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Northug Rolls to Another Individual Start Victory at Lahti World Cup

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Continuing his winning ways, Petter Northug tallied a 31.7-second victory in Sunday’s 15 k classic in Lahti, Finland, for his second-straight individual start win since World Championships.

Northug topped Kazakhstan’s Alexey Poltoranin, who was second, and Norwegian teammate Martin Johnsrud Sundby, who was sick for nearly two weeks during and after World Championships, in third (+35.1).

Lukas Bauer of the Czech Republic notched a World Cup season-best in fourth, missing his first individual podium of the year by 7.9 seconds. Germany’s Tobias Angerer was fifth (+43.0).

Leading the North Americans, Kris Freeman (U.S.) was 25th. Noah Hoffman placed 40th, Andy Newell was 61st, Torin Koos (Bridger Ski Foundation/Rossignol) was 67th, and Tad Elliott 77th for the U.S. Ski Team.

Canada’s Alex Harvey was 41st, and Alberta World Cup Academy teammates Graeme Killick placed 55th, Michael Somppi was 72nd and Jesse Cockney 78th.




Vylegzhanin, Legkov Go 1-2 in Tour Pursuit

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

The Russians want this Tour. Maxim Vylegzhanin and Alexander Legkov pushed the pace early and held on to nab first and second, respectively, in Sunday’s 15 k classic pursuit. The two overtook Norwegian leader Petter Northug within the first few kilometers with teammate Ilia Chernousov, Switzerland’s Dario Cologna and Canadian Alex Harvey.

Despite changing leads several times, it was always the Russians up front, and at the finish, Vylegzhanin and Legkov broke away to take the top two spots on the podium. Vylegzhanin won in 39.47 and Legkov was given the same time.

Meanwhile, Northug and Cologna switched positions in the back of the seven-man pack, and the two overtook Harvey, who was running in third, at the finish. Northug claimed third (+6.4) and Cologna was fourth by 0.2 seconds, while Harvey was fifth (+7.6) one second later.

Chernousov placed sixth (+20.4), Matti Heikkinen (FIN) salvaged seventh after tripping up on a lane change, Lukas Bauer (CZE) was eighth, Sergey Turyshev (RUS) was ninth, and Johan Olsson (SWE) took 10th.

Canadian Ivan Babikov finished 19th (+1:29.3) after starting 32nd, Devon Kershaw placed 27th (+1:55.3) and Lenny Valjas was 33rd (+1:59.8).

American Kris Freeman ended up 58th (+3:11.0), Noah Hoffman was 69th (+3:37.2) and Andy Newell was 74th (+4:20.9).


July 25 Roundup: U.S. Women BBQing with Northug; Bauer Feeling Strong

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

– With some time to kill between the Blink Festival in Norway and their upcoming camp in Sweden, Liz Stephen and Kikkan Randall have plenty to keep them entertained on a Norwegian fjord. In an email, Stephen explained that they are training at the sister of former APU coach and Norway’s coach of the year, Frode Lillefjell.

“The skiing here is amazing,” Stephen wrote on Wednesday. “Went on a 3 hour ski this morning and we will lift some weights this afternoon before heading to a bbq put on by one of Petter Northug‘s main sponsors.”

They also get to meet Norway’s world-champion superstar. Northug, 26, owns the apartments Stephen and Randall are staying in and allowed them to spend the past couple of nights there free.

“We are really looking forward to meeting him and Petter’s family,” Stephen wrote.

– Speaking of the Swedish camp, Stephen and Randall won’t be the only North American women training with the Swedes. Canadian Chandra Crawford tweeted Tuesday that she would be joining the U.S. women’s team:  “I will arrive in Ostersund one week today. YES! Watch out @kikkanimal @lizstephen @iingemarsdotter [Ida Ingemarsdotter,] @brooksha1 [Holly Brooks,] @jessdiggs [Jessie Diggins] and @anna_haag!”

– Interested in what the Canadian men did in Hawaii? Cross Country Canada made a video of the two-week training camp in June (and we recapped it here).

