An eight-year member of the Norwegian national team, Øystein Pettersen insists: “There are sides of Norwegian cross-country skiing that are not so positive. Eating disorders, overtraining, stress, pressure, the equipment arms race and much more. But doping, this is not part of the Norwegian cross-country sport.”
U.S. Ski Team and Alaska Pacific University skier Sadie Bjornsen has seen a few changes this summer including an increase in monthly training hours and the number of those sessions with her teammate Kikkan Randall. “It was definitely a new level of training for me, but I felt like I was able to absorb it, so that was cool,” Bjornsen said.
Colorado biathlete Joanne Reid will join Susan Dunklee and Clare Egan to make up the U.S. women’s World Cup team for the first period of racing. Meanwhile, Russell Currier (Outdoor Sports Institute) and Paul Schommer (USBA) are short-listed for the men’s squad and will join a national team training camp in Canmore, Alberta, before one is ultimately selected.
It’s back to school and the World Cup for U.S. Ski Team A-teamer Ida Sargent. Based out of Craftsbury, the Vermont native has been mindful to keep her training quality high. As she readies for the first World Cup in late November, she’ll also keep her mind sharp while taking online classes in public health.
This week, Boulder Nordic Junior Racing (BNJR) Team Head Coach Adam St.Pierre shares a progressive track workout. “If you look at how many juniors in particular just go out at the start of a 5 k race and are just cooked within the first k, by putting them on a track and teaching them how small the changes in effort are to achieve different paces is a pretty powerful tool,” St.Pierre says.
Not such a great summer for the Norwegian Ski Federation and Martin Johnsrud Sundby; now add Therese Johaug to that list. In this podcast episode, FasterSkier Editor-at-Large Chelsea Little discusses these doping cases and the recent IOC meetings where much was discussed, but perhaps not so much decided upon. Have a listen.
2016 was just his second year of biathlon, but Max Durtschi made his World Cup debut in Candmore. Balancing training with the national team and studying neuroscience at Dartmouth College takes a motivation: Durtschi relies on music from the spaghetti western “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” to get him out of bed in the morning.
A contrite and devastated Therese Johaug announced that she had tested positive for clostebol, an anabolic steroid. It was an ingredient in a lip cream she used after getting a severe sunburn at a high-altitude training camp. Her team doctor had told her that the cream contained no prohibited substances.