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The Devon Kershaw Show: A Return

  March 31st is the last day we posted a new episode. Depending on where you stand in the COVID time machine, that might as well be a light year. Or a nano-second. From Oslo, Norway Devon chats about the time that was and the time that will be as we lurch into fall and then winter. In other words, it’s about time we rebooted this project. On the list of topics discussed, staying put when the air quality is grim, a brief discussion of doping, altitude training, and the prospects for a World Cup ...
Tags: Sport, Skiing, World Cup, Devon, Multimedia, Devon Kershaw, The Devon Kershaw Show, COVID-19, Altitude Training, Oslo Norway Devon


Discussing the Building Blocks with Canadian National Team Coach Erik Bråten

Erik Bråten (center) talking technique with athletes at Frozen Thunder 2019. (Photo: Nordiq Canada) At twenty-seven-years-old, Canadian National Team coach Erik Bråten brings youthful energy and a spirit that fosters independence amongst his athletes. Originally from Oslo, Norway, and new to the Canadian system in November 2018, Bråten has the dual task of shepherding a crop of young Canadian talent and assisting veteran athletes like Dahira Beatty and Katherine Stweart-Jones to achieving consi...
Tags: Europe, General, News, Interviews, Sport, Canada, Skiing, Norway, North America, Alberta, Coaching, Oslo Norway, Building Blocks, Devon Kershaw, Erik Bråten, Bråten


A Postmortem on the Junior Worlds Women’s Relay: John Estle on Lessons for Organizers, Officials, Coaches, and Skiers

Sydney Palmer-Leger skiing the scramble leg for the American women’s relay team. (Photo: Doug Stephen) Editor’s note: FasterSkier’s initial coverage of the women’s relay at this year’s FIS Nordic Junior World Championships in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, gave just the facts: The American women, fourth in this event a year before, skied their way up to second this year. This was entirely true, but didn’t get at the whole story. FasterSkier analyst Devon Kershaw, in a podcast shared later that day, h...
Tags: Usa, General, News, Sweden, Germany, Sport, Racing, Skiing, Sydney, Switzerland, Poland, Fis, Tcm, Organizing Committee, Kershaw, U S Ski Team


The Devon Kershaw Show: Out of Quarantine and a Dive into the News Cycle

  Kershaw is free from quarantine and back at home in Lillehammer. As we all know, the race season has been shut down. That means it’s time to discuss news items of note. Like…the “flexing” of some skiers as they ski an un-godly number of kilometers, Stina Nilsson’s switch from cross-country to biathlon, the Norwegian Ski Federation’s financial crisis, and, the retirement of Norway’s Eirik Brandsdal. (The U.S. Ski Team’s Erik Bjornsen also announced his retirement via Instagram. That news broke...
Tags: Sweden, Podcasts, Russia, Sport, Skiing, Norway, Multimedia, Quebec City, Lillehammer, Kershaw, U S Ski Team, Stina Nilsson, Eirik Brandsdal, Drammen Norway, Erik Bjornsen, Ski Federation


The Devon Kershaw Show: The Quarantined in Sjusjøen Episode

  Canceled. The North American leg of the World Cup became a blip as the weight of a pandemic became too much to bear for organizers. Minneapolis canceled. Canmore canceled. And….finally…Québec canceled. We discuss what was a crazy week when, accordingly, the globe shut down pro and amateur sport. We spoke with Kershaw when he was six days into a 14-day quarantine. Kershaw had been in Germany for World Juniors and upon his return to Norway, was part of a general quarantine for individuals who h...
Tags: Podcasts, Minneapolis, Germany, Sport, Skiing, Norway, Quebec, Multimedia, Canmore, Lillehammer, Kershaw, Devon Kershaw, Sjusjøen Norway, 2020 Minneapolis World Cup, 2020 World Cup, The Devon Kershaw Show


