Daily Skier  At Oberstdorf 2021: Russia In Camouflage

Daily Skier At Oberstdorf 2021: Russia In Camouflage

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Not sure anyone would even understand what's going on were she/ he to be shown the photo we put in the headline a mere year ago. Let us help you to decipher: [caption id="attachment_17939" align="alignnone" width="1527"] Two Russian skiers, wearing FFP2 masks, that are compulsory in Bavaria, pass by the camouflaged Russian wax truck at the Oberstdorf World Championships [/caption] FFP2 masks are compulsory for everyone and everywhere at the championships - with a notable exception of actual athletes on the tracks, both training and competing. Camouflage on the Russian trucks and vans is a different story: according to the recent decision by the Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS), Russian athletes could take part in the world championships but the country's flag, the coat-of-arms, the anthem and even the…
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Daily Skier At Oberstdorf  2021: Norway & Fancy Tech

Daily Skier At Oberstdorf 2021: Norway & Fancy Tech

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What Pål Golberg is wearing is a Catapult vest. For the last few years it became an absolute must-have for elite football squads as well as other team sports. As the manufacturer says "..the smart compression crop top features a small tracking pod that packs in GPS, accelerometer and magnetometer. It will record data on distance covered, sprint acceleration, sprints completed and sprint distance. It'll even generate heat maps..." The vest itself is not terribly expensive, under 300 euros - what does cost quite a buck is a development of the sport-specific software. What use does the football-related one has? No, you'd want to have one tailored to the needs of cross-country skiing and, more specifically, Pål Golberg's needs. In Gary Lineker's immortal quote "Football is a simple game. Twenty-two…
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Bold Move: Russia Brings Ambitious & Successful Juniors To Oberstdorf-21

Bold Move: Russia Brings Ambitious & Successful Juniors To Oberstdorf-21

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Veronika Stepanova, 20 and Evgeniya Krupitskaya, 18 are last - second inclusions into the Russian line-up for the FIS World Championships in Oberstdorf. Stepanova was on " international radar " ever since she battled Helene Fossesholm in 4 × 3.3k relay at the World Juniors in Lahti in 2019, both barely 18 then. At the recent JWSC 21 in Vuokatti the native of faraway Kamchatka came 4th in Sprint, decisively won 5k F and battled Moa Hansson of Sweden for the victory till the last meters of the relay. Krupitskaya was the member of the same relay squad, won silver in 5k F and came 4th in 15k mass- start. Yelena Vyalbe, a maverick boss of the Russian skiing, is known to openly criticise what she sees as sub-effort by…
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Beginning Of February, Bolshunov Wins World Cup 2020/21

Beginning Of February, Bolshunov Wins World Cup 2020/21

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There is no mistake in title: a 24 year old Russian retains his World Cup winner title season. After his double victories in Falun, Bolshunov currently has 1613 points. The only skier who could have - very theoretically - overtaken him is fellow Russian Ivan Yakimushkin, but on Friday it was announced that Yakimushkin is skipping Ulricehamn stage to better prepare for the World Championships in Oberstdorf. Clearly, the decision of the Norwegian ski federation to abstain from many World Cup stages played the role. Having said that, Bolshunov looks almost unstoppable this season in any distance race and more than confident in sprints. Congratulations, Alexander - great skiing, weird season or not!
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No Fans At Oberstdorf 2021 After All

No Fans At Oberstdorf 2021 After All

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They've tried valiantly - look at the picture we illustrate this story with: see how wide apart the seats are arranged at the Oberstdorf Reid Ski Stadium? Should say " were" : the decision was announced on Tuesday afternoon and the Nordic World Ski Championships 2021 will take place without spectators present. Covid won't loose its grip on Germany, the country politicians discuss even more severe tightening of already tough lockdown. In this situation it was, probably, the only outcome - even if the championships is still 5 weeks to go.
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