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Ampumahiihtokaunottaresta punapää – ”Naisen pitää näyttää hyvältä”
Gabriela Soukalova panostaa meikkaamiseen ja ulkonäköönsä kilpailupäivinäkin.
Chastan nommé directeur des équipes de France messieurs de ski alpin
David Chastan a été nommé directeur des équipes de France masculines de ski alpin, a annoncé la Fédération française de ski (FFS) mardi, dans le cadre de la nouvelle organisation pour la saison 2015/2016.
David Chastan
L.L.Bean and CRAFT Sportswear Official Suppliers of the U.S. Ski Team 
L.L. Bean and Craft announced a multi-year partnership with the U.S. Cross Country and Nordic Combined teams on Tuesday, March 31. (Courtesy photo)

L.L. Bean and Craft announced a multi-year partnership with the U.S. Cross Country and Nordic Combined teams on Tuesday, March 31. (Courtesy photo)

L.L.Bean and CRAFT to design and develop

new technical and active outerwear for the

U.S. Cross Country and Nordic Combined Ski Teams

FREEPORT, ME. and BEVERLY, MA (March 31, 2015) L.L.Bean, a leading outdoor equipment and apparel designer and merchant and CRAFT Sportswear North America, renowned for its cutting edge technology in world class competition and training wear, today announced a multi-year partnership with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team and U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team.

(Photo: L.L. Bean/Craft)

(Photo: L.L. Bean/Craft)

As official supplier to the U.S. Ski Team, L.L.Bean will provide insulated outerwear and rainwear, as well as casual products and hats. CRAFT will develop customized World Cup and Olympic race suits and performance jackets and pants. Both companies will share responsibility for summer training products and base layers.

“We are absolutely thrilled and honored to be an official sponsor of the U.S. Ski Team,” says Eric Schenker, CEO of CRAFT Sportswear North America. “It fires me up to think that Team USA will now join Sweden and other top national teams in representing the CRAFT Sportswear brand on the World Cup and Olympic stage. This confirms that we are producing the world’s most technical and functional apparel and will continue to grow and reinforce this by working closely with these amazing athletes and L.L.Bean.”

The U.S Nordic Ski Team has historically posted strong performances on World Cup and World Championship circuits. Caitlin Gregg and Jessie Diggins took home silver and bronze medals in the 10K freestyle at this year’s FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Falun, Sweden. Nordic combined skier Bryan Fletcher scored a personal best at Falun 2015, finishing fifth in the large hill event. Several of the athletes have multiple World Cup podiums, World Championship medals and Olympic medals, including Olympic Champion Billy Demong and 13-time World Cup winner Kikkan Randall.

(Photo: L.L. Bean/Craft)

(Photo: L.L. Bean/Craft)

L.L.Bean has been partnering with Randall, the most decorated cross country skier in U.S. history, for the past two years. “At the urging of Kikkan, the U.S. Ski Team reached out to L.L.Bean to further this partnership with the entire team,” said Steve Fuller, L.L.Bean Chief Marketing Officer. “This is great recognition of our quality outdoor products as well as our mission to get more kids and families outdoors and active.”

“It’s been great working with L.L.Bean and their development team,” said Randall. “They’ve been really responsive to feedback on products from athletes. Product performance and design is an important aspect of our sport, so we’re lucky to have such great products available through L.L.Bean.”

“When given the chance to partner on this sponsorship with L.L.Bean, the decision was easy,” Schenker said.CRAFT and L.L.Bean have worked together for over a decade and this will only strengthen that bond. Cross country skiing is in the DNA of our brands and together we will be able to support the athletes with the best possible products from every category.”

The partnership between L.L.Bean, CRAFT and the U.S. Ski Team will continue through the 2018 Olympic season.

