This list might be extremely biased, ill-informed, and/or completely
irrational. But it's more fun that way.
Old Lists: 1998-99
April 9, 2001
Top 5 Stories at
- RJ - the Hot Dog
Stand Guy - blows out his knee while throwing out an unruly customer
- and we saw it happen.
- No snow, too much
snow. Make up your mind already.
- [Editor's Note:
Number 3 was nixed because of incriminating evidence against a
friend - but wouldn't you like to know!]
- Snood. If you don't
know what I am talking about, you are better off that way.
- Tomcats. Do not
see this movie. Ever.
April 2, 2001
Top 5 Places To Ski
in the Spring
- Tuckerman Ravine
- New Hampshire. You'll probably be able to ski therein August
- Mt. Bachelor area
- Oregon. Less snow that usually, but still might have groomed
tracks in June. plus great crust skiing.
- Daniels Summit -
Utah. Some of the best crust skiing anywhere.
- Tahoe - California.
A ton of snow and lots of crust and backcountry to explore.
- High Uintas - Utah.
Close to home.
March 26, 2001
Top 5 X-C Ski Lodges
This past week, the Day Lodge at Great Glen Trails in Gorham, New
Hampshire burned to the ground. This is tragic because not only
was it a beautiful building, but is was also one of very few lodges
built specifically for cross country skiing within the past twenty
years. It had only been in operation for about seven years (I think).
In memorial, I offer my five favorite x-c ski lodges.
- Great Glen Trails,
New Hampshire - Here's hoping they can rebuild soon.
- Soldier Hollow,
Utah - The brand new day lodge is magnificent, with a big fireplace
and a deck that can see 80% of the trails.
- Jackson Ski Touring
Foundation, New Hampshire - another beautiful new lodge.
- Trapp Family Lodge,
Vermont - but the trails are so good you may never see the lodge.
- Snow Mountain Ranch,
Colorado - nice deck and great views, if you don't suffocate in
the thin air at 10,000 feet.
March 19, 2001
Top 5 Reasons To
I know I have been very hard on Valcartier and Quebec this season.
Here is my first attempt to make amends.
- Mount Sainte Anne
- the best ski area in North America
- Drummondville Dunkin
Donuts - home of the Dunkin Donuts Challenge
- It's only a province
- not a whole country
- It makes our country
look much more appealing
- the Gaspe Peninsula
- the best backcountry skiing east of the Rockies
March 12, 2001
Top 5 Closest Calls
at the Start Line
There is a fine line between getting in a perfect warm-up and missing
your start. But I've only missed one. So far.
- High School State
Meet - 1990 - For some reason, when I had thirty seconds until
my start, I decided to do a couple more wind sprints. I missed
my start by 45 seconds or so. But that got me so fired up and
angry, I won by my biggest margin of the year.
- Continental Cup
- November 1996 - I was putting on my Exel pole straps, which
were very complicated back then, when they said "30 seconds."
I panicked and strapped up wrong and had to redo it. As I skied
out of the start, I was still adjusting my grip.
- Sunday at Craftsbury
- I misread the course map and was 4K from the start with 12 minutes
until race time. I had to race back at full speed, just to make
it to the start. I made it with a solid 20 seconds to spare.
- Rumford Spring Race
- 1995 - Kick waxing was so tricky that I finished waxing my skis
a minute and a half before my start. I ran to the start and started
immediately, without testing the wax or warming up. I won the
- Val Cartier Continental
Cup - 2000 - I forgot that the start interval was 15 seconds,
not 30. I thought I had a minute and a half to go as I took off
my warm ups, when actually I had 45 seconds. As soon as I had
my warm ups off and my skis and poles back on, the timer said,
March 5, 2001
Top 5 Coolest Things
I've Won at a Ski Race
There was a time when I enjoyed winning trophies medals so I could
add them to my collection. No longer. Now it 's all about the prizes.
- Money. Yup, it's
all about the money. The $1,000 I won at a sprint event a couple
years ago is my biggest payday to date.
- A Cow - At the Cheri
Walsh Memorial at Holderness School, they give out inflatable
cows to the fastest skiers. We've got a small herd in our basement.
- A chair made from
snowshoe materials. A few years ago in the east there was a series
of races put on by Tubbs snowshoes that combined snowshoeing and
xc skiing. The series didn't last too long because they gave out
more prizes than they had entrants. This chair was probably worth
a few hundred dollars.
