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

— 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.”

 

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