115 episodes

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.

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    • 4.6 • 52 Ratings

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.

    Rebounding From Setbacks and Gaining Momentum with Julia Kern

    Rebounding From Setbacks and Gaining Momentum with Julia Kern

    In this episode, Julia Kern discusses season highs and lows, and her resilience in overcoming setbacks as she continues to build momentum in her ski career.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    2022 SuperTour Champion Rosie Frankowski in Transition

    2022 SuperTour Champion Rosie Frankowski in Transition

    APU's Rosie Frankowski reflects on the 2021-22 race season, falling just short of her goal of a second Olympic team, and an upcoming transition in life and training.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Greta Anderson’s 2021-2022 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Development Program Year in Review

    Greta Anderson’s 2021-2022 U.S. Ski & Snowboard Development Program Year in Review

    In this episode, we have U.S. Ski & Snowboard Development Team Coach Greta Anderson to discuss her first year in the role and the growth and progress of the U.S. development program which feeds the success we now see on the World Cup. We take a look at highlights of the 2022 FIS Junior and U23 World Ski Championships, which took place in Lygna, Norway last February, discuss athletes newly named to the U.S. Ski Team, as well as the initiatives and philosophies within the development program which help these athletes thrive holistically, while taking steps forward in their ski careers.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Cross-Country Program Director Chris Grover: Looking Back and Planning Ahead 

    Cross-Country Program Director Chris Grover: Looking Back and Planning Ahead 

    In this episode, we have U.S. Ski & Snowboard cross-country program director Chris Grover on to discuss the tumultuous last two years of navigating the pandemic, including the many ways in which it created strain for the team, particularly as Omicron variant surged during the months leading into the 2022 Beijing Olympics. It’s been a hard two years, but this conversation extends well beyond the impacts of the pandemic. We also discuss equal distance racing, the 2022-23 roster for the U.S.Ski Team, which features a number of talented young men, team selection for World Cup, World Championship, and a new gender equity initiative proposed to the FIS by US Ski & Snowboard which incentives nations to invest in developing women ski technicians and utilizing them at World Cup events.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Jessie Diggins: Eating Disorder Awareness, Media, and Why What to Say Matters

    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.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    A Backcountry Ski Race on Skinny Skis: Simi Hamilton and Ben Koons Take Second at the 2022 Montane Grand Traverse

    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.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Give Me Some Bread Matty ,

Fix Your Speech.

Does the host get paid every time she says “like”? It makes the podcast unlistenable.

Skookum8 ,

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.

Eric Auten ,

Fasterskier

Intelligent and insightful coverage of all things XC skiing. In English! Please keep these coming.

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