Daily Skier  At Oberstdorf 2021: Skiathlon Is Waxers’ Contest

Daily Skier At Oberstdorf 2021: Skiathlon Is Waxers’ Contest

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Oberstdorf 2021 so far was/ is about temperatures changing from minus 3 Celsius to plus 15 C. (Plus the rain on Saturday morning) Add that half of the course is more or less firmly in the shade while the other half is exposed to the sun. Then remind yourself that Skiathlon at Oberstdorf is about preparing both classic and skating skis. Then you shall fully comprehend that the race on Saturday is the test of ski specialist mettle like probably never before. [caption id="attachment_17991" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Roy Pedersen, Norway[/caption] [caption id="attachment_17990" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Viktor Golovin, "Skiers from Russia " team [/caption][caption id="attachment_17989" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Vale Vuerich & Eva Urevc [/caption][caption id="attachment_17988" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Oleg Ragillo & Jessie Diggins [/caption][caption id="attachment_17993" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Simon Caprini, Rossignol [/caption]
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Daily Skier At Oberstdorf  Meet Stars Of Tomorrow

Daily Skier At Oberstdorf Meet Stars Of Tomorrow

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We all want to look into the future. When it comes to the future of skiing - it's already here, in Oberstdorf. No secret that elite athlete's training changed a lot in the last decade. Back in 2011 a picture of a female skier doing a set of pull-ups with weights chained to her legs would baffle, perhaps horrify any coach - now it's a routine. Champions become stronger, more coordinated - and younger. It's not like young talents never made it to the World Championships: a 18 year old Yelena Vyalbe came to the one held in 1987 (also in Oberstdorf) and a 18 year old Therese Johaug even won a medal at her debut. The difference is, back then teenagers were expected to grow and mature through the…
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Junior World Ski Championships – Why Is It Needed This Year?

Junior World Ski Championships – Why Is It Needed This Year?

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Why is the FIS Junior/ U23 World Championships even needed in these times of Covid, when travel restrictions are abound while spectators are not present and the general mood, at least in Europe, is rather "locked-down" to sour ? We asked top coaches who brought their teams to Vuokatti: [caption id="attachment_17814" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Justyna Kowalczyk-Tekieli, Poland:- We feel confident with all those disease-spread preventing measures taken by the organizers,feel safe. On the other hand, the guys & the girls were working hard all year to compete at the JWSC. We can't just stop living - the competitions should go on[/caption]. [caption id="attachment_17812" align="alignnone" width="1002"] Monika Korra, Norway- It’s important for our sport - the future of skiing. JWSC is the goal for hundreds of junior skiers around the world, it…
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Finnish Wonderland Gears Up For World Juniors/ U23

Finnish Wonderland Gears Up For World Juniors/ U23

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The FIS Nordic Junior and U23 World Ski Championships was a bit of an orphant this tough year - but, as in any good fairytale, it looks like it found a perfect home at last. " Vuokatti is the place where the JWC will hit the road running" smiles Vuokatti Sport spokesman Topi Kuorelahti, himself a national-level skier. And indeed it impresses pretty much on the first sight, whichever is your personal preference. [caption id="attachment_17687" align="alignnone" width="1689"] Vuokatti ski trails should more properly be called " ski highways"[/caption] 150 kilometers of wide perfectly groomed, carefully maintained ski trails you could access from your hotel or rental house? Check. Including those modern crazy-tough and thus FIS homologated where the actual races of the Championships shall be held. Speaking of hotels: 650…
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Lahti,  Skiing,  COVID

Lahti, Skiing, COVID

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The Lahti Ski Games, one of the most storied stages of the FIS World Cup, feels massively different this year. COVID re-writes the rules in this year of 2021. The organizers do what they can - all arriving athletes, officials and media are subjected to compulsory antigen throat swab with test facility open through the night. [caption id="attachment_17637" align="alignnone" width="1731"] ...the precautions are justified: at least one ahthlete tested positive on arrival to Lahti: first with antigen test, than more precise PCR one. Absolutely asymptomatic, apparently...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_17643" align="alignnone" width="1920"] ...Eirik Nossum, Norwegian head coach has a different story to tell. Or several. For reasons not entirely clear, he keeps on getting false-positive antigen test results. First time it happened the whole team was isolated - but by now the…
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