Izabela Marcisz 🇵🇱 suffered a seriously nasty injury at the training camp in Slovakia and was flown to Krakow to undergo an urgent facial surgery, Sport.pl reports. Marcisz, 21, fell on her face on rollerskis, suffered bad concusion and lost several teeth. The reigning World U23 champion in 10k is widely seen as a successor to Justyna Kowalczyk and is coached/ consulted by the double Olympic champion. Pictured: Izabela Marcisz at the World Championships in Oberstdorf in March 2021
No need to worry - the best Austrian skier has no known intentions to switch her citizenship. It has become known , however, ( via Yulia Belorukova) that Teresa Stadlober will join Markus Cramer's group in training in the spring and the summer of 2021. Along with Pellegrino and De Fabiani as previously reported. It starts looking like " the world vs Norway". Well, after Oberstdorf-2021 that basically looked like the Norwegian Championships with Bolshunov invited as a solo foreign star, it only makes sense to try something new & drastic in the Olympic season.
Max Volkov, ex-assistant coach of Yuri Borodavko at Team Russia, will coach the Chinese national team. Volkov is well known in the international skiing circles - not the least as a " Voice of Bolshunov " as he was often seen helping media to interpret for the Russian great ( who consistently refuses to learn English). Volkov will have to undergo the planet's most stringent quarantine before joining his new team in May. He will join there Nikita Kryukov, the Olympic champion of Vancouver , who is a trainer of the Chinese sprinters.
Oberstdorf 2021 so far was/ is about temperatures changing from minus 3 Celsius to plus 15 C. (Plus the rain on Saturday morning) Add that half of the course is more or less firmly in the shade while the other half is exposed to the sun. Then remind yourself that Skiathlon at Oberstdorf is about preparing both classic and skating skis. Then you shall fully comprehend that the race on Saturday is the test of ski specialist mettle like probably never before. [caption id="attachment_17991" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Roy Pedersen, Norway[/caption] [caption id="attachment_17990" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Viktor Golovin, "Skiers from Russia " team [/caption][caption id="attachment_17989" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Vale Vuerich & Eva Urevc [/caption][caption id="attachment_17988" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Oleg Ragillo & Jessie Diggins [/caption][caption id="attachment_17993" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Simon Caprini, Rossignol [/caption]
We all want to look into the future. When it comes to the future of skiing - it's already here, in Oberstdorf. No secret that elite athlete's training changed a lot in the last decade. Back in 2011 a picture of a female skier doing a set of pull-ups with weights chained to her legs would baffle, perhaps horrify any coach - now it's a routine. Champions become stronger, more coordinated - and younger. It's not like young talents never made it to the World Championships: a 18 year old Yelena Vyalbe came to the one held in 1987 (also in Oberstdorf) and a 18 year old Therese Johaug even won a medal at her debut. The difference is, back then teenagers were expected to grow and mature through the…