Norway’s Blink Festival: Rollerski Racing with Some Social Distance

Times are what they are. Precautions are the name of the game. This year’s Blink Festival in Norway played to a reduced field and limited spectators due to COVID precautions. Some races, as will be noted, included modified race rules to limit close contact between athletes.    Lysebotn Opp – 06/08 The Lysebotn Opp is […]

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Skiing Fast Is All That Matters, Age Is No Issue

This article was made possible through the generous support of Madshus. At 19, junior prodigy Helene Marie Fossesholm, has already challenged the established World Cup elite time and time again, and proven that age is just a number. “When you step up to the start line in a World Cup event, it doesn’t matter how […]

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David Norris: On the Hunt

The razor-thin margin for national team selection in the U.S. played out again this season with David Norris (29) not discretioned onto the U.S. team – the sporting actuaries stated he lacked future medal potential.  On both sides of the aisle, making the team or not, the platitudes didn’t cushion the blow for a skier […]

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Meet Stéphane Barrette, Nordiq Canada’s Acting CEO

Nordiq Canada had a changed-filled month of May, culminating with Stéphane Barrette taking over the CEO role for the next five or six months, with the possibility of permanence if both parties are happy. The former CEO Shane Pearsall was an administrator with experience in both business and sports federation leadership. Barrette is a skier: […]

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A Day in the Life from APUNSC : David Norris

  This series comes to FasterSkier from the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Club A Day in the Life: APUNSC is checking in with Elite Team members of the course of the next few months to get a glimpse into what life looks like for elite athletes as training starts up again during a global […]

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FS News Roundup: Schumacher and Halvorsen win Awards; FIS Concludes Spring Meetings

  Last week U.S. Ski and Snowboard announced the recipients of two awards. Gus Schumacher of Anchorage, Alaska, and newly minted U.S. B-Team member, won the Beck International Trophy recognizing the top athlete in international competition. He shared the honor with alpine skier Mikela Shiffrin.  Schumacher comes off a year during which he won the […]

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FIS Points, Part II: What’s a Point Worth

  This is the second of a two-part series relating to FIS points. You can find part one here. There are, to briefly traffic in the obvious, 60 seconds in a minute. Sixty seconds in a minute; 60 minutes in an hour; 3,600 seconds in an hour. Skiers measure their lives in these increments; we […]

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Canadian Update: Shane Pearsall Resigns, Dave Dyer Retires, Athletes Protest Selections, Welcome to May

The ski world has been rattled by COVID19 and Canada is no different. One thing hasn’t changed, the new year starts on May 1st and brings changes. Nordiq Canada’s CEO Shane Pearsall resigned effective May 22nd. In the press release below, Nordiq Canada (NC) describes ‘mixed emotions’ about Pearsall’s decision to focus on family time […]

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FIS Points, Part I: Inside the Points List

First in a two-part series. Coming next week: The meaning of a single FIS point for national team selection. The recent news that David Norris was not named to the national team by the narrowest of margins, following the application of objective selection criteria tied to an athlete’s position on an overall FIS points world […]

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A Postmortem on the Junior Worlds Women’s Relay: John Estle on Lessons for Organizers, Officials, Coaches, and Skiers

Editor’s note: FasterSkier’s initial coverage of the women’s relay at this year’s FIS Nordic Junior World Championships in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, gave just the facts: The American women, fourth in this event a year before, skied their way up to second this year. This was entirely true, but didn’t get at the whole story. FasterSkier analyst Devon […]

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