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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.

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