Innovations in xcskiing worth considering? Learn from Blink!

Innovations in xcskiing worth considering? Learn from Blink!

Leaders, Newsfeed
In 2021 Blink Skifestival cemented its reputation for being innovator and trendsetter. Since 2019, the last "traditional", pre-pandemic Blink, the organizers reworked the program quite a bit and here are the novelties we found to be worth reviewing and actively recommending: - Individual prologue + distance race with time handicap. We reviewed it here, Just to reiterate: that's the best format we've seen so far when it comes to pitching sprinters vs distance runners & keeping the suspense going throughout the сompetition ( at least in women's race). [caption id="attachment_18472" align="alignnone" width="1176"] Distance runner vs sprinter. Who's better in two different races on the same day?[/caption] - Mixed-gender long distance relay, another unique format. Since we could afford to be subjective, we'll spell it out: great idea - for Norway.…
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No, zip-tie is not new must-have accessory for bindings

No, zip-tie is not new must-have accessory for bindings

Gear News, Newsfeed
Blink Fesfivalen is not just a yet another event on the season's roster - it's a bit of a podium walk where one gets to see the very newest in equipment (like prototype ski boots of which later) and trends. So when many a skier and a biathlete started to appear on the photos from Blink with zip-tie over their bindings, people went talking - we at Dailyskier.com received dozens of questions and requests for clarification. Here you have it: Says Henrik Kvissel, Rottefella manager: "It's just a precaution. Simen Krueger's binding got undone at the start of Lysebotn Uphill race after a little collision with a fellow racer. There is no way to establish with a certainty whether it was a once-in-a-million chance, a fault of a particular binding…
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Meet the girl who skied Blink with Petter Northug

Meet the girl who skied Blink with Petter Northug

Newsfeed, Trivia
"I chose them. They should feel privileged ", - Barbro Saetha laughs easily as she prepares to take a start in mixed -gender team relay at Blink Festivalen in western Norway. "Them" being a duo of Petter Northug and Petter Skinstad coached by legendary Åge Skinstad - Petter S.' father and Petter N. former manager at Team Norge. When Team Petter signed up for Blink, they were missing a third squad member - that had to be a woman, according to the Blink rules. Petter x 2 did what you would expect them in to do in 2021 - launched a campaign on social media looking for a lucky third: https://www.instagram.com/p/CR1hBDGr9hw/?utm_medium=copy_link Thousands applied. Seriously - would YOU miss a chance to run with Petter Northug? But it was Ms. Saetha…
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Petter Northug is back on track(s)!

Petter Northug is back on track(s)!

Leaders, Newsfeed
Blink Fesfivalen' "langløp mix-stafett" or the mixed relay is a great new format and we shall tell you about it..another day. Because on Sunday the stars of long distance racing were totally overshadowed by an appearance of one man: Petter Northug is back, competing! [caption id="attachment_18411" align="alignnone" width="1540"] Northug might have changed - but the world-famous scowl is still there. We missed that facial expression! [/caption] It was the first appearance of the double Olympic champion of tracks after you-all-know-what-happened events of last year. Petter looked poised, handling the media going crazy around him with a look of a star who knows it's unavoidable - and explained how he sees his future: " I have plans to take part in the Ski Classics series, probably next season already. I'm looking…
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Blink Skifestival introduces new promising race format

Blink Skifestival introduces new promising race format

Leaders, Newsfeed
Blink skifesfival is not just a unique amalgamation of xcskiing, biathlon and open-air pop-music concerts. It blazes the trail in introducing new race formats that show great potential. On Friday Blink rolled out a new idea: a combo race: individual prologues ( 2.6k women, 4.2k men) followed two hours later by pursuit races of 10/ 14k. The Sandness Arena is a primarily training grounds so slopes' difficulty is not on par with what the top international stars assembled are accustomed to - but we are talking rollerskis , no snow skier wants to risk an injury on treacherous asphalt downhill, so there were no complaints among the starters. That's to say that sprinters felt right at home in their relatively long prologue while a distance runner found her/ himself a…
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