The Nordic Nation podcast is a production of FasterSkier.com, the premier cross-country ski website in North America. The podcast features interviews, commentary, and news updates.
Jessie Diggins: Eating Disorder Awareness, Media, and Why What to Say Matters
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 championship results in American xc ski history.
A Backcountry Ski Race on Skinny Skis: Simi Hamilton and Ben Koons Take Second at the 2022 Montane Grand Traverse
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 Cup air time.
Body Comments: A Discussion on the Media’s Portrayal of Endurance Athletes with Rosie Brennan, Corrine Malcolm, Brian Metzler, and Nat Herz
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.
Inside the booth with Chad Salmela and Kikkan Randall, NBC Olympic cross country ski analysts
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.
Getting to Know the Future of the U.S. Ski Team: A Conversation with Sophia Laukli, Novie McCabe, and Sydney Palmer-Leger
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 in Lygna.
Inside the Athlete-Guide Dynamic with Jake Adicoff and Sam Wood
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 partnership, as well as how being long-time friends and teammates has contributed to their success racing as a pair this season.
Fix Your Speech.
Does the host get paid every time she says “like”? It makes the podcast unlistenable.
Greatly improved with the new host
While I’ll stand by my previous comments on episodes hosted by Jason, I’m pleasantly surprised by Rachel Perkins. I’ve listened to her interviews with Tara Geraghty Moats and Jim Galanes and they are stellar. She clearly does her research before the interviews and it shows in the depth and quality of discussion.
Jason's interview style is random and usually fails to flow with what the interviewee says. There are many examples where he has botched interviews with some pretty stellar guests, such as the one with Marit Bjorgen where Jason asked the offensive question of whether she's aware of any doping on the Norwegian team. Or the interview with Dr. Stephen Seiler where Jason cuts off Stephen at times and just doesn't seem to grasp the concepts of what Dr. Seiler was saying. For comparison on what a good podcast interview style consists of, listen to the VeloNews Fast Talk podcast interview with Dr. Seiler where the topic was discussed with Seiler over 3 different podcasts. I really want there to be a compelling podcast covering Nordic skiing but this one isn't it.
Intelligent and insightful coverage of all things XC skiing. In English! Please keep these coming.