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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Justyna Kowalczyk About Izabela  Marcisz And Rest  Of Her  SuperSquad

Justyna Kowalczyk About Izabela Marcisz And Rest Of Her SuperSquad

Leaders, Newsfeed
This is Part 2 of our conversation with Justyna Kowalczyk. Part 1 is to be found here Regarding that "Super Squad" moniker we keep on attaching to Ms. Kowalczyk's team: It's invented by us. After watching the young Polish skiers under the tutelage of Alexander Wierietielny and Justyna Kowalczyk train & compete in several locations throughout the year, the name "Super Squad" sprung to mind - and we feel it's highly appropriate. As far as we know, nobody ever tried that: selecting a few very promising skiers in their mid-teenage years and working on turning them into a world-class athletes, year after year, race after race, camp after camp. We are not privy to details but are certain that it takes Kowalczyk' status with sporting authorities and sponsors to pull…
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