Starting this week, we try a new format: compilation of the ( subjectively chosen) best stories related to cross country skiing & everything that is happening around it, featuring both the topics we covered throughout the week – and those we didn’t.
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– The corporate owner of Salomon and Atomic may be sold to Chinese investors.
Finnish Amer Sports has revealed that it has been approached by a consortium of Chinese sportswear company Anta and FountainVest Partners, a Hong Kong private equity group with an offer of €4.6 billion in all-cash buyout. Or over 25% more than the market value of the company was before the announcement ( Amer Sports is a publicly traded company)
– Charlotte Kalla beat the pack this season in announcing that she won’t participate in the 2018/19 edition of Tour de Ski. The winner of TdS 2007/08 says she wants to concentrate on her preparations for the Seefeld 2019 World Championships
– Tickets for Weltcup Dresden, the Saxonian capital’s stage of the World Cup, will go on sale on September 24th. Regular ticket is 35 euros while VIP tickets ( “exclusive VIP tent with all-day catering and the best view of start and finish”) go for 250 euros/day, or 400 euros for both days of the competition. Can’t beat the view of Klaebo, Pellegrino and Ustiugov competing against the backdrop of Dresdner Altstad!
– Serneke, one of Sweden’s largest construction companies, wants to create an ideal city, skier’s edition by building an all-year-around cross country ski track into new housing development.
Serneke and the municipality of Stockholm suburb of Järfälla have agreed to move forward with plans of development brand new neighborhood.
“…. In Järfälla City we are planning housing units, hotels, shops, restaurants – and a 1.2 km long cross country ski trail built underground and open all year around!” declares Serneke at its website
– Frontiers in Physiology magazine has published an extensive study that proves scientifically what we all suspected anyway: “Having a kinship with a former Olympic medalist is associated with a greater probability for an Olympian to also become a medalist, the closer an athlete is genetically to such kinship the greater this probability”