Lukas Bauer is feeling good after partaking in German performance tests last weekend in Oberhof. According to a Czech Ski Team press release, he won the 15 k rollerski race — in which everyone competed on the same skis — following two hard training days.

“The race was good for me even though I did not feel good during the warm up,” Bauer said.

He sat out Sunday’s running race to nurse a heel injury sustained in February at the Nove Mesto World Cup.

“The heel is not 100% ready yet,” he explained. “Physically it would not have been a problem, but I have been struggling in the terrain as the ligaments and tendons aren’t that strong.”

As for the upcoming 2013 World Championships, Bauer doesn’t think it’s going to be an issue. “I am at the similar point of the preparation as in the previous years,” he said. “I had to only restructure the program.”


May 2 Roundup: Kowalczyk Back After Surgery; Norway Turns Profit

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Justyna Kowalczyk is back at it. According to her website, the three-time Tour de Ski champ from Poland and overall World Cup runner up resumed training on Wednesday in Ramsau, Germany, following an arthroscopic knee surgery on March 19.

“We have to start working again and finish with laziness,” said Kowalczyk’s coach, Alexander Wirietielny. “The doctors suggested Justyna to spend some more days in Warsaw but she replied she would not get ready for the World Championships at a clinic. Therefore we are leaving fro Austria as we planned.”

“I’m curious how it will look like, how my body will keep up after six weeks without any effort,” Kowalczyk said. “That’s a big question mark, but despite that I am calm. Although I know the implementation of the heavy training regime certainly won’t be easy.”

Lukas Bauer is on the mend and eager about next season, but he’s not going to jump into training too soon. The Czech Republic’s leading skier told FIS News he’s exercising again after fracturing his heel toward the end of the season. After seven weeks of being in a cast, he had the plaster removed a week and a half ago and easing into walking.

“You would not believe how much I am looking forward to going for a proper walk and a run!” Bauer said in the FIS interview. “The shuffling was killing me.”

While he’s focused on next year’s World Championships, Bauer was cautious about when he’d start training again. He hoped to be back by mid May.

– After several years of budget deficits, the financial outlook looks brighter for the Norwegian Ski Federation, which turned a profit of about $500,000 krone (about $87,000 dollars) in 2011. While relatively small for the cross-country skiing powerhouse, the surplus reflected the Federation’s first profitable year since 2006. It made 12.8 percent more than in 2010 and was up 48 percent from 2008, according to Langrenn.

– While participants in the 53 k Patrouille des Glaciers, a ski mountaineering race based in the Swiss Alps, never got a chance to tackle the second stage of the randonée competition because of unstable conditions, three men emerged as winners last weekend.

Switzerland’s Toni Livers, Martin Jäger and Lukas Huser won the event, which included both military and civilian teams. Race organizers with the Swiss Armed Forces ruled that warm overnight temperatures made the snow unstable in Arolla, Switzerland, and canceled the second stage after 417 teams started in Zermatt.

Feb. 29 Roundup: Northug Out of Vasaloppet, Pippa In

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

– That pesky stomach virus keeps going around. While there’s no telling whether Petter Northug has the same illness as most every member of the U.S. Ski Team has been dealing with, or if he’s got what Oskar Svärd has, but either way, he’s out.

Both Northug (NOR) and Svärd (SWE) won’t be competing in the Vasaloppet from Sälen to Mora, Sweden, on Sunday because of stomach problems. Both had hoped to contend with each other for the title.

Northug told Langrenn that his head coach, Trond Nystad, and team doctor, Knut Gabrielsen, decided he should skip the 90 k race. It had been one of his season-long focuses.

“It’s a pity not to go Vasaloppet as it was my main goal after Tour de Ski,” Northug said. “I was looking forward to measuring myself with best long-distance specialists, especially as I did well in Marcialonga.”

The three-time Vasaloppet winner, Svärd won’t start because of a stomach parasite that has affected him since January, according to Team Exspirit.

