2018 CXC Conference and Certification



Lakewoods Resort / Cable, WI / 715-794-2561

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Excellence in coaching will be the focus for Central Cross Country Skiing's (CXC) seventh annual Wayne Fish Coaches Conference & Certification workshop presented by Podiumwear Oct. 19-21 in Cable, Wis. The conference includes a star-studded lineup of presenters.


Presenting on: Culture & Philosophy of Training; Technique Training; Intensity & Distance Training

Russian born and Canadian citizen, Ivan Babikov has extensive international experience. He participated in two Olympics, the 2006 and 2010 games and raced on the World Cup circuit from 2002 until 2016. Babikov has 33 individual career victories and several high profile career bests. In January 2009 he finished first in the final stage of the Tour de Ski, becoming just the second Canadian man to win a World Cup race.

During the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Babikov raced the 30km skiathlon and placed a Canadian best ever fifth in a race in which three Canadians were in the top-10.

His impressive World Cup results include; a 4th place finish in the 15km 2013 World Championship, a 7th Place Tour de Ski overall finish in 2013, he finished in 2nd Place during the 9km Hill Climb at the 2013 Tour de Ski and 7th in the 15km skate race during the Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme. More recently Ivan had been coaching the Canadian National Team.

This is a unique opportunity to ask questions and learn different coaching principles from top national team coaches. Bryan Fish who is the development coach for the US Ski Team will also be joining Ivan Babikov as they discuss various topics including; the Canadian training model and philosophy, coaching principles, technique and strength training, and classic and skate technique presentations.


Presenting on: Strong Coaching: Transforming & Transcending the Culture of Training; Strength Training

Steve Myrland is currently the Wellness Director and District Performance Coach for Athletics at Middleton School District in Wisconsin.

As a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Wisconsin (1988-2000), Myrland was part of Big Ten and national championship in hockey, soccer, cross country, tennis and rowing. In 1993-94, he worked with the San Jose Sharks where the Sharks set an NHL team record for single-season improvement.

Steve is also a faculty member of the GAIN Network, which provides a global platform for education, innovation and motivation in athletic development.


Presenting on: Basic Principles of Organizing Youth Races

As part of: Technical Delegates & Officials Conference
Presenting on: Understanding and Working with the Youth Cup Race Manual

Youth programs are the core of the future. CXC's Youth Coordinator Amy Cichanowski is a veteran athlete who has become noted for the passion she brings for youth. A native of Winona, Minn. who now lives in Minneapolis, Amy has an extensive background in cross country skiing as a competitor, coach, mentor and serving as executive director of the Minnesota Youth Ski League (MYSL) - now the largest youth ski organization in the country with over 2,000 members. She has been instrumental in the success of the CXC Youth Cup series. As an athlete, Amy was a Minnesota state high school champion, competed in three Olympic Trials and won three Kortelopets plus a half-dozen top-10 Worldloppet finishes.

Amy is a U.S. Ski & Snowboard level 200 certified coach and a Professional Ski Instructors of America level 2. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge of youth skiing, programs, equipment and events. She will continue to serve as executive Director of MYSL during her time at CXC.


Presenting on: Level 200 Presentation and Certification; Level 200 Agility and Coordination Development

Development coach for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team. As one of only four coaches on the U.S. Ski Team staff, Bryan's responsibilities include coaching at national level camps, providing coaching and race support at international development races and supporting the education and implementation of a national development pipeline.


Presenting on: Level 100 Presentation and Certification

MD at the Marshfield Clinic and Head Junior Coach at Lakeland Nordic Ski Team. James is board certified in Sports Medicine. His interest stems from his past personal experiences as an athlete. He has many personal athletic accomplishments. He was a six-time member U.S. National Speedskating Team, he also has had multiple top 200 finishes in the American Birkebeiner and is still actively racing, and was inducted in March, 2007, into the Wisconsin Soccer Association Hall of Fame. Dr. Mullen and his family are very involved in wellness and physical activity events in the Minocqua area and have a vested interest in the health and well-being of their community.


Presenting on: tips for teams on coaching adaptive athletes, integrating adaptive skiing into team and club events, and activities, and sharing his pipeline experiences from student athlete to Paralympian.

John Oman has a history of competitive success in adaptive sports. An above-elbow amputee, he played for the United States at the 2010 Amputee Hockey World Championships, 2013: World Cup Cable, Wisconsin and World Cup Canmore, Canada, and 2014: Paralympic Winter Games, Sochi, Russia. Oman has also participated in many American Birkebeiner events.

Oman earned his degree in Mathematics at the University of Minnesota; after a career at Medtronic, a tech company that specializes in medical devices and therapies, Oman joined the staff at the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation as the Operations and Marketing Specialist.

Oman stays active no matter the season, as he also enjoys hiking, biking, running, camping, canoeing, softball, hunting, and fishing. He currently lives in Hudson, Wisconsin, with his wife Jenna, and their two daughters Rose and Ruby.


Presenting on: Instructional Skills, Observation, Description & Prescription

Thomas is a Central Division cross country instructor, examiner and chair of the Nordic Education/Certification Committee for Professional Ski Instructors of America. US Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Level 100 coach.


As part of: Technical Delegates & Officials Conference
Presenting on: Rules Update on FIS: Focuses and Changes / Working Through Jury Issues, Mock Exercises

Scott has been a skier for all of his life, both Alpine and XC. He was a PSIA Alpine instructor for many years following his release from the Army. He has been a US Ski and Snowboard/FIS Technical Delegate for 25 years and Regional Officials Coordinator for Central for most of that time. Working with then USSA Scott was instrumental in the organization of CXC and acted as the Director/Program Manager for those early years.

For many years he coached the MW JO skiers as well as with the WI HS League. Scott and his wife Kay ran camps at Cresthill Resort in Hayward, WI for WI HS juniors, Masters, the Central Elite Group, MW Juniors. They provided housing for many of CXC Team athletes over the team's first 5 years.

In 2006 Scott was recognized by USSA as the national Nordic Volunteer of the Year with the Al Merrill Award. Today Scott continues his activities as FIS TD, FIS Homologation Inspector, resort owner, grandfather, and outdoor sports enthusiast.


As part of: Technical Delegates & Officials Conference
Presenting on: Approaches to Working with Race Organizers and Handling Athlete Indiscretions

Jim Tervo, a current FIS official, will present on several topics that deal with race sanctioning and lines of communication between race organizers and coaches/officials.

Jim has been involved in Nordic skiing since the early 1970s. As a current official, he has evolved into the Chief of Competition role for the Junior Nationals and the US National Championships. He has also served as a tour director at the Birkie, the Super Tour, the NCAA Championships, JNs, and regional level races too numerous to list.


Presenting on: First Aid and CPR Certification

Don is a professional First Aid and CPR Instructor from Minnesota's Iron Range. Away from his day job, Don is a youth coach with the Mesabi East-Virgina-Eveleth-Gilbert ski programs and enjoys spending time with his family in the out doors.

Registration Fee

$310.00 - Level 100 Certification and Conference

- CXC/U.S. Ski & Snowboard Coach Membership (2018-2019)
- USSA Level 100 Cross Country Coaches Education Manual
- CPR & First Aid Certification
- Dinner & Keynote Presentation

$360.00 - Level 200 Certification and Conference

- CXC/U.S. Ski & Snowboard Coach Membership (2018-2019)
- USSA Level 200 Cross Country Coaches Education Manual
- CPR & First Aid Certification
- Dinner & Keynote Presentation

$270.00 - Conference Only

- CXC Academy Subscription
- Dinner & Keynote Presentation

$85.00 - CPR & First Aid Certification

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