Just the Facts
that include Kikkan Randall and Erik and Sadie Bjornsen.
Galanes feels that “everything [at Frisco Nordic] is good; there’s nothing bad,” but he’s still aiming for change. What’s in store? That’ll come out in a master plan that goes public in January 2018.
In the short term, Galanes is instituting changes in lesson structure that are better tuned to guest needs. He’s already radically upgraded the rental fleet so that first-timers have a first-class experience (“You can’t teach people to kick and glide when some can’t even slide downhill.”). He’s aiming for 2.5 kilometres of snowmaking this winter, as well as covering the teaching area, slated to open just before Thanksgiving.
New this year, local residents can enjoy free midweek coaching sessions ($10 for other folks). FNC also has an expansive series of women’s midweek skate clinics and offers a Weekend Vikings program for youth aged eight to 13.
For a change of pace, you can take a skijoring clinic or go tubing (or alpine skiing on a wee lift-served slope) at the Frisco Adventure Center right next door to the Nordic Center.
As for events, there’s full-moon snowshoeing monthly, a progressive ski dinner (“Eat, Ski & Be Merry”) in February, the 48th annual Frisco Gold Rush (also in February) and the Frisco Brewski (a “Happy-hour ski tour”) in March.
In the long term, Galanes would like to see a high-altitude training centre, solar lighting, possibly fatbike and dog trails, and just maybe relocation of the staging area – in the process “making the area more and more fun” for guests, staff and himself.
Big dreams! Me, I bet he’ll do it all.
Russian Cyclists File Lawsuit Against WADA and Mclaren
In September, three Russian cyclists filed a $7-million lawsuit against the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and Canadian lawyer Richard Mclaren, who authored two WADA reports on doping at the Sochi 2014 Games.
In those reports, Mclaren concluded that state-sponsored doping in Russia represents “an unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport.” McLaren most famously investigated allegations of “disappearing positive-test results” at Sochi, leading to a partial ban of Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics and a complete ban of Russian athletes at the Rio Paralympics.
The three cyclists (Kirill Sveshnikov, Dmitry Strakhov and Dmitry Sokolov) allege they were wrongly associated with cheaters and doping in the Mclaren reports, claiming they were prevented from reaching “. . . our lifelong goal of participating in the Rio Olympics” due to a “rushed and compromised investigation.” Mclaren says he is ready to defend himself, but says no lawsuit has yet been served.
USA Nordic to Operate Women's Ski Jumping USA
USA Nordic and Women's Ski Jumping USA have combined forces to unify and strengthen American overall presence on the international field while ensuring that all athletes have equal opportunity and support just in time to gear up for the 2018 Winter Olympics slated for Feb. 9-25, 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Five women were named to the inaugural women's ski-jumping National team including Nita Englund, Tara Geraghty-moats, Sarah Hendrickson and Abby Ringquist to the “A” team. Based on the past year's results,. Nina Lussi has been named to the “C” team following her winning performance at the US National Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. earlier this fall.