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CXC Coach Badamshin Passes Away on the Trails

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

CXC Head Coach Igor Badamshin passed away yesterday of an apparent heart attack while out skiing.

Born in the Soviet Union, Badamshin had a career-best Olympic finish of 14th in the 50 k in Lillehammer, Norway, in 1994. He later moved to the United States where he coached at Gunstock Nordic in New Hampshire before moving to CXC, where he held diverse positions as the organization evolved. He was the head of the elite team when Jennie Bender won her first national championship last season, but has also worked significantly with juniors and masters skiers in the midwest.

“Igor had a tremendous impact in New England while he was here, as you know,” NENSA Competitive Program Director Janice Sibilia wrote in an e-mail to FasterSkier this morning. “I had the opportunity to work with him on many occasions and will miss him a lot.”

Athletes, coaches, parents, and others from around the ski community have been sharing their sadness at Badamshin’s loss on facebook and twitter.

“Shocked and crushed…Igor Badamshin is no longer with us. Great coach, friend and a real russkiy with a big heart. Thank you Igor and #RIP“, tweeted Ivan Babikov, current Canadian World Cup skier and also originally from Russia.

Our thoughts go out to Badamshin’s family and friends, and to everyone in the ski world with this loss.

Hamilton Dealing with Intersection Syndrome, Skipping Saturday’s Sprint (Updated)

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Simi Hamilton (U.S. Ski Team) announced Friday on Twitter that he’s sitting out Saturday’s World Cup freestyle sprint in Poland due to a minor tendon strain.

“Minor tendon strain = no race tmrw in the skate sprint. Bummed, but so fired up to be part of such a growing and strong US team,” he tweeted.

“I’m dealing with something called ‘intersection syndrome’ in my wrist in which a tendon sheath gets super inflamed and starts to squeeze the muscles and tendons together,” Hamilton elaborated in an email. “It’s most likely from lots of poling on a very hard surface in Nove Mesto (I don’t fully know why I’m so susceptible to this, but it probably has something to do with my upper body build).”

Hamilton had the same issue this summer and explained it took three weeks to fully recover, “So I am playing it safe by avoiding any use by my left arm in hopes that I caught it early enough to continue quality training leading up to Sochi,” he wrote. “It’s for sure a bummer to be sitting on the bench tomorrow, but I’m staying positive in knowing that this definitely could have happened at a worse time in the season (like starting to see the symptoms in 3 weeks).

“We have a great pre-Oly camp coming up and I’m looking forward to getting totally healthy for all or most of that before we jump on the plane to Sochi. I think that our team has a great shot at some amazing performances in Poland this weekend, so even though it’s hard to be in this spot that I’m in right now, I can’t wait to see what unfolds with our crew.”

Nils Koons 7th, Tim Reynolds 9th, Drew Goldsack 10th in the China Tour de Ski

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Former Craftsbury Green Racing Project skiers Tim Reynolds and Nils Koons, and former Canadian National Team member and two-time Olympian, Drew Goldsack, competed in the 2014 China Tour de Ski. After completing the six stage tour, Koons, Reynolds and Goldsack finished seventh, ninth and 10th in the overall standings.

Read the press release below to find out what happened in the last day of action and to see results and standings from the Tour.

(Press Release) 

After an exciting Ski Sprint at the Nalati Ski Arena Swedish skiers Adam Steen and Ida Lindkvist became the champions of the 2014 China Tour de Ski. Both turned a deficit into an advantage on the sixth and final stage of the tour, as Anders Hoegberg stranded in the semi finals and the ill-stricken Astrid Bruland was particularly unlucky after dominating the early stages of the women’s competition.

Victory in the final stage of this year’s successful and multidimensional tour went to Victor Gustafsson, who also won the first ski sprint in Changchun more than a week ago and who is the only male skier to have secured two stages. His triumph today also ensured his third spot on the podium of the overall classification. Behind Anders Hoegberg, who led the tour going into the final race but who got eliminated in the semi finals of the ski sprint. Hoegberg had to watch on the sidelines as Adam Steen overtook him by 34 points following his second place in today’s stage. Hoegberg will need to wait at least another year to get his third championship, but he can return to Europe with a fourth victory in Vasaloppet China on his record. Johan Eriksson did very well to get third on the day, which in addition propelled him to sixth place overall at the expense of yesterday’s stage winner Nils Koons, who ended a modest 16th today. Last year’s champion Adam Johansson ended the tour in 13th overall.

