Sergey Ustiugov & Last Chance Saloon For Oberstdorf

Sergey Ustiugov & Last Chance Saloon For Oberstdorf

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It was Sergey Ustiugov 's last chance to jump on a wagon, departing for Oberstdorf 2021 - and he used it with his customary flair. The world's best skier of 2016/17 had an exceptionally rough season thus far: bad case of Covid hit him in October in altitude camp in Italy and, unlike many other skiers, the Russian Bear wasn't lucky enough to recover quickly. As the result, zero international races this season while the competition within Team Russia grew tremendously. Ustiugov left the Sbornya and was preparing at home, participating in local races where stunned viewers (yes, limited amount of fans is still allowed at most ski in Russia as it is an outdoor activity) had a chance to see Ustiugov run. On Thursday the 28 year old convincingly…
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Gus Schumacher On Tour De Ski, Swiss Prices And Long Distance Relationships

Gus Schumacher On Tour De Ski, Swiss Prices And Long Distance Relationships

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Gus Schumacher has convincingly proven his status of the hottest up-and-coming star of the men's cross-country skiing by finishing 18th overall in his first Tour de Ski - ahead of many an experienced skier and , more importantly, ahead of equally young, talented and highly marketable William Poromaa of Sweden and Alexander Terentiev of Russia. A 20 year old Alaskan scored his first Top 10 finish at 15k C earlier in the week and was 19th at the finish line of the grueling Alpe Cermis climb. We chatted to the young American immediately after his last TdS race: Hardest race you ever had? - The uphill climb was mentally hard but I’ve definitely had harder races on regular courses. Honestly, the worst part was like the first 1/3rd when the…
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Krasnogorsk Ski Stadium – That’s How We All Going To Ski Soon Enough

Krasnogorsk Ski Stadium – That’s How We All Going To Ski Soon Enough

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Cross country skiing is not for everyone. It's for people who are blessed (cursed) to live in the areas with more or less guaranteed snow at least a few weeks / year. It is so happens that those are the most heavily urbanized places on Earth: Northern America and Europe nowadays sport quite astonishing 80% plus urbanization rates, about double from what was the case in 1950s. Add Covid mayhem and Covid travel restrictions - we might never thought about them but they are here and who knows for how long! Long story short: absolutely new variety of ski tracks " station" a.k.a ski stadium is suddenly needed. The one where pros could compete a few times a year, kids & committed amateurs train the rest of the winter -…
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Weltcup  Dresden: Despite Everything

Weltcup Dresden: Despite Everything

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Skiweltcup Dresden might not be a purist idea of cross-country skiing, but its one of the best organized events on the FIS calendars - and most loved by the athlets. Dresden is a tourist city in normal times and thousands of visitors and 50 million television viewers worldwide the Dresden City Sprints get go a long way toward promoting the beauty of the Saxonian capital. Alas, the things are not normal this year and Dresden is probably hit harder than the rest: Saxony is posting some of the worst Covid infection rates in Germany in the last few weeks and all tourist attractions are shut. Yet Weltcup Dresden is to happen. We speak to the event spokesperson and one of those people who work on organizing it full time, 365…
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No Norwegians And Swedes?  Bad For Sport, Excellent For Popularity

No Norwegians And Swedes? Bad For Sport, Excellent For Popularity

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Let us be blunt: Davos Nordic survived & thrived even without two out of three best teams in the world. Were Johaug taking start at Davos Dorf last Sunday, she would likely demolish the competition as per usual, she is particularly strong on altitude. Ditto for the mega-talented crop of the young female Swedish sprinters. But who wants Norwegians and Swedes to win? Not statistically significant majority of fans, not global sponsors and gear manufacturers. And not television rights holders. Those countries' populations are tiny compare to the American, Russian and German. Moreover, the Scandinavian and Finnish xcski goods & services markets appear to be saturated - unlike the big ones were the xcskiing is simply not fashionable enough. Not yet. The way it works, big countries need victories. It's…
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