Scotland to Stage First Ever Ski World Cup Event

Scotland to Stage First Ever Ski World Cup Event

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Scotland is to get its first taste of elite cross country skiing in the near future, as the FIS conference last week decided to stage a World Cup event there in 2020. "The idea has been there for a while, but now it's determined" Vegard Ulvang, the chairman of the FIS cross-country committee told Norwegian newspaper VG. Hopes for the world's best racers doing laps in Cairngorm National Park are slightly premature – the event will most likely be staged in one of the cities, probably Edinburgh, on artificial snow. "We will produce enough snow for a short track and bring ski sprint to a new country," says Ulvang. Scotland's appearance on the skiing map is totally due to recent successes of Team GB racers and Scottish natives - Andrew…
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Our Test: Karhu Mini – Good Fun, Maxi Convenience

Our Test: Karhu Mini – Good Fun, Maxi Convenience

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What is it? The Karhu Volcan Skating Mini, top-line skating skis from a storied Finnish manufacturer - with a twist. What makes them special?: to paraphrase Henry Ford, you can have them any color length, as long as it's black 166cm. Fixed. In other words, they are as tall as your skating poles. The camber is so stiff that it is good enough for a grown up male specie up to 110kg. (yes, you could - and should - select Minis according to your weight) What is it good for? well, we could tell you, of course, that you spend 20% less on wax but do you really care? It's all about convenience. Try fitting full-size skis into a VW Golf. Tad inconvenient, isn't it? Well, Volcan Minis would fit…
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CAS ( Finally) Issues Verdict on Suspended Russian Skiers

CAS ( Finally) Issues Verdict on Suspended Russian Skiers

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne has issued a verdict in the arbitration procedures involving six top Russian cross country skiers – Sochi 2014 Olympic champion Alexander Legkov, Falun 2015 World champion Maxim Vylegzhanin as well as Alexey Petukhov, Evgenia Shapovalova, Evgeniy Belov and Julia Ivanova . The decision reads as a big compromise: The CAS have decided to maintain the provisional suspensions imposed on the athletes until 31 October 2017, at the latest. However, "in the absence of any anti-doping rule violation having been assessed against any of the athletes so far, the temporary suspension shall lapse and the athletes shall be allowed to compete again" Yelena Vyalbe, President of the Russian Cross-Country Ski Association, has already reacted on the CAS verdict by saying that all…
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Kikkan Randall Wins Ski To Sea XC Country Ski Leg

Kikkan Randall Wins Ski To Sea XC Country Ski Leg

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US International and ex-world champion in sprint Kikkan Randall won the 2017 Ski to Sea cross-country ski leg on Sunday, beating 300+ competitors, male or female on a 6km distance. Ski to Sea brands itself as the biggest relay race in the world. The race has seven legs – cross-country skiing, downhill skiing or snowboarding, running, road biking, canoeing, cyclocross and kayaking. Each year, at the end of May some 300+ teams participate in the 150 kilometer race that starts at Mt. Baker Ski Area in Whatcom County, Washington in the United States and goes, you guessed it, to the sea. This year's cross-country ski leg was in jeopardy for an alleged lack of entrants and the organizers have initially canceled it, causing a storm of protests from would-be participants…
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Madshus Sold

Madshus Sold

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A business deal much awaited in the skiing world was announced late on Friday. Madshus AS, together with its corporate parent K2, was sold to Kohlberg & Company, a private equity firm. Many, especially in Norway, had expected that the storied Norwegian ski & apparel producer would be spun off and sold back to a Norwegian business. Rumors swirled that Swix Sport (or its owner, Ferd Group) were looking to purchase Madshus. It would make sense: the two companies are located close to each other in the outskirts of Lillehammer – working together would bring massive savings in everything from manufacturing and warehousing to marketing and distribution. Alas, that was not to be the case, as Madshus AS remains in American hands – at least for now. New-York based Kohlberg…
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