– Charlotte Kalla recently told NRK Sport that she was excited to start the 2016 Tour de Ski, especially with the exit of Norwegian Marit Bjørgen due to pregnancy. The Swede, who skipped the 2014 event and finished seventh in 2013, is looking to improve on her past performances but acknowledged that the competition would still be tough and that she would need to improve her sprinting.
– Le Gruyère AOP will be a new main sponsor of the FIS Cross Country World Cup. Le Gruyère AOP, a cheese company from Switzerland, will partner with FIS for a least three years.
”Le Gruyère AOP is proud to be a main sponsor of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup, reinforcing its engagement for winter sports. We are delighted to become part of the Cross-Country family. We will be thrilled to live the emotion of the World Cup and to let people of such a great variety of countries discover our product,” Interprofession du Gruyère Manager Philippe Bardet said to FIS.
– Duluth is often thought of as a skiing destination, but a new $1.5 million nordic center at Spirit Mountain that features lighted trails and snowmaking has neighbors concerned. According to the Duluth News Tribune, residents say that the new trails will enter a no-development buffer zone created in 1984, and are concerned with the noise and light associated with snowmaking and grooming machines. City council members say the 1984 agreement was non-binding, but expressed concern over the project and will review the plans in search for a compromise. If approved and funded, facility could be operational by the 2016/2017 season.