Legkov Repeats Personal Best In Test. First Salvo In Psy War Fired?

Boxing great Vitali Klitschko once said “the fight begins long before the first bell”

John McEnroe made a comment on his opponent-to-be that people remember decades after: “I’ve got more talent in my pinkie than ( Ivan) Lendl has in his whole body”

While commonplace in martial arts and other pro-sports with huge payday check, psychological pressure & attacks on opponent (s) is not normally associated with cross country skiing.

Or is it by now?

Perhaps, the first salvo of the Olympic season was fired today

The comment to the video posted by Egor Sorin, an assistant to Markus Cramer ( and world-class skier on his own right) reads:

2 tests today: the first to determine aerobic/anaerobic treshhold, the second – maximum exertion. @alexanderlegkov has repeated his personal best result of four years ago ( the year of the Sochi Olympics) in the first one and missed his PB by only a few seconds in the second one.
The post ends with hashtag  #ждите that is directly translated as #expect with a tinge of ‘you better believe it!’

Legkov won 50FT in Sochi with a fantastic sprint on the last uphill. A year and half after, however, the Russian was suspended by the International Ski Federation (FIS) based on Richard MacLaren report – and missed almost all of the last season

No proof of doping in case of Legkov ( as well as five other Russians, including Sochi 50FT silver medal winner Maxim Vylegzhanin) has ever emerged – and the CAS all but cleared Legkov & Co for a return to the world skiing circuit, including the Olympics.

Many a competitor were wondering how strong is a 34 year old Russian theese days – now they have their answer.

Who’s next to throw a virtual gauntlet?

Andrew Musgrave from Team GB has posted a strong video ( no mentioning of personal bests though)

Lucas Chanavat vs Richard Jouve duel looks good ( both French and Russian teams are in Oberhof now – would they hold a mini-match between themselves?)

Norwegian Langrennsgutta featuring Messrs Iversen, Krogh, Krüger and Røthe has posted their update from Valdidentro, Italy

check out that ‘kangaroo-poling’ at the end!

The rest of medal contenders are keeping fairly quiet so far. One could be sure, however, that there will be more Instagram/Twitter/FB reports of “personal bests” and “excellent form” as we approach the season. And we like it!

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