The combination of the two iconic companies is ideal for the cross country team,” said U.S. Ski Team head cross country coach Chris Grover. “An important part of the athletes’ success on the track depends on the performance of their uniform. With L.L.Bean and CRAFT, we get the experience, the know-how, and the high-end performance that we need to make sure the athletes can ski to their potential. We have big goals in place for Pyeongchang 2018 and L.L.Bean and CRAFT will be important partners in helping us achieve those goals.”

L.L. Bean and Craft announced a multi-year partnership with the U.S. Cross Country and Nordic Combined teams on Tuesday, March 31. (Courtesy photo)

L.L. Bean and Craft announced a multi-year partnership with the U.S. Cross Country and Nordic Combined teams on Tuesday, March 31. (Courtesy photo)

About L.L.Bean, Inc.

L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading multi-channel merchant of quality outdoor gear and apparel.  Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. While its business has grown substantially, the company remains committed to the same honest principles upon which it was built – a focus on the customer, continuous product improvement and innovation, respect for people, preservation of the natural environment and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. L.L.Bean products are rigorously tested, guaranteed to last and always shipped free. The 220,000 sq. ft. Flagship campus of stores in Freeport, Maine is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and welcomes more than three million visitors each year. L.L.Bean can be found worldwide at llbean.com. Join L.L.Bean on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About CRAFT 

CRAFT is the pioneer of functional apparel for serious athletes. Since 1977 CRAFT has devoted itself to developing innovative clothing built to withstand extreme weather in all conditions. CRAFT works closely with its many sponsored athletes and national teams, and focuses on designing the highest performance gear. The brand’s foundation is its authentic understanding and love for the sporting culture, reflected in its strong involvement in cross-country skiing, biking, running and alpine skiing. Constantly working on optimizing construction technologies and innovative materials, CRAFT sportswear is the ideal training and competition gear for all activities year-round. For more information on CRAFT in North America, visit www.craftsports.us.

About U.S. Ski Team

The U.S. Ski Team, as part of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), develops and maintains teams of world-class athletes for national and international competition, including the Olympic Winter Games. The U.S. Ski Team selects teams in all sports for major events such as the Olympics and World Championships as well as annual teams in many Olympic disciplines. The U.S. Ski Team coordinates nationwide development and elite programs for all competitive skiing sports while maintaining a strong adherence to core values. For more information, visit http://usskiteam.com/nordic

What’s Up North… News and Information from Traverse City, Michigan

What’s Up North…  News and Information from Traverse City, Michigan There’s Still Time for a Spring “True Escape” to Traverse City!
Spring is a gorgeous time in Traverse City, with millions of cherry trees in bloom! It’s a great time to enjoy shopping, dining, walking and wine tasting… or just hanging out with friends in front of a roaring fire.  And for a few more weeks visitors can enjoy all of that fun for less. From now until May 13, the Traverse City True Escape Package combines special rates on lodging with a wide assortment of discounts and money-saving offers on everything from dining, movies and spa services to wine purchases and entertainment! For more information go to http://www.traversecity.com/tc-escape-package-491/

Traverse City Links Up with “Trail-Blazing” Mapmakers 
Traverse City Tourism has linked up with MichiganTrailMaps.com to produce high-quality trail maps for hikers, cyclists and other visitors who want to explore the area’s many forested pathways. The company produces detailed maps complete with GIS coordinates, satellite imagery, topographical data and on-the-scene field research giving travelers information about what they’ll encounter along the way. It has begun to research, map and post online the major trails in the Traverse City area. Traverse City Tourism, in turn, posts the maps on its own website and distributes printed versions at its Visitor Center – which will open a new brochure section dedicated to trail maps on April 1.

Smoke and Porter, described as “a new American smokehouse where farm to table meets the firepit,” is scheduled to open in late May in Traverse City’s East Bay resort strip. Henry and Mindy Bisson, veterans of two top-drawer Antrim County restaurants — Lulu’s in Bellaire and Siren Hall in Elk Rapids – have designed the new restaurant’s menu, incorporating everything from house-smoked pastrami to salads featuring smoked fish. Smoke and Porter will feature a 12-seat bar with eight microbrew taps (and also will serve wine and liquor), a lounge area and a dining area with total seating of approximately 100.

