Where Are You, Ski Groupies?!

Where Are You, Ski Groupies?!

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The sport of cross-country skiing desperately needs..no, not the snow - that too, but there are ways of getting the tracks done even when the Nature is unwilling. What cross-country skiing needs is a shift in culture where big stars are seen not as home boy/ girl, but a true celebrity with a worldwide appeal & with all the relevant trappings of the status. Groupies! Yep, like in the rock music or ( do we dare say it aloud? ) like in the ski jumping and the biathlon. The people who travel with their heroes for a chance to see them up close and , with any luck, personal. As in " swap a few words" -personal, that is. ...October would be a good time to start. In Ramsau/ on…
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Yuri Borodavko: Bolshunov Is As Ready As Last Year, Nepryaeva Will Have Tough Beginning Of Season

Yuri Borodavko: Bolshunov Is As Ready As Last Year, Nepryaeva Will Have Tough Beginning Of Season

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Yuri Borodavko spoke to Daily Skier at the training camp in Ramsau as his athletes were ..playing floorball. Borodavko is almost unique among the top xcski coaches: he believes that ball sports - be it volleyball, floorball or even football - are good for morale and team spirits. And that the benefits of good mood outweigh the potential risks. ...For the Russians this season was as experimental as it could : instead of going to their usual Alpine and Norwegian training spots, they've stayed at home - which meant no snow skiing in the summer and non-standard altitude camps. How will affect Alex Bolshunov, Natalia Nepryaeva and their teammates Borodavko, in his own words: [caption id="attachment_17137" align="alignnone" width="1443"] It’s one tough season. Apart from COVID that affected and keeps on…
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XCSki Dream Job – Explained

XCSki Dream Job – Explained

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...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…
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Six Months To Go To Oberstdorf 2021 World Championships

Six Months To Go To Oberstdorf 2021 World Championships

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

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

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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…
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