“Vasaloppet is the race that I am constantly dreaming about,” Svärd said. “For the first time in 13 years not being able to start on Sunday feels unreal.”

– While the king of nordic skiing and his Vasaloppet rival won’t be there, a couple of members from Great Britain’s Royal Family will be. That’s right, the famed sister of newlywed Kate, Pippa Middleton and her brother James will be participating in the 90 k on Sunday.

Nearly 16,000 racers are registered for the event. The Middleton siblings (minus Kate) are doing it for a charity called Magic Breakfast.

Lukas Bauer is done for the season after discovering a fatigue fracture in his heel bone. Currently 10th in the World Cup sprint standings, the Czech wrote on his website that a second MRI revealed the diagnosis. While disappointed, he was happy to have discovered this source of the pain that plagued him since the Nove Mesto World Cup.


Feb. 8 Roundup: Nove Mesto World Cup Approaches; Kowalczyk’s Coach Dishes

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

– Three days before the World Cup makes its stop in Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic, the home team is especially gearing up for the 15- and 30-k classic races on Saturday followed by Sunday’s team relays. The team’s leading man, Lukas Bauer, is coming off a 15 k classic victory at Czech nationals on Feb. 5 and said in a Czech team press release that he was a little “afraid” of the new course in Nové Město before skiing it.

The World Cup has not been held there since 2009.

“I was quite afraid of the new tracks but after all it was not that bad,” Bauer said. “New sections go very well together with traditional parts in the Ochoza forest. Good thing is, the courses are very wide.”

Top men’s contenders, including Petter Northug, Marcus Hellner and Dario Cologna are expected to compete, along with Justyna Kowalczyk and Marit Bjørgen in the women’s races.

– Justyna Kowalczyk’s coach, Alexander Wierietielnym, considers himself Russian. At least that’s what he told Sergei Butov of the Sport Express in Russia. Born in Finland, he has also lived in Kazakhstan and Moscow before moving to Poland, where he has been working with Kowalczyk, a multiple world champion, since 2000.

Wierietielnym said Kowalczyk is extremely intelligent and continues to train three times a day. He said she got mad at him six years ago when he scheduled a rest day.

“She once told me, ‘Coach, to take a thirtieth place, you need to train hard. But I do not need thirtieth place. Therefore, I will train even more,’ ” he said. “They say that the nature of Justina incredible physiological data. This is not true. She is an ordinary girl and this is no different from others.”

– If Eldar Røenning wants to beat fellow Norwegian Petter Northug and win the Vasaloppet, he figured he’d need some help. Røenning called on Petter Soleng Skinstad to help him in Sweden’s 90 k Sälen Vasaloppet on March 4. The son of the former Norwegian national team coach Age Skinstad, Petter Skinstad agreed, according to NRK. Røenning said he’ll be a “private aid rider.”

“I will go with a drink belt so that the Eldar have drinks readily available as long as possible,” Skinstad said. “He breaks a ski or a rod, he will take mine.”




Cologna Takes 15 k to Complete Sweep

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Dario Cologna of Switzerland wrapped up two days of racing in Otepää, Estonia, with his second straight win on Sunday, this time in the 15 k classic individual start.

The last to start, Cologna surpassed Canadian Devon Kershaw’s fastest time at 10 k. Cologna won in 40:12.4, and Lukas Bauer (CZE) was second, 24 seconds back. Kershaw took third (+25.2) for his best result so far this season.