Norway’s Astrid Bruland was a class apart in the early part of this year’s tour until illness reduced her strength – much like what happened last year with Kusti Kittilae in the men’s. Bruland did what she could to defend herself against Ida Lindkvist and Lisa Svensson but contrary to her main rivals she stranded in the semi finals. That resulted in a tension-packed final race, in which Lindkvist had to finish first or second to grab the championship. She managed just that: outsprinting Svensson and Ma Qinghua – the best Chinese skier this year – for a third stage win.

Results Stage 6: Nalati, Xinjiang – 1.2km Ski Sprint freestyle

Men’s Final

Women’s Final

Men’s Qualifying

Women’s Qualifying

2014 China Tour de Ski – Final classification Top 10

Men

1. Adam Steen (SWE) 380 points

2. Anders Hoegberg (SWE) 346 points

3. Victor Gustafsson (SWE) 342 points

4. Hallvard Moian Nydal (NOR) 218 points

5. Lukas Johansson (SWE) 214 points

6. Johan Eriksson (SWE) 213 points

7. Nils Koons (NZL) 202 points

8. Romain Claudon (FRA) 191 points

9. Tim Reynolds (USA) 185 points

10. Drew Goldsack (CAN) 172 points

Women

1. Ida Lindkvist (SWE)446 points

2. Astrid Bruland (NOR) 417 points

3. Lisa Svensson (SWE) 395 points

4. Ma Qinghua (CHN) 339 points

5. Chen Shuang (CHN) 234 points

6. Ida Eide (NOR) 209 points

7. Oda Hammernet Pedersen (NOR) 207 points

8. Yang Liu (CHN) 188 points

9. Linnea Bjoern (SWE) 170 points

10.Qu Ying (CHN)161 points

 

Technique App Features Swiss Ntl Team; New Snow Sports Canada Site

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Two pieces of web-related news from the ski world:

* After months of development, Swiss Ski has released a mobile technique app which features video and advice from the likes of Dario Cologna, Curdin Perl, and Laurien Van Der Graaf. With high-definition visuals, the idea is to provide examples of good technique that can be carried out onto the trail and discussed with athletes while they are training. Video is also broken down in slow motion, to more easily understand mechanics. It’s available via the Apple App Store and Google Play, for 5 Swiss Francs and in several languages:

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* Closer to home, Canada has launched an official website combining information from all of its different snow sports disciplines, called Snow Sports Canada. It features news, athlete profiles, resort reviews, and more for cross country skiing, biathlon, downhill skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, and all the other ski/snowboard sports. “[The different federations] are reaching out to share this expertise with recreational snow sport participants, hoping to ensure safety, awareness and growing participation in each of their sports. To do so, they’ve formed a partnership called Snow Sports Canada,” the welcome page states. Like Swiss Ski is doing through its technique app, Snow Sports Canada hopes to share “tips and expertise” from national team athletes to recreational trail users everywhere.

Cologna on Podium in France with Hopes of Making a Full Comeback

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Dario Cologna of Switzerland is making a comeback. After an injury in November that required extensive ankle surgery, the World Champion and Olympic Medalist is racing once again. This past weekend he participated in the three race series of the Alpen Cup in Chamonix, France. While it took until the last day of competition, Cologna finally made the podium in the 20 k skiathlon in third place. He was six seconds behind winner Frenchman Mathia Wibault who finished with a time of 43:20.5.

Cologna plans to return to the World Cup circuit this weekend in Poland, with the hopes that he will be in top shape for the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February.

Seven U.S. Nordic Ski Team Athletes Make 2014 Olympic Team

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The U.S. Ski Team has made their initial picks for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

On Monday, the Anchorage Daily News reported that the first round of picks include Kikkan Randall, Liz Stephen, Holly Brooks, Sadie Bjornsen, Sophie Caldwell, Jessie Diggins and Noah Hoffman.

The U.S. Ski Team coaches will likely add more names to the roster as the Olympic games draw closer, with official nominations being released Jan. 21-22, according to USSA Communications Director Margo Christiansen.

“There are a number of athletes who have achieved selection criteria levels in international rankings, such as Kikkan, Holly and Sadie,” Christiansen wrote in an email. “However we have not named or even nominated anyone yet for the Olympic team.”

In an email, Hoffman explained: “The first objective qualification criteria for the Olympics is top-50 on the Distance or Sprint Year-to-Date World Cup Ranking List as of next Sunday, January 12th. Because there are no distance races next weekend, the distance list is now final. I am sitting 31st on the list, so I am very happy to be qualified for my first Olympic Games! I am the only male athlete who meets the distance qualification standard. The women who have met that standard include Kikkan, Liz, Jessie, Sadie, Sophie and Holly.”

While the U.S. could have as many as 20 athletes compete in the cross country competition, it is unlikely that the U.S. will fill its quota completely.