XCSki Dream Job – Explained

XCSki Dream Job – Explained

Leaders, Newsfeed
...You obviously noticed them guys with enigmatically looking SRS letters on their bibs, that are a fixture of any FIS World Cup stage. Looking trim and fit enough to be taking part in the races themselves, they are most often seen doing what looks like interval training , visibly oblivious to the hustle & bustle around them. Those are "company test pilots" - the people who help develop & test world's most advanced skis at any given moment in time - and prototypes for the future big events. Their job is easy to define yet extremely difficult to implement: to make sure that their firm's athletes have absolutely best skis at all times. The skis that will sail them to the podiums. Today we talk to Simon Caprini, Rossignol' senior…
Read More
Six Months To Go To Oberstdorf 2021 World Championships

Six Months To Go To Oberstdorf 2021 World Championships

Newsfeed, Travel & Mass Sport
"Es wird keine Geister-WM geben!"/"There will be no ghost World Championships! " That was a reaction by the organizers when they were recently asked whether holding the event without spectators as a worst-case scenario is under consideration. Just to remind you, the FIS World Ski Championships 2021 in Oberstdorf is scheduled to take place from February 23 to March 7, 2021. [caption id="attachment_16734" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Alexander Bolshunov is one of those who is expected to star on international stage in the upcoming season - one hopes there would be a stage to star on...[/caption] And it looks like the organizers are sparing no expense trying to make it disease-safe. The leading German hygiene & epidemiological research labs are tasked with developing and implementing elaborate COVID-stop procedures that will be tested…
Read More
Bolshunov Popped The Question! Where Are Other Stars in THAT Race?

Bolshunov Popped The Question! Where Are Other Stars in THAT Race?

Leaders, Newsfeed, Trivia
He popped the question! Alexander Bolshunov has beaten his chief rival yet again - and that distance shall be the longest ever. And the most pleasant too, hopefully! If might want to go back to our interview of 2018 where they talk about their feelings for each other. https://www.dailyskier.com/2018/10/25/bolshunov-and-zherebyateva-on-love-support-and-johannes-klaebo/ And what about Johannes? https://www.instagram.com/p/B6ixwBBpg6I/?igshid=vwu17y4n375d Johannes Høsflot Klæbo and Pernille Dosvik made their relationship public in April 2018. Since then, they moved together into a newly built house ( Klaebo wins that race - Bolshunov & Zherebyateva are still working on kitting-out their family nest) and became "parents" to a cat called Stjerne or "Star". A fitting name and another one-up on the Russian rivals, who still pose on photos with their parents' dogs. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-4kE-MAz_-/?igshid=ybcoaxx0eken Wade Poplawski, Jessie Diggins’ Boyfriend is…
Read More
Victory Scream: Who Does It Better. And Who Doesn’t  At All

Victory Scream: Who Does It Better. And Who Doesn’t At All

Newsfeed, Trivia
They all train for that moment- ans most find it essential to let the world hear. We couldn't find any scientific study that measures and analyzes why athletes scream at the finish line when they win. Perhaps, it's deemed to be too obvious. There are studies proving that athlete scream could increase grip strength by up to 25 percent(!) . Or that it significantly improves pain tolerance. But the finish line yell is hardly about strength increase or pain tolerance. More like a primordial manifestation of "I am stronger than you". Not all athletes are born the same however: [caption id="attachment_16142" align="alignnone" width="1920"] In our purely unscientific observations Therese Johaug is not only the queen of xcskiing, but the queen of the victory celebrations too with her yell being the…
Read More
Bookies View On World Cup 2020/21

Bookies View On World Cup 2020/21

Leaders, Money & Finance, Newsfeed
No huge surprises there: Alex Bolshunov leads in every chart with Johannes Klaebo not far behind. The rest of the world's elite skiers seems to have odds ranging from fairly low to purely theoretical. Yet there are some differences: [caption id="attachment_16110" align="alignnone" width="1600"] British Unibet puts Pål Golberg 3d and gives pure distance runners Kruger and Roethe something of chance. Note Ustyugov's 7th place...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_16111" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Italian Sisal gives Niskanen a fighting chance but Ustyugov is nowhere to be found. Human error?[/caption] [caption id="attachment_16112" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Norwegian NordicBet, however, catapults Ustiugov to 3d place and seriously doubts SkiTour 2020 winner's Golberg chances[/caption] Unlike all of us, fans and observers, them bookies deal in mathematically proven odds. We hardly can fault their analysis. Can you?
Read More