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Severin Freund opéré à une hanche
Le champion du monde de saut à ski, l'Allemand Severin Freund, a subi une intervention chirurgicale à une hanche mercredi.
Haig Glacier–Summer XC Ski Camp with World Cup skier Matt Liebsch

June 27 – July 4 ~ for Masters, Seniors and Juniors

Haig Glacier

Join coach and World Cup athlete Matt Liebsch for a week of hiking and summer skiing on Haig Glacier in the Canadian Rockies.

•This has been a great camp the last 4 summers… summary and pictures can be found here…  We’ve had athletes ages 16-70.

Haig Glacier•The daily routine includes: early breakfast, hike 45 minutes up to the glacier, ski on fresh piston-bulley tracks until noon. Hike back down for lunch, stretch, take a nap, read, short (optional) hike or strength, eat dinner, review ski technique video from the morning, go to bed, get up, repeat.

•The camp fees include grooming, helicopter transport of your gear up the mountain, 3 hearty meals prepared by camp staff and snacks, bunk beds with separate sleep areas for men and women.

•The ski program emphasizes easy distance altitude skiing. Technique coaching will take place some mornings and will include video analysis. Most of the mornings will be for easy distance skate and classic skiing. This camp is physically challenging due to the alpine environment, changing weather conditions, long distances, and moderately high altitude.

•This is a back-country camp manned with seasonal staff, radiophone and satellite communications with ranger station and helicopter support teams down below (no cell phone reception on the glacier). There are hot showers, TV w/movies, full kitchen, bunk house, and strength area. Limited Wi-Fi dependant on weather

Haig Glacier–Summer XC Ski Camp w World Cup skier Matt Liebsch June 27 – July 4 ~ for Masters, Seniors and Juniors ~

The Haig Glacier Ski Camp, also known as The Beckie Scott High Altitude Training Center, is a seasonal Nordic ski camp used by clubs and teams from across north America. The Haig Glacier is located south of Canmore Alberta in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

  • Fees: $1400 before May 31th, $1475 after (for groups of 4 or morecontact Matt Liebsch for team/club/group rates)
    • –  Helicopter transport of your gear up to camp and the glacier
    • –  All food and lodging while up at the camp
    • –  7 possible days of groomed morning snow skiing, easy distance emphasis with some techniqueinstruction and video analysis. (Depending on the local mountain weather skiing conditions may vary)
    • –  Supervised 3+ hr group hike into and out the camp
  • Extra Fees Required:
    • –  Transportation to Canmore, AL. Last year we offered ground transport from Minneapolis or Duluth. That is still an option, please contact Matt Liebsch for details. Most will be flying into Calgary and sharing rental car for the week. Airfare is around $500 currently. Mileage tickets are 29.5k on Delta.
    • –  Food money while in transit
    • –  Emergency funds of $250 in the instance where the hike in may be closed due to bear activity. If thepark rangers close the trail we pay for a helicopter ride up to camp.
    • –  All athletes will need passports!
    • –  !! Lodging on the front and backside of camp is not covered. In the past we have had a mix of people camping in Canmore or hotel on Sunday night before we start camp on Monday 6/27. On the backside of camp, Monday night July 4th, those flying home usually stay at a Calgary airport hotel and fly home Tuesday morning and those driving home start Monday afternoon. Also, rental car/transport to the Canmore area from the Calgary airport is needed. We have done a great job in the past of pairing up people to share rental car costs or carpool pickup from those driving personal vehicles and hotel/camping costs. Some people also enjoy coming early or staying late to this trip to allow time to check out Banff and the Canadian Rockies.
  • Skier Selection for Trip:

– The athlete must be in good physical condition and able to hike 3+ hours at a moderate pace, and be

able to ski at altitudes near 8500’. Fun is the goal on this trip • Contact and additional details:

  • –  Coach Matt Liebsch 952-473-0377 liebsch@gearwest.com Please contact me for additional information. If you have any level of interest, I would be happy to answer any questions.
  • –  We will attend backcountry training at 9am on Monday morning the at the Canmore Nordic Center before hiking into the Haig later that morning. Those flying in should arrive Sunday. Those driving will leave Saturday morning, stop in MT, then finish the drive Sunday midday. For departure, we leave the Haig Monday morning the 4th. Those driving will leave Monday afternoon and arrive back to the Midwest Tuesday evening. Those flying should schedule flights out of Calgary either late Monday or Tuesday.

