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Section 8 on the Maplelag trails, February 4, 2014 (Photo: Jay Richards)

Front-runners, LNR time trial, July 30, 2014

Nordicwerks summer training, July 21, 2014

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Request For Midwest JN Team Coaches Applications
October 22, 2014
Junior Nationals will be held March 5-15 in Truckee, California. Chris Harvey has been selected as the head coach, with Bonnie Fuller-Kask acting as trip leader. Applications are still being accepted for the glide and kick coaches, as well as general coaching staff positions. Application deadline is November 1st!

Mesabi East Update
October 20, 2014
The huge Mesabi East Invite is scheduled for Jan 10, 2015. With the new event center being constructed at Giants Ridge, the old dorms have been torn down. Coaches should make their lodging plans early - a listing of the area lodging options has been posted.

State Nordic Coaches Fall Meeting Oct 25th
October 19, 2014
The annual Minnesota Fall Coaches meeting will be this Saturday, Oct 25th at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. The big topic will be accommodating the new State Meet format (2 teams per section). There will also be a CXC/USSA Level 100 clinic option.
Related:
MNSCA Fall Meeting Oct 21 Update

East Metro High School Cross-Country Ski Scheduling
October 15, 2014
Ramsey County and St. Paul Parks will be holding the high school winter scheduling meeting on Wednesday, Oct 28th in Maplewood. Ski coaches in the east metro should attend to reserve their dates and venues for the upcoming season.

LNR Afton Time Trial Coverage
October 11, 2014
Loppet Nordic Racing has a full schedule of training and racing this fall as the skiers make their final dryland push before the snowfall flies. Saturday morning the group held another time trial on the quiet, hilly roads near Afton. Results and photos posted.

Roy Griak Invite Coverage
September 27, 2014
The 2014 edition of the Roy Griak Invite turned out one of the biggest fields in history on a warm Saturday afternoon on the Univ of Minnesota golf course. The Wayzata boys took the team title in the boys Gold race with Connor Olson finishing fifth. The Wayzata girls were outpaced by a powerful Saugus team (California), settling for second place. Bemidji's senior Jenna Truedson and Minneapolis Washburn's eight-grade sensation Emily Covert were second and third overall! In the Maroon races, Lakeville North boys and Notre Dame Academy collected team titles. St. Paul Academy's Mike Destache won the boys race, with another eight-grader, Sarah Olson of Blaine taking third for the girls.
Related:
Photoset from Bjorn Adelsman: Boys Gold - 33 photos, Girls Gold - 39 photos, Boys Maroon - 46 photos, Girls Maroon - 49 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: Roy Griak Invite
Univ of Minnesota Griak Recap

USSA World Juniors and U18 Staffing
September 24, 2014
USSA has published application forms for coaching positions on the vaunted World Junior/U23 and U18 trips.
- World Juniors/U23 application - Jan 30-Feb 9 in Almaty, Kazakhstan
- U18 Nations application - Feb 1-11 in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
Applications are due by Nov 1st.

Minnesota Fall Coaches Meeting and Education Opportunity
September 17, 2014
The annual Minnesota High School Fall Coaches meeting will be October 25th at the Vasaloppet Center in Mora. The 2015 state meet will be a primary topic. And if there is sufficient interest, there may be CXC/USSA Level 100 Coaches Certification session as well.

Request For Midwest Team Coaches Applications
September 11, 2014
Junior Nationals will be held March 5-15 in Truckee, California. Applications are now being taken for the head coach, glide and kick coaches, as well as general coaching staff positions. Application deadline is November 1st.

Spotlight: Vakava Juniors Summer Program
August 4, 2014
As the Minnesota summer junior Nordic training programs wind down their season, we caught up with the Vakava Juniors at Battle Creek on Monday morning. After a short warm up, the group performed a three lap fitness test, later graphing the results to compare their performance improvements over the summer. They also went through a set of strength tests, finishing up the session with consultations with the Vakava coaching staff, led by head coach Ahvo Taipale.
Related:
Photoset: 113 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Spotlight: Loppet Nordic Racing
July 30, 2014
Loppet Nordic Racing (LNR) has one of the largest summer training programs in the nation, with more than 130 juniors participating. Wednesday morning we caught up with them for a rollerski time trial in the south suburbs. The skiers broke into groups with the coaches to get some pre-time trial advice and then skied a warm up out to the course. Racing in packs of 4-6 similar level skiers, they raced over a roughly 5K winding street course with a couple of moderate climbs. Comp team skiers Sarah Bezdicek and Zak Ketterson posted the top times for the day.
Thursday morning the LNR Comp team was back at it again, executing another time trial, this time on a rolling lap course in the west metro. Once again, Zak Ketterson and Sarah Bezdecik notched the fastest times, racing over a 10K course.
Related:
Photoset: Girls - 126 photos, Boys - 135 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Thursday Time Trial Highlights
Results: July 30 LNR TT

