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It’s A Boy! Randall and Ellis Welcome Baby Breck

"Overwhelmed with love and happiness to welcome Breck Stuart Randall Ellis into our family last night," Randall tweeted along with the above image of her and Jeff Ellis' son, Breck Stuart Randall Ellis. (Photo: Kikkan Randall Twitter)

“Overwhelmed with love and happiness to welcome Breck Stuart Randall Ellis into our family last night,” Randall tweeted on Friday, April 15. (Photo: Kikkan Randall/Twitter)

Kikkan Randall has broken down a lot of barriers for the U.S. Nordic Ski Team women’s team. Most involved podiums. On Thursday, April 14, she became a first-time parent — another first among her teammates. 

Randall and her husband, Jeff Ellis, celebrated the birth of their baby boy, Breck Stuart Randall Ellis.

“Jeff and I are overwhelmed with love and happiness as we welcomed Breck Stuart Randall Ellis into the world last night,” Randall posted along with a photo of the newborn on Instagram. “8lbs 11oz and 21 [inches]. He’s already a happy, healthy and strong boy!”

When the four-time Olympian announced her pregnancy last October, she also indicated her plan to compete in the 2016/2017 ski season, as well as the 2018 Olympics.

Russian Cross-Country Skier Tests Positive for Meldonium

A Russian cross-country skier who placed in the top 30 at Russian nationals last weekend, Kirill Vitsjuzjanin, has tested positive for the banned substance meldonium. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited use of the drug, a metabolic modulator, starting Jan. 1, 2016. Vitsjuzjanin, 23, apparently took meldonium last September based on a prescription from his doctor, Langrenn reports. His father and trainer Petr Vitsjuzjanin said that his son used the substance last year, before it was banned. Earlier this year, he passed a doping test but a sample taken in March was found positive for the substance. “I am shocked,” his father said. “The situation is embarrassing for me.” Vitsjuzjanin has never competed in a World Cup, but placed 22nd and 27th at Russian nationals last weekend in Tyumen. Several Russian athletes have also tested positive for the banned substance, including tennis star Maria Sharapova and skate printer Pavel Kulizjnikov….

A Week After Junior Worlds, Kern Reaches Alpen Cup Podium

There is still racing happening in Europe, and Julia Kern reached the podium last weekend at the Alpen Cup in Germany a very big way. For starters, she was the third junior woman in the 15-kilometer freestyle mass start — the longest race she had ever done — last Sunday. As U.S. Ski Team Development Coach and trip leader Bryan Fish pointed out, she would have been 15th among the senior women that day in Arber, Germany. “In the past, long distances have been my weakness and even the thought of a 15km would be daunting, however to my surprise this year I have found most of my best races have been in distance races,” Kern, 18, wrote in an email on Sunday. “I think I had a particularly good race today because I absolutely love mass starts and I was fired up to stick with the leaders for as…

Appeals Committee Reinstates Four Norwegian Relay Teams from National Championships

After the national championship relay in Tromsø, 15 men’s teams were slapped with three-minute penalties for skating in the classic portion of the race. The race jury published video of the technique infractions and said that they were aiming to be strict in enforcing the rules on classic technique. Four teams appealed the decision, and the Appeals Committee recently agreed with them, saying that since there was no classic track on the section of the course in question, the skiers were allowed to push off of their skis instead of double-poling. Thus the time penalties were removed for those four teams. The decision is available (in Norwegian) here. According to John Aalberg, who was the Technical Delegate for the competitions and had been part of the six-member group who decided to penalize the 15 teams, the decision not to set tracks had been because on a steep uphill, the tracks would…

Rottefella Files Suit Against Amer Sport, Claims Illegal Copyright of NNN System

The binding wars continue. As noted in a FasterSkier article on on Dec. 31, Amer Sports, the holding company for Atomic and Salomon, plans to release NNN-compatible boots and bindings using what they are calling the Prolink system. linked to an article on Jan. 6, originally posted on, explaining that Rottefella is filing suit against Amer Sport. Rottefella is the original patent holder of the NNN system and the more modern NIS system. In’s translation of the article, which was originally written in Norwegian, they claim Rottefella believes the Prolink system, “is illegally copying Rottefella, who owns the NNN binding system, which includes everything from the tread of boots to the mounting plate on the skis.” E24 reports that Rottefella’s lawyer, Halvor Haug Mans, says Amer Sports is violating intellectual property rights and a Marketing Act, “against copied products.” According to E24, Rottefella, in its complaint, has given Amer…

