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Archive for June, 2010

FIS Fines Russian Team; Requests Removal of Coaches

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has voted to sanctioned the Russian Ski Association (RSA) due to doping rules violations.

At its council meetings in Turkey on Thursday, FIS levied a $154,000 fine against the RSA, and also issued a “strong recommendation” that the association install a new group of coaches and officials unassociated with the doping scandals of the past few years.

FIS also made a specific, formal request for the removal of Anatoly Chepalov–the coach of convicted dopers Julia Chepalova and Sergei Shiriaev–from his current position, as well as the coaches and “medical personnel” of Natalia Matveeva, Eugeni Dementiev, and Nina Rysina, who all tested positive for EPO in the winter of 2008-2009.

In a press release, FIS said that Russia will be required to issue a report on the progress of its anti-doping work no later than November 1, or face further sanctions. Additional measure could include more fines, revocation of start rights for Russians at FIS races, cancellation of events in the country, or even suspension of the RSA’s FIS membership.

FIS also officially announced today the two-year suspension of Kornelia Marek, the Polish skier who was caught using EPO at the 2010 Olympic Games. Marek has 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); otherwise, she will be banned until March 16, 2012.

Maine Gets Second Biathlon World Cup

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

AUGUSTA, Maine – Presque Isle, Maine, will get a World Cup weekend of its own next winter, officials announced Wednesday morning.

In a press conference at Maine Governor John Baldacci’s office, Nordic Heritage Sport Club Chairman Tim Vernon said that his organization would be stepping up to the plate to host a second World Cup weekend in Northern Maine to go along with a previously scheduled race in Fort Kent.

Maine Winter Sports Center CEO Andy Shepard on the left, Maine Governor John Baldacci in the middle, and Nordic Heritage Sport Club Chairman Tim Vernon on the right.

The competition now planned for Presque Isle was originally scheduled for Lake Placid, at the Mt. van Hoevenberg venue, but Vernon said that organizers there withdrew their name from consideration. Presque Isle will hold three races: a mixed relay (two men and two women from each country), a sprint, and a pursuit.

With just eight months to prepare, Presque Isle will have its hands full to pull off the events–Vernon said that his club would need 500 volunteers. But that infrastructure is already in place after holding the Junior Olympics there this spring, he added.

“We’re just going to put those folks right back to work,” Vernon said.

Daily Roundup for June 1: Video from Bend; 2015 World Champs. Selection

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

After a long weekend, there’s plenty of news for digestion, so get comfortable.

–Cross Country Canada has two videos from its start-up training camp in Bend–one with A-Team member Dasha Gaiazova and Justin Wadsworth (check out the aviators!), and another one with B-Team member Graeme Killick.

–The International Ski Federation will announce the site of the 2015 World Championships after its council meetings in Turkey on Thursday. There are four cities in the running: Falun, SwedenOberstdorf, GermanyLahti, Finland; and Zakopane, Poland.

–Denver University’s NCAA Champion Matt Gelso was selected to ESPN The Magazine’s first-team Academic All-District at-large team.

–OregonLive has a preview of nordic combined gold medalist Billy Demong’s participation in the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic bike race, which begins Wednesday.

–The annual Ski to Sea race in Bellingham, Washington, had a record number of teams this year: 464.

–Former Bates cross-country skier Abby Samuelson will compete in her first running race against her mother, Joan Benoit Samuelson, in Albany this week.

–Talks to get financing for Norway’s first ski tunnel are in the works.

–Are you short? Don’t despair–this article on Langrenn says that small stature can be an advantage in developing certain stabilizing muscles.