Haig Glacier

FasterSkier Podcast with New NNF Executive Director, Hennie Kashiwa
A Feb., 2009 Hennie Kashiwa on the University of Denver  wax bench, at Devils Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, CO. (Photo ©2009 Brett Wilhelm/Rich Clarkson and Associates, LLC)

Hennie Kashiwa working the University of Denver wax bench in February 2009  at Devils Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colo. (Photo: Brett Wilhelm/Rich Clarkson and Associates, LLC)

In mid-April, Hennie Kashiwa, a 31-year-old Colorado native, was named the new executive director of the National Nordic Foundation (NNF). The Kashiwa name has been synonymous with snow and skis for generations — Hennie is no stranger to the business and coaching sides of cross-country skiing. He comes to NNF having coached at the NCAA Division I level as well as spending five years in the “industry” working at Boulder Nordic Sport.


On its website, NNF has posted a succinct and singular mission: “The NNF’s mission is to support athletic excellence in developing nordic athletes in the United States.”

It’s Kashiwa’s job, officially beginning May 1, to fulfill that mission while working with outgoing executive director James Southam. For Kashiwa, one key component of realizing mission success will be expanding the NNF’s presence by broadening its scope of funders.

Hennie Kashiwa, the NNF's new executive director, grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and lives in Boulder, Colo., with his wife Sonya and his daughter, Heidi. They are expecting a second daughter in June, according to an NNF press release. (Photo: NNF)

Hennie Kashiwa, the NNF’s new executive director, grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and lives in Boulder, Colo., with his wife Sonya and his daughter, Heidi. They are expecting a second daughter in June, according to an NNF press release. (Photo: NNF)

Speaking about a specific pitch he’d give potential donors relates to Olympic medal count.

“One example of a pitch, depending on who you are talking to: cross-country skiing, well, not just cross-country skiing, but nordic skiing. It’s important to remember that nordic combined has given us more nordic medals than cross-country at this point, there’s more medal opportunities in the nordic sports than any other skiing events,” Kashiwa said. “If we really want to boost our medal count, supporting our cross-country and nordic combined skiers should be a priority.”

As the U.S. Ski Team boasts a powerhouse women’s team and skiers like Simi Hamilton, who finished 10th overall on the Sprint World Cup, breaking through on the men’s side, it still remains vital for U.S. cross-country skiing to maintain a steady pipeline of skiers able to graduate to the international skiing stage. Historically, the NNF has helped fund those aspirations.

In this podcast, Kashiwa explains what he brings to the NNF and where how he sees the organization evolving.

Ampumahiihtäjien päävalmentajaksi todellinen yllätysnimi – mukana Lahden skandaalissa 2001
Hiihdon ex-päävalmentaja Antti Leppävuori palaa huippu-urheilun pariin 15 vuoden tauon jälkeen. Kaisa Mäkäräinen hyväksyi nimityksen.
Last Call: U.S. Biathlon Talent Identification Camp
Athletes learn about shooting and range procedure from U.S. Women's Coach Jonne Kahkonen during the Talent ID camp in July, 2014.

Athletes learn about shooting and range procedure from U.S. Women’s Coach Jonne Kahkonen during the 2014 Talent ID camp.

(Press release)

U.S. Biathlon Talent Identification Camp

Olympic Training Center – Lake Placid, New York


Arrival: June 19th – camp starts on Monday June 20th at 8:00 AM

Departure: June 23rd – camp ends June 23rd at 11:00 AM

Camp Activities:

US Biathlon is looking for talented endurance athletes who are interested in becoming world-class competitors. The talent identification camp will help us evaluate your stage in this journey.

