NENSA News Feed http://www.nensa.net/ The New England Nordic Ski Association provides year-round educational, recreational, and competitive programs at all levels of cross-country ski racing. NENSA works to sustain a vital and active skiing community in New England, and to provide the support structure necessary to bring athletes to their highest potential at regional, national, and international events. en-us Toko Wax Tips http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=6975 Toko wax tips for the weekend are posted! Check recs from the official wax of NENSA for all this weekend's Bill Koch Festival and the Zak Cup - Marathon Series double header at Bretton Woods!

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staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:43:33 EST
March USOC Coaching Newsletter http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7137 Here is the March newsletter from around the world of USOC Coaching Education and our NGB's. Some of this month's items of interest are women in coaching, career development, webinars, and more. Click here for newsletter.

 

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janice@nensa.net (Janice Sibilia)Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:49:27 EST
KickZone eNewsletter | Latest Edition Now Available http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=6070 View the latest edition of NENSA's KickZone eNewsletter here.

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staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:03:53 EST
Team New England Packs Their Bags & the Alaska Cup for Truckee and USSA Junior National Championships http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7136 New England's best junior cross country ski racers in the U16, U18, & U20 categories are heading to Truckee, California this week for the 2015 USSA Junior National Championships hosted by the Auburn Ski Club. Click here for the 2015 USSA Junior National Championship website. Click, "read more" for the full press release by Sophie Hodges introducing Team New England.

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Since the beginning of winter, racers throughout the East have been competing in NENSA’s EasternCup Series to earn a spot on Team New England for the 2015 USSA Junior National Championship, hosted by the Auburn Ski Club. New England’s top six U16 boys and girls are named to the team, along with the top 15 U23/U18 junior boys and girls. These athletes will head to Truckee, California later this week where they will compete against the top junior racers in the country, and try to defend the Alaska Cup after reclaiming the national title on home snow last year at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.

These athletes are eager to show the rest of the country what the East has in store. The rest of the East Coast will be on the edge of its seat as these racers do their best in the Sunshine State.

Without further ado, the New England Junior Nationals team of 2015:

Coaching the U16 boys is Rob Bradlee, the head coach of Cambridge Sports Union, Massachusetts. This age group includes; Russell Boswell of Stratton Mountain School, Vermont, Adam Glueck of Ford Sayre, New Hampshire, Adam Witkowski of Stratton Mountain School, Vermont, Ben Ogden of Stratton Mountain School, Vermont, Walker Bean of Green Mountain Valley School, Vermont, and Marcus Wentworth of Gould Academy, Maine.

The U16 girl’s category will be under the command of Sarah Dominick, who is the assistant coach at Bowdoin College, Maine. In this age group is Mae Chalmers of Stratton Mountain School,, Vermont, Callie Young of Craftsbury Nordic, Vermont, Phoebe Sweet of Craftsbury Nordic, Vermont, Kirsten Miller, an Independent from Vermont, Gabby Vandendries of Cambridge Sports Union, Massachusetts, and Lillian Fisher of Stratton Mountain School, Vermont.

The U20/U18 Women’s category will be coached by Poppet Boswell who is a coach at Stratton Mountain School, and Kate Barton of Burke Mountain Academy, Vermont. From the Stratton Mountain School: Mackenzie Rizio, Katharine Ogden, Pippin Evarts, Tegan Thorley, Ana Witkowski, and Alex Cobb. Julia Kern, Leah Brams, Sonya Jampel, and Hadley Moreau all come from Cambridge Sports Union in Massachusetts. Kaelyn Woods represents Maine Winter Sports Center, Maine, and Halie Lange of Bates College, originally from Vermont. Ellie Hands is from Minnesota and attends Bowdoin College. Tessa Schrupp of Gunstock Nordic Assosciation and Sarah Nadeau of Blackwater Nordic both represent New Hampshire for this age group. Annavitte Rand from Vermont represents the UNH Ski Team, Carmen Bango of the Woodstock Nordic Runners and Vermont, and last but not least, Orli Schwartz of Craftsbury Nordic in Vermont.