‘Brave Enough’ Book Review: Here Comes Diggins’s Memoir

Cover of Jessie Diggins’s new memoir, “Brave Enough.” (photo: courtesy of the University of Minnesota Press) There are certain precepts that permeate Brave Enough , the new memoir by Jessie Diggins: Teamwork is good. So is glitter. Self-belief is important. Training hard pays off. As for substance, I have nothing snarky to say about these morals; nordic skiing, if not the entire world, would be better off if we all felt these things so fervently, and it is engaging to trace the development ...
Tags: South Korea, Sweden, Instagram, Minneapolis, White House, Russia, US, Sport, Chicago, Skiing, Norway, Smith, Sochi, Randall, Stratton, Team USA


The Devon Kershaw Show: Calling it what it is, the Mostly Junior World’s Relay Episode

Straight up this is mostly about Junior Worlds — specifically the junior women’s 4 x 3.3 k relay and the 4x 5 k relay for the junior men. A good day all around: U.S. men in first, Canada second. And in the women’s race, U.S. junior women in second overall. We do discuss the World Cup sprints from this past Wednesday…but not a big discussion. In this episode, Kershaw also mentions a video interview published by Norwegian broadcaster NRK, in which Jessie Diggins discusses her new book and her cha...
Tags: Sport, Canada, Skiing, Kershaw, Jessie Diggins, NRK, Devon Kershaw


Junior World’s Relay: U.S. Women 2nd, U.S Men 1st, Canada 2nd

Friday was a much anticipated day across the Atlantic from the Oberwiesenthal, Germany: Junior World’s relay day.  Junior Women’s 4 x 3.3 k Relay For the U.S. junior 4 x 3.3 k relay, oh-so-close was last year’s World’s just off the podium fourth place performance. Twelve months later and a loaded team featuring (in this order) Sydney Palmer-Leger, Kendall Kramer, Sophia Laukli, and Novie McCabe, the group skied themselves into second overall, 4.9 seconds off the winning time of Switzerland ...
Tags: News, Sweden, France, Germany, Sport, World, Canada, Atlantic, Racing, Skiing, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Norway, Ogden, McCabe


The Devon Kershaw Show: An American in Germany … and A Recap of Lahti’s Relays

It is Monday after all. A day late for the Lahti relay recap but right on time to discuss U.S. skier, Gus Schumacher’s 10 k classic win at World Juniors. The 19-year-old Schumacher from Anchorage, Alaska can close – and he did that Monday with a burning fast final 3.3 k loop in taking the win. First leg pack racing in Lahti, Finland. (Photo: NordicFocus) And yeah, the women’s 4 x 5 k  and the men’s 4 x 7.5 k relays played out at Lahti’s World Cup on Sunday.  It wasn’t exactly a yawner but sim...
Tags: Podcasts, Germany, Sport, Skiing, Finland, Multimedia, Schumacher, Kershaw, Anchorage Alaska, Lahti, Lahti Finland, Devon Kershaw, Julia Kern, Gus Schumacher, Oberweisenthal Germany, The Devon Kershaw Show


The Devon Kershaw Show: Living Large in Lahti and a Wee Bit on Junior Worlds

Post-Ski Tour 2020 it was back to the basics for the World Cup: Interval start classic races for the men and women. The local boy, Iivo Niskanen, still claims the 15 k classic as his race, especially when it goes down in Finland. For the women, Norway’s Therese Johaug pipped it out the win over Ebba Andersson of Sweden. Therese Johaug notches another distance win at the 10-kilometer interval start classic in Lahti, Finland. (Photo: NordicFocus)   The fan-favorite in Finland: an image if Iivo...
Tags: Sweden, Podcasts, Sport, Skiing, Finland, Devon, Norway, Multimedia, Lahti, Lahti Finland, Devon Kershaw, Therese Johaug, Doug Stephen, Ebba Andersson, IIvo Niskanen, Oberwiesenthal Germany


