What You Want To Be Seen In, At &  With In 2019

What You Want To Be Seen In, At & With In 2019

Gear News, Newsfeed, Trivia
Don't take the headline too literally. It's just our way to compile & present latest gear based on the "neweness" factor. But if you friends and strangers alike will effort to stop you on a trail to ask where got that totally cool item - don't blame us! Oh - and you won't see prices and helpful links to re-sellers' websites. Some of these items are "pro-athletes only"" so far, others are already on sale but you'd have to search & inquire. [caption id="attachment_9945" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] The most visually novel item in the whole of cross-country skiing gear world this season thus far: Madshus Redline 2.0 shown here in their Skate iteration. Those are already on sale in limited quantities - check with your local dealer [/caption] [caption id="attachment_9946" align="aligncenter"…
Read More
Post-Tour De Ski Musings. Why Blink And Dresden Are More Fun

Post-Tour De Ski Musings. Why Blink And Dresden Are More Fun

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
Ingvild Oestberg has proven yet another time that she is one of the best this year and Johannes Klaebo has shown to all the fans & skeptics alike that he is much more than a sprint prodigy. Sergei "the Russian Bear" Ustiugov is back & roaring - literally and in fights for the podium while Therese Johaug and Charlotte Kalla were sorely missed. Oh, and the Alpe Cermis climb is still a fantastic race - arguably, the most TV & fans friendly of them all in the FIS calendar! Yet another resounding success for all involved? Not so fast. Let's start with small gripes e.g. what the point of having skiers to negotiate first 6 kilometers of the 9 km Alpe Cermis race that are actually downhill - before the…
Read More
Norwegians And Russians Keep On Winning – Here Is Why

Norwegians And Russians Keep On Winning – Here Is Why

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
World Cup stages won since the beginning of the season up to & including January 3d 2019: Norway -15 Russia – 6 Rest of the World – 5 Of note: the Norwegians had six different skiers winning thus far and the Russians had five ( a lion share of Norwegian victories occured thanks to two big talents: Therese Johaug and Johannes Klaebo). So, it's safe to say that both countries have become "serial winners"- something that can't be explained by a presence a mega-talented prodigy in the team as is the case with Sweden. The question that we were always interested in is How? Here's an attempt to explain, based on months of observations - and some "photo evidence". ...Now, if you happen to be one of those believers in…
Read More
Best Portraits Of  2018. Part 3

Best Portraits Of 2018. Part 3

Newsfeed, Trivia
Yes, after Part 2 comes part 3. It was a very interesting year, the one of 2018! [caption id="attachment_9850" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Erik Valnes is all smiles after winning Sprint race in Olos, but Alexander Bolshunov who came second - not so much [/caption] [caption id="attachment_9848" align="aligncenter" width="1771"] Jonannes Klaebo after the race[/caption][caption id="attachment_9858" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Kari Slind and Ragnhild Haga are nicely smiling into the camera while Kat Harsem is giving the Olympic champion next to her bunny ears , OMG :))) [/caption][caption id="attachment_9857" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Right to left": Sivert Knotten, Alexander Bolshunov, Sivert Wiig, Federico Pellegrino, Eirik Brandsdal at the starting grid of Sprint Semi at Blink Festival [/caption][caption id="attachment_9855" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Sergei Ustiugov & Alpine sun[/caption][caption id="attachment_9856" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Martin Sundby fights his jacket, wins[/caption][caption id="attachment_9841" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]…
Read More
Best Portraits Of  2018. Part 2

Best Portraits Of 2018. Part 2

Newsfeed, Trivia
..While putting together a previous story on the subject it quickly became clear that there are too many good pictures worth publishing from the outgoing year. Almost all were taken before, after or outside training & competing ( there are a few exceptions). We do see it as our role as online media to show skiers as humans, as personalities, rather than medal-winning machines. Enjoy - and tell us what you think. [caption id="attachment_9828" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Chris Jespersen efforting to relax with a protein bar in hand at the Leader's Chair in Davos[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9827" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Peter Schlickenrieder[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9826" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Jimmy Clugnet eyes Sergei Ustiugov at Blink in Sandnes[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9825" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Alexei Poltoranin[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9822" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Cendrine Browne and Mathilde Petitjean[/caption] [caption id="attachment_9821" align="aligncenter"…
Read More