Two Silvers, Bronze – But No Coin For Kalla

Two Silvers, Bronze – But No Coin For Kalla

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Charlotte Kalla might be the biggest Swedish star of the recent World Championship in Lahti, but she ain't getting a financial reward for her performance from the country's skiing federation. Despite winning two individual medals and a silver as a part of the women's relay race, Kalla did not fulfill conditions for getting the bonus and is set to lose some 100.000 SEK ( about 10000 Euros/US dollars) she would otherwise be entitled to. Swedish team manager Johan Sares explains why: “The bonuses are part of åkaravtalet and go to the skiers participating in our training groups. Charlotte knows it full well” The åkaravtalet mentioned is a form of a contract that stipulates skiers' participation not only in training but in various “extracurricular activities” in the interests of team sponsors.…
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Skiing Fun, Siberian Style

Skiing Fun, Siberian Style

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What is going on on this Instagram post of Alexander Bessmertnykh, Holmenkollen 50k's bronze medalist of this year and one of top classic style ski racers of the last season? Did he join the Russian Mafia? Is he training for “military duathlon” of skiing and pistol shooting? Or is it a start gun and, being the guest of honor, Bessmertnykh just sent hundrds of revelers down piste in what is billed as the “World Biggest Bikini Snowboarding Fest” at the Sheregesh ski resort, Kemerovo Oblast Although we are a dedicated cross country skiing site, a towering presence of Alexander Bessmertnykh gives us an excuse we need to share the best moments of that snowboarders' paradise meet-upsun. Grelka Fest 2017 Click Here For More Visuals [jr_instagram id="8"]
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Andreas Nygaard, World’s Most Unusual Marathon Winner

Andreas Nygaard, World’s Most Unusual Marathon Winner

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If you ever wanted proof that today's cross country skiing is not your dad's skiing – look no further than the towering figure of Andreas Nygaard. This 26-year-old Norwegian made a bit of history this month – making redundant a lot of preconceived notions about skiing. Standing at an impressive 1.93cm (6 ft 3 in) and weighing in at 92kg (205 lb), Nygaard hardly looks like a marathoner - yet it was him who was the first to cross the finish line at the most challenging skiing marathon of them all – the Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet. It took Nygaard a whopping 11 hours, 45 minutes and 07 seconds to ski 220 km through Arctic wilderness , beating the other 240 participants from 15 nations at Jokkmokk, Sweden, that lies beyond…
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Bye, Team LeasePlan!

Bye, Team LeasePlan!

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It's official – Team LeasePlan, one the most successful private teams in cross country skiing is shutting its doors. Andrew Musgrave, member of Team LeasePlan (also known by its previous name, Team LeasePlanGo) and the most succesful British cross country skier ever, wrote today on his Twitter account: It's official- no more Team LeasePlan after this season. A huge thanks to all teammates, staff & sponsors. It's been 4 awesome years! It's official- no more Team LeasePlan after this season. A huge thanks to all teammates, staff & sponsors. It's been 4 awesome years! — Andrew Musgrave (@musgraveandrew) April 21, 2017 The Tigers, as the team was known througout the skiing circuit, was founded and managed by a Norwegian Thomas Alsgaard. Easily identified by their orange-with-stripes race suits, the Tigers…
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More Skiers Go Camo

More Skiers Go Camo

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April is the month when professional skiers descend ( quite literally) from the mountains and come out from the forests where they live and train most of the year and for a short while become the ordinary citizens. Yesterday we shared with you a link to Niklas Dyrhaug's Instagram, featuring a Team Norway trio of Didrik Tønseth, Finn Hagen Krog and Dyrhaug himself in Norwegian Army uniforms with assault rifles. Unspoken message is quite clear – locked & loaded for the next season! Today Tønseth have added some heavy artillery to the message – here's the trio on top of Leopard 2, one of the biggest & meanest main battle tanks in the world. https://www.instagram.com/p/BTHjXrtFJwN/?taken-by=toenseth If the Norse men were hoping for their photo challenge to be answered, today they…
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