Arne Idland: Blink Skifestival  Could Become Start Of  FIS World Cup Season

Arne Idland: Blink Skifestival Could Become Start Of FIS World Cup Season

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Arne Idland is a legend. It's under his stewardship that the Norwegian biathlon, featuring great Ole Einar Bjørndalen & Co, became the world's best. Twice Idland was in charge of the Norwegian team this century - and twice it was on top of the podiums. Last year a 49 year old native of Sandnes resigned his commission as a top coach of the Norwegian national biathlon team to concentrate at his other job - that of the Sports Director for Blink Skifestival ( Idland is also a coach for Figgjo IL, local sports club) International experience and energy of Idland is in no small part a reason why a summer sporting event in relatively "non-skiing" part of Norway have gradually became an absolute must-go for the world's best skiers and…
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Up Close & Personal With Yelena Vyalbe: Part II

Up Close & Personal With Yelena Vyalbe: Part II

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Part 2. Past and present. And a bit about future too. How would you compare Team Russia at the Olympics in Sochi in 2014 and in Pyeongchang-2018? Well, we failed in Sochi . Despite memorable victory at 50k. ( Russia's 1-2-3 on the podium) The fate was against us - Ustiugoiv fall, sprint relay collision, broken poles etc. - but one can't blame the fate only. Our women failed miserably and yes, I was calling them «Tumbochka” ( literally - “nightstand”, implying that somebody's heavy, overweight, unwieldy) publicly – and much worse in the locker room. Did we play unfair in Sochi? There was no “state sponsored” or any other doping in our team – period, but we did use “legally permitted tricks” such as extending last stretch on sprints…
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Meet Alexander Bolshunov, Newest  (And Youngest) Star Of Skiing

Meet Alexander Bolshunov, Newest (And Youngest) Star Of Skiing

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Alexander Bolshunov turned 21 less than two months ago - and that makes even Johannes Klaebo to looked like a seasoned veteran by comparison. A youngster from Bryansk, on the Russian border with Ukraine and Belarus, has become one of the Olympics' brightest stars: four races that he run - four medals. But his path to Pyeongchang's glory was anything but smooth this season [caption id="attachment_7144" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Bolshunov had a brilliant start of the season, convincingly winning 15k race at the Gällivare Premiere, beating Ustiugov, Cologna and Hellner among the others[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7140" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] This photo was taken as the Russian skiing team was listening to announcement by the IOC's President Thomas Bach that their country won't be allowed to participate in the Games under its flag, no…
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Klæbo And Bolshunov: Things To Know About Two Brilliant Youngsters

Klæbo And Bolshunov: Things To Know About Two Brilliant Youngsters

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This season started quite unexpectedly for the sport where a lot of athletes peak at around/after the tender age of 30 and it is not unknown to win a major race being close to 40 years of age. Two youngsters not just attacked the podium(s) – they pretty much jumped on it, pushing aside other favorites! First of the two is, of course, a 21 year old John Høsflot Klæbo of Norway with his absolutely phenomenal " six wins in six World Cup races" in season so far. https://www.instagram.com/p/BckgVmFg9mX/? The second might not have such an impressive slew of victories yet – but he's close, very-very close – so much, in fact, that he's running second in the World Cup standings – Alexander Bolshunov of Russia, currently aged 20 (…
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