- Exel Ski Poles -
also at the Cheri Walsh Memorial. For prizes, that race can't
- Snowshoes and Timberland
hiking boots - also a Tubbs Snowshoe Series race.
February 26, 2001
Top 5 Greatest Cheers
I Have Ever Heard
Cheering for a ski race takes a lot of effort and practice. Most
people do not put enough heart and lungs into it. The most important
thing about a cheer is that it should be loud. And it should be
persistent. And ernest. And for me. In the end it doesn't matter
what you say, it's how you say it.
- I had my own personal
cheer in high school that some girls on our high school team made
up. Pathetic that I bring that up -maybe, but that will always
be my all-time favorite.
- "You're every
white woman's dream!" - Chris Grover
- "Push The Button"
- Jon Shea
- "Hang in there.
It's really spread out." - Ruff Patterson's way of saying
you've had better days.
- "Who's Game
Is It?!" - Another Jon Shea gem
February 19, 2001
Top 5 Greatest Comebacks
- Lance Armstrong
beating cancer, then beating the bejesus out of the world's best
cyclists in the Tour De France (twice!!).
- Speedskater Dan
Jansen coming back from an Olympics of family tragedy and extreme
disappointment to win a Gold Medal and crush the World Record
four years later.
- Greg Lemond recovering
from a near-fatal gunshot wound to win the Tour De France again
- Michael Jordan returning
to basketball after two years off to win three more NBA titles.
- (tie) Stephania
Belmondo and Thomas Alsgaard both coming from a first day result
way back in the teens, way off the pace, to win the Pursuit races
on the same day at the 1999 World Championships. Probably not
really in the top 5, but I needed a skiing one.
February 12, 2001
Top 5 Dowhills on
XC Ski Trails
- The Screaming Downhill
at Dartmouth's Oak Hill - they closed this off a few years ago
because they got sick of digging UNH women out of the woods.
- The NEW Downhill
at Oak Hill - It is new and improved - now they pick Middlebury
women out of the woods!
- Around the Mountain
Loop at Mont St. Anne - I think I put this on a list before somewhere
- Tuckerman's Ravine
on Mount Washington, NH- You have never really lived until you
have skied Tuckermans on cross country skis
- The trail down the
back side of Silver Star
February 5, 2001
Top 5 Favorite Pseudo-Sports
With the launch of the XFL, it is time to look back on the prefabricated
sports that paved the way for it.
- American Gladiators
- the standard by which all others are judged
- RollerJam - recently
folded, but it will be missed
- Ultimate Fighting
- The Professional
- Celebrity Death
- And of course ...The
International Rollerski Series!
January 29, 2001
Top 5 Favorite Super
- Diet Dr. Pepper
- GREEN BAY WATCH
- Budweiser - WHAT
ARE YOU DOING?
- The one starring
the New York Giants as a bunch of inept clowns in football uniforms
- but they showed that commercial too often.
- e*Trade - The Monkey
- Ray Lewis saying,
"I'm going to Disney World - right after I get out of court.
January 22, 2001
Top 5 Things I Am
Doing During My Self-Imposed Rest Period
- Going to Sundance
- Walking up and down
Main St. Park City hoping to run into someone famous who is here
for Sundance (with no luck)
January 15, 2001
Top 5 Memorable Moments
of The Soldier Hollow World Cup
- Starting the 30K
Mass Start with the best in the World
- The over-zealous
course worker who literally tackled Christian Hoffman for being
on the course during another race.
- Justin Wadsworth's
8th place and Beckie Scott's 4th on the opening day of races.
- Sitting next to
Johann Muehlegg at the Opening Ceremonies
- Walking through
the stadium on my way to the start of each race. The music, the
crowds, the nervousness. It was fantastic.
January 8, 2001
Top 5 Stupidest Things
In Cross Country Skiing
- FIS Uniform Logo
Restrictions - God forbid we should promote advertising to the
millions of people who see us race in the Chevy Truck US Nationals
or Buderus World Cup.
- Races In Val Cartier
- Combi Skis
that last four minutes
- Ski Archery
January 1, 2001
Top 5 Favorite Airports
on the way to Ski Country
- Vancouver, BC -
the most pleasant airport to waste time in, unless you are going
- Manchester, NH -
small, uncrowded and usually cheap to fly in to, but flights are
- Salt Lake City -
Only a half hour from home, reasonable flights to almost anywhere
and long term parking is only $5 a night.
- Kelowna, BC - I
hate the small planes that fly in here, but the shuttle that takes
you 45 minutes up the mountain to beautiful Silver Star for only
$25 can't be beat.
