XCSki Dream Job – Explained

XCSki Dream Job – Explained

Leaders, Newsfeed
...You obviously noticed them guys with enigmatically looking SRS letters on their bibs, that are a fixture of any FIS World Cup stage. Looking trim and fit enough to be taking part in the races themselves, they are most often seen doing what looks like interval training , visibly oblivious to the hustle & bustle around them. Those are "company test pilots" - the people who help develop & test world's most advanced skis at any given moment in time - and prototypes for the future big events. Their job is easy to define yet extremely difficult to implement: to make sure that their firm's athletes have absolutely best skis at all times. The skis that will sail them to the podiums. Today we talk to Simon Caprini, Rossignol' senior…
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You’ve Asked: Who Is That Bolshunov’s Sponsor?

You’ve Asked: Who Is That Bolshunov’s Sponsor?

Leaders, Newsfeed
Lately Alex Bolshunov have started to wear a sponsor logo that is not altogether familiar to the world of skiing. Let us try to fill that gap in your knowledge ULK Group is one of Russia's biggest wood processing companies. Their website announces that " The holding unites enterprises harvesting, shipping and processing of lumber as well as wood residuals processing" ULK is known for its support of youth sport in the region where the company is based - Archangel (a.k.a. Archangelsk) in Northern Russia. Last year the founder & CEO of ULK, Vladimir Butorin made an offer to Alex Alex Bolshunov and Natalia Nepryeva to switch residency to Archangel that they both accepted. " Residency" in that sense does not mean physical presence - in Russia competition in skiing…
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XCSkiing Is Back On National Television In Key Market . First Ratings Are Reasonably Good

XCSkiing Is Back On National Television In Key Market . First Ratings Are Reasonably Good

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
For those who regularly deal with television ratings and want to jump straight to the news - just go to section starting with bold lettering. For the rest - a bit of an intro as to why these news are actually rather important: Cross country skiing on top professional level has two sources of income: A/ contributions by local authorities of wherever the races are held, in money and in kind. It's done out of combination of regional tourism support and healthy living promotion (of which top skiers are good example) plus healthy dose of local pride. Neither of above is really commercial in nature. B/ Money acquired through selling television broadcasting rights. As we keep on reminding you, the FIS is absolutely unique in the modern world as it…
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Random Acts Of Kindness

Random Acts Of Kindness

Leaders, Newsfeed
Here at the Daily Skier we care less about things that you could learn about by watching TV and reading results page on FIS app. We believe that to grow the sport popularity - while keeping you entertained - our mission is to show you what happens behind the scenes. Like this little episode. In itself not hugely significant, in our book it tells volumes about character of people competing - both those who won and those who didn't [caption id="attachment_12238" align="alignnone" width="1920"] ....Stian Berg falls down at the finish of Kirkebakken Grand Prix ...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12239" align="alignnone" width="1920"] ...he is upset - he won the Grand Prix in Hamar last year. And he's hurt - fall on the tarmac going some 50 km/h would leave you hurt. But you…
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Thus Trained Bolshunov This Morning…

Thus Trained Bolshunov This Morning…

Leaders, Newsfeed
Here's this morning's training regimen of the world's leading distance skier: - 1h15m road bike - 1:15 classic rollerskis on dedicated rollerski track i.e. with uphills/downhillls - 1:15 skating rollerskis on the same track - 1:15 trail running, medium to hard terrain For the total of 5 hours. No pauses between sessions , maximum fast equipment swap. All in 1-2 pulse zone ( but to a casual observer it honestly looks like a competition tempo, especially on classic rolllerskis). There is obviously a second training session of the day after lunch and, possibly, a warm-down job in the evening. To be clear, the rest of Yuri Borodavko' s training group did exactly same - we single out Bolshunov for obvious reasons that he's the most successful in the group in…
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