Post-Tour De Ski Musings. Why Blink And Dresden Are More Fun

Post-Tour De Ski Musings. Why Blink And Dresden Are More Fun

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Ingvild Oestberg has proven yet another time that she is one of the best this year and Johannes Klaebo has shown to all the fans & skeptics alike that he is much more than a sprint prodigy. Sergei "the Russian Bear" Ustiugov is back & roaring - literally and in fights for the podium while Therese Johaug and Charlotte Kalla were sorely missed. Oh, and the Alpe Cermis climb is still a fantastic race - arguably, the most TV & fans friendly of them all in the FIS calendar! Yet another resounding success for all involved? Not so fast. Let's start with small gripes e.g. what the point of having skiers to negotiate first 6 kilometers of the 9 km Alpe Cermis race that are actually downhill - before the…
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Norwegians And Russians Keep On Winning – Here Is Why

Norwegians And Russians Keep On Winning – Here Is Why

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World Cup stages won since the beginning of the season up to & including January 3d 2019: Norway -15 Russia – 6 Rest of the World – 5 Of note: the Norwegians had six different skiers winning thus far and the Russians had five ( a lion share of Norwegian victories occured thanks to two big talents: Therese Johaug and Johannes Klaebo). So, it's safe to say that both countries have become "serial winners"- something that can't be explained by a presence a mega-talented prodigy in the team as is the case with Sweden. The question that we were always interested in is How? Here's an attempt to explain, based on months of observations - and some "photo evidence". ...Now, if you happen to be one of those believers in…
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Elite Skier Says Goodbye To National Team At 24 – What Gives?

Elite Skier Says Goodbye To National Team At 24 – What Gives?

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Money and cross country skiing. Or, rather, money IN cross-country skiing. International competitions are between countries – and countries tend to be richer or poorer. Or, for one reason or another, unwilling to invest into elite sport. Perhaps, nowhere it feels more acute than in cross-country skiing. The Norwegians dominate the sport not only because they have a never-ending stream of talents, but also because they are willing to spend what it takes to win. As in training camps, equipment ( not skis – in million euros worth wax trucks), salaries of coaches, doctors, physiotherapists, technicians etc. etc. The Russians have started to catch up lately. It is tempting to invoke doping scandals of the past but those in the know point out that the Russians have invested heavily in…
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Thomas Drindl, Head Of Fischer Nordic : When It Comes To Promotion We Expect More From Our Sponsored Athletes

Thomas Drindl, Head Of Fischer Nordic : When It Comes To Promotion We Expect More From Our Sponsored Athletes

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....This is Part 2 of interview with Thomas Drindl, Head of Fischer Nordic. Tanja Winterhalder, Head of Sports Marketing & PR, Fischer Nordic, joins in conversation. [caption id="attachment_9358" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] there are no firm statistics but in any given race at least half of elite athletes would run on Fischer skis[/caption] How many Fischer-sponsored athletes do you currently have – and how many cross country skiers among them i.e. excluding biathlon and Nordic combined ? - More than 100, less than 1000 😉 in total - of whom approximately 35% are cross country skiers Do you believe in promotion via personalities, influencers? - Yes – our biggest influencers are our athletes. In Norway Fischer's athletes like Northug or Klaebo are real idols and heroes. But e.g. in Germany – it…
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Bonés Skiroll – Here’s To First Five Years Or How To Build Profitable Company From Scratch

Bonés Skiroll – Here’s To First Five Years Or How To Build Profitable Company From Scratch

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Where there is a will, there is a way. Just ask Jorge Vidal. It all started in 2013 when a former television reporter and avid sport enthusiast from Jaca, Spain was looking for a new endurance training option as his injured knee was craving for one with less of impact. He was introduced to rollerskiing, then highly exotic, nearly unheard of in that part of Europe. He loved it – with a catch: "In Spain, in those years only Marwe rollerskis were available in stores, but at a price I didnt want to pay because I just wanted to try this sport" . Jorge had quickly surmised there must be a market for cheaper, entry level rollerskis Thus Bonés Skiroll of Spain was born. Today, in 2018, Bonés is making rollerskis…
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