competing for Denver University and earning a degree in business marketing went on to become the product manager for Swix for 42 years.
(Job posting) Assistant Nordic Ski Coach Job description: The University of Vermont (UVM) in Burlington, Vt., is seeking an assistant nordic ski coach to assist the head coach in performing the duties of managing the intercollegiate sport of skiing within the education mission of the University. Share in the responsibility of educating student-athletes to the […]
Shortly after the U.S. Ski Team (USST) formally announced its 2017/2018 cross-country team, FasterSkier reached USST Head Coach Chris Grover on the phone for his comments. Grover is in Bend, Ore., for the team’s traditional on-snow camp. “We have nine athletes who made the objective criteria to make the 2018 U.S. Ski Team,” Grover said. “Eight […]
Two-and-half months into her summer training last year, Kristen Bourne woke up in a cold sweat. Her temperature read higher than normal and no amount of lozenges could soothe her sore throat. The Northern Michigan University (NMU) skier went to a doctor and received antibiotics to treat what was thought to be strep throat. But two weeks later, […]
On Wednesday, the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) formally announced its nominations for the 2017/2018 cross-country ski team in a press release. Most notably, Noah Hoffman was not renominated, Scott Patterson was named to the B-team, where he’s joined by Patrick “Paddy” Caldwell, who made the jump up from D-team status. “After a strong 2016-17 season, […]
Anyone who follows Jessie Diggins extensively on social media knows the woman has some moves. She’s been the ringleader for multiple U.S. Ski Team choreographed dance videos, and two weeks ago, posted a video of herself doing a little “fancy footwork” House dance in Boston. https://www.instagram.com/p/BTrQiGcFVct/?taken-by=jessiediggins Her background in dance began at the Woodbury Dance […]
On Monday, Russian cross-country skiers appeared before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to protest their provisional suspension by the International Ski Federation (FIS). “The hearings were held for five hours, during which we actively discussed all the legal and factual subtleties,” Christoph Wieschemann – the lawyer for Alexander Legkov and Evgeny Belov – […]
May 1 marks the symbolic start of the annual training cycle for many year-round nordic skiers. With that in mind, we recently spoke with Stephen Seiler. A Texas native, Seiler, 51, is a professor of sports science at the University of Adger in Kristiansand, Norway. Seiler has researched, written and spoken extensively about physiological adaptations as […]
At 27, Noah Hoffman has had a singular goal — to be one of the best cross-country skiers in the world. From his hometown of Aspen, Colo., to the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation in 2007, to the U.S. Ski Team (USST) in 2008, Hoffman evolved into the country’s top distance skier. Internationally, Hoffman (who switched clubs in 2009 […]
This article has been updated with additional comments from UNM student-athlete Brenna Egan. * * * Skiing at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is officially alive again, at least for one more year, while the university and the ski team pursue viable long-term funding sources, school officials announced earlier on Thursday. Speaking at a […]
While most people have moved on to other sports by May, the more obsessive skiers are starting the new training year on snow. Canada’s “first” cross-country ski “races” of the 2017/2018 season were held on May 6. “First” because, while we haven’t exhaustively researched this, it was the first Saturday after May 1, which is the traditional new year […]
On May 6, Sovereign Lake hosted a classic time trial with a twist. Instead of using a standard interval start, each skier drew a number, did that many pushups, put their skis on, and started the 5-kilometre, one-lap course. When one skier hit the 5-metre line, the next skier stepped up to the pushup station. Troy […]
Monday afternoon, Noah Hoffman announced on his blog: “After my disappointing season, I was not renamed to the U.S. Ski Team,” he wrote. Those were the words beginning the post’s fourth paragraph. As the lead into that news, Hoffman referenced his big-volume 2016/2017 training load and subsequent lackluster results, as well as his near off-the-grid month adventuring […]
The following firsthand account was written by FasterSkier intern Ian Tovell, who attended this year’s American Birkebeiner in February, which was canceled due to lack of snow. Instead, the 2017 BirkieFest was held on Feb. 25 at the new Birkie trailhead and start area near Cable, Wis., with an estimated 10,000 people coming out for a […]
On Friday, Cross Country Canada (CCC) released its national-team nominations for the 2017/2018 season. The senior team includes 14 athletes, just one of which is a newcomer: 19-year-old Gareth Williams, who was on the junior national team last season. In an Olympic year, Jess Cockney and Knute Johnsgaard made the jump up to A-team status, joining three other […]
Organizers in Ishpeming, Mich., had everything in place to host the 2003 U.S. SuperTour Finals and Distance Nationals. Everything but snow. The area had encountered a heat wave and with barely any coverage, the competitions needed to be moved. The chief of competition and the organizing committee for the weeklong event, Joe Haggenmiller had his hands full in […]
Listed at the bottom of a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) press release announcing U.S. Nordic Combined Head Coach Dave Jarrett’s retirement are his coaching highlights. It’s a long list defined by two things: Olympic and World Championship medals and longevity. Jarrett will forever be linked with the iconic names of U.S. nordic combined, including Billy Demong, Johnny […]
Plenty of athletes, such as Therese Johaug, have been suspended from sport based on the concept of “strict liability”: they are responsible for any prohibited substance which enters their body. The IOC has forgone that principle in dealing with Jamaican sprinters at the 2008 Olympics.
This week’s workout comes from University of New Mexico (UNM) sophomore Julia Devaux, who recently wrapped up her second season with the UNM nordic team. Devaux, 23, is originally from Grenoble, France, and grew up training in Villard de Lans. She was previously a member of the French national team but sought out new motivation to continue skiing. “[UNM Head Coach] […]
The Golden Nordic Ski Club in Golden, British Columbia, is seeking an enthusiastic, self motivated full-time Head Coach with skills and integrity for the upcoming 2016/17 ski season, starting part time in June/July/August and full time mid-September through mid-April.