FIS Congress Postponed Till May 2021

FIS Congress Postponed Till May 2021

Leaders, Newsfeed
Late on Friday , July 31st, the FIS has published an announcement: already once postponed Congress will now take place in May-June 2021. It's significant. The 52th Congress was initially scheduled to take place in Thailand in May 2020 and was provisionally moved to October this year. It wasn't an ordinary affair: the incumbent president of the International Ski Federation was supposed to step down and the new leader of the snow sports on this planet to be elected. When Gian-Franco Kasper took the helm Klaebo and Bolshunov were learning how to walk and Frida K. wasn't even born yet. A lot had changed since 1998 - and candidates to replace the 76 year old Swissman were floating vastly programs on where and how to proceed onwards. With the Congress…
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Ustiugov-Klaebo Aggro In Context Of Raising Profile Of Skiing

Ustiugov-Klaebo Aggro In Context Of Raising Profile Of Skiing

Newsfeed, Trivia
In about 30 seconds flat last Thursday Sergei Alexandrovich Ustiugov and Johannes Høsflot Klæbo did more to promote world's awareness about the great sport of cross country skiing than FIS and Seefeld-2019 organizers could have possible done with any promo budget. [caption id="attachment_10363" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] " Hey, dude - becoming world champion in cross country skiing doesn't make one the world star. This kinda stuff does!"[/caption] Every Norwegian media outlet, every Russian one had a story of the Sprint semi-finals altercation. Don't need to tell you who was to blame for the incident in Norway – and who in Russia. [caption id="attachment_10358" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Klaebo is media star and influencer all right - but mostly in his native Norway, although his appeal spreads [/caption] [caption id="attachment_10365" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Ustiugov with his rough…
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Who Are We Going To Miss At Olympics – And Why Is It Totally Wrong

Who Are We Going To Miss At Olympics – And Why Is It Totally Wrong

Leaders, Newsfeed
Two weeks to go to the Olympic Games, cross country skiing fans start counting disappointments The modern sport is not about who wins – it's about who's got bigger personality, appeal, following. To simplify matters – if a skier got 50k subscribers on Instagram, that universal popularity tool, yet was not selected for Pyeonchang – it ain't good for the great sport of skiing. [caption id="attachment_6358" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] fans pack the stands to see not only competitions but first and foremost their heroes. It was plain and evident in Dresden that many ( most?) came to look at Jonannes Klaebo[/caption] Let's see who we'll miss in Korea The double crown goes to two Norwegians – but of course. With a deliberate, symbolic denial of the Olympics to, arguably, world's strongest…
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Thanks For Reading Daily Skier – And Happy New Skiing Year!

Thanks For Reading Daily Skier – And Happy New Skiing Year!

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Hey! The Daily Skier was launched in April 2017 ( yes, right after the snow season's end – it so happened) with a goal of bringing together people who care about cross country skiing as a sport , as a healthy lifestyle – and as a form of entertainment. Yes, we want to break xc skiing out of cliches along the lines of "he won because he run faster – and here are his lap times". Cross country skiers are some of the fittest, balanced and the most attractive people in world – there is no reason not to put it on display. They tend to have strong opinions – and we shall provide a pulpit for those to be aired in public. One wouldn't exactly call the Daily Skier…
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Upshot Of Decision To Ban Legkov/Belov

Upshot Of Decision To Ban Legkov/Belov

Leaders, Newsfeed
Yesterday's verdict of The IOC Disciplinary Commission, handing out a lifetime Olympic ban and stripping medals off the Russian skiers Alexander Legkov and Evgeniy Belov will go down in history. Regardless of which side of the argument you're on, the history is made because for the first time ever in sport a doping ban is given in the case where there is no direct evidence of actual doping, no evidence of sportsmen being involved and still no clear understanding of what had actually happened. The formula under which international sports bureaucrats judge sportsmen is notoriously vague and deserves to be quoted in full: “...The standard of proof shall be whether the IOC has established an anti-doping rule violation to the comfortable satisfaction of the hearing panel bearing in mind the…
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