Blinkfestivalen 2020: Out Of City Center, No Spectators And No Foreign Athletes.  But With Lysebotn Uphill And Norwegian Stars

Blinkfestivalen 2020: Out Of City Center, No Spectators And No Foreign Athletes. But With Lysebotn Uphill And Norwegian Stars

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Blinkfestivalen, one of the world's best organized, best funded and best attended xcski/biathlon events will be held this August but out of town and with massively altered program. With large crowds banned, the competition is now mostly held for the sake of television broadcast. A long time must-have for the national broadcaster NRK, Blink is coming to the rest of Europe this year for the first via EBU (but biathlon races only - the European Broadcastng Union is interested in promoting biathlon, doesn't care about xcskiing) The venue of the Blink events is now Sandnes Arena. Which is not a bad thing at all, neither from athletes point of view, nor television viewers'. The newly built 4.2k facility with a full-size shooting range might be the best rollerski track stadium…
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Skier And  Skin Impurities . Candid Talk About Long Battle, Won

Skier And Skin Impurities . Candid Talk About Long Battle, Won

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Anna Zherebyateva is a trailblazer. She opted to speak about things others don't. In that conservative world of cross country skiing you often enough hear athletes talking about that last race final climb or ski glide or any such subjects. Which is probably of interest to some audience - no need to be dismissive about that. However, the skiing is a part of the larger world. And in that larger world the XXI century gave rise to influencers. It ain't easy to be one if you are a skier. Pro-influencers can concentrate on the their looks - athletes are also expected to train hard. Wind, cold, constant change of climate and diet - welcome to the world of pro-skier! You are constantly in focus of video and photo cameras. Which…
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New Study: Skiers 30% Less Likely To Develop Parkinson’s Disease

New Study: Skiers 30% Less Likely To Develop Parkinson’s Disease

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Good news: long-distance skiers are significantly less likely to develop Parkinson's disease than matched non-skiers, says new complex study . Scientists in Sweden analyzed medical records of nearly 200,000 long-distance skiers who took part in the Vasaloppet cross-country ski race. They established that a physically active lifestyle is associated with close to a 30% reduced risk for PD, which might be explained by a motor reserve among the physically active. https://www.iospress.nl/ios_news/long-distance-skiers-may-have-motor-reserve-that-can-delay-onset-of-parkinsons-disease/
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Solving No-Snow Issue:  Cooled Ski Track Of Kontiolahti,  Finland

Solving No-Snow Issue: Cooled Ski Track Of Kontiolahti, Finland

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With La Transju, Tartu Ski Marathon and Finlandia-Hiihto to name but a few cancelled due to the lack of snow and Vasaloppet teetering on the brink of cancellation, we revisit a unique project by Finnish engineers: Kontiolahti cooled snow track. To be clear: not in our wildest dreams do we see an entire length of Vasaloppet being dug up to install Freezium-running pipes. But 10, perhaps 15k loop? Why not? Seems to be entirely technically possible but way, way to expensive. Still, there is a hope. The story was originally written by Ilkka Korhonen, avid long distance skier and Dailyskier.com contributor =================================================== Kontiolahti is located somewhat off the beaten track in Eastern Finland. It is some 450km, or 5 hours, from Helsinki by car and at least the same distance…
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