Yelena Vyalbe: For Olympics 2026 We Will Prepare In Caucasus Mountains Rather Than Alps

Yelena Vyalbe: For Olympics 2026 We Will Prepare In Caucasus Mountains Rather Than Alps

Leaders, Newsfeed, Training & Outfitting
In interview with the Daily Skier Yelena Vyalbe reveals that Russia is serious about building world-class snow-sports facilities in the Caucasus mountains, a region of snowcaps with hitherto untapped potential . ".... Ever since I became the chairman of the Russian XCski federation some 11 years ago, I was arguing for creating of top-level ski resorts/ training centers in the Caucasus mountains. The snow is there, the right altitudes are there. But zero history of dealing with cross-country skiing in particular..."   The Northern Caucasus region, a part of the Russian Federation,   rivals the Alps in the amount of suitable places for world-class ski resorts , yet has a very limited history of providing for fans of snow-sports. Even in the Soviet times the training centers were located on the…
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Gloves Are For Losers: Brits On Cutting Edge Of Science

Gloves Are For Losers: Brits On Cutting Edge Of Science

Newsfeed, Trivia
Have you noticed?! We did. And ought to share with you as we strive to keep you informed and , well, entertained. [caption id="attachment_17201" align="alignnone" width="889"] "Gloves are for loosers" says Team GB leader ( there are three of them - and all are leaders, keeping it simple) James Clugnet[/caption] The top-secret British research has recently established that running on skis without gloves adds some 5 to 7% to dexterity while reducing airflow around skier's trunk by a vast, yet to be measured margin. [caption id="attachment_17199" align="alignnone" width="894"] Note how gloveless motion flow contributes to Andrew Musgrave's interval speed - while enhancing his facial expressions for the camera ( fringe benefit the scientists are currently puzzled by)[/caption] There are also indications that gloveless skiing actively contributes to metabolic processes and…
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Katerina Janatova: My COVID  Story

Katerina Janatova: My COVID Story

Leaders, Newsfeed
[caption id="attachment_17101" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Katerina Janatova, 23, Czechia, currently #17 in the world in FIS Sprint ratings, #47 in distance ratings [/caption] This is the very first known case of Covid in elite skiing. Katerina has agreed to share her personal story here to highlight the fact that some 10 months into the pandemics, nobody still knows how the Covid affects elite athletes' health and performance. In her own words: ...Everything happened quite fast. We were on a camp in Oberhof and I had a training session on skis, where I felt pretty good. During that night I knew something wasn’t right, I started having a fever and a horrific headache. At first I thought it could be from changing temperatures but a few other people on the team also…
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Bjorgen, Sundby & Andresen Band Together To Launch New Project

Bjorgen, Sundby & Andresen Band Together To Launch New Project

Newsfeed, Training & Outfitting
"Workouts that Make You See Results Fastest"- that's the credo of the new project by the three Norwegian stars who need no introduction. Because SkiX is going to be headed by Marit Bjørgen, Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Ragnar Bragvin Andresen. "Ski-X is a platform and in the near future also the app where we collected all the knowledge that we gathered in our years as athletes and coaches. You might want to see it as an Encyclopedia of cross country skiing: it will contain all the data regarding endurance and speed training (both on snow and "dry land") , strength building exercises, skiing technique and even nutrition. It's aimed at the very wide cross-section of the skiing community, from youth to very ambitious pros - everyone will able to find…
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Russia Announces Its Squad Selection 2020/21

Russia Announces Its Squad Selection 2020/21

Leaders, Newsfeed
The Russians have just announced their national team selection for 2020/21. -It's one skier smaller in total numbers compared to the last season yet remains by far the world's largest: 39 athletes in total. Wow! [caption id="attachment_15599" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Yuri Borodavko & Oleg Perevozchikov[/caption] -The unique structure of independently operating inner groups remain: those under Yuri Borodavko (10 skiers ) and Markus Cramer (9) have both men and women, the one under Oleg Perevozchikov is men-only. Egor Sorin's group is considered equal in status, but is composed primarily of U23 skiers of both sexes with two exceptions. [caption id="attachment_15595" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Sedova, Nepryaeva and Belorukova[/caption] Get used to two new names: Yulia Stupak and Anastasia Kuleshova. Those are Yulia Belorukova and Anastasia Sedova who both are back to the squad…
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