- Reno - not a great
airport, but much better to use it that drive 12 hours across
Nevada to get to Tahoe.
December 25, 2000
Top 4 Favorite TV
- Merry Christmas,
- Rudolph the Red
- How The Grinch Stole
- South Park - The
Spirit of Christmas
- Any Simpsons episode
where Homer dresses up in a Santa Costume.
December 18, 2000
Top 10 (you get an
extra 5 - Merry Christmas!) Ways To Tell That You Are Obsessed With
- You tell your girlfriend
that the reason you couldn't answer your phone at 10:00 on a Saturday
night is that you were asleep - and she believes you!
- Your Christmas List:
Polypropylene underwear, roto-brushes, Cytomax, snow thermometer,
- When you hit a rock
while using your good skis, you instinctively yell, "Oww!"
because you really do feel the pain.
- An attractive member
of the opposite sex goes flying by you on the trail in a tight
lycra suit . . . and you wonder what she/he has on for wax.
- You speak Norwegian.
- You read Norwegian
SkiSport even though you don't speak Norwegian.
- The first appliance
you use in the morning is your heart-rate monitor.
- When someone asks
if you want to do "LSD" you assume they mean a Long,
Slow Distance workout.
- As a general rule,
there are always more skis in your car than there are people.
- You actually read
December 11, 2000
Top 5 Outrageous
Numbers of Gear
I live with two other ski racers and one more active outdoors person.
And if there is one thing that skiers love, it is gear of all kinds.
A few weeks ago, we decided to count up some of the gear we own.
If he with the most toys really does win, then I think we have the
lead. And no I am not going to tell you where I live.
- 75 pairs of skis
(of all kinds - XC, tele, alpine, etc.).
- 17 pairs of running
- 15 pairs of rollerskis.
- 10 wax boxes
- 739 World Cup Race
Videos - Buy
December 4, 2000
Top 5 Ornaments On
Our New Christmas Tree Here In Quebec
We got a small tree and invited lots of skiers over to decorate
it. Here are the best ornaments as voted by a panel of 5 judges.
- Sara Renner and
Amanda Fortier's cutouts of their poses in the Nordic
complete with Santa's hats.
- Pete Vordenberg's
Gingerbread man made from an Orange Peel.
- Cut-Outs of skiers
Pat Weaver, Justin Wadsworth and Nina Kemppel.
- The Star and snowflakes
created by Barb Jones and Coreen Woodbury.
- The Tang label.
November 27, 2000
Top 5 Favorite Kick
- Rode Multigrade
Violet - I knew a guy in college who only used this wax.
- Swix Extra Blue
- More World Cup races have been won on Extra Blue than any other
- Rode Multigrade
Blue - no need to ever wax any colder than this.
- Rode Super Blue
- Super says it all.
- Swix VR50 - when
nothing else will work.
November 20, 2000
Top 5 Ways I Get
Fired Up For A Big Race
One of these is not true, but you have to figure out which one.
- Tell other people
in the wax room how fast my skis look as I am waxing them. Tell
them they shouldn't even bother racing.
- Listen to heavy
metal music during breakfast or on the way to the race.
- Put Britney Spears
stickers on my skis.
- Read old journal
entries about great races from the past.
- Visualize the race
in my head as I stretch out the night before.
November 13, 2000
Top Ways To Tell
You Are in Norway
This list was submitted by Sean Solberg, who is from Minnesota,
but goes to university in
Norway. It is both humorous and enlightening. See, learning can
- People roller-ski
- It is 'cool' to
wear tight Swix training clothes all the time; no unwarranted
insults or stares from the public.
- 50 yr old people
passing you during intervals.
- Roller skiing races
- It doesn't get light
- Have run into Espen
Bjervig while training in the woods.
- Small children yell
things to try and improve your technique.
- There's a roller
board/ wax bench in the basement of most university dorms.
November 6, 2000
Top Five List Programs
By now it is obvious that I have a thing for making lists. Well,
apparently VH1 feels the same way because every time we turned on
the TV in Fairbanks, they had some countdown going on. Here are
the top Five List Programs they showed, including their
#1 and my
pick (my comments) (their
rank on VH1's list).
