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Gear Review: Nathan VaporHowe Waistpak

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 smooth water carrying companion you’d want on a trail run with the undue bouncing. The standard go-to for longer trail runs…

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MSU Seeks Head Nordic Coach

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 learning environment distinguished by innovation and discovery. Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley offer outstanding ski training and competition venues and…

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IBU Announces Plans for First Trimester of World Cup Season (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 and disciplines remain unchanged. The EB also agreed that the 14th Ordinary IBU Congress will be held virtually and the adjusted IBU Cup…

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

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 no fans. As sure as the sun rises Nov. 27 on 9:36 AM and sets at 2:05 PM in Kuusamo, the classic sprint will kick off the 2020-2021 cross-country World Cup. Ruka plans to host a three day series of cross-country races from Nov. 27-Nov. 29 :…

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Biathlon Integrity Unit Suspends two Biathletes

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 in the McLaren Report and data from the Moscow Lab’s data (LIMS) handed over to WADA in 2019. The BIU states this…

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CAS Ruling Removes Lifetime Ban for Three Russian Biathletes

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 tying the three athletes to doping. The IOC subsequently ruled the three Russians had committed an ADRV, or anti-doping rules…

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The Escape: SKIGARD HYTTE

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. Think of the series as an opportunity to daydream along with the rest of us, or be inspired to book…

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The Devon Kershaw Show: A Return

  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 then winter. In other words, it’s about time we rebooted this project. On the list of topics discussed, staying put…

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

  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. In this conversation, you’ll get solid details about anti-doping policy in the U.S. and abroad. Think of this as an advanced level remote learning opportunity to up your game when discussing anti-doping affairs. From Noah’s…

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

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 body I have, not the body the insecure part of me craves, responsible for my return to sport?   Since I was little, the word “athlete” activated images of beautiful toned-muscled people in my…

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