Nordic blast

Keeping track of the the four Nordic sports: Biathlon, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined and ski jumping.

Posted: 6:42a ET, Monday, November 14, 2011

With a week to go, pray for snow

Warm temperatures in Europe impact the start of the cross-country, ski jumping seasons
By Peter Graves, Special to Universal Sports
With a week to go until the open of the cross-country and ski-jumping seasons, races are being moved and training sessions altered due to a lack of snow on account of warm autumn temperatures.

Posted: 6:28p ET, Friday, October 21, 2011

U.S. cross-country team ready for WC season

By Peter Graves, Special to Universal Sports
Without a World Championships or Olympics this winter, the proof of the pudding will come down to the Tour de Ski and World Cup excellence for the winter of 2012. In a very real way, it's nice and will be a cross-country skiing season without tons of pressure and distraction.

Posted: 12:48p ET, Thursday, October 6, 2011

XC skiing: Kowalczyk a top contender for 2011-12

By Peter Graves, Special to Universal Sports
If you're counting the days, as I am, to the start of the FIS World Cup cross-country season, have faith it's just around the corner. Nineteen World Cup venues are on the calendar for the season, which will kick off in Beitostoelen, Norway on Nov. 19.

Posted: 6:54a ET, Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Nordic season gets ready with FIS annual meetings

By Peter Graves, Special to Universal Sports
The FIS recently held their annual meetings in the lovely resort town of Portoroz, Slovenia, and there's much news to report about the schedules set for the coming season in Nordic skiing.

Posted: 6:48a ET, Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Nordic update: Changes all around

By Peter Graves, Special to Universal Sports
Not far away from the start of summer, the world of Nordic ski competition has been in high gear with lots of news and changes that will affect the coming season. Let's span the globe for what's happening.

Posted: 3:56p ET, Monday, March 28, 2011

Recapping Nordic's 'superb' season

By Peter Graves, Special to Universal Sports
I remember being moved by the play "That Championship Season," which ran on Broadway at the Booth Theater from 1972-74. The production won a Tony Award in 1973. It was a powerful play about life's realities and a dying coach.

Posted: 4:24a ET, Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Oslo, Holmenkollen have special meaning

By Peter graves, Special to Universal Sports
The famed Holmenkollen, the site of this year's Nordic World Championships high above Oslo, Norway, is one of those places, that needs no explanation to fans of the sport.

Posted: 8:56a ET, Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Nordic Worlds: Notes from Day 1

By Peter Graves, Special to Universal Sports
The excitement is expected to build to a crescendo this evening, not far from the Royal Palace in downtown Oslo, as the FIS World Nordic Championships are set to kick off.

Posted: 12:29p ET, Monday, February 21, 2011

Randall has a 'lucky charm' at Nordic Worlds

By Jason Devaney
U.S. cross-country skier Kikkan Randall picked up her third career World Cup win over the weekend, and it was also the second victory she's had this season. During all three of these victories, there's been one common denominator: Randall's husband was there to see them.

Posted: 2:12p ET, Sunday, February 20, 2011

Breaking down the Nordic Worlds

By Peter Graves, Special to Universal Sports
In only a few days the FIS World Nordic Ski Championships slated for Oslo, Norway will begin. Real Nordic fans can't wait, for they know that this championship will be as good as it gets. 21 competitions will take place from Feb. 23 to March 6.

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