The Devon Kershaw Show: Stage 6 Ski Tour 2020 — Waxing for Hell or High Water

Stage 6 of the Ski Tour 2020 was, by any stretch of the imagination, a steamroller for Norway. A clean sweep on the men’s and women’s podium. On the men’s side, that’s not exactly what we expected. Russia’s Alexander Bolshunov looked like a sure thing for the overall win. A 30 k classic for the 23-year-old, I mean who would have predicted anything different? The weather was all over the place. As Devon has said several times, the weather in Trøndelag can be a mix of everything unpleasant. And t...
Tags: Podcasts, Russia, Sport, Skiing, Devon, Norway, Multimedia, Trøndelag, Hans Christer Holund, Devon Kershaw, Trondheim Norway, Alexander Bolshunov, Pal Golberg, The Devon Kershaw Show, Stage 6 Ski Tour 2020, Therese Joahug


The Devon Kershaw Show — Stage 4 Ski Tour 2020: Lung Busting Across the Norwegian Countryside

The race ended where it began: Stage 4 of the Ski Tour 2020. In between, it was 34 k mass start skate bliss through the Norwegian countryside for those watching from home. For those racing on course, it was not such a comfortable vibe. Pain cave anybody? Pack skiing Norway style. (Photo: NordicFocus) We discuss the unstoppable Johaug and an Alexander Bolshunov who sent it … and stuck it, as he made a one-skier-show of the front of the race. We also start the show discussing the furniture re-m...
Tags: Podcasts, Sport, Skiing, Norway, Multimedia, Riley, Devon Kershaw, Johaug, Alexander Bolshunov, The Devon Kershaw Show


Bolshunov Takes a Bold Flyer and the Stage 4 Win

With the course re-routed from the original 38-kilometer mass start skate to essentially an out and back into Meråker, Norway’s ski stadium, the day belonged to Russia’s Alexander Bolshunov who appears, at this point in the season, to be unstoppable in the distance events.  In the end, it was all Alexander Bolshunov: peerless. (Photo: NordicFocus) In a post-race interview, Devon Kershaw noted that men paced it World-Cup comfortable for much of the first portion of the race. In other words, ...
Tags: Sweden, Russia, Sport, Canada, Racing, Skiing, World Cup, Norway, Trondheim, Iversen, Simi Hamilton, David Norris, Finn Hagen Krogh, Hans Christer Holund, Evan Palmer-Charrette, Dario Cologna


The Devon Kershaw Show: Stage 3 Ski Tour 2020 – The Leg Flooding Sprint

Åre, Sweden — the site of the national (alpine) ski area in Sweden. Also the site of Stage 3 of the Ski Tour 2020’s skate sprint. Short at 0.66 k, but oh so steep with a finishing climb with slopes at 28 percent. Yah! 28 percent. Maybe part sideshow, maybe not. Either way, athletes had to get themselves to the top. In what was a leg-burning affair, for a one-off event, it was sporting entertainment. Italy’s Pellegrino: totally spent. He placed second overall in the Stage 3 Ski Tour 2020 sprint...
Tags: Sweden, Podcasts, Sport, Skiing, Italy, Multimedia, Pellegrino, Marit Bjørgen, Devon Kershaw, Therese Johaug, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Are Sweden, The Devon Kershaw Show, Ski Tour 2020, 0.66 Skate Sprint, Stage 3 Ski Tour 2020


The Devon Kershaw Show: Ski Tour 2020 Stage 2 and a Deviation into Biathlon

  The Ski Tour 2020 show continued Sunday in  Östersund, Sweden with the men’s and women’s classic pursuit races. Again, as we discuss in the podcast, it was Norway and Russia heavy on the men’s side. Actually more Norway than Russia.   For the women, Johaug did her thing, but the racing was gritty. A chase pack of three and a speedy group from fifth through sixteenth made the 10 k affair a fun watch. Heidi Weng (bib) taking second in Stage 2 of the Ski Tour 2020. (Photo: NordicFocus) Like u...
Tags: Podcasts, Russia, Sport, Skiing, Norway, Multimedia, Susan Dunklee, Antholz Italy, Östersund Sweden, Devon Kershaw, Heidi Weng, Johaug, IBU World Champs, The Devon Kershaw Show


