His­toric Sea­son in the Mak­ing

SkiTrax - - Kick -

Another Olympic qua­dren­nial has passed, and this sea­son, South Korea will once again host the Win­ter Olympics with Pyeongchang 2018 around the cor­ner. On pa­per, the U.S.A. and Canada are poised for his­toric hard­ware, as Jessie Dig­gins, Sadie Bjornsen and Kikkan Ran­dall head­line per­haps the strong­est Amer­i­can team head­ing to the Games, while multi-dec­o­rated Alex Har­vey is knock­ing on the door of claim­ing Canada’s first-ever men’s Olympic cross-coun­try-ski medal. This could also be a mile­stone Games for biathlon, as the U.S.A.’S Low­ell Bailey and Su­san Dun­klee de­liv­ered his­toric Worlds medals this past sea­son, while Nathan Smith brought home Canada’s first men’s medal from the Worlds the pre­vi­ous year. Spe­cial events can her­ald spe­cial per­for­mances, and any­thing can hap­pen on race day in Nordic-com­bined and ski jump­ing. Both Para teams have def­i­nite medal contenders as well, but no mat­ter the out­come, ath­letes at the Games have earned a unique achieve­ment in their sport­ing ca­reers, and we salute them all. Fi­nally, we’re pleased to present our an­nual Buyer’s Guide in a new ex­cit­ing for­mat that high­lights skis, poles, boots and bind­ings. Plus our new Sk­i­trax Roundtable brings to­gether some of the top names in the sport to talk shop on some in­ter­est­ing top­ics. Have a fab­u­lous sea­son ahead as we look for­ward to good snow at home and around the globe. - BAS

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