Blinkfestivalen 2020: Out Of City Center, No Spectators And No Foreign Athletes.  But With Lysebotn Uphill And Norwegian Stars

Blinkfestivalen 2020: Out Of City Center, No Spectators And No Foreign Athletes. But With Lysebotn Uphill And Norwegian Stars

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Blinkfestivalen, one of the world's best organized, best funded and best attended xcski/biathlon events will be held this August but out of town and with massively altered program. With large crowds banned, the competition is now mostly held for the sake of television broadcast. A long time must-have for the national broadcaster NRK, Blink is coming to the rest of Europe this year for the first via EBU (but biathlon races only - the European Broadcastng Union is interested in promoting biathlon, doesn't care about xcskiing) The venue of the Blink events is now Sandnes Arena. Which is not a bad thing at all, neither from athletes point of view, nor television viewers'. The newly built 4.2k facility with a full-size shooting range might be the best rollerski track stadium…
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Lillehammer World Cup Stage’ 2020 Cancelled

Lillehammer World Cup Stage’ 2020 Cancelled

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Rain or sunshine, one FIS World Cup stage normally guaranteed proper funding is the one in Lillehammer, on a legendary Birkebeineren Ski Stadium. It's not for nothing exceedingly rare skiathlon competitions are held there - what's overwhelming expense/ effort for other venues is nothing out of ordinary for the Norwegian hosts. Therefore in these times of financial crisis and uncertainty Lillehammer was a sure bet to hold its races in December. Alas, that was until Norway's Minister of Justice Monica Mæland have announced the governorment's decision this week: foreigners' entry ban to the country until January 1- nd no exception to athletes. Which means FIS now has to find a new host to arrange the competitions on December 5-6, 2020. It looks like Prémanon and Nove Mesto that were supposed…
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Johaug Nominated For National Award

Johaug Nominated For National Award

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Therese Johaug was just nominated for Egebergs Ærespris which is a prize awarded to Norwegian athletes who excel in more than one sport, according to TV2 Norway's ski expert Petter Skinstad. No need to remind you how many medals she won in cross country skiing. But last year she also won the Norwegian national championship in track & field. In 10000m. Running in street shoes rather than spikes. Now let the internet holywar begin regarding eligibility and/ or morality of the message here. Would be accurate to say that in Norway hardly anybody considers Johaug a conscious doper in her past - and the rest of the world can keep its opinions to itself. Source: https://www.tv2.no/a/11449230/
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Adidas Signs Frida Karlsson. Why Is That Reason To Celebrate

Adidas Signs Frida Karlsson. Why Is That Reason To Celebrate

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Frida Karlsson just became a brand ambassador for Adidas - and that's a big deal. A few years ago sportswear & equipment giant from Herzogenaurach made a fateful decision to exit winter sports ( domestic German teams are excluded, temporarily so from what we understand). Fateful for the winter sports - when one of the world biggest companies, the one constantly looking for expansion, decides there is no market in xcskiing (or biathlon for that matter) - that's a clear sign that things are not quite right , that the market niche is shrinking so fast that it's not worth the effort. One could huff and puff over how unfair the world is, but when the majors who had used to care ( remember Adidas ski? Nike ski boots??) slowly…
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Blinkfestivalen’ 2020  Will Be Held But Without Spectators

Blinkfestivalen’ 2020 Will Be Held But Without Spectators

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In 14 years of its existence, Blink Festivalen in Western Norway has grown from a decidely local affair to one of those world's premier competitions in both xcskiing and biathlon, offering an absolutely unique blend of top stars presence and amateur, mostly kids, competitions at the same tracks. Last year figures: 3000 participants, 100000 spectators and the budget well over NOK 20 million. Plus prime time on NRK. That's the World Championships level! Good news: the anniversary 15th edition this year will happen as planned on August 5-8. Bad news: without the audiences on purpose-built terraces in Sandnes. Gatherings of more than 500 people are currently banned in Norway. Good news: it all will be televised by NRK with the signal distribution across all of Europe via EBU (biathlon races…
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