The Devon Kershaw Show: Ski Tour 2020 Stage 1

It was all Norway in both the men’s and women’s Stage 1 of the Ski Tour 2020 from Östersund, Sweden. Sjur Røthe on the men’s side was pacing perfection while Therese Johaug simply steamrolled. This was clear, Norway had the best skis, and perhaps by default, the fastest skiers almost across the top-10 board. Yet, it is a long week ahead, and we are one stage into a six-stage event. Here’s the debrief from Devon: post 15 k/ 10 k interval start skate.       The post The Devon Kershaw Show: Ski...
Tags: Podcasts, Sport, Skiing, Devon, Norway, Multimedia, Ostersund, Jessie Diggins, Devon Kershaw, Therese Johaug, Sjur Rothe, Alexander Bolshunov, The Devon Kershaw Show, Ski Tour 2020, Stage 1 Ski Tour 2020


Johaug Tops an All-Norwegian Podium; Diggins 8th, Brennan 9th

An all-Norwegian podium in Östersund, Sweden. Therese Johaug won the day ahead of Heidi Weng and Ingvold Flugstad Østberg. (Photo: NordicFocus) Here we go again. A new Scandinavian Ski Tour takes the spot of a World Championship or Olympic Games during this off-cycle year. Six stages working east from Östersund, Sweden to Trondheim, Norway, beginning with today’s 10-kilometer individual start freestyle event.  Under clear skies, light fading and shadows lengthening as the sunset looms ...
Tags: Sweden, Sport, Racing, Skiing, World Cup, Norway, Fis, Team USA, Brennan, Karlsson, Ostersund, Haga, Diggins, Jessie Diggins, Sophie Caldwell, Caitlin Patterson


The Devon Kershaw Show: Falun’s Mass Starts and Eating Words

  Sometimes when the unexpected happens, it’s a good thing. That’s what went down today in Falun, Sweden. In the men’s 15 k mass start skate, it was not a scrum of 20 to 30 skiers in a cluster at the finish. A fast and furious pace set by Hans Christer Holund turned that concept on its head. Although the race was won by Alexander Bolshunov, the wily Norwegian that is Holund, took it out hot and broke the field apart. For the women, well…, it was Johaug as predicted, but it was a tight race dict...
Tags: Podcasts, Sport, Skiing, Devon, Norway, Multimedia, Karlsson, Falun, Falun Sweden, Hans Christer Holund, Devon Kershaw, Heidi Weng, Johaug, Holund, Ruka Finland, Alexander Bolshunov


The Devon Kershaw Show: Bravo Falun! We Loved the Classic Sprint Show

In this episode —  an analysis of a wonderful day of classic sprinting in Falun, Sweden. First off, hats off to the organizing committee: the fans were out in force, Sweden showed up to race, Johaug advanced to the semis, two Norwegians pounced in the men’s race….inhale — it was simply a fun day of skiing. And, Falun’s course was for real. Stout climbs forced athletes to run hills and technical banked turns kept everybody honest. Erik Valnes of Norway (bib 1) and teammate Pål Golberg chased by...
Tags: Sweden, Podcasts, Sport, Skiing, Norway, Multimedia, Lillehammer Norway, Falun, Falun Sweden, Devon Kershaw, Klæbo, Pal Golberg, Erik Valnes, Linn Svahn, Marcus Grate, The Devon Kershaw Show


The Devon Kershaw Show: Slinging Stats with the Statistical Skier

  This week, we re-posted a great piece from the Statistical Skier (Joran Elias). Before jumping into this episode, it’s worth taking some time to digest some of the findings. He wrote the piece in response to a podcast we posted after the classic sprint in Oberstdorf, Germany. In that sprint, Norway’s Johannes Høsflot Klæbo had an astounding qualifier. In the podcast following the race, we discussed Klæbo’performance and the time-back to some skiers in the field. What does it all mean? Well, K...
Tags: Podcasts, Sport, Skiing, Devon, Norway, Multimedia, Elias, Oberstdorf Germany, Devon Kershaw, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Klæbo, Joran Elias, Statistical Skier, The Devon Kershaw Show, Joran Elias Before


