Some Ski As Work – Others Work To Ski

Some Ski As Work – Others Work To Ski

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If you were to look at Top 50 of the FIS World Cup rankings, 99% of skiers you'd find there are true pros. In a sense that their main occupation in life is just that - to ski. It is structured and financed very differently from country to country and there are, clearly, different levels of incomes. But broadly they all earn from skiing. And then there's remaining 1%. If you study them closer, you realize with some surprise that they are actually...amateurs. Not in a sense that they are training less seriously, no. But they are actually go earn in order to ski, having a proper job (or two. or several) that pays primarily for race-related travel and training camps. Most ( but by no means all ) of…
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Calle Halfvarsson Changes Manager Less Than Three Months Before Season Kick-Off

Calle Halfvarsson Changes Manager Less Than Three Months Before Season Kick-Off

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He's kinda done it again. Less than 3 months to go to the World Cup season's kick off in Ruka (his favorite), Sweden's strongest male skier suddenly parted ways with his personal manager. Halfvarsson and Bo Johansson worked together for only about a year, Aftonbladet reports He still trains under Mattias Nilsson who is both Calle personal coach and that of the national team - they do have interesting arrangements in Swedish skiing, has to be said. No idea if directly related, but the sudden change in Team Calle comes against a background of series of resignations/dismissals in the national team , including that of Jonas Peterson who served as the national team manager only for four months.
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Meet New OW Boss, Not Same As Old Boss

Meet New OW Boss, Not Same As Old Boss

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Some 14 months after purchasing One Way back in May 2018, Fischer Sports have appointed a new manager for the brand. Severin Lehner is a long-time Fischer Sports employee but his background appears to be fully in Alpine rather than cross country skiing. Whether it indicates any change of strategy or will OW continue to be producing stuff primarily for "skinny skiing" shall be seen. What's clear, however, is that Fischer Sports, the world's biggest xcski equipment producer and one of the biggest overall in winter sports, has decided to keep One Way separate rather than amalgamating it into its own brand. Many a star who used to run with SLG 10 poles have continued to do so after the ownership change last year - although there were some who…
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Summer Skiing Shatters TV Ratings In Norway

Summer Skiing Shatters TV Ratings In Norway

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More than 350,000 viewers turned their TV sets on to watch Toppidrettsveka's Aure-Brekka race thus setting an overall audience record for the summer broadcasting in Norway. Overall, Toppidrettsveka led the ratings battle with 1,426,000 viewers over six events broadcasting with Blinkfestival being second with 1,245,000 over seven. In the country of 5.3 million people, babies included! Even in Norway ratings like this are far from automatic - on the contrary, it requires a careful choreography of schedules, venues and budgets . And, of course, making sure that the stars - both domestic and foreign - come to participate and not elect to hop off to some distant camp. Kudos to Harald Fladseth & team at Toppidrettsveka and Arne Idland & team at Blinkfestivalen - you really built great events worth…
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Of Athletes And Media

Of Athletes And Media

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Athletes are special among the human folk - and not just because they are physically stronger. They are far more ambitious, result-oriented people than the rest of us, commoners. Whether she or he admits it, the dream picture goes as follows: crossing the line victorious first, competitors (blurry, despondent) behind, all the while giving a perfect 32-teeth Hollywood smile. Well, there is a problem with that last bit, about looking perfect. Because rightly or wrongly the media is not interested all that much in how good the athlete looks - it's interested in conveying emotions. And emotions are not necessarily all that pretty whether on still or on moving pictures a.k.a video. Stronger the emotions- the better are the pic, beauty be damned. Unfair and outright wrong? Well, what you…
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