Chuck Korson has opened the BLK MRKT café in late January in the newly renovated Warehouse MRKT on Hall Street. The cafe features coffee, tea and beverage services, in-house baked goods, and an expanded food menu, and will operate seven days a week from 7 am to 3 pm. Next door, the building’s owners — Dan and Meridith Falconer — have opened Wood + Cloth, a shop featuring home furnishings, clothing, gifts and specialty edibles.

After years of preparation Traverse City tobacconist Mike Nolan has opened Nolan’s Cigar Bar, northern Michigan’s first cigar bar, where cigar aficionados can smoke while enjoying a cocktail, beer or wine. (Under Michigan law, cigar bars, privately-owned casinos and tobacco stores can allow cigar smoking if they have the proper exemptions.) The bar, which has a seating capacity of 65, features a state-of-the-art smoke removal system, exchanging air in the building fast enough to keep the environment friendly for cigar smokers and non-smokers alike.

A new breakfast spot, The Remedy, has opened in Traverse City’s Warehouse District as an adjunct to The Workshop Brewing Company, which occupies the same building. The new eatery features “scratch-made breakfasts, grab-and-go breakfast sandwiches, house-cured meats, daily chef specials and Bloody Beers and beer mimosas” featuring Workshop brews. At night, the space will double as an event venue.

The Traverse City Whiskey Company is finally open in Traverse City. Owner Chris Fredrickson has opened a 2,200 square-foot distillery, tasting room and retail store at the corner of Fourteenth and Cass streets, offering tastings and sales of the company’s products, along with a cocktail menu and occasional special events.

Meanwhile two downtown restaurants have closed and reopened under new names. The former Union Cantina on Union Street is now Union Tap & Grill, with a new American menu similar to those of owner Matt Davies’ other restaurants (Peninsula Grill, Bad Dog Deli, Riverwalk Grill and Western Avenue Grille), featuring fish, steaks, burgers, flatbreads and 14 beers on draft. The former Cherry Cone ice cream shop on Front Street is being rebranded as the Milk & Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery, now offering high-end deli sandwiches and housemade food products (including chocolates and honey), in addition to the original coffee bar and non-GMO ice cream.

Expansions and Improvements 
A $7 million interior renovation of the iconic landmark tower at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is underway, and the design elements of the 186 rooms involved were greatly influenced by resort guests. The project, which started Feb. 9 and planned for completion by May 31, impacts 16 floors, including hospitality parlors. The renovation work is being completed in as minimally invasive a way as possible for current guests of the 900-acre resort, which includes three championship golf courses, indoor and outdoor tennis, a 100,000-square foot health club, full service spa, diverse and elegant dining options, unique shopping experiences, and 86,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Best Western Four Seasons of Traverse City is scheduled to reopen in May after an extensive winter renovation. Guest rooms in the hotel now have new bathrooms with Kohler fixtures, new heating/cooling units and larger windows. The motel has added a fitness center, business center, guest laundry and elevator, and has replaced its green-shingle roofline with a more modern exterior style. The motel will expand its twelve signature loft rooms with extended second-floor ceilings and windows facing Front Street.

By the second week of April, fifteen of the Cherry Tree Inn’s studios and suites will be completely revamped.  These rooms now feature new carpet, paint, quartz countertops, new tile bathrooms with glass accents, and double bathroom sinks with a fully-lit vanity mirror with TV that appears through the glass when turned on.  Two suites have also added heated air tubs for those looking for more R&R to their stay.

Spanglish, the popular but tiny eatery at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, has doubled its seating area with a midwinter renovation that includes several repurposed church pews and a table from Joe Buteyn Design. The Traverse City Cherry Republic store is nearing the end of a major renovation that is tripling its size and remaking it into a “second flagship store” like the original in Glen Arbor, with a redesigned entrance, more retail space, a larger tasting room and an on-premises bakery and cafe.  A full opening is slated for May 20.