The Devon Kershaw Show: Finding the Magic in Oberstdorf — Day 2 Classic Sprints

In this episode of of The Devon Kershaw Show from FasterSkier, it is all classic: a deep breakdown from Devon on the nature of Obertsdorf, Germany’s classic sprint course. The course has some relevance for this basic reason: the 2021 FIS Nordic Ski World Championships will be held at this venue next season. And what a preview. With three steep climbs, a wee bit of recovery, this sprint course demands big capacity. There’s also the highlight of the day for Kershaw – three American women in the t...
Tags: Sweden, Podcasts, Sport, Skiing, Devon, Norway, Multimedia, Kershaw, Jessie Diggins, Oberstdorf, Devon Kershaw, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Klæbo, Obertsdorf Germany, Linn Svahn, The Devon Kershaw Show


The Devon Kershaw Show: From Oberstdorf with Love — Day 1 Skiathlons

Next season the 2021 FIS Nordic Ski World Championships will be hosted by Oberstdorf, Germany. On Saturday, the women raced a 15 k skiathlon, the men 30 k on what is now a gut-punch of a course. It is championship-worthy. In today’s episode, we cover all the striding, all the gliding, and the ski-exchanges in between. Bolshunov remains on form after the TdS, while two notable Norwegians, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo and Emil Iversen appear to be in a distance funk: both posted a DNF today as they pul...
Tags: Podcasts, Sport, Skiing, Multimedia, Oberstdorf, Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Oberstdorf Germany, Dario Cologna, Devon Kershaw, Emil Iversen, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Bolshunov, The Devon Kershaw Show, Obertsdorf skiathlon


Canadian Racing Rundown: Westerns, Pragelato, and Lausanne

Katherine Stewart-Jones leads the mass start on the way to a Canadian 1-2 at the OPA Cup in Pragelato, Italy. (Photo: Athlete Instagram, credited to @damianobenedettophoto) Canada took a step back from the World Cup circuit this weekend and focussed attention into development series. As the country tries to build momentum in a post Alex Harvey world, the focus has moved away from World Cup podiums and towards a consistent presence in the top 30. The road to the World Cup goes through local and ...
Tags: Europe, Usa, California, France, Sport, Austria, Canada, Racing, Skiing, Sprint, Italy, Newfoundland, Norway, Beatty, North America, Whistler


The Devon Kershaw Show: The Baggy Bib Edition from Nové Město

  Nové Město, Czech Republic served up a traditional rock’em sock’em pursuit series on the World Cup. Saturday featured a 10 k/15 k interval start skate, followed by a 10 k/15 K classic pursuit. Bolshunov and Johaug were the clear fitness outliers but some great races within the race unfolded. And yes, how about those big baggy bibs? Part art-class smock part moo-moo, it was not a good race look. But we digress. To break it all down, former Canadian National Ski Team member Jess Cockney joins D...
Tags: Podcasts, Sport, Skiing, Devon, Multimedia, Jess Cockney, Nove Mesto Czech Republic, Nove Mesto, Devon Kershaw, Johaug, National Ski Team, Bolshunov, The Devon Kershaw Show


The Devon Kershaw Show: The Mail is Delivered

In this episode, Devon answers questions from listeners that rang from how World Cup athletes maintain in-season fitness to why in fact relays don’t end with a classic leg. Fell free to send in questions regarding the World Cup to [email protected] or [email protected] This week’s post-racing recap will drop on Monday following the weekend’s racing in Nové Město.     The post The Devon Kershaw Show: The Mail is Delivered appeared first on FasterSkier.com.
Tags: Podcasts, Sport, Skiing, Devon, Multimedia, Devon Kershaw, The Devon Kershaw Show, The Mailbag


