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IMAC Conf Championships, January 27, 2015

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Nicole Schneider, 2nd U18 10K freestyle, US Nationals , January 4, 2015

Leo Hipp powering to the top boys time, Minnesota State Meet, February 12, 2015

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Fall Coaches and State Meet Format Meetings
September 23, 2015
The Minnesota High School Nordic Coaches Association Fall Meeting is set for Saturday, October 24th in Mora. There will also been a meeting on October 5th, in the Twin Cities, to discuss possible State Meet formats.

Midwest Wax Coaches for 2016 Junior Nationals Announced
August 25, 2015
In charge of the Midwest fast skis for the 2016 Junior Nationals, Head Kick Wax Scott Putman and Head Glide Wax Jason Kask were announced recently by CXC Skiing. Applications are still being taken for the six coaching positions. The 2016 Junior Nationals will be in Cable, WI.

International Junior Camp 2015 Recap
August 16, 2015
Zak Ketterson provides an extensive recap and some commentary on his two weeks in Scandinavia, participating in the elite International Junior Camp and training with some of the best juniors in the world.

Heroes of Tomorrow: International training camp in Norway
August 5, 2015
One of the biggest training camps for junior skiers is taking place in Norway, Aug 6-14, with 135 athletes and 25 coaches from 15 nations. Included in the group are Midwest stars Zak Ketterson and Alayna Sonnesyn, as well as development coach Bryan Fish.
Video from Hailey Swirbul: Training Camp - Day 2, Training Camp - Day 3

Spotlight: Vakava Juniors
July 31, 2015
Friday morning we caught up with the Vakava Juniors program for a skate workout at the Battle Creek Ravine. Five coaches, including the founder Ahvo Taipale, put the juniors through a battery of drills including a harrowing cornering/awareness test, then worked on skate technique drills, each tailored to the subgroup skill sets.
Photoset: Skate Workout - 129 photos
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Video: Rollerski Dexterity Derby

Spotlight: Nordicwerks
July 30, 2015
Nordicwerks training program, under the direction of head coach Deno Johnson, was out Thursday evening for a classical rollerski workout near Scandia. After some warm up loops near the starting area, the group rollerskied over to some quiet backroads and then participated in an individual start time trial. Once all the skiers had completed the course, they skied a warm down then headed back to the start area for some sprints and agility work.
Photoset: Classical Workout - 89 photos
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LNR/EU Time Trial Coverage
July 30, 2015
Loppet Nordic Racing and Endurance United juniors held a rollerski time trial Thursday morning on the quiet backcountry roads near Afton. After being rescheduled due to a rainout on Tuesday, the conditions Thursday morning were perfect with bright sun and temps in the low 70s. Abigail Drach and Zak Ketterson posted the top times in the 7K distance.
Photoset: 192 photos
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Results: LNR/EU Time Trial

Spotlight: Endurance United Juniors
July 14, 2015
Endurance United is running a full slate of training programs this summer, with east and west side workouts in the Twin Cities for the juniors. On Tuesday morning, coaches Jake Morgan and Tom Jorgenson had the east side group on the hills of Battle Creek. After a warm up run, skiers worked on foot speed, bounding, and striding. Eventually moving to one of the major climbs, the group did a number of 45 second intense bounding intervals before finishing with a warm down run and strength and stretching drills.
Photoset: East Side Juniors - 109 photos
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Spotlight: Minneapolis Ski Club
July 13, 2015
Olympian Kevin Brochman has his training programs rolling again this summer, with sessions on both sides of the Twin Cities, as well as St. Cloud. We caught up with his Elm Creek group early Monday morning as they worked on strength, classic technique, and some distance classic rollerskiing.
Photoset: Elm Creek Juniors - 99 photos
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REG Camp Coverage
July 7, 2015
The Midwest Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp is going on this week in Cable. We dropped in Tuesday to catch the group for their agility testing in the morning, as well as the strength testing in the afternoon.
Photoset: Agility Testing - 206 photos, Strength Testing - 101 photos
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Photoset from CXC: Midwest REG Camp - Day 3 Strength, Midwest REG Camp - Day 3 Agility

REG Camps
July 2, 2015
Regional Elite Group training camps are happening across the nation this summer. CXC spotlights these special opportunities, with the Midwest REG Camp being held next week in Hayward.

2017 Nordic Junior Worlds Coming to Utah
June 30, 2015
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has awarded the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships to Utah's Olympic venues in Park City and Midway. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association put forward the joint bid with the Utah Olympic Park and Solider Hollow, both of which will host events throughout the championships.

NNF Funds International Junior Camp
June 17, 2015
The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) has announced financial support for the International Junior Camp, August 6-14, in Norway. The new junior camp is designed for rising cross country skiers, with Midwest stars Alayna Sonnesyn and Zak Ketterson earning spots on the roster.

USSA Expands Membership Options
June 15, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is rolling out a new expanded membership structure. The new structure will diversify the existing membership base with a host of new categories designed to make the sports more affordable and accessible. USSA membership pricing has also changed, with general and entry-level memberships starting as low as $15.

Midwest Junior National Wax Techs Application
June 10, 2015
The Midwest Junior National Committee is seeking candidates for the positions of head glide and kick wax coaches for the 2016 Junior National competitions next March in Cable, WI. Application deadline is July 14th.
2016 Junior Nationals

Spotlight: LNR Advanced Group
June 9, 2015
The summer junior training officially fired up this week in Minnesota, with warm weather to boot. Tuesday morning brought the Loppet Nordic Racing Advanced Group to Afton for a session of classic rollerskiing on the quiet country roads. Coach Piotr Bednarski rode with the girls group while David Chamberlain strided with the boys.
Photoset: 130 photos
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LNR Summer Junior Training

2014-15 Season Highlights
May 1, 2015
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2014-2015 high school racing season.

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