New Competition Format Tested, Shows Serious Promise

New Competition Format Tested, Shows Serious Promise

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Let's not beat around the bush: The international skiing authorities and main stakeholders are deeply concerned by an acute lack of sh*t -talking and cat-fighting in cross-country skiing, those essential elements of the " Ratings Game" in the current environment. The utter lack of sex scandals, "wardrobe malfunctions" or, at the very least, public boyfriend swapping, contributres to the falling ratings as viewers and sponsors flock to new " hawt" sports such as bog snorkeling or intimate doll rafting ( yes, there IS such a sport!) The rescue came from the East, of course. An ambitious cable-making start-up YuYeYuan CheSeal VeryBest UnLimited has offered its hi-end cables and a considerable amount of renminbi, provided an international competition featuring its products and bearing its name is organized. Being the biggest profile…
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Bolshunov’s Not-Too-Secret Stimulant

Bolshunov’s Not-Too-Secret Stimulant

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Why is everyone so keen on talking about winner's training plans, ski choices or waxing, leaving aside, perhaps, the most important and,certainly, the most exciting factor there is to talk about? The " relationship factor". No study indicates definitively to what extent is it important for a world-class athlete to have a steady partner. "It surely helps" - the gist of we could find on Internet. Well, we want sport scientists, coaches and officials to consider this: Alexander Bolshunov is one of the two top Russian skiers to enjoy a steady relationship with a training group partner, Anna Zherebyateva. The other power couple are Sergei Ustiugov/Elena Sovoleva-Ustiugova. There are other "establish unions" in the Russian squad, but they are not in the same training group which means they only get…
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Johannes Confuses His Fans With Alternate Fingers

Johannes Confuses His Fans With Alternate Fingers

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When you have hundreds of thousands of fans - you got to be prepared for some frenzy around your name. A week ago Johannes broke hearts of his Instagram followers publishing a photo of his hand in a cast with a message " I broke my finger" [caption id="attachment_14695" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Clearly, left hand has suffered [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14693" align="alignnone" width="1600"] But a few days later ..it's a right hand [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14694" align="alignnone" width="1600"] The first photo might have been a mirror-image selfie but what about this one then? That's not a mirrow image[/caption] We lean towards " right hand" camp in that discussion - but just have to say that when you crossed that 100k followers threshold, rules of engagement change , drastically. Fans ( and media) would…
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Yulia Belorukova Becomes Mother! She’s First To Do So In Russian Team

Yulia Belorukova Becomes Mother! She’s First To Do So In Russian Team

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Yulia Belorukova just became a mother of boy happy parents named Arseniy! In her Instagram post announcing the news she's calling the baby " Our Christmas angel". As all remember, the Russian Orthdox Church celebrates Christmas on January 7th. https://www.instagram.com/p/B7BMU0fKiSl/ Belorukova, 24, has been dating her husband-to-be, then Team Russia skier Nikita Stupak for 6 years. In interview with with The Dailyskier last summer Yulia called Nikita, "quite simply, the most important person in my life" Belorukova, who won two bronze medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics, will most probably become the first baby mother on the international circuit this season - in our conversation Yulia hid no desire of coming back to competitive skiing as soon as reasonable. Will Yulia and baby Arseniy also become users of the so-called "baby…
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Controversies In Skiing  2019. The List

Controversies In Skiing 2019. The List

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William Hazlitt, a XIX century English literary critic and essayist, was also a foreteller of things to come: "...When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest." For the modern world is build on controvercy - the more of them, the more interest and, ultimately, the more money to invest to keep things going. As the one of the most authoritative philosophers of our time, Miley Cyrus, once opined: People like controversy because that's what sells. By the way, at the tender age of 27, Miley has more money than needed to buy the whole of the international cross country skiing, lock, stock & barrel - were she so inclined. Armed with that ( controversial!) wisdom, we selected what we thought…
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