Biathlon WC to Ruhpolding; European Snow Woes Continue, Tour de Ski Still On

* With more than ten days before the World Cup was set to arrive, organizers in Oberhof, Germany, knew that they wouldn’t have enough snow to hold the biathlon competitions in early January. On December 22 they canceled their World Cup, traditionally the first stop of the new year each season. Ruhpolding, Germany, to the southwest has stepped up and will host the fourth weekend of World Cup racing as well as their originally-scheduled hosting duties for the fifth weekend. World Cup 4 will run from January 8-10 and World Cup 5 from January 13-17. * The FIS Tour de Ski looks set to go off as planned, beginning in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, on January 1-3. There’s enough snow on the race trails and alpine resorts but not much elsewhere down in the valley. The Crans-Montana resort a few hours away had no snow on Christmas for just the sixth time since…

Dec. 22 Roundup: Last Day to Win TDS Tix; Biathletes Spread Holiday Cheer

– Today is the last day to enter for a chance to see the Tour de Ski in person. Adidas will award one lucky individual a trip to Lenzerheide, Switzerland, to watch the Tour de Ski races on-site, starting with the men’s 30 k and women’s 15 k classic mass start on Jan 2. To enter, participants must simply enter their contact information here. – And Adidas isn’t stopping the contests there: Adidas and Rossignol are sponsoring a contest for the chance to win a full ski kit from French skier, Martin Fourcade. The gear includes a long sleeve T-shirt, pants, a pair of Rossignol ski boots, and Rossignol skis. – US Biathlon’s Lowell Bailey and Clare Egan, accompanied by France’s Jean-Guillaume Béatrix, harmonized for an IBU Christmas video, with Egan leading the vocals for two Christmas songs. – Team United Bakeries spreads some holiday cheer during the holiday season in a unique way. Dressed in Santa and Yeti costumes Team United Bakeries hit the trails to “scare” the competition, and dole out…

Dec. 11 Roundup: Johaug in Hot Water Over Pole Straps; Relays Need More Women

– When almost twice as many men’s relay teams as women’s teams competed on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Cross Country World Cup in Lillehammer, Norway, the International Ski Federation (FIS) feels something needs to change. That change may come in the form of mixed relays, which would not only allow more women to participate in the relay races, but more nations as well. – In a competition for kilometers, FIS has launched a challenge to see which country can ski the most during the first 10 days of January. Officially called the “FIS Tour de Ski Challenge 2016 Powered by Polar,” cross-country skiers of all levels are invited to track their own and others’ kilometers on skis via while using a Polar Flow account and compatible GPS product. – According to, Russian athlete and 2015 winner of the Eastern Europe Continental Cup, Andrew Parfenov was not allowed to enter in the…

Noah Hoffman Launches Fantasy League, Trading Closes Nov. 26

Race fans looking for the added incentive of physical prizes have a virtual chance to dominate this winter’s cross-country World Cup season, with the recent relaunch of U.S. Ski Team member Noah Hoffman’s Fantasy Cross Country League. A project Hoffman debuted last year, “Noah Hoffman Fantasy Cross Country” is aimed at gaining a greater following and support for nordic skiing at the international level. The purpose of the league is to collect the most World Cup points by selecting the best team of athletes for each weekend and tour throughout the season. To join, click this link, create an account and pick your team. The first series of trading closes Nov. 26, 8 p.m. Eastern. Rules: – One account per person; no aliases allowed. Each league participant gets a total of 16 skiers for their league team: eight women, eight men. Trades may be made until 8 p.m. Eastern time the night before…

Last Day of WADA Meetings: Russia, Ukraine Declared Noncompliant (Updating)

Note: We’ll try to update this post as the day progresses. The Compliance Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has declared RUSADA, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, noncompliant with the WADA Code. WADA Director General David Howman told the assembly that in countries which are deemed noncompliant, WADA itself will work with other relevant bodies to make sure that athletes are tested for doping violations. He confirmed that the country itself would be on the hook for the expenses of such a plan. Besides RUSADA, the committee deemed Ukraine, Andorra, Israel, and Argentina noncompliant, and put Belgium, Brazil, France, Greece, Mexico, and Spain on a “watch list”. Those on the watch list must come into full compliance by March 18th, 2016. Ukraine was reportedly deemed noncompliant for using a non accredited laboratory. Even athletes from those countries already deemed noncompliant will see no effects of the ruling on their ability to…