Will Sweetser will be coaching the U18 boys this year, and he comes from Maine, where he is the director of racing at Maine Winter Sports Center. This group includes Gavin McEwen of Cambridge Sports Union, Massachusetts, Kamran Husain of Stratton Mountain School, Vermont, Lance Mckenney of Maine Winter Sports Center, Koby Gordon of Stratton Mountain School, Vermont, Zane Fields of the Woodstock Nordic Runners, Vermont, Lewis Nottonson of Cambridge Sports Union, Massachusetts, Bill Harmeyer of Mansfield Nordic Club, Vermont, Daniel Streinz of Maine Winter Sports Center, and Henry Harmeyer of Mansfield Nordic Club, Vermont.

Coaching the U20 Men category is Leif Johnson. This age group includes Ian Moore of Green Mountain Valley School, Vermont, Austin Huneck of Maine Winter Sports Center, Ben Hegman of the UVM Ski Team, Nick Gardner of Green Mountain Valley School from Minnesota, Blaine Ayotte of Saint Lawrence University from New Hampshire, Dustin Ramsay of Maine Winter Sports Center, Maine, Ben Allen of Maine Winter Sports Center, also from Maine, Malcolm Groves of the Bates College Ski Team from Vermont, Parker McDonald from the Bates College Ski Team, Maine, and Max LaChance of Stratton Mountain School from Massachusetts.

Not to be forgotten are the rest of the Junior National staff! Justin Beckwith of GMVS will be the Head Kick Wax Tech, and Nick Mahood of Woodstock Nordic will be the Head Glide Wax Tech. Assisting are Shane MacDowell of GMVS and Brayton Osgood of Putney Ski Club. Amie Smith of CSU will be the Trip Leader. A huge thanks goes out to all of these folks for putting time and effort into the well being of the team.

This combined group of 49 athletes makes up the New England Junior National Team for 2015. They are strong skiers and have shown their dedication, speed, and endurance throughout the season in order to earn themselves a spot on this team, in one of the most competitive nordic skiing regions in the country.

Janice Silbia has high hopes for the skiers as they embark on their journey. “Every year around this time, March Madness sets in among the National mainstream sports, and for our XC ski community it is no different. As the team makes final preparations for Junior Nationals in Truckee, there is a wonderful mix of enthusiasm, excitement and little bit of nervousness all rolled into one Team of athletes, coaches and support staff. We hear so often that "it takes a village", and it could not be more true here. From Club coaches who volunteer their time, to coaches and parents at home rooting for the team, to the race organizers who play a huge role in providing race opportunities all season long, the list is a long one."

To the team... "We will all be sending best wishes from New England for you to accomplish your goals and dreams in Cali. Good Luck and ski fast!”

Get pumped up for this year with a look back at JNs 2014: 

2014 USSA Junior National Championship at Trapp Family Lodge from New England Nordic Ski Assoc on Vimeo.

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staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:59:57 EST
2015 Olympic Day http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7135 Interested in Hosting an Olympic Day Event this June? Here is all of the info you need to be a part of this National event! Click here for info.

 

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janice@nensa.net (Janice Sibilia)Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:18:54 EST
Toko eBlast: Motivation - Why We Do What We Do http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=6963 Click here for the latest from the official wax of NENSA.

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staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:05:51 EST
Late Registration for BKL Festival Closes Tomorrow http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7133 Did you miss the registration deadline for BKL Festival? You have until tomorrow to sign up! Click here for the late registration form

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staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:24:39 EST
USSA World Championship Update - Sunday, March 1 http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7132 Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) skied to a 31st place in a difficult 50k classic race, the close of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. On a track that broke down early, the race was held tightly together by the conditions. Despite early attemps from race favorites, breakaway efforts were absorbed by the heavy, slow snow. Hoffman demonstrated considerable grit holding to the lead pack until just under 40 kilometers into the race, a feat given his lack of World Cup racing this season due to injury.

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE
Sunday, March 1, 2015


The women wrapped up Falun 2015 in the 30k classic, with three Americans in the top-20 (Getty Images-Mike Hewitt)

Hoffman Leads USA in 50k Finale
Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) skied to a 31st place in a difficult 50k classic race, the close of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. On a track that broke down early, the race was held tightly together by the conditions. Despite early attemps from race favorites, breakaway efforts were absorbed by the heavy, slow snow. Hoffman demonstrated considerable grit holding to the lead pack until just under 40 kilometers into the race, a feat given his lack of World Cup racing this season due to injury.