– Physical tests, e.g. uphill run, 30 meter test

– Strength tests and flexibility screening

– Roller ski technique training with World Cup athletes Lowell Bailey, Susan Dunklee, Tim Burke, and Olympic Champion Andrea Henkel Burke

– Shooting drills and precision test

– Question and answer sessions with World Cup athletes Lowell Bailey, Susan Dunklee, Tim Burke, and Olympic Champion Andrea Henkel Burke

– Final running Biathlon competition running at the Olympic Biathlon venue Mt van Hoevenberg

Needed material:

– Gear for indoor and outdoor sport

– Gym shoes

– Running shoes

– Roller skis, ski boots, poles

– Writing material

Applications: please fill out the attached application form and email it to US Biathlon Chief of Sport Bernd Eisenbichler by May 5th: b_eisenbichler@yahoo.de

Invitations: will go out latest by May 15th

Travel: Applicants are responsible for their own travel. Those arriving by air should plan to arrive in Albany, NY.

Housing & Meals: The camp will take place at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. Meals and lodging will be provided there free of charge.

Bend Endurance Academy Hires Nelson as New Head Coach
On Wednesday, the Bend Endurance Academy announced Bernie Nelson as its new head coach. (Courtesy photo)

On Wednesday, the Bend Endurance Academy announced Bernie Nelson as its new head coach. (Courtesy photo)

(Bend,Ore) — Bend Endurance Academy (BEA) is pleased to announce Bernadette Nelson as the new Head Nordic Coach.  Nelson joins BEA after a two-year coaching stint at Bridger Ski Foundation (BSF) where she was the Post Graduate and Elite Team Nordic Coach. Prior to her time at BSF Nelson was the Assistant Nordic Coach for Montana State University for three years.  “We’re really excited to be bringing Bernie on as Head Nordic Coach,” states Nordic Program Director Ben Husaby.  “She has a ton of experience coaching athletes.  She has shown herself to be energetic, knowledgeable and approachable,” Husaby elaborated.

Bend Endurance Academy is a Bend based non-profit offering programs in cycling, rock climbing and Nordic skiing.  Most of the program participants are in grade school to high school with a small handful of collegiate skiers.  “I’m looking forward to working more in the junior development areas of coaching.  Working with juniors allows the opportunity to lead the athletes to be better skiers as well as better people.”  Nelson stated about her transition to the junior development side of coaching.

Nelson will be replacing Jordan Buetow who has been BEA’s Head Nordic Coach for the past two seasons.  Buetow will be moving back to his native Alaska to pursue a graduate degree.   Bernadette will be taking the reigns of the Nordic program starting this June with Bend Endurance Academy’s summer competition and collegiate training program.   “I’m looking forward to collaborating with Ben this summer to build on the success and momentum of BEA’s summer training program.” Last summer BEA saw close to 30 collegiate Nordic skiers make the move to Bend for a summer of Nordic specific training.  “I think having someone like Bernadette, with her experience with collegiate and elite skiers, is going to be a great addition to the summer program,” says Husaby.

About Bend Endurance Academy

The Bend Endurance Academy is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. The Academy organizes and operates programs that promote health and wellness within Oregon. The Academy provides athletic coaching, mentorship, educational experiences, volunteer opportunities and events for a diverse group of youth, young adults, and other individuals who desire to excel at endurance sports. Our programs are innovative, affordable and inclusive. We work to encourage participants to succeed throughout every step of their athletic and individual development.

The Academy’s mission is to “promote healthy living through active, outdoor experiences. We emphasize teamwork, personal growth and community responsibility.” 


Bend Endurance Academy currently offer programs for Nordic Skiing, Cycling, and Rock Climbing.

Severin Freund opéré d'une hanche
Le champion du monde allemand de saut à skis Severin Freund a été opéré d'une hanche mercredi à Munich et ne pourra pas renouer avec l'entraînement avant environ quatre mois. Le champion olympique par équipes à Sotchi se plaignait de douleurs à une hanche depuis sa chute lors de la Tournée des Quatre tremplins début janvier à Innsbrück.
L'Allemand Severin Freund
Christof STACHE / AFP
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Cornelia Hütter, torgefährliche Patriotin und Koller-Fan
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