New Faces
Marie-Chantal Dalese, 36, former marketing director (and namesake) of the Chateau Chantal Winery B&B, has been named CEO of the firm, taking over from ten-year veteran Jim Krupka. Dalese, who grew up at the winery, earned an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Management from DePaul University, a Graduate Diploma in Wine Business from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and worked for five years in the Chicago wine trade before becoming marketing director at Chateau Chantal in 2009.

Melissa Bonham has been named general manager at the Bayshore Resort. She has been with the resort for the past four years, most recently as Sales Manager. She is succeeded in that job by Lauren Griggs, a Traverse City native who recently moved back to the area from Detroit.

Van Dommelen, Pritchard receive “Star of the Industry” Awards 
Brad Van Dommelen, president/CEO of Traverse City Tourism, and Marc Pritchard, executive chef at the Park Place Hotel, were named “Stars of the Industry” by the Michigan Lodging & Tourism Association. The awards were presented at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism on March 23.

Van Dommelen was named “CVB Director Star of the Year” for his role in developing Traverse City as a top tourism destination during the past decade. “He has not merely played an integral role in building the tourism business in Traverse City; through direct personal action, he has also helped increase awareness of the entire State of Michigan, both domestically and internationally,” read his award.

Pritchard was named “Culinary Star of the Year.” Born in Great Britain, he was classically trained at the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies and has worked in the US for the past 18 years – almost all of it at the Park Place. “In a town that has developed a reputation as a ‘foodie’ destination, Marc has quietly developed a reputation as a consistently creative chef with a passion for food, presentation and attention to detail,” read the award.

Other Awards and Recognitions 
The Legend at Shanty Creek, which was named Golf Course of the Year in 2014 by the Michigan Golf Course Owners’ Association, has also won that honor again for 2015. The Legend was also one of four courses nominated for the National Golf Course Owner’s Association’s 2015 national Course of the Year award. Given annually since 2003, the award recognizes facilities that excel in four categories: course quality, quality of ownership and management, contributions to the community and contributions to the game. In addition, Golf Magazine ranked The Legend and another Shanty Creek course, Cedar River, among the state’s Top 20 Public Courses.

Goodbye, Horse Shows by the Bay…  Hello, Great Lakes Equestrian Festival
An all-new hunter and jumper horse event, the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, will take over the four-week summer slot at Flintfields Horse Park that had been filled by the popular Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival.  The new festival will open July 1 and continue until July 26. Plans are underway for additional improvements to Flintfields, located in Williamsburg, about ten miles east of Traverse City.

Founded in 2004, Horse Shows by the Bay was the first major equestrian event held in Traverse City, attracting thousands of the nation’s best horses and riders.

Weird Al Yankovic to headline 2015 Cherry Festival
America’s biggest-selling comedy recording artist — “Weird Al” Yankovic, who has sold over 12 million albums and earned four Grammys, including the 2015 Grammy for Best Comedy Album – will appear at this year’s National Cherry Festival on Sunday, July 5.

Traverse City celebrates its heritage as America’s Cherry Capital during the first full week of July with an eight-day party featuring over 150 family activities: air shows, fireworks, parades (including the nation’s largest all-children parade) games, races, midway rides, demonstrations, nightly outdoor concerts and lots of chances to taste delicious cherry products. The Cherry Festival is Traverse City’s signature event, drawing as many as 500,000 attendees from around the country. Everything is located conveniently within walking distance, and since almost all the events are free, it offers more than a week of affordable family fun.

