Meet Ludde, World’s Fastest Skier

Meet Ludde, World’s Fastest Skier

Leaders, Newsfeed, Training & Outfitting
..The world record had been beaten twice already, that evening in Hamar. First, the Under 23 world champion in sprint, Lucas Chanavat, a Frenchman, beat the record time in qualification (11:37) – only to be bettered in the semifinal heat by a Norwegian, Ludvig Søgnen Jensen, who set the new world record, clocking in at 11:29. What, you've never heard of the world records in cross country skiing? It's because you've never seen a new (and rapidly growing) competitive discipline – the super-sprint, with a distance of 100 meters over flat terrain. It might not be an official, FIS-recognized, competition distance yet, but the list of participants was nothing like a local get-together – more like a "who's-who" in both ski and rollerski sprint. ...In the finals, four of the…
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Pellegrino: “It’s like a relaxing spa outdoors”

Pellegrino: “It’s like a relaxing spa outdoors”

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"It's like a relaxing spa outdoors. In this society that goes faster and faster, I recommend everyone to go to the mountains, surrounded by nature, to slow the pace, with a pair of skis" Not, perhaps, what you would expect from the world's top ski sprinter but thus speaks Federico Pellegrino. A 26 year old from Aosta has appeared on the pages on the Italian edition of the Vanity Fair magazine last week to talk about his life and career. https://www.vanityfair.it/sport/storie-sport/2017/04/29/federico-pellegrino-oltre-agli-sci-ce-di-piu There the leader of the Italian cross country ski team talks about his path to the world championship crown in Lahti this year. https://www.instagram.com/p/BTWkdo-g6Yy Pellegrino singles out influence of his girlfriend, a fellow Team Italia sprinter Greta Laurent, as the most important factor in his success: " She straightened…
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Training with Petter Eliassen

Training with Petter Eliassen

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Petter Eliassen, the leader of Team LeasePlan, two-time winner of the Ski Classics marathon series, the man who won both Vasaloppet and Birkebeiner in the same year, has decided to retire after this season. Many will miss the Norwegian "Tiger" known for his ability to break from the pack in the race and pull away, as well as his exquisite, refined doublepoling technique. Here, we look back in time and re-publish an original story from the summer of 2015, when The Daily Skier's editor, Denis Kabanen, spent a week training with Eliassen in his northerly hometown of Alta, Norway: ...Finnmark is the least populous province of Norway, home to only 75,000 people. Yet it's the place where some of the world's top skiers came from: Kristin Størmer Steira, Finn Hågen…
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Drinking Scandal in the Korean Ski Team

Drinking Scandal in the Korean Ski Team

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With less than 10 months to go the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, The Korea Ski Association have decided to part ways with the team's Russian coach Mikhail Devyatyarov and his aides  Lee Jun-gil and Pak Byung-joo, Yonhap news agеncy reports. Devyatyarov is the Olympic champion of Calgary'1988 where he won 15k classic race. He previously coached the Russian sprint team before accepting last July the KSA's offer to train the Korean skiers for the Olympics. The decision not to renew coaches' contracts stems from the recent scandal in the Korean cross country skiing team at the the Asian Winter Games. Four Korean male skiers were caught drinking during the competition in Sapporo, Japan last February. Those involved were suspended from the team for six months, leaving the door open for…
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Ride Like a Skiing Star

Ride Like a Skiing Star

Leaders, Money & Finance, Newsfeed
The skiers drive a lot - and we mean a lot. Between competitions and training venues, an average elite skier clocks tens of thousands of kilometers per season. For many, their cars become like a second home – or, more likely, the first one, as the skiers are more likely to seat in a car, than at the home couches. The ideal skier's car needs to be a) spacious – because, you know, all that gear b) snow-already – which in practice means a four-wheel drive c) fuel sipping – because who wants to pay $$$$$ for gasoline? We looked at some of the ride choices the world leading skiers made. https://www.instagram.com/p/BTPHRzNlDrt Here's Heidi Weng posing by her customized Volvo XC90 D5 R-Design, given to the skier by the Bilia…
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