Cross Country  Is B-sport, You Know?

Cross Country Is B-sport, You Know?

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"Cross country ( skiing) is a B-sport, you know? Thus spoke Wolfgang Pichler, quite possibly the world biathlon's most famous coach of our days ( 2'15" in interview) The German coach of the Swedish biathlon team then goes on talking about how Single Mixed Relay at the Biathlon World Champioship saw 29 nations – apparently, a record for countries' participation in any winter sport, ever. Pichler is wrong: a similar two-athlete event at Seefeld-2019, men's Team Sprint, also had same 29 entrants ( yes, that including now-infamous Austrians) . Ladies had 19. Yet Pichler is right – but a totally different way. [caption id="attachment_10696" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Biathlon prize money for last season was  7 000 000 €.For each victory on the World Cup - 15 000 € . World Championship made…
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The International Season Is Over. Here Are Changes That Need To Be Effected – Or Else

The International Season Is Over. Here Are Changes That Need To Be Effected – Or Else

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Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Brilliant Norwegians once again wiped the floor with the competition, winning both ladies' and men's overall World Cup titles - and taking most of the places in Top Ten And taking overall Nations Cup, naturally. Optimists would say that this time around things were not as one way as in, say, 2015–16 FIS Cross-Country World Cup when Norway took 24234 points - almost as much as the rest of the world combined. This year it was "only" 12657 to Russia's 8636 and Sweden's 7015. A progress of a kind. [caption id="attachment_10602" align="aligncenter" width="1920"][/caption] In fact, it became yet another season pushing cross country skiing off the main plate towards also-run niche. Already…
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Novel Way Of Winning In Sprint  Or I Am Very Sorry For What Happened

Novel Way Of Winning In Sprint Or I Am Very Sorry For What Happened

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Two rising stars of international skiing had a bit of a kerfuffle at the sprint finals of the Universide-2019. [caption id="attachment_10519" align="aligncenter" width="1470"] Alexander Terentiev[/caption] First, sprint prodigy from Team Russia Alexander Terentiev, 19, stepped on opponent's skis nearly causing the latter one to lose the balance. Both literally - and figuratively - speaking [caption id="attachment_10518" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Ivan Yakimushkin[/caption] The said opponent, Ivan Yakimushkin, 22 , found a novel way of responding - and overtaking - in a closely contested race. By grabbing & pulling his pole Yakimushkin, who, like Terentiev, made alreadyh several World Cup appearances for Team Russia , then accelerated and came to the finish first, while unlucky opponent finished second. Judges, somehow, have summarily failed to appreciate Yakimushkin's innovative methods and disqualified him. Later Ivan…
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Klaebo Gets Suspended Jail Sentence, Fine For Driving Accident

Klaebo Gets Suspended Jail Sentence, Fine For Driving Accident

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Norwegian stars ( to be sure - males stars) and their driving issues! https://www.instagram.com/p/BurMVAqBVH1/ 16 days of jail time and a fine of 10,000 NOK - this is a verdict the Sør-Trøndelag District Court handed down to Johannes Høsflot Klæbo for his driving accident last December. Jail is suspended. He will also lose his license for 9 months Klaebo rear-ended another car on a roundabout. A 12 year girl was injured in collision. By comparison, certain Petter N. got 50 days in prison ( also suspended) and NOK 185,000 for his valiant effort to check how far he could push Audi A7 on a Norwegian road. https://www.instagram.com/p/vqxPE-Iz4s/ Then, of course, there was that little factoid of him driving 80 kilometres per hour in a 40 zone, and a blood alcohol…
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That Word Again: Doping

That Word Again: Doping

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Not what anybody wanted to hear again, but here it goes: The Austrian police reps announced on Wednesday that they "succeeded in smashing an international doping network" in cross country skiing. [caption id="attachment_10420" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Austrian police in Seefelfd. It is not known whether this particular unit was/is involved in investigation [/caption] Suspects are not formally named by widely believed ( and in case of Austrians confirmed by their coach) to be Andreas Veerpalu, son of the double Olympic gold medalist Andrus Veerpalu, and Karel Tammjärv from Estonia, . Kazakhstan's Alexey Poltoranin and Dominik Baldauf and Max Hauke from Team Austria. [caption id="attachment_10422" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Dominik Baldauf racing in Dresden in January 2019 [/caption] The police is giving chilling details of "one of the suspects being literally caught with a…
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