The Devon Kershaw Show: Round and Round with the Dresden Team Sprint

  We are corrected in this episode: we try to be better Francophiles by improving our pronunciation of the weekend’s stand out performer on the men’s side, Lucas Chanavat. We also dig down and find the fun in Sunday’s team sprint in Dresden. With a whirlwind 0.7 k loop, and each skier racing six legs, it was basic sprinting fun. Thanks for listening.       The post The Devon Kershaw Show: Round and Round with the Dresden Team Sprint appeared first on FasterSkier.com.
Tags: Sport, Skiing, Dresden, Multimedia, Devon Kershaw, Dresden City Sprint, Dresden team sprint, The Devon Kershaw Show


The Devon Kershaw Show: Dresden Calling!

Dresden is calling with a wild ride skate sprint. Post-Tour de Ski, it is time to visit historic Dresden, Germany for a weekend of city sprints. With trucked in artificial snow, slick, fast, and icy conditions made for some spills on the Dresden oval. Stay on your feet, and stay out front: basic tactics that some mastered Saturday. Chanavat took the men’s win and Svahn the women’s victory. Dresden city scape. (Photo: NordicFocus)       The post The Devon Kershaw Show: Dresden Calling! app...
Tags: Podcasts, Sport, Skiing, Dresden, Multimedia, Dresden Germany, Devon Kershaw, Dresden city sprints, The Devon Kershaw Show, Svahn


The Devon Kershaw Show: The Festivities on the Alpe (Stage 7 TdS)

Holy smokes. It concludes. First off, for those who have listened to this seven-episode post-TdS run, we appreciate it. And there was the racing. Johaug. Weng. Diggins and Brennan in form today on the Alpe, and Sadie Maubet Bjornsen in seventh overall. For the men …. Johannes Høsflot Klæbo faded on the Alpe while Alexander Bolshunov came into his own. We could digress. But we’ll leave that for the podcast. Ciao. Wait. A small digression. We do mention two photos in this episode. Here they are. ...
Tags: Podcasts, Sport, Skiing, Multimedia, Brennan, Devon Kershaw, Alpe cermis, Val di Fiemme, Tour de Ski, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Alexander Bolshunov, Sadie Maubet Bjornsen, The Devon Kershaw Show, Johaug Weng Diggins


Back On Form, Johaug Climbs to the Overall Tour Victory; Diggins 6th, Brennan 7th in Stage (Updated)

Therese Johaug: queen of the hill. (Photo: NordicFocus) The fateful Alpe Cermis. The 10-kilometer capstone of the Tour de Ski, athletes complete the 1.5 k sprint loop before following the Marcialonga River down its valley to the base of the alpine hill, climbing steeply for nearly 400 vertical meters to the finish. Bodies aching with the cumulative fatigue of the tour, racers are totally spent at the finish of the event. Crossing the line, they collapse with their faces pressed into the snow g...
Tags: Sweden, Sport, Austria, Racing, Skiing, Finland, Norway, Rosie, Jacobsen, Ogden, Brennan, Diggins, Jessie Diggins, Rosie Brennan, Kalla, Matt Whitcomb


The Devon Kershaw Show: Classic Sprint Val di Fiemme Style (TdS Stage 6 Recap)

A bit of moving day on the women’s side today as Stage 6 of the Tour de Ski concluded. The biggest mover, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen eeks within three seconds of Therese Johaug for the overall. So much drama set to unfold tomorrow. And then there’s Lampic and Diggins on the podium. For the men, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo ran away with the win. But the Alpe Cermis on Stage 7 could crush the young man — or maybe just the pace set by Sergey Ustiugov and Alexander Bolshunov will be enough. For sure it ...
Tags: Podcasts, Sport, Skiing, Multimedia, Diggins, Devon Kershaw, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, Therese Johaug, Sergey Ustiugov, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Alexander Bolshunov, The Devon Kershaw Show, Val di Fiemme classic sprint, Stage 6 Tour de Ski