Peek Inside Cologna Ski Center

Peek Inside Cologna Ski Center

Gear News, Newsfeed
The town of Davos has two claims to fame: the annual World Economic Forum and the fact that Dario Cologna for the last circa ten years lives there. The latter is actually more obvious throughout the year - even if not as well-covered by media. [caption id="attachment_12678" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Swiss national performance center for cross-country skiing is located right in the middle of the Alpine resort town[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12682" align="alignnone" width="1920"] The fact that last year it was named after Dario is significant in itself - not exactly a Swiss tradition to name facilities after active athletes[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12681" align="alignnone" width="1920"] but the fact that they - wait for it - allocated a separate, personalized parking space for the quadruple Olympic champion speaks volumes of his status in town [/caption][caption…
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Belorukova On Altercation With Karlsson:  I Do Not Regret What I Did  – One Can Not Behave Way She Did  In Race

Belorukova On Altercation With Karlsson: I Do Not Regret What I Did – One Can Not Behave Way She Did In Race

Leaders, Newsfeed
This is the second part of the interview with the Olympics & Worlds medalist Yulia Belorukova. Part 1 is here [caption id="attachment_12373" align="alignnone" width="1920"] On "kerfuffle"with Frida Karlsson in Canada:It's " Forget and move on" kinda thing now. But I tell you this: I do not regret what I did and would probably do it again in the same situation. One can not behave the way she did in that race.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12376" align="alignnone" width="1018"] On Sponsors: I am not prepared to help advertize just about anything – I really need to believe in what I'm promoting. I really enjoyed my relationship with Toyota Russia – they are cool people and I've been using a cool car , Toyota C-HR - why, I even learned how to drive to make…
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Yulia Belorukova:  If You Don’t Get  Kick From Doing What You’re Doing – Why Do It At All?

Yulia Belorukova: If You Don’t Get Kick From Doing What You’re Doing – Why Do It At All?

Leaders, Newsfeed
...When Yulia Belorukova won the very first official race of the last season, many a fan said Wow! here come the true challenger to Swedish-Norwegian duopoly in sprint. Alas, the rest of the season was as impressive for a 24 year old Russian. Although far from a failed one ( bronze in relay in Seefeld where she held Ebba and Heidi Weng's all-out leap at the first stage, overall 8th place in the World Cup season classification), Belorukova wants more next season. Wants - and makes no secret of that in our conversation, that we shall customary publish in two installments, using the photos of Yulia that we've taken throughout the season. Here's Part 1 [caption id="attachment_12342" align="alignnone" width="1920"] I like skiing, that feeling of actually being on the snow.…
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Markus Cramer  Explains What Russian Skiers Got To Know By Working With Him – And What He Learned From Them

Markus Cramer Explains What Russian Skiers Got To Know By Working With Him – And What He Learned From Them

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This is Part II of Conversations with Markus Cramer where a German specialist with no previous experience of working with the Russians until a few years ago explains how is it to manage what is now 12 of them , help them to win - and simply have a good time together. In his own words: [caption id="attachment_12081" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Training large groups is much harder than training a few top skiers - especially when you believe in individual approach. But with the right atmosphere in the team, it's doable [/caption] [caption id="attachment_12085" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Establishing and maintaining good atmosphere in a team is extremely important. They spend 300 days a year training and competing. Occasional frustrations are natural - but you could and should offset that by introducing an…
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Skiers, July Shirtless Edition

Skiers, July Shirtless Edition

Leaders, Newsfeed, Training & Outfitting
Yeah, because it's very hot to wear anything covering a torso. But also because the elite skiers these days have bodies so well conditioned that Myron of Eleutherae would beg them to pose for one of his sculptures were he to live today. Remember, the ancient Greeks honored the athletic body as a symbol of extreme discipline, tenacity and overall civilizational superiority. Living twenty five centuries after talking about superiority of any kind would be uncouth, of course... So, how about calling them a "source of inspiration / object of emulation" for the rest of us? These are the skiers' bodies honed and shaped by hundreds of hours of extreme physical hard work [caption id="attachment_12019" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Ivan Kirillov[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12017" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Evgeny Belov[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12014" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Andrey…
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