- 100 Greatest
Hard Rock Bands of All-Time - Led
N Roses (ok, I admit that Led Zeppelin was the greatest, but I
think Guns are way underrated)
- Best Guilty
Pleasure Song - Hold
On - Wilson Phillips, It's
All Coming Back To Me Now - Celine Dion (but Wilson Phillips is
a solid choice)(NR)
- Best Song
of the 80's - In
Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel, Pour
Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard (what was 80's music if not rock
anthems from hair bands?) (NR)
- 100 Greatest
Artists of All-Time - the
- the Beatles (the best, but not my favorite of all time, that
would be Slaughter)
- 50 Greatest
Soundtracks Of All Time - The
Gun - (you mean OTHER movies have soundtracks?)
Song of All Time -
(I Can't Get No...)Satisfaction - How
Can You Pick A Greatest Song of All Time? It is impossible (and
it's definitely not "Satisfaction"). I mean there's
"Crazy," "Lucky," "Sometimes," "Stronger,"...
October 30, 2000
Top Five Ways To
Tell You Are In Fairbanks
- There is
6 inches of snow on the ground and everyone talks about how beautiful
the skiing is.
- When your
roommate calls the weather phone in the morning and hears "It's
12 degrees at the airport," he hangs up and says "Wow,
It's warm out."
- When you
start skiing at 9:00 AM, it is still dark out.
- A big day
out on the town means visiting the pipeline.
- When you
say "skiing" to a local, they automatically assume you
mean cross country!
October 23, 2000
Top Five Biggest
Surprises in the 2000 IRS
- There were
no international competitors in the International Rollerski Series
- There was
not a single chipwich all season
100 people cared enough about the IRS to vote on its fate. Rather
- I won three
races and still couldn't take home the Best 3 out of 6 Overall
actually came and took photos and covered the races in the newspapers.
There must be SOME news out there that isn't fabricated for entertainment
October 16, 2000
Top Five Coolest
Things About Being on the Nordic Equipment catalog cover
- All the
- The catalog
cover progression: Bjorn Daehlie, Bill Koch, Bjorn Daehlie, Stephania
Belmondo, Cory Smith. No pressure.
- It's amazing
what they can do to your technique with a little airbrushing!
- I've already
given my sponsors more publicity than I did all last season.
now go up to Pete Sampras and say, "hey, you look like Cory
October 9, 2000
My Top Five Favorite
Cars As A Ski Racer
XTerra - bright yellow
- Volvo Cross
- Chevy Suburban
October 2, 2000
Top Five Coolest
Now I think most people would agree that most skis are ugly, so
maybe these are just the least ugly.
- 2001 Atomic
Beta Classic - blue and yellow colors are surprisingly classic
- 2000 Atomic
ARC Classic - almost the same as the above Betas
- 1989 Fischer
RCS - the white ones which were the first with yellow sidewalls
- 2000 Atomic
Beta Skate Ski - much better than the pink ski it replaced
- 1993 Fischer
Ugliest Ski Ever -
1994 Atomic Micro
September 25, 2000
Top Five Earliest
Dates I have been on Snow
6, 1996 - OK this is cheating, but I was in New Zealand
23, 2000 - Guardsman Pass, Utah
12, 1994 - Towgatee (sp?) Pass, Wyoming
14, 1998 - Park City golf course, Utah
25 (?), 1989 - my backyard, Littleton, NH
September 18, 2000
Top Five Favorite
1-800-Dial-MTV 47 times a day to vote for Debbie Gibson
golf, and all those other things I never do, but look fun.
September 11, 2000
Top Five Movies With
Skiing In Them (they are all downhill, but what can you do)
- Aspen Extreme
- All James
Bond movies with a cool intro featuring either skiing or snowboarding
- Hot Dog!
- Dumb and
September 4, 2000
Top Five Websites
I visit most often
- Since I no longer have time to watch SportsCenter
- All my news for the day
- I am an ad junkie
- for the most up-to-date race info
- the second best news site
August 27, 2000
Wildlife Count From
Prince William Sound (approximate)
- 2 bears
(one by our campsite!)
- 3 Dall
Porpoises (look like Orcas but the size of dolphins)
- 6 Bald
- 7 Orcas
- 8 groups
of humpback whales (each group had 3-8 whales)
of sea lions
of sea otters
of water fowl
of seals (in a colony on an icejam and many more in the water
and thousands of salmon ( in the water and jumping out of it)
August 20, 2000
Top Five Favorite
Places in the whole world
- Squam Lake,
NH. A very good friend of mine said it best: "The more places
I go, the more beautiful this place becomes."
NZ and the surrounding Mtns. Probably the best little adventure
town in the world.
- White Mountain
National Forest. Home, sweet home.
William Sound. It was so amazing it inspired me to do this list.
