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Feb 2, 2012: Volume 12, Number 43





who is now leading the  2012 World Cup Sprint Cup


U.S. Athletes, especially the women, have been having unpresedented results on the international scene this season. Kikkan Randall is leading the overall World Cup Sprint Cup. Jessie Diggins won today's World Cup qualifying in Moscow and placed 6th, with Kikkan 7th and Ida Sargent 12th. Earlier this season Sadie Bjornsen visited the podium and Holly Brooks scored World Cup points three races in a row. 


What brings this success?  10 years of dedication and focus. 

Here is an article Kikkan shared with us 10 years ago. Kikkan has been leading, inspiration the team since that time. 


In Kikkan's words  


"Hello everyone from the Black Forest of Schonach, Germany. There is green grass showing and rain has been falling off and on but we are skiing at the 2002 World Junior Championships nonetheless.


The whole event kicked off on Monday night with a wild and exciting opening ceremony!! There was a lot of great singing, dancing and some great fireworks!! I would have to say that Schonach has put on the best opening ceremonies by far!!


The first race was contested on Tuesday with a 15k classic mass start for the women and a 30k classic mass start for the men. The rain held back and some sunshine broke through and the races went off without a glitch. I had to sit out the race due to a cold I picked up. So I used my energy to cheer on teammates Lindsey Weir, Tara Hamilton, Kristina Trystad-Saari and Jordan Seethaler. These ladies represented our country very well with a top 15 result and a top 30 result (Weir 14th, Hamilton 26th).


The slushy snow however made it difficult to ski consistently and I missed 2 or 3 pole plants before the top. Then it was down and around a wide curve, heading toward a bridge. I was bracing myself for a road crossing just ahead when I flew over a large hole, whew, that was close. The next challenge was two hills in a row. I was getting into my groove now, feeling pretty good and catching the Australian that started ahead of me. As I came into the next downhill however, my ski got caught in a pile of slush and I face-planted. I scrambled to get up and keep going but I had lost a lot of momentum. I stayed focused though and reminded myself that the fall had given me a nice rest and now I would be charged to really gun it over the top of the next hill, which I did. Going into the next downhill I found my legs to be a little rubbery.

The second day of racing concluded today with a 5k freestyle for the women and a 10k freestyle for the guys!! After a couple of good days of rest I decided to give it a go today. My morning started off well with a wakeup call from the local church bells at 7am and a random selection to have my blood tested for illegal substances. As I headed out on the course to warm up I was greeted by rain, slush, puddles and a very gusty wind. I was in high spirits though as I warmed up with some Canadian friends. Soon it was time for me to enter the start area but not without being stopped to have transponders (time reading devices) strapped to my ankles. Next it was on to ski marking and then to a 50m patch of slush where I spent the next 14 minutes running back and forth. At 10:19:30, when most of you were still asleep I headed out into the wind and onto the course. The first kilometer was mostly downhill and it gave me a nice slingshot into the first climb. I began to ski with a quick tempo, trying to relax. There after. Although I was frustrated that my race had not gone the way I planned, the good news of my teammate's 6th place finish (Kristina Trystad-Saari) made my spirits rise. Kris tight U-turn and skated hard into the next hill. I had caught the Australian now and cruised by my USA coaches. They told me that I was skiing in the top 10, right where I wanted to be. The next few climbs began to take there toll however, as I passed 2 kilometers and my legs began to feel like lead.


I managed a good tempo over the next hill but I knew I didn't have enough left. By 3 kilometers my legs were too heavy and I had to make a tough decision. With the sprint two days away I had to decide if it was worth it to expend all the energy I had left today to finish a race that had already turned bad. I decided to save my legs for the sprint on Saturday and began to just ski the rest of the course. As I went by my cheering teammates I felt terrible for not being able to give them something to cheer about. At 3.5 kilometers I fought through very dirty, slow snow and passed US coach Miles Minson. He could tell I had decided to save my legs for the sprint and encouraged my decision. Kistina's result is the best American distance finish (not including sprint results) ever!! It is exciting because it shows a lot, more than ever, promise for American skiing success in the future.


We cannot rest on our laurels or ponder on our defeats however!! There is still a relay ahead and history to be made.

Bye from Schonach for now!! 


Kikkan Randall


Well Kikkan and the entire U.S. Team is making history now.


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Kikkan in Leader's Red Bib 


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Jissie Wins Prologue in Moscow






Ski Pole Length?

 Why are Classic and Skate poles not the same length?


