– A shoe-in with the Norwegian National Ski Team, Petter Northug recently committed to another four years on the squad. According to the Norwegian Ski Association, he renewed his contract with the team through 2016.
“I depend on the very best support and the very best training conditions,” Northug said in a press release. “I do this to avoid speculations. There is no doubt that I will find the best support and training conditions in the national team. … Also the training partners and the atmosphere in the national team are important to me. I look forward to many championships with the Norwegian flag on my chest.”
– From cross-country skier to CrossFit competitor, Debbie Mizikowski does it all. The 55-year-old skier and cyclist from Fairview, Penn., is headed to the CrossFit Games on Friday-Sunday in Los Angeles, the Erie Times-News reported. One of the top women at this year’s North American Vasa 50 k, Mizikowski qualified for the CrossFit championships in April. She’ll compete in the 55-59 masters division.
– The Tour de France riders aren’t the only ones competing in the French Alps. The U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team did a mountain stage of their own on Wednesday with a team time trial up the eight-mile L’Alpe d’Huez. While its not entirely clear who won, Billy Demong tweeted that he beat Taylor Fletcher:
“Managed to hold off @TFletchernordic on l’Alpe, I swear everytime I start those bottom 3km ill never race it again!”
Fletcher’s brother, Bryan, also posted on Twitter about the workout: “Time trials up L’alpe d’huez hurt. Especially after yesterdays 7 hour ride! #usnoco #tdf12″
The team is in France for a week watching the Tour de France before heading to Sochi, Russia, for the FIS Nordic Combined Grand Prix on July 21-22. L’Alpe is about a three-hour drive south of where the Tour’s 10th stage took place (from Macon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine) on Wednesday.
– Sweden’s Anders Svanebo and Norway’s Kathrine Rolsted Harsem finished the FIS Roller Skiing World Cup on top Sunday in Markkleeberg, Germany. In the last of three races, Svanebo won the men’s 20 k freestyle pursuit and Harsem took first in the 12 k women’s pursuit.
Both also won the first races of the series — the men’s 8 k and women’s 4 k, respectively. Ragnar Bragvin Andresen of Norway took the freestyle sprint title on July 7, and Russia’s Anastasia Voronina was the women’s sprint winner.