Andreas Nygaard, World’s Most Unusual Marathon Winner

Andreas Nygaard, World’s Most Unusual Marathon Winner

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If you ever wanted proof that today's cross country skiing is not your dad's skiing – look no further than the towering figure of Andreas Nygaard. This 26-year-old Norwegian made a bit of history this month – making redundant a lot of preconceived notions about skiing. Standing at an impressive 1.93cm (6 ft 3 in) and weighing in at 92kg (205 lb), Nygaard hardly looks like a marathoner - yet it was him who was the first to cross the finish line at the most challenging skiing marathon of them all – the Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet. It took Nygaard a whopping 11 hours, 45 minutes and 07 seconds to ski 220 km through Arctic wilderness , beating the other 240 participants from 15 nations at Jokkmokk, Sweden, that lies beyond…
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Train Your Balance Like a Boss

Train Your Balance Like a Boss

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The body balance is, likely, the most important single factor in cross country skiing – unless you happen to be a dedicated double-poler, in which case read no further. For those of us, however, who practice either old good diagonal classic stride or skating, a balance training is a must. Naturally, there are dozens of devices and gadgets designed to aid – starting with simplest of all, a plastic bottle filled with water, all the way to fancy professional machines for $$$$$. The Austrian company MFT has turned the balance training into a form of computer gaming. The MFT Challenge Disc 2.0 connects to you phone or tablet via Bluetooth – et voila, instead of counting seconds, you now actively swing your lower limbs achieving corresponding gaming action on your…
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Bye, Team LeasePlan!

Bye, Team LeasePlan!

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It's official – Team LeasePlan, one the most successful private teams in cross country skiing is shutting its doors. Andrew Musgrave, member of Team LeasePlan (also known by its previous name, Team LeasePlanGo) and the most succesful British cross country skier ever, wrote today on his Twitter account: It's official- no more Team LeasePlan after this season. A huge thanks to all teammates, staff & sponsors. It's been 4 awesome years! It's official- no more Team LeasePlan after this season. A huge thanks to all teammates, staff & sponsors. It's been 4 awesome years! — Andrew Musgrave (@musgraveandrew) April 21, 2017 The Tigers, as the team was known througout the skiing circuit, was founded and managed by a Norwegian Thomas Alsgaard. Easily identified by their orange-with-stripes race suits, the Tigers…
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More Skiers Go Camo

More Skiers Go Camo

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April is the month when professional skiers descend ( quite literally) from the mountains and come out from the forests where they live and train most of the year and for a short while become the ordinary citizens. Yesterday we shared with you a link to Niklas Dyrhaug's Instagram, featuring a Team Norway trio of Didrik Tønseth, Finn Hagen Krog and Dyrhaug himself in Norwegian Army uniforms with assault rifles. Unspoken message is quite clear – locked & loaded for the next season! Today Tønseth have added some heavy artillery to the message – here's the trio on top of Leopard 2, one of the biggest & meanest main battle tanks in the world. https://www.instagram.com/p/BTHjXrtFJwN/?taken-by=toenseth If the Norse men were hoping for their photo challenge to be answered, today they…
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In the Army Now…

In the Army Now…

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Niklas Dyrhaug shared with 55 thousands of his subscribers on Instagram a photo of himself along with Didrik Tønseth and Finn Hågen Krogh sporting a rather different uniform of Team Norway Taken at Setermoen Leir, Norwegian Armed Forces largest military base near Tromsø, the image features the trio in brand-new Army uniforms , including bullet-proof kevlar vests, Tønseth, Dyrhaug and Krogh are seen holding various versions of a standard Norwegian Army assault rifle, Heckler & Koch HK416N. No pacifists there, it seems! Since no explanation for a sudden militarization of the trio of most promising new talents in the Norwegian team was provided with an Instagram post, we are all left wondering whether they seek continue their careers with the Heimevernet or the Home Guard. https://www.instagram.com/p/BTG8pA9B9d1/
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