A reader wants us to ask the audience,


What are the recommended length for skate and classic racing poles?  And why are classic poles shorter than skate poles?  I do not see why classic poles are shorter than skate poles and I do not believe the pole recommendations are based on any true biomechanic study but rather just this coach said, or so in so uses this length...? GH


Dear GH


Start, who SkiPost works with, recommends skate poles to be at 90% of the skier height and classic poles to be at 83% of skier height. Start has come up with this recommendation based on biomechanical studies conducted by the Salzburg Sports Institute as well as extensive analysis and measurement of thousands of athletes. The simple answer is classic poles are shorter because when you are single sticking in classic you are only using one arm at a time and not as much of your upper body. 


But our reader does not like our answer so he asks for SkiPost reader answers.  If you have an opinion please email it to weanswer@SkiPost.com .



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NNF supports 2012 J1 Scandinavian Cup Team


Junior Scandinavian Championship "Scando Cup"; Mammaste, Estonia, Feb 14-27, 2012


The Scando Cup trip is the first exposure to international racing and racing travel for U.S. athletes.  Traveling to Scandinavia and putting on a race bib is an eye opening experience.  Athletes come back with a new appreciation of the dedication and focus needed to succeed internationally.  Coaches attending the trip also gain valuable experience in the trials and tribulations of international racing and coaching.  The 2012 J1 Scandinavian Cup Team trip will receive up to $12,000 in support from NNF.  This support comes from both individual contributions made to NNF and also from funds contributed from the 10 USSA Junior Olympic divisions. This total support fully funds the volunteer coaches' expenses while subsidizing overall trip expenses.  Athletes are still responsible for approximately $1500 in expenses.  read more here 




Nichole Bathe, Fitchburg, WI - Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC)

Heidi Halvorsen, Greenwich, CT - Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS)

Julia Kern, Waltham, MA - Cambridge Sports Union (CSU)

Anika Miller, McCall, ID - Stratton Mountain School (SMS)

Sloan Storey, Ketchum, ID - Sun Valley Ski Educational Foundation (SVSEF)

Teagan Yutrzenka, Anchorage - Alaska Winter Stars (AWS)



Kyle Hanson, Fairbanks, AK - Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks

John Hegman, Huntington, VT -Burke Mountain Academy (BMA)

Eli Hoenig, Sudbury, MA - Cambridge Sports Union (CSU)

Adam Martin, Wausau, WI - Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC)

Thomas Rabon, Turner, ME - Burke Mountain Academy

Maxfield Scrimgeour, Steamboat Springs, CO - Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC)

*Patrick Caldwell, Lyme Center, NH - Stratton Mountain School (SMS) qualified but will attend Youth Olympic Games. 



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The Sun Valley Nordic Festival, www.svnordicfestival.com 

runs January 28 through February 5th and features a full menu of Nordic-related ski and other fun activities.  The festival kicks off on Saturday with the Ski the Rails event a volksski which encourages the entire valley to come out and ski the Wood River Trail from Ketchum to Hailey  with refreshments, snacks and fun for the whole family along the way. 


Don't hesitate to make your plans for the Sun Valley Nordic Festival and the Boulder Mountain Tour as it may be the best skiing in the lower forty-eight. For complete information go to www.SVNordicFestival.com and www.BoulderMountainTour.com


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33rd Annual Rendezvous  

March 3, 2012

Great Skiing in West Yellowstone!   


Make plans now to enjoy some of the best skiing and snow in the world, and mark your calendars for the 33rd annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Race sponsored by Yellowstone National Park Lodges.


The Yellowstone Rendezvous Race is a cornerstone of cross-country skiing in West Yellowstone, and is part of the American Ski Marathon Series.  There are six different races offered for skiers of all ages.  Marathoners can enter the 50 kilometer freestyle race, which consists of two laps around the perimeter of the Rendezvous Ski Trail system.  Racers can enter the 25 kilometer events under classic or freestyle technique, with the 10k as a great choice for those preferring a shorter distance. The 5k and 2k races are geared for kids... bring the whole family!


For most skiers, crossing the finish line is the goal.  The fastest skiers will be rewarded with medals and cash prizes at the awards ceremony on Saturday evening.  All racers are invited to treat themselves to the complimentary desert bar at the Holiday Inn after the race. 


For more information, please visit: www.rendezvousrace.com.  


and when you are there stay at the Holiday Inn



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MARTY HALL Exclusive Interview - The Man, The Myth in SkiTrax Feb/Mar 2012 issue


Don't miss this exclusive Interview with Marty Hall, former US and Canadian Head Coach, by Peter Graves in the upcoming SkiTax Feb/Mar 2012 issue. Hall is one of the most successful coaches and outspoken pundits in the sport and in this exclusive interview he bares all...


SkiTrax Magazine is the #1 Nordic ski publication in North America and is the official magazine of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Cross Country Canada (CCC). Read columns by the sport's top stars * Kikkan Randall * Alex Harvey * Chandra Crawford * Andy Newell. Each issue is packed with news, top-rated national and international race coverage, product reviews, columns on training, technique, waxing and the most extensive calendar listing of events in the marketplace.


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