Good Day For Norway, For International Skiing – Not So Much

Good Day For Norway, For International Skiing – Not So Much

Leaders, Newsfeed
...On that photo Therese Johaug and Heidi Weng are looking at a race results monitor. But they might as well be looking at the competition. Norwegian juggernaut is not just strong - it's overpowering and pretty much zapping the air from the sport. Occasionally during the season it seems that the Norwegian dominance is broken - by Swedes in female skiing, Russians in male - but then Bang! And we are back to Top 10 being 75% Norwegian. That's dangerous. The International skiing lives off the money it gets from selling television rights. Now, put yourself in shoes of a national TV executive who is trying to decide: spend on skiing or on some Spartan race or whatever? There is 99% chance that yhe said executive would choose the sport…
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Klaebo And Karlsson Generate Most Interest. How Come We Are Not Surprised?

Klaebo And Karlsson Generate Most Interest. How Come We Are Not Surprised?

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...once athletes entered the room, reporters did what reporters learn to do at the first month interning and then keep as essential skill throughout career: jump & run to the biggest newsmaker. "Newsmaker" is not necessarily the one who won or about to win. It's more about who would generate the biggest ratings/improve circulation or, more recently,produce clicksand likes. Nothing personal! It would surprise nobody that Johannes Klaebo and Frida Karlsson were by far the most popular today. It could be about that suspense: participation of either in Ski Tour was under question till last moment, - but it would not be the whole truth. The brands " Klaebo" and "Karlsson" are currently among the strongest in skiing and are comparable only to rising " Bolshunov " brand and that…
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Solving No-Snow Issue:  Cooled Ski Track Of Kontiolahti,  Finland

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

Newsfeed, Travel & Mass Sport
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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Cancelled, Cancelled, Cancelled…

Cancelled, Cancelled, Cancelled…

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La Transju - cancelled. No snow. Tartu Ski Marathon - cancelled. " Exceptionally mild winter in Estonia ". Finlandia-Hiihto, country's premier mass race is not happening for the first time since inception almost 50 years ago. Those are not your local get-togethers - folks train for them specifically, book plane tickets and hotels to attend ( those tend to be NON-cancellable, alas). It might be a bump the sport would get over with a shrug, but somehow we feel that it's the last component of a " perfect storm" : General diminishing interest towards cross country skiing by the younger generation plus overstocking by retailers who's margins are squeezed by online giants - and now cancellation of premier events that underpin sales in mid to top shelf sector... We hope…
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With Victory In Falun Linn Svahn Leaves Mark In History

With Victory In Falun Linn Svahn Leaves Mark In History

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It sounds mind-blowing but bare two months ago even World Cup teams' coaches - and reporters - did not know how Linn's last name is spelled and, upon hearing it, were wondering if she's related to Gunde Svan. Fast forward to Febrauary and marvel along with us: Svahn who turned 20 only in December has already earned her place in history of skiing: three individual World Cup victories out of seven starts in total! Curvy & fast track (Falun), altitude (Davos) or flat city (Dresden), skate or classic - seemingly makes no difference. Linn is tactically savvy and probably has fastest finish in the world in 2020. No other prodigy, not even Klaebo or Bolshunov had such a record at the their 20. Add two golds Svahn already won this…
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