Category Archives: Skiing

The fittest of them all: endurance athletes

Photo courtesy of Sportsnet.ca Marit Bjørgen and four other top finishers from the Skiathlon gasping for air after all-out effort.

Swimmers, marathon runners, and cyclists get the most credit for being fit, but cross-country skiers outdo them all Tom Rodgers Arlington, Texas Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fittest of them all? You may never have this conversation with the quicksilver on your wall, but many athletes are waking up today in Sochi, Russia and asking themselves ...

Women’s ski jumping ready to soar

Photo: Mht54321 / Wikimedia Jessica Jerome in flight at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Park City, UT. Along with Lindssey Van and Sarah Hendrickson, she’ll compete in the first Olympic women’s ski jumping event.

Among new Olympic events like freeskiing, snowboarding, team figureskating, and luge relay, women’s ski jumping readies to lift off at Sochi John Erik Stacy Norwegian American Weekly Girls and women have been ski-jumping since – well – since the invention of skis, probably. But until recently women were only seen as “exhibition” jumpers in premier competitions. At major ...

A U.S. ski profile

Exclusive interview with the U.S. Women’s Ski Team By John Erik Stacy Seattle, Wash. American women have again shown that the U.S.A is a cross-country ski nation. U.S. women graced the winner’s podium in Sweden, Finland and Canada – the venues visited so far by the cross-country ski World Cup – and are on a trajectory to repeat ...

The cradle of modern skisport

Photo: Hamish Moore

Morgedal is a small valley with a big claim to fame – Telemark skiing was born here When planning a trip to Norway, Morgedal isn’t a destination that often comes to mind. The name doesn’t sound as familiar to North American tourists as capital city Oslo, or coastal cities Bergen and Stavanger. But Morgedal should be ...

Northug will not ski the Swedish Vasaloppet

Norway

But the U.K's Pippa Middleton will "He is not healthy enough to compete. We know that the boys he will compete against in the Vasaloppet have been training all year round, are very good and very difficult to follow even if you are in top form. Petter is now not in top form and in ...

Svindal celebrates: “About time I won again.”

The crowd at the finish area at Lake Louise. Photo: Alpine Canada.

Aksel Lund Svindal made a great comeback after the downhill race on Saturday, and won the super-G race in Lake Louise, Canada on Sunday. Svindal can now record his 15th victory in the Alpine World Cup, and on the same ground where he won his first ever, which happened on the same day six years ...

Skistua Hospitality Year Round

The Rita and Vidar Bakken run Løvlia Skistua. Their children Betina (12) and Brage (7) go to school in Åsa, about 13 km away. (Photo JE Stacy)

Løvlia is a cabin in the woods near Oslo with a lot to offer it's customers By John Erik Stacy 6 October 2011 The Bakken family own and run a business in the backwoods near Oslo: they are the hosts of Løvlia Skistua. Although the stua model is in some ways unique to Norway (the basic concept ...

No free ski competition plans for Aksel Lund Svindal

Photo: Kristin Danielsen, Wikimedia Commons

Aksel Lund Svindal impresses in a film featuring his free alpine skiing , but will not enter into competition with the best skiiers. "I have of course spent a few days on skis and I know a bit what is about, but the best are at a much higher level than I am. I have no ...