Top 10

1. Cologna (SUI) 40:12.4

2. Bauer (CZE) +24.0

3. Kershaw (CAN) +25.2

4. Volzhentsev (RUS) +41.3

5. Sedov (RUS) +42.2

6. Hellner (SWE) +53.2

7. Olsson (SWE) +53.4

8. Chernousov (RUS) +1:02.2

9. Gaillard (FRA) +1:02.5

10. Jauhojaervi (FIN) +1:02.7

North American finishes

19. Harvey (CAN) +1:24.2

22. Freeman (USA) +1:51.2

26. Hoffman (USA) +2:08.1

31. Valjas (CAN) +2:30.0

49. Newell (USA) +4:00.7

50. Sinnott (USA) +4:42.7

Men’s 15 k classic results

Nov. 14 Roundup: Rovaniemi & Skellefteå canceled; Bauer to skip Sjusjoen

Monday, November 14th, 2011

— World Cup teams have started to show their cards for the season opener in Sjusjoen:

The host gets to start more skiers than their quota would normally dictate (19 men and 19 women are currently on Norway’s list). Headliners include Petter Northug, Eldar Rønning, Marit Bjoergen and Therese Johaug, as well as several top biathletes.

Sweden’s squad of 6 men and 6 women will be led by Charlotte Kalla, Marcus Hellner, Johan Olsson and Anna Haag.

— FIS races in Rovaniemi, Finland (November 19 – 20) and Skellefteå, Sweden (November 24) have been canceled for lack of snow. The Craftsbury Green Racing Project (CGRP), which just finished racing in Muonio, Finland, had been planning on entering Rovaniemi. As of Sunday, head coach Pepa Miloucheva said they would simply remain in Muonio until their Thursday departure.

— Lucas Bauer (CZE) has a cold and will be missing the first World Cup in Sjusjoen to recover.

— OneWay, lover of neon, unveiled its new service truck on Monday. Thankfully, the only bright yellow is a small stripe on the front of the trailer. If that thing had turned out anything like the Slovenian suits, it would be a driving hazard for oncoming traffic.

— Marcus Hellner (SWE), Petter Northug’s most visible rival both on snow and at the poker table, just signed on to be the public face of the online gaming site PokerStars. In addition to getting him a nice supplementary income, Hellner said playing poker during the winter provides him with a useful distraction from skiing. It also gives him another excuse to talk smack about Northug, whom he beat at their last meeting over the poker table (he says another showdown has been discussed—”I believe that Petter wants revenge.”).

“…You have to keep focused and be alert,” Hellner said of the similarities between poker and skiing. “In addition, one must keep a cool head when it’s a lot at stake, just like I have to do out in the tracks.”

November 3 Roundup: Why the Short Courses, FIS?

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

–International Ski Federation (FIS) course coordinator Hermod Bjoerkestol (of Hermod’s Hill at Soldier Hollow) writes to Langrenn with an interesting editorial about why loops at race venues have gotten shorter. It’s a good read for people interested in the influence of TV, and FIS’s efforts to grow the sport.

–The organizers of the 2009 World Ski Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, led by Czech champion Katerina Neumannova, are being sued for over $6 million U.S. in debt. According to a report in the Prague Monitor, profits from the event were not as large as expected. Corruption appears to have been a big problem at the event – two men have already been sued regarding a contract greater than $1 million US, and more cases are expected.

–Langrenn also has a short profile of Norwegian sprinter John Kristian Dahl, who came in second at last year’s World Cup sprint in Canmore, but missed out on a berth at the Olympic Games.

–The Province has an in-depth profile of Canadian Paralympian/Olympian Brian McKeever.

–After losing its charity status, Biathlon Canada’s executive director is saying that the group’s lawyers assured her that a tax shelter arrangement was legal.

–FIS has an interview with Czech skier Lukas Bauer.

September 23 Roundup: New EPO-Type Drug on USADA’s Radar

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

–An AP report discusses the potential for a new drug, Hematide, to be used for performance enhancement. According to the article, Hematide “essentially does the same thing as EPO — helps produce more red blood cells — but…it stays in the body longer so patients don’t have to go through as many treatments.”

–According to a new study of elderly cross-country skiers conducted in Sweden, staying active late into your life can keep your aerobic capacity at the level of those 40 to 50 years younger.

–Stimulus money may help facilitate the purchase of Telemark Resort in Wisconsin.

–With just 100 days to go before the start of this season’s Tour de Ski, FIS has an interview with Lukas Bauer.