Two factors defined the eventual winners of the race. Veteran racer, Lukas Bauer of the Czech Republic was the lone skier in the field to change skis at the final opportunity, ten kilometers before the finish. The added kick and freeing glide of his skis allowed him to put on a late-race silver medal effort. However, Perennial World Cup strongman, Petter Northug of Norway was not to be beaten. The outspoken racer took his fourth gold of the championships in a sprint finish after conserving energy patiently and spending the majority of the race near the back of the lead pack. Johan Olsson of Sweden won bronze.

With a running time nearly 10 percent higher than typical 50k World Cup efforts, Sunday's slow snow took a visible toll on the field. Countless broken poles, more ski changes than usual and a higher percentage of skiers taking feeds at every possible support position signaled a tough day to conclude racing in Falun. Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) finished 43rd. Matt Gelso (Truckee, CA) did not finish.

 

The U.S. team and the World Cup circuit now turn their attention to the remaining World Cup weekends beginning on March 7th in Lahti, Finland.

 

 

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Falun 2015 Highlights - USSA Network - YouTube

Falun 2015 Full Event Replays - Universal Sports

MULTIMEDIA INFORMATION
The following video, photography and audio assets will be available during the Falun 2015 World Championships.

 

YouTube Playlist 

Falun 2015 Full Event Replays - Universal Sports

How to Watch Guide (guide to USA viewing of live streaming)

Photography - Cross Country

Photography - Ski Jumping

Photography - Nordic Combined

Soundcloud Audio 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT 

Tom Kelly (off-site)

U.S. Ski Team

Vice President/Communications - Press Attache

+1.435.602.9799

+1.43.676.700.2858

tkelly@ussa.org 

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staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:19:08 EST
Bretton Woods Marathon March 7th http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7125 The Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon at Omni Mount Washington Resort is a classic technique x-c marathon for recreational and competitive skiers. The event is a major fund-raiser for the New England Ski Museum. This year's event will take place on Saturday, March 7.

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NEW for 2015: 

The Half-Marathon will be scored as a Zak Cup event!

 

If you have already registered - thank you; we can't wait to see you!  AND please consider inviting some friends to join the fun.  You can forward this message or pick up the phone and call them. 

 

Use the social media options above to share this with your Facebook friends or 

 

If you have not registered yet now is the time to make your plans.  Visit SkiReg.com to sign up and see who else has registered.

 

EVENT:  42K and 21K distances, timed and un-timed options.

All participants are invited to a post-event awards banquet in the Omni Mount Washington Resort's Presidential Ballroom. Awards are given out to men and women 3-deep in 5-year age groups, for both the 21K and 42K distances. 

 

Family members may purchase banquet tickets for $10.  

 

There are 3 Bill Koch League (BKL) events that take place on race day, starting shortly after the marathon.  BKL registration all takes place on day-of-race. 

 

 

Register Now - go to SkiReg.com

 

There is free skiing for all registered participants on Friday, March 6, at Bretton Woods Nordic Center; it's a great time to pick up your bib, too. 

Friday through Sunday SWIX will hold an "indoor tent sale" at the Nordic Center and on Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm there will be a Beer & Cheese party - Yum!

 

Go to SkiReg to see who has signed up already and join.  

Thank you to our supporters

An event like the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon does not "just happen." Many volunteers and sponsors supply money, products, services, ideas and energy to create and produce this event. Special thanks to:

    

Prizes for skiing fast, prizes for being there!

 

Huge raffle - everyone eligible for fun & useful prizes!

 

Event Glasses for top 3 in 5-year age groups.

 

Winners - Male & Female - 

42 K Winners receive an overnight "B&B" stay at the Omni Mount Washington Resort

 

21 K Winners receive Dinner for 2 at the Bretton Arms Inn

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staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:05:34 EST
USSA World Championship Update - Saturday, Feb. 28 http://www.nensa.net/news/index.php?id=7130 Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT) hung on for an 11th place result in the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 30k classic mass start, a race defined by Norway’s Therese Johaug who broke away with a sharp pace early and held on for an impressive win. Rosie Brennan (Park City, UT) and Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) finished 16th and 20th respectively.