Spotlight: Duluth Summer Training
July 29, 2014
Duluth has a very active skiing community, hosting multiple summer training programs. We dropped in earlier this week to catch two sessions. Monday evening featured a small set of Duluth XC juniors working out at Spirit Mountain, punctuated by five sets of six minute interval ski walks up the long downhills (with one of the best backdrops in the state). Tuesday morning Superior Performance brought some of their collegiate skiers to join the Duluth XC juniors for a tandem workout based out of the famed Duluth East High School. The group worked on rollerskiing agility and technique, including some video analysis, then did an easy skate out the smooth Lakewalk trail.
Related:
Photoset: Spirit Mountain Dryland - 76 photos, Rollerski Technique/Drills - 126 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res) - Dryland, Top Picks (high res) - Rollerski

Spotlight: SCAR
July 27, 2014
The St. Croix Area Racing program (SCAR) was out Sunday morning for an overdistance rollerski on the hilly backroads of Afton, led by coach Kris Hansen. The group was joined by Vakava masters/racing members, with skiers doing one or two big laps of the area (25K or 50K).
Related:
Photoset: Afton Rollerski Session - 46 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

Midwest Skiers Heading to National U16 Camp
July 22, 2014
The Midwest will be well represented next week at the National U16 Camp in Jackson, Wyoming. Earning their trip west: Claire Benton, Anna Johnson, Amanda Kautzer, Erin Moening, Hannah Rudd, and Henry Gore, plus Great Lakes division skiers Bethany Wright and Mitchell DeLong. The crew will spend a week (July 27-August 3) working out with top juniors from across the US, along with USST Development coach Bryan Fish and other elite coaches.
Related:
National U16 Camp Roster
U16 National Camp Schedule

Spotlight: Nordicwerks
July 21, 2014
Enduring some of the hottest weather this summer, the Nordicwerks Skiklubb worked out on some quiet roads just south of Scandia Monday evening. The practice started with some balance drills in a parking lot under the eye of head coach Deno Johnson. The group then rollerskied out to an underdeveloped neighborhood where they did laps on a custom course that included sprint, slalom, and hill climb segments (with frequent waterbreaks). Practice winded down with an easy rollerski back to the parking lot.
Related:
Photoset: Skate Workout - 102 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)

REG Camp Tuesday Coverage
July 8, 2014
Tuesday morning brought cooler, cloudy weather for the Central Regional Elite Group Camp. The group held a skate distance and technique session on some quiet backroads near Spider Lake. USST Development coach Bryan Fish led the technique sessions, emphasizing quick, snappy power in V1, V2, and V2 alternate drills.
Related:
Photoset: Skate Distance/Technique Session - 101 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video: Skate Distance/Technique
National Nordic Foundation: The Regional Elite Group Explained

REG Camp Monday Coverage
July 7, 2014
The Central Regional Elite Camp on Monday featured a morning rollerski time trial on the hilly terrain of Hwy OO, racing from Seeley to the Birkie trailhead. Zak Ketterson and Nichole Bathe cranked out the top times, with some stiff competition. After a wet afternoon classic workout, Bryan Fish gave an extensive presentation on skate technique in the evening, complete with video review of top World Cup skiers.
Related:
Photoset: Rollerski Time Trial - 156 photos, Skate Presentation - 8 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Results: REG Camp - Skate Rollerski TT

REG Camp Sunday Coverage
July 6, 2014
The Central Regional Elite Camp is going on this week, July 5-11th, in the Hayward area. Top Midwest junior skiers are training and competing in a variety of drills and events, with USST Development coach Bryan Fish overseeing the workouts. Sunday's events included a strength assessment in the morning followed by an afternoon agility test on rollerskis.
Related:
Photoset: Strength Assessment - 84 photos, Rollerski Agility Test - 153 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Video from CXC: Rollerski Agility - Men, Rollerski Agility - Women
Results: REG Camp - Running TT, REG Camp - Strength Assessment, REG Camp - Rollerski Agility

Spotlight: Endurance United Juniors Program
June 26, 2014
Kicking off our summer tour, we visited the Endurance United juniors program Thursday morning (early, 6:30 am!) at Battle Creek. Head coach Kevin Brochman, along with assistants Kris Bourne and Sam Elfstrom, started the group off with a number of strength drills, including dips and lunges. The group's main focus for the day was double pole technique, which they worked on over the waterpark trails. Eventually the group split into an advanced group that went out for a long distance rollerski as the rest continued technique drills with coach Brochman.
Related:
Photoset: 88 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Endurance United Juniors Team Programming

2013-14 Season Highlights
May 1, 2014
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2013-2014 high school racing season.


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