Jessie Diggins adds her voice to the conversation surrounding the impact and significance of body comments in the media, and awareness of pervasive underlying issues in sport, speaking from the perspective of someone who has experienced an eating disorder and since become an advocate for awareness and support in that realm. She also discusses her season, the 2022 Olympics, and what keeps her going in the sport now that she has earned an Olympic medal of each color and some of the top...
Published 04/15/22
Published 04/15/22
Last weekend, roughly 200 intrepid skiers lined up at the base of the Mount Crested Butte ski resort, awaiting a midnight race start that would send them 40 miles north through the rugged Elk Mountains to Aspen, Colorado. Among the masses, most of whom were on lightweight ski mountaineering or alpine touring setups, was a pair looking to return the Grand Traverse ski race to its cross country ski roots. The pair was Simi Hamilton and Ben Koons, wearing Fischer skate skis that had seen World...
Published 04/08/22
Though the FasterSkier team would select other highlights from the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games, one of the most read articles we produced featured the responses of members of the ski community to a story published on February 8th by the New York Times. In this episode, a panel discusses why these comments are detrimental and voice opinions on how media can better cover endurance sports, while being mindful of the concerns of athletes.
Published 03/31/22
In this episode, we’ve got Chad Salmela and Kikkan Randall on to discuss the experience of calling the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games, live from a booth in Stamford, CT.
Published 03/04/22
In this episode, we have Sydney Palmer-Leger, Sophia Laukli, and Novie McCabe. Each is a member of the U.S. Cross Country team, and they are also all teammates at the University of Utah (UU), where they are coached by Miles Havlick and Fredrik Landstedt. Laukli and McCabe were recently named to the 2022 Olympic Team and are soon headed to Beijing, while Palmer-Leger will race in the RMISA collegiate circuit for the next few weeks before flying to Norway for the FIS Junior World Championships...
Published 01/27/22
In this episode, we have Jake Adicoff and Sam Wood, calling in from Lillehammer as the duo races as athlete and guide at the Para World Championships. Jake is a visually impaired athlete from Sun Valley who grew up racing with the SVSEF cross country program and now trains with the Gold Team. Meanwhile, Sam is also a member of the SVSEF Gold Team, balancing his own training and race goals with his support of Jake this season. In this conversation, we get into the dynamic of the athlete-guide...
Published 01/22/22
In this episode, we have Matt Whitcomb back to debrief the 2021/22 Tour de Ski, including highs and lows, overcoming setbacks, and managing a circulating head cold. We also discuss the cancellation of the Les Rousses World Cup, covid safety in a critical window before the Olympics, and the racing happening in Soldier Hollow during the 2022 US Cross Country Championships.
Published 01/06/22
In this episode, we have Ben Ogden, Gus Schumacher, and JC Schoonmaker, members of the new generation of American men who have found success at the junior level internationally, and are now transitioning onto the World Cup as athletes to follow. In this conversation, we explore this transition from a variety of angles, along with goal setting, team dynamics, and navigating the challenges of competing for very limited and selective Olympic spots without compromising the friendship and culture...
Published 12/15/21
In this episode, we have U.S. Ski Team members Hannah Halvorsen and Hailey Swirbul along with development team coach Kate Barton to discuss a variety of challenges female athletes of all levels experience during their careers. From social media to pressure, and “balance” to competition between teammates, these women shared powerful insights into their lives as athletes and coaches at the highest level of our sport.
Published 12/01/21
In this episode, we have Tara Geraghty-Moats, a trailblazer in women’s nordic combined who made the switch this season to biathlon. Tara discusses this move, and provides insight into the state of women's nordic combined in the US, along with an update on her biathlon training and goals for the upcoming season.
Published 11/17/21
In this episode, we have Jim Galanes to discuss some guiding training principles for masters athletes. If you enjoy the endurance athlete lifestyle, or are juggling a career and family, but still enjoy trying to get fitter and faster as in this fickle sport, this interview has plenty of exercise physiology insight to chew on. 
Published 11/10/21
In this episode, we connect with US Ski Team Head Coach Matt Whitcomb following the US Ski Team and National Training Group camp in Park City. Whitcomb answers a variety of questions to provide insight into the upcoming season leading up to the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Published 11/02/21
In this episode, we discuss the topic of maternal mental health with Holly Brooks and Calisa Kastning, co-founders of Moms Matter Now and accomplished skiers. Through this platform and the online courses they are building, they hope to provide women with the tools to prepare for the emotional and psychological changes they might experience surrounding pregnancy and into motherhood, and to empower each participant to prioritize her own well-being in order to be the mother, partner, athlete,...
Published 09/27/21
Decorated skier turned IRONMAN athlete Kris Freeman has paved the way for Type-1 diabetics in sport, becoming an expert in managing blood glucose and insulin along the way. In this conversation, Freeman shares a closer look into that process for a diabetic in contrast with a non-diabetic athlete, and give his perspective on the integration of continuous glucose monitoring into the athletic space by the company SuperSapiens. Thanks for listening.
Published 09/20/21
In early July, the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation announced the launch of the Team Birkie professional racing team, led by Caitlin Gregg. In this conversation, Caitlin discusses the new elite group, how she incorporates her daughter, Heidi, into the mix, and what has kept her in the game and going strong after more than a decade and a half of elite ski racing.
Published 09/01/21
In this episode, we get the skinny on what drives the little engine that could from Great Britain's coaches Hans Kristian Stadheim and Jostein Vinjerui.
Published 06/09/21
This is part one of a series on female athlete specific physiology and sports nutrition. In this episode, we speak to professional runner and Registered Dietician Maddie Alm.
Published 01/27/21
Former U.S. and Canadian National Ski Team Coach Marty Hall speaks to us about the first European glacier camps for North Americans.
Published 11/11/20
An interview with Dutch Simpson and Nick Kalisz, the filmmakers behind Lhotse. The film documents the first ski descent of the Lhotse Couloir.
Published 10/28/20
U.S. Biathlete Kelsey Dickinson interviews new biathlete, Craig Wiggers. Wiggers recently wrote a book titled "Nordic Warrior? A Midlife Crisis in Biathlon".
Published 10/19/20
Former skier Noah Hoffman interviews track and field icon, Dr. Edwin Moses. For decades Moses has been a voice for anti-doping reforms and equity in sport.
Published 10/12/20
In this conversation, Fields shares a deeper look into his FKT attempts and discusses his perspective on the likely COVID-induced increase in use seen in the White Mountains (and many other mountain regions) this summer. He also talks about his goals for the seasons ahead.
Published 09/28/20
With a kowtow to Zach Caldwell and Noah Hoffman, we are repurposing their recent video conversation about anti-doping reform. Here, you'll find just the audio and solid details about the doping policy in the U.S. and abroad. Think of this as an advanced level back-to-school (remote learning) opportunity to up your game when discussing anti-doping affairs.
Published 09/16/20