FIS Plays Robin Hood, Takes (Prize) Money From Winners, Gives To Distant Runners-Up

FIS Plays Robin Hood, Takes (Prize) Money From Winners, Gives To Distant Runners-Up

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While skiing fans were busy discussing proposed changes to programs of the Ski World Championships, elite skiers themselves were closely studying new FIS pay charts – with many stars not liking the changes. In the recent years, a winner of the race in World Cup received EUR 13.000 – it will now be reduced to EUR 8700. A runner-up was to take home EUR 8700 – now it's EUR 6500 instead. It would become much less rewarding to win the Tour de Ski series : a winner of the grueling multi-day race will be entitled to half as much compared to what it used it be – EUR 47.700 vs 84.800! A second-placed athlete will also lose circa 10 thousand Euros. https://www.instagram.com/p/BPAmyOFAYa9/ So, where did all the money go? Well,…
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Ulvang’s New Mixed Gender Sprint: We Name Pairs Qualified To Run

Ulvang’s New Mixed Gender Sprint: We Name Pairs Qualified To Run

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FIS' cross country skiing boss Vegard Ulvang have created a storm, announcing in interview with NRK that his organization is looking to spruce up the World Championship program by introducing new formats in skiing. While the idea of having jump boards in sprint runs seems to be getting the most attention, the most realistic and easy to implement is the one about mixed gender relays. It's been tested in biathlon and there are no objective reasons why it couldn't be tried even tomorrow. We have decided to help Mr. Ulvang by taking his idea a step further – how about allowing only the known couples or “items” as they used to be called, to participate in such races? Not wanting to be known as a gossip mag, we limit our…
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(Some) Olympians Express Concerns: Pyeongchang Games Are Too Close To North Korea

(Some) Olympians Express Concerns: Pyeongchang Games Are Too Close To North Korea

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Therese Johaug had already said goodbye to Olympic Games, suspended Russian skiers still have a hope. It sounds ironic, but some skiers, not having obstacles to participation in the Olympics, have severe doubts: should they go to Pyeongchang or not? “If North Korea wants to start the war during the Olympics, they'll do it - there is no doubt about that. And then, I think, the whole sports world will be wiped out”. says Astrid Jacobsen, representing athletes in the IOC, in conversation with the Norwegian VG newspaper. https://www.instagram.com/p/BMCQClgjWnC/ However, the skier confesses, that she hasn't got enough knowledge to foretell which way things will go: “I don’t believe, that they (the IOC) will go ahead with the Olympic Games, if there is a cradible threat to lives” – concludes…
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Olympic Champ Anna Haag Invests In Fashion

Olympic Champ Anna Haag Invests In Fashion

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With their enviable, well-toned bodies top skiers should be icons of style – and more and more are actually becoming just that. An Olympic Champion Anna Haag has always been one of the most fashionable skiers around. She is also known to promote fashion brands on her social media accounts. Now a 31 year old Swede is making the next logical step: during her hard preparations for the Olympic Games 2018 in Pyeongchang, Haag have found time (and money) to invest into a boutique called “Tintinstyle & Zmillas” / online fashion store “Tintinstyle” – thus joining forces with Anette Modin, who already has fashion stores in Oestersund, and Emma-Helena Fredriksson, the wife of the last Swedish World Cup winner Mathias Fredriksson. https://www.instagram.com/p/BYfudV_nIZY/?taken-by=annahaag Anna Haag doesn’t reveal how much she has…
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Women Of Fashion: Who Is  Most Stylish Skier?

Women Of Fashion: Who Is Most Stylish Skier?

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We did our best already introducing the most fashionable men in skiing. Now it's fairer gender's turn. Compare to men-skiers, who – let's face it – look about the same in racing suits and tuxedos (i.e. strong, fit, muscular, attractive etc.) female skiers'appearance turnaround is rather striking. You may or may not recognize your favorite stars were you meet them on a Friday night event. Cross country skiing as a physical activity is hands down the best way of shaping a human body – and fancy dresses, elaborate hairdos and high heels serve to enhance & highlight it all in the right places. And, yes, to make those with sedentary lifestyle go green with envy. The title of the main fashionista in cross-country skiing goes, in our opinion, to the…
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