Look at the cover photo and say hello to Yelena Vyalbe and…”Yelena Vyalbe”.
The final shots of the full-size feature movie about the life & career of one the most prominent figures in the international skiing ever were filmed in Moscow this week.
Vyalbe’s lifestory is practically begging for a biopic.
Born & raised without a father in Magadan, the city featuring one of the harshest climates on Earth.
Universally recognized ski prodigy – who finds herself pregnant at 18.
The cross country skier who won the most world titles ever-ever ( the feat later surpassed by Marit Bjorgen) – and the unrivaled captain of the Russian skiing being both the chairman of the Ski Association and the head coach of the national team.
And yes, there will be a part about doping. Including that famed, never before – never after episode, when Vyalbe grabbed a microphone from world championships organizers and apologized to a packed stadium in Trondheim for her own teammates who were caught doping.
There will be a lot of actual skiing in the movie: all actors playng athletes had to undergo a crash-course AND some of the Russia’s best skiere are playing their ” body doubles”..
With filming done, the White Snow now goes into editing/ dubbing and is expected to hit the silver screens in February 2021.
All photos are courtesy of White Snow 2021 and Nika Stepanova Instagram accounts