VIENNA (AP) — Two Austrian cyclists were banned for four years on Thursday for being part of an international blood-doping ring involving multiple sports.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The man who ran a pair of world-class Nordic skiing centers that were created with funding from the Libra Foundation is stepping down.
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) — Alpine ski veteran Hannes Reichelt has been questioned by police investigating a blood doping ring in sports, the Austrian ski federation said on Monday.
VIENNA (AP) — State prosecutors in Innsbruck have charged an Austrian policeman with malpractice for leaking a police video showing a skier apparently in the middle of a blood transfusion during...
21 athletes, 5 sports in focus as doping probe expands
MUNICH (AP) — As many as 21 athletes from five sports may have been part of a doping ring stretching around the world, German prosecutors said Wednesday.
Kazakhstan comes to defense of skier arrested for doping
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — The government of Kazakhstan has come to the defense of a skier arrested in the Austrian doping raids, saying he didn't use performance-enhancing drugs even though he...
Estonian ski coach faces investigation in doping ring
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Prosecutors in Estonia say they have opened criminal proceedings against a veteran ski coach linked to a doping ring.
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Cycling Union suspended two Austrian riders on Tuesday because of their role in an international blood-doping ring.
VIENNA (AP) — The blood doping case which started with police raids at the Nordic skiing world championships four days ago spread to cycling on Sunday.
VIENNA (AP) — A police video showing Austrian skier Max Hauke apparently caught with a needle in his arm during a doping raid has led to consequences for the leaker.
9 people arrested in doping raids in Austria and Germany
SEEFELD, Austria (AP) — Five elite skiers and a doctor were among nine people arrested Wednesday in doping raids in Austria and Germany amid the Nordic skiing world championships, and police say...
Olympic medalist sets example for young Minnesota skiers
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — All that glitters wasn't gold recently when Nordic skiers young and old gathered in Duluth to hear from an Olympic champion.
It was red, and silver, and purple, too — sparkling glitter on the faces of the athletes who came to see their home-state hero, Jessie Diggins.
Hockey’s Rooney, Nordic skiing’s Masters earn WSF awards
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. goaltender Maddie Rooney and Paralympic Nordic skier Oksana Masters have been selected Sportswomen of the Year by the Women's Sports Foundation.
South African track star Caster Semenya received the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award at the Salute to Women in Sports.
Rooney made the winning save in the gold-medal shootout against Canada at the Olympics in South Korea. The victory ended Canada's streak of four straight Olympic women's hockey titles.
Nordic ski grooming on Mount Spokane ends for season, Discover Pass now required
Grooming ended at Mount Spokane’s Cross Country ski park, Saturday.
“The season had its challenges in terms of trail conditions but plans are in place to make a smoother season in 2018-19,” said Brad Thiessen, the director of engagement for the Spokane Nordic Ski Association.
Those challenges were offset by increasing interest and membership in Nordic skiing, Thiesen said.
Intensified training got Wayzata junior Mara McCollor to the Nordic skiing state meet with confidence and the No. 1 ranking. Proper mind-set took hold from there, making her the Trojans first individual state champion.
Race day is the culmination, said McCollor, the Star Tribune Metro Girls Nordic Skier of the Year. Everything leads up to that day. I tried to keep myself calm so that everything Id done led to a great day.
A bit longer Nordic skiing course at Giants Ridge and Anders Sonnesyn might have become Wayzatas first individual state champion.
The senior received a fine parting gift, however, as the top finisher on the first Trojans team to win a state title.
All you can ask is that you did your best, he said. And the best thing is that the team won.
The Star Tribunes inaugural Metro Boys Nordic Skier of the Year kept team success at the forefront all season.
Class action status granted in Title IX lawsuit
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A judge has broadened the scope of a lawsuit filed by female student athletes who claim St. Cloud University has offered more opportunities for men in athletics than for women.
Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim has granted class-action status in the Title IX lawsuit against the university in a case initially brought by women on the tennis and Nordic ski teams. The judge allowed other female student athletes to join the lawsuit.
Grand Rapids skier Garrett Beckrich pulls off unexpected classic feat to win Nordic state title
BIWABIK, MINN. Grand Rapids junior Garrett Beckrich has been a biathlete for all of eight months, yet has risen to a No. 2 ranking among U.S. junior boys.
With the Super Bowl over, its time to get back to reality. With so much to distract the average sports fan in recent weeks, it might come as a surprise that weve already reached the beginning of the high school winter sports postseason.
TRAILS – Methow Trails is hosting a free Nordic ski day, Friday, January 26.
During the Backyard Ski Day no trail pass is required and the event includes free ski rentals and lessons, according to a news release.
Additionally there will be free snow cat rides from noon tell 2 p.m., hot beverages, free fat bike trail access and free snowshoe trail access in the Methow Valley. Dogs are welcome on all dog-friendly trails.
Minnesota ski club helped put sport on the local map
For many outdoorsy Minnesotans, Nordic skiing feels like a part of our DNA. Northwoods ski lodges are abuzz with activity this time of year, the local high school teams top out at more than 100 participants, and the availability of groomed trails is unlike almost any other metropolitan area.
Maine native coaching is US Paralympic Coach of the Year
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Nordic skier who won four championships in high school in Maine and captained the Dartmouth team is the United States Paralympic Coach of the Year.
Winter arrived last week for athletes competing in boys’ hockey, girls’ basketball, gymnastics, Alpine skiing and Nordic skiing. Practices began and teams embarked on new journeys sure to include special memories — and a few victories and some postseason success wouldn’t hurt. Here’s a look at teams hoping to build on successful campaigns last season.
For the second consecutive year, a Spokane man’s motion-activated trail camera has captured an image of what appears to be a gray wolf in Mount Spokane State Park. Wolves are protected by state rules as endangered species in Washington.
The photo gives more credence to sightings of wolves and wolf tracks that cross-country skiers have been reporting with more frequency for several years.
Grinding gravel: Series of races offer a new way to explore Wyoming’s back roads
Even the name makes them sound hard: Gravel Grinders.
And to be honest, they probably are. Riding a bike for 60 or 120 miles on dirt roads takes time, muscle and patience.
But is competing in something called a gravel grinder worth it? Plenty of people think so.
Gravel racing is becoming the fastest-growing type of bike riding in the country. Competitions are popping up everywhere from Connecticut to California.
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Ski instructor Art Herttua made the switch to Nordic skiing for one reason. "I got bored with chair lifts," says Herttua.
He now shares his passion for cross country skiing by teaching at Bolton Valley Ski Resort. "You're always on an adventure. You're not waiting to go ski, you are always skiing," says Herttua
With snow blanketing the valley, Nordic skiing has begun, as has trail grooming.
Parks and Recreation crews are overseeing more than 30 miles of trail this season, grooming tracks for classic and skate skiing as weather allows.
Crews will tackle High School Fields, Emily’s Pond Levee, Wilson Centennial Pathway and the 390 Underpass to Snake River Bridge on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Some Paralympic athletes are competing in multiple sports
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tatyana McFadden wanted to go to Russia, where she was born and lived until age 6.
So she took up Nordic skiing, qualified for the 2014 U.S. Paralympic team, traveled to Sochi and won a silver medal in the 1-kilometer sit ski sprint. She then returned to her record-breaking wheelchair racing career.
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The Whitefish Airport is still closed after the runway was damaged during a Nordic skiing event last winter, and it may be closed for the rest of the year.
Horses that were used to drag skiers during the skijoring competition caused significant damage to the runway and taxi area, Glacier Park International Airport executive director Cindi Martin said. The horses punched 6- to 8-inch holes in the turf-covered runway, Martin said. Skijoring, which...