Austrian Sprinter Becomes First XC Skier To Win Prestigious Matteo Baumgarten Award

Austrian Sprinter Becomes First XC Skier To Win Prestigious Matteo Baumgarten Award

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Lisa Unterweger, Austrian sprint champion, has become the first cross country skier ever to win the prestigious Matteo Baumgarten Award that "recognises athletes who strive to balance the demands of full-time study with their training and competition schedules" https://www.instagram.com/p/BwSRowNH_Wy/ The annual award is in its 23d year, it's held in a memory of a young Italian skier and student, who tragically died in car crash in 1996 and is organized together by the family of late Matteo Baumgarten and the FIS The Dailyskier congratulates Ms. Unterweger with winning the prize that is seen as one the key ways to encourage long-term athlete development. Here are the excerpts from our conversation: - How did the jury explained selection of your candidacy over the others? They told me it was because I…
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Northug:  Do Not Be Afraid Of Going Your Own Way In Order To Achieve Your Goal!

Northug: Do Not Be Afraid Of Going Your Own Way In Order To Achieve Your Goal!

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Here at the Dailyskier we make no secret that we absolutely love anything & everything new in the world of cross country skiing. That is anything, that helps to spread the sport's appeal to larger masses of public and, well, of sponsors. That prompts us to put out a second story in a week about Petter Northug's inaugural Janteloppet that is due this Friday - Saturday. Yes, because we hope the race will provide the glimpse of the future for xcskiing. If Petter can't reform it - nobody can! https://www.instagram.com/p/BvLf9twh8Wz/ We chat with Nils Marius Otterstad, one Janteloppet organizers about what's new & different. - The Janteloppet Ski Fest is first and foremost based on Petter Northug jr.´s vision and passion for x-country skiing. In one phrase: it's all about…
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Russian A-Team for 2019/20 Has 40 Athletes, More Than Any Competitor

Russian A-Team for 2019/20 Has 40 Athletes, More Than Any Competitor

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The Russian Ski Federation has made public the national team's training groups for the season of 2019/2020. No fundamental changes - boss of the Russian skiing Elena Vyalbe & her coaches believe in internal competition within the Team Russia so for the upcoming season it will continue to be based around training groups led by Markus Cramer, Yuri Borodavko and Oleg Perevozchikov that are equal in status. Egor Sorin will carry on on leading the fourth group that is often seen as a sort of a farm-club but only because the average age of his skiers is lower than the rest. There is no official division on A and B teams. Each coach leads the team of specialists including at least one junior trainer, analyst, doctor, massage therapist, technicians etc.…
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Bolshunov In Rare Tell-All Interview About Klaebo, King And Training In Crimea

Bolshunov In Rare Tell-All Interview About Klaebo, King And Training In Crimea

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On the day of his last official race of the season and right before departing on the tour of Norway that will include him running in Kobberløpet and in Janteloppet , Alexander Bolshunov gave a television interview A 22 year old Russian sensation could be many things but he is not exactly a fan of long sit-down interviews - it took us at Dailyskier a bit of effort to convince him back in a day This time he made a rare exception for the Russian Siberian skiing-promoting project На Лыжи! ( roughly translated as Put Skis On!) and could be found & watched in full here Those not quite fluent in the language of Leo Tolstoy & Fyodor Dostoyevsky have an option of acquainting themselves with the highlights, in chronological…
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Amateur Skier Beats Handful Of Pros, Including Legendary Petter Eliassen, In 220k Race

Amateur Skier Beats Handful Of Pros, Including Legendary Petter Eliassen, In 220k Race

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Of course, Vegard Vinje is not your average weekend warrior. But a 27 year old Norwegian has a full time job outside skiing thus fully qualifying for the "amateur" title. However, after Vegard has finished 3rd last weekend in Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet 220k, world's longest regularly held race, the title "World's Strongest Amateur" is due. [caption id="attachment_10774" align="alignnone" width="800"] Mr. Vinje needed 12 hours and 20 seconds to finish on the podium in the race that featured names such as Andreas Nygaard, Oeyvind MoenFjeld, Hans Maenpaa, already mentioned Petter Eliassen - in other words, joy & pride of Visma Ski Classics pro-series.[/caption] We can't quite remember the case when an amateur athlete beat pros - and rushed to speak to Vegard after his unprecedented gig. - You beat Petter Eliassen…
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