World's best male skier (do we need to say the name?) still has not signed a contract with the Norwegian national team - and June 10th deadline is looming. Bone of contention: social media and, more specifically, advertising & promoting on social media. The sides (Johannes does not get involved - he is represented by his father and manager, Haakon Klæbo, as always) don't want to comment beyond that. It's clear, however, that whatever boundary between "Klaebo being himself" and "Klaebo being part of the national team " they eventually find, it will serve as yardstick to all future contracts for all Norwegian skiers - and possibly beyond. Case in point: on this photo from the World Cup in Davos Johannes is seen wearing a jacket with all the team…
This is Anna Zherebyateva , new Rossignol Racing athlete, - and she's holding a company's top race boot of 2019. Why was the most blurred pictured chosen? Well, because there's image/specs blackout in place before it's officially presented But trust us: it's going to be a bomb when it hits the snow trails next season Yes, do start wanting it.
Rossignol has very interesting tradition: the very best of its athletes once in a lifetime are invited to a race workshop in France where under watchful eye & quite a bit of guidance of the master skimaker Richard Gueraud-Pinet the said athlete makes her/his own skis Race model, naturally Alexander Bolshunov kept the tradition by producing his own Premiums today. C2s classic style, naturally. Pictured at Rossignol HQs Gueraud-Pinet, Bolshunov with Rossignol Racing manager Simon Caprini.
FIS Conference in Dubrovnik introduced yet another change: Alpe Cermis climb, the last stage of Tour de Ski is reverting to being a mass-start again. For once it's hard to complain: overtaking on that almost 400 meter altitude gain climb is going to be quite a show for all spectators. Participants, however, are not universally keen: Sjur Røthe, one of the world's best climbers ,already spoke negatively about the change.