Other Upcoming Events:
April 17-18 –Traverse City Trail Running Festival
Runners of all abilities will hit the trails of the Pere Marquette State Forest for this event, which starts and finishes at Timber Ridge Resort. Races include a two-person 10K relay race on Friday and individual 10K, 25K and 50K races on Saturday. www.enduranceevolution.com

April 26 – Traverse City Chocolate Festival 
A celebration of all things chocolate from the region’s chefs and chocolatiers, with tastings and samples of local chocolates and confectionery treats, demonstrations and mini-lectures, live music, and a silent auction for chocolate sculptures. www.cityoperahouse.org (231) 941‐8082

May 1 – Downtown Art Walk
Art, wine, food and music in downtown TC! Everything from sculpture and oil paintings to glass and watercolor. Prize Drawings at participating stores. Walking maps are available at participating galleries and the Downtown Traverse City office. www.downtowntc.com (231) 922-2050

May 2-3 –Spring Sip & Savor
An opportunity to visit each of the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail wineries for a wine and food pairing selected especially by the winemaker. Each winemaker will be present during the event to talk about the wine and food and answer questions. www.lpwines.com

May 15-16 — Empire Asparagus Festival
The lakeshore village of Empire greets the arrival of asparagus season with games, dinners and – of all things – an annual oral poetry contest for the best “Ode to Asparagus.” www.empirechamber.com (231) 326-6081

May 16 – Old Mission Blossom Day
Old Mission Peninsula winemakers invite you to their tasting rooms to give you a sample of unreleased wines! Barrel and Reserve wines are showcased in addition to each winery’s standard tasting list. www.wineriesofoldmission.com (800) 969-4009

May 23  33rd Annual Bayshore Marathon
An annual spring run up the Old Mission Peninsula – one of the world’s most beautiful marathon settings – that attracts more than 3,000 runners. Half-marathon and 10k runs are also offered.

May 23 –Antrim County Petoskey Stone Festival
Celebrate Michigan’s state stone with a day of stone-hunting, stone-skipping, demonstrations, prizes, and other fun at Barnes Park near Eastport.
www.petoskeystonefestival.com (231) 533-8363

May 28-31 – 5th Annual Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival 
The Leelanau Peninsula has more than 75,000 acres of publicly accessible birding habitat. The Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival is a three-day cornucopia of field trips, talks and socializing designed with birders in mind. www.mibirdfest.com

June 12 –Divas Uncorked!
Visit the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula on this evening devoted to women, wine and food. Each winery will offer a wine selection paired with an appetizer prepared by one of Traverse City’s best restaurant chefs. www.wineriesofoldmission.com

June 13 – Leland Wine & Food Festival
Michigan’s oldest wine festival takes place at the Leland Harbor.  Everyone has a chance to go and see 17 wineries of the Leelanau & Old Mission Peninsulas on Saturday, enjoy great food and music and kick off the summer festival season in style!  www.lpwines.com  (231) 271-9895

June 14 – Traverse Colantha Walker Dairy Festival
A free, family-friendly festival in honor of Traverse City’s most famous cow! Pancake breakfast, music, kids’ activities, food & drinks, a parade to Colantha’s headstone, the Great Grilled Cheese Grill-off, and MORE! http://www.thevillagetc.com/traverse-colantha-walker-dairy-festival/

June 20 – Traverse City Wine & Art Festival
A celebration of local wine, food and culture, with wines from over 30 area wineries, paired with the flavors of gourmet fare crafted by chefs from the area’s top restaurants. There will also be live music and fine art. traversecitywinefestival.com

June 28 – Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair
Fine arts and crafts will fill the streets in this annual juried art fair, which features over 90 artists and craftsmen displaying their work. This event is open to the public free of charge. Adjacent Lay Park will be featuring live entertainment throughout the day. www.downtowntc.com

Toko International Race Service Report: Final eBlast of Season

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International Race Service Report

Click HERE to read a PDF report from the spring World Cups from the Toko international race service.

This is the final Toko eBlast of the winter season.  We will send out an eBlast or two in the offseason if we have something interesting for you, but otherwise, we’ll catch you up the road in the fall!
As the Spring weather hits, don’t forget about Toko Care Line proofing and wash products.  Keep your apparel functioning like new (or better!)
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