We at the Daily Skier believe that the best skiers are not just medal-winning machines, but personalities – and influencers. To put it bluntly, knowing “who’s shirt she/he wears” is important tidbit of knowledge that may or may not affect your choice when time comes to renew your equipment. Or it may not – but people still care to know – the way they care about football or basketball stars’ preferences.
…This story is about what poles best international skiers are using. Naturally, vast majority of them are sponsored i.e receive the poles for free in exchange for visibility/promotion. Still, no skier would ever use poles if she/he find them wanting in any respect. So it’s fair to say poles they use reflect their personal choices.
unusual to see Krista Parmakoski with Swix poles
…ditto for Ingvild Flugstad Østberg
@blinkfestivalen What makes @ingvildflugstad special is that she never ever shows any sign of tension on that starting grid, seconds before the race kick-off. Check out & note, dear young skiers: concentration and smile are not mutually exclusive 😎 #langrenn #langlauf @langrennslandslaget #rogaland @fischersports_nordic @swix_sport
By the way – the Russians use Swix poles only – that’s a part of the deal the Russian Ski Federation signed a few years ago. Such team-wide deals are not common but not unheard of
Sergey Ustiugov was seen for the first time competing with Triac 3.0 ( last season he stuck to 2.5 model)
@blinkfestivalen @jimmyclugnet eyes @sergei86m during a warm up for 15k freestyle. The Russian will go on winning that race in his usual, dominant-from-the-start style. It's all right , Jimmy, you shall catch up with him real soon! 😎 @teamgb #nordic #xcski #crosscountry #langrenn #langlauf #лыжныегонки @britishnordic
2.5 is not out either – here’s Irina Kovalenko using them in sprint semis
Both Charlotte Kalla…
@blinkfestivalen Just like @ragnhildhaga (not pictured) , @kalla_87 is still sporting SLG 10 Premio poles made by now defunct One Way…the process of finding a new poles' sponsor takes longer than expected? @karislind and @hristinamatsokina on the background could give the Swedish star some ideas as to where to look 😎
..Ragnhild Haga were seen using the poles from their old sponsor, now bankrupt One Way Sport.
More exotic choices were on display as well
Masako Ishida and KV+
Federico Pellegrion and Rossignol
Kari Slind and Exel
Sindre Skar and Leki
Amalie Honerud Olsen and Rex