- (tie) Southern
Utah - Moab, Zion, Bryce, etc. The desert can be very cool.
Lake Tahoe/Truckee, CA - snow, snow, snow.
August 13, 2000
Top Five Songs About
the Rain (we thought of many more on our Denali trip)
- Here Comes
The Rain Again - Eurythmics
Rain - Guns N' Roses
Rain - Prince
Song About The Rain - Cracker
- So. Central
Rain - R.E.M.
August 6, 2000
Top Five Suggestions
To Resolve The IRS Scandal - taken from your votes!
should be placed on chipwich duty for the remaining races and
be required to race the course on a Big Wheel next Friday.
- Next race
should include a one on one grudge match between Smith and Stange-Lemans
start to hidden rollerskis/poles (which should be the oldest,
slowest ones an impartial committee can find, with different,
incorrectly sized poles)- each athlete must wear at least one
piece of woman's clothing. The course should be routed through
PC and require that each athlete purchase and consume one box
each of your silly chipwiches. The winner gets 10 points deducted,
the loser 20. Everyone else gets a show.
- Cory Smith
should be fined for not keeping his "list" section updated.
- a modified
version of celebrity deathmatch, with dave chamberlain to oversee
the proper use of the chipwiches....
and Smith should ski a special grudge match (no holds barred),
and at the end should kiss and make up and share a chipwich!
July 31, 2000
Top Five Secrets
To Consistent Training.
We all have motivational crises that keep us from training as much
as we would like. Here's what I do to minimize them.
- Write down
a very specific weekly plan, like
Make sure it is realistic and achievable. Post that plan where
you will see it often.
- Try to
train at the same time every day, so your body expects it and
can prepare. Routine is your friend.
- Get plenty
of rest, food and drink. Nothing saps motivation like a lack of
one of these. Try to eat something about 1-2 hours before working
out and drink constantly.
- Make plans
to train with someone else, especially for hard sessions. It makes
it harder to back out.
- Take a
day off every week. Schedule a day off in advance so you can enjoy
the extra free time.
- Do NOT
try to squeeze in extra sessions to make up for those you miss.
Especially if you miss them because you are sick or very tired.
July 24, 2000
Top Five Summer Workouts
- everyone should do these once a summer.
- Hike the
biggest mountain within driving distance - preferably run up and
down one in a day that people say can't be done in less than three
two hours classic, then switch and do two hours skate.
- Do an all
day bike ride, with plenty of scenic stops.
- Run to
a remote mountain lake with a rubber boat or inner tube in your
pack, lounge all day, then run home.
- Do the
hardest race you can find, whether it be a marathon, triathlon,
or something insane.
July 17, 2000
Top Five Celebrity
Look-a-likes in Cross Country skiing (I DID NOT come up with these.
Other people are to blame).
Johnson - Brad Pitt. Must be tough hearing this all the time like
- Chris Klein
- John Rocker. I'm not even going to touch that one.
- Jason Tedrow
- Dave Mustaine. Both rock stars, really.
- Cory Smith
- Pete Sampras. I picked the wrong sport.
- Jim Fredricks
- Gilbert Godfrey. I really don't want credit for that one.
July 10, 2000 - submitted
by Joe Gerard
Top 5 things said
to me while rollerskiing:
1. This ain't no place
to play, boy!
2. Why is he doing that?
3. Look at those rollerblades, mommy.
4. Is that strenuous?
5. <...puzzled stare>
July 3, 2000
Top Five Reasons
To Go Home.
- Mom's desserts.
- My Dad
trains more than I do.
- Sea level.
- No work.
- Sleep until
June 12, 2000
Top Five VH1's Behind
Crue - If these guys haven't done it, it isn't possible.
- Any time the lead singer catches on fire it jumps you up a few
notches, unless you are Michael Jackson.
- Ozzy Osborne
- Simply for biting the heads off chickens, whether he really
did or not.
- for doing their best Motley Crue imitation.
Mac - You need a roadmap to keep track of the relationships in
this group. Could you have a 20 year coke habit and still live
to tell about it?
June 5, 2000
Top Five Ice Cream
Treats To Finish Off A Day of Hard Training.
- Toll House
- Dairy Queen
Chocolate Lover's Blizzards
Ice Cream Bar
- Ben and
Jerry's Cherry Garcia (pint, Peace Pop, or both)
May 29, 2000
Top Five Videos you
should buy from Hungry Athletes to support our racing careers.
- All of
- Most of
them (20% discount for 6 or more)
- Any of
- Some of