The first and what seems to be only full-strenght FIS World Cup stage brought a bit of a sensation. That, on closer observation, is more like a testament to the fact that results could be drastically improved even by seasoned skiers. Andrew Musgrave, 30, and Andrew Young, 28, had their best season start ever. Musgrave finished Ruka Triple in 6th position and Young, hitherto to primarily known as skating-oriented sprinter , came in solid 14th. Basically, the Brits run three races on par with dominant Norwegians and Russians as well as the Finnish hosts who traditionally aim to reach peak form for Ruka. And well, well ahead of far bigger, richer teams such as Sweden, Germany and France. What gives? We've got in touch with the team coach Jostein Vinjerui:…
Sergei Ustiugov appeals to his fans via Instagram, telling them that he had a severe case of Covid-19 that stopped him from competing and even training in last few weeks. https://www.instagram.com/p/CIauZQVsTNR/?igshid=1au78krzaro9l In the post to his 84000 followers on the social network, the 28 year old ex-world champion says he fell ill in late October in Val Senales, Italy, and hasn't been able to restart proper training ever since as " body refused to adequately perceive the load and and each time I fell into a hole" The Russian wraps up by saying that he feels better now, undergone an extensive screening and is slowly starting to exercise properly, hoping to rejoin the team "soon".
Therese Johaug to naysayers, sceptics & haters: "Those who think I do not deserve the award, must be allowed to think so. I've just done the best I can, and it's not me who's decided I should get the award..." The award in question is Egebergs Ærespris, sport's highest commendation in Norway. The decision to bestow the honour on the best skier of the last years was announced on Friday.
"... As it stands, we can not guarwntre an infection-free path to and from Davos or Dresden. If things go wrong, the disease can have potentially serious consequences for the person infected. None of us involved are willing to take that risk" That's Per Andersson, Team Sweden head doctor. The day after the Norwegians have announced their decision to skip Davos and Dresden stages of the FIS World Cup, the Swedes are following the suit. Unlike their neighbours, Sweden hasn't yet decided on participation in Tour de Ski in January. With Swedish women so dominant in sprints this year Davos and, especially, Dresden would lose a quite a bit of its appeal to fans, alas