You’ve Asked: Who Is That Bolshunov’s Sponsor?

You’ve Asked: Who Is That Bolshunov’s Sponsor?

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Lately Alex Bolshunov have started to wear a sponsor logo that is not altogether familiar to the world of skiing. Let us try to fill that gap in your knowledge ULK Group is one of Russia's biggest wood processing companies. Their website announces that " The holding unites enterprises harvesting, shipping and processing of lumber as well as wood residuals processing" ULK is known for its support of youth sport in the region where the company is based - Archangel (a.k.a. Archangelsk) in Northern Russia. Last year the founder & CEO of ULK, Vladimir Butorin made an offer to Alex Alex Bolshunov and Natalia Nepryeva to switch residency to Archangel that they both accepted. " Residency" in that sense does not mean physical presence - in Russia competition in skiing…
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Ski Tour 2020 – Round Up

Ski Tour 2020 – Round Up

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This is an effort to summarize impressions from the inaugural Ski Tour 2020. At least we hope it's inaugural and not a one-off event in the "gap year " when there are no Olympics or the world championships. We deliberately post this before the Tour's end as there is enough info to convey and the most novel races have happened already. Good: [caption id="attachment_14841" align="alignnone" width="1920"] The Tour is happening in the geographic area that could be described as "heartland of cross country skiing", at least one of them. That's what sets it apart from a better known cousin, Tour de Ski. It translates into spectators' stands packed and general atmosphere of the big event[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14832" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Ecology/ sustainability trend is not a fad - it's a fashion…
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Sweden Nominates Absolutely Cracking Squad For JWM2020

Sweden Nominates Absolutely Cracking Squad For JWM2020

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Sweden seems to be aiming for a clean sweep at female distance races at FIS Nordic Junior & U23 Cross Country World Ski Championships 2020. Particularly in that U23 sub-division, where athletes 21 to 23 years old participate. See who are they sending to Germany next week: [caption id="attachment_14813" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Both Moa Lundgren and Emma Ribom are regular in Top 10 in the World Cup this season[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14814" align="alignnone" width="1920"] But particularly striking is the decision to send Ebba Andersson to Oberwiesenthal for U23 rather than giving her a shot a beating the Norwegians and/ or Natalia Nepryeava at Holmenkollen 30 that is happening at the roughly same time? Could it be Ebba's own decision? [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14809" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Sadly for JWM fans, perhaps the biggest discovery…
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Åre Uphill Sprint : Highlights

Åre Uphill Sprint : Highlights

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[caption id="attachment_14791" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Women and men run the same distance. In men's race sprinters clearly dominated, but in female one it was distance runners who occupied the podium[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14790" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Italian skiers did really well with Ilaria Debertolis 12th in qualification and Greta Laurent finishing 7th overall and first among " pure sprinters" [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14787" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Organizers added interesting touch by transporting athletes downhill back to the start on snowmobiles [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14775" align="alignnone" width="1920"] The course was brutal not just uphill but downhill as well[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14777" align="alignnone" width="1920"] ..but it's uphill finish pictures that athletes will remember, ditto for fans[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14774" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Erik Valnes: " I never had this feeling before. Its like a nightmare, your try your best but the…
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Uphill Sprint 666 Is Next On Ski Tour 2020

Uphill Sprint 666 Is Next On Ski Tour 2020

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You may or may not believe it, but the official length of the Åre ski sprint is exactly 666m. And it's going to be hell for all the participants! [caption id="attachment_14762" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Miha Šimenc of Team Slovenia has done Alpe Cermis climb on TdS this year. He reckons Åre will be even tougher[/caption] The event is being staged at the downhill ski stadium where recent World Championships was held Except that in " our skiing " the direction is reversed. [caption id="attachment_14766" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Maximum climb: 54 meters .Total climb :67m[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14767" align="alignnone" width="1920"] This photo should give you an idea how steep it is [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14768" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Team Japan athlete's reaction caught on camera [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14765" align="alignnone" width="1920"] If uphill skiing is a piece…
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