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Stephen Leads Three USA Into Top 20

Johaug attacked the first time up the Falun course's signature climb, the “Mordorbakken”, or murder hill. By the halfway point, she’d claimed a 50 second advantage and caused a ripple of smaller breaks behind her. Americans Rosie Brennan and Liz Stephen skied in a pack in between eighth and 12th place for the majority of the race. Snow conditions played a key role in the racing yet again with slow, transformed snow pushing racers out of the tracks.

All the racers in the top twenty, with the exception of the Finnish team, exercised the ski exchange at the half way mark, as fresh wax for climbing and gliding was key in maintaining momentum today.

The men's 50k is set for 7:30 a.m. EST and will be broadcast live via an L.L. Bean sponsored webstream at usskiteam.com and universalsports.com.

 

 

France Repeats with Team Sprint Gold

Legs burning from the soft snow, France's Jason Lamy Chappuis summoned one final burst of energy to hold off a hard-charing Johannes Rydzek of Germany to seal a start-to-finish win for France in the team sprint at the Falun 2015 Nordic World Ski Championships. Lamy Chappuis teamed with Francois Braud to defend the title it won in 2013. Norway took the bronze but lost a chance at silver when anchor leg Haavard Klemetsen broke a pole in the final exchange. The USA finished ninth, 1:59 back from France.

 

The USA was on the right track in jumping when Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) opened with a 117.0 meter ride - seventh longest on the day. Brother Bryan, who was fifth in Thursday's individual large hill competition, hit bad wind and could only manage 98.5 - leaving the USA in tenth, over two minutes back.

 

It was also a slogfest during the cross country relay. The course had been re-groomed after the women's 30k classic. But in the warm temperatures, it didn't have time to set up firmly. The snow was inconsistent, soft and deep in places, wearing down athletes heading into the final legs of the relay.

 

"Today was racing for pride," said Bryan Fletcher. "I was unlucky on the jump and needed a near perfect jump to have a chance in those conditions. Unfortunately I didn't have that jump which took Tay and I out of the competition."

 

Bryan Fletcher does leave Falun on the heels of a strong fifth place finish Thursday. 

 

"Taylor and I went out in the race to enjoy the crowd and the atmosphere in the last competition of Worlds," said Bryan. "Falun did a great job hosting the championships and I enjoyed them throughly. I am walking away with a personal best finish and some motivation going into the rest of the season."

 

Men's 50k Preview
U.S. starters for tomorrow’s 50K freestyle race are Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA), Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO), Matt Gelso (Truckee, CA) and Kris Freeman (Andover, NH). “My goal is to start skiing clean, sustainably and with high energy. I want to be picking guys off in the second half of the race. My goal is to finish in the top 30 places,” Noah Hoffman wrote on his blog in advance of the race. The race begins at at 7:30 AM EST and will be broadcast live via an L.L. Bean sponsored web stream at usskiteam.com and universalsports.com.

Live Streaming Survey
Did you enjoy the live streaming? Have ideas you would like to share? We would love to hear from you. Please click here for a short survey.
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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Falun 2015 Highlights - USSA Network - YouTube

Falun 2015 Full Event Replays - Universal Sports

MULTIMEDIA INFORMATION
The following video, photography and audio assets will be available during the Falun 2015 World Championships.

 

 

YouTube Playlist 

Falun 2015 Full Event Replays - Universal Sports

How to Watch Guide (guide to USA viewing of live streaming)

Photography - Cross Country

Photography - Ski Jumping

Photography - Nordic Combined

Soundcloud Audio 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT 

Tom Kelly (off-site)

U.S. Ski Team

Vice President/Communications - Press Attache

+1.435.602.9799

+1.43.676.700.2858

tkelly@ussa.org 

Joey Caterinichio (on-site in Falun)
U.S. Ski Team
Nordic Team Manager
+1.435.714.3880

U.S. BROADCAST SCHEDULE (all times EST)
All events streaming live at usskteam.com and universalsports.com, as well as on the Falun 2015 Live Arena mobile app for iOS devices, presented by L.L.Bean.

 

Sunday, March 1

7:30 a.m. – Men’s 50k classic

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staff@nensa.net (NENSA Staff)Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:24:27 EST