Ustiugov Calls For Introduction Of Mixed-Gender Relays In XC Skiing. We Look At Who Would Have Won Were They Held

Ustiugov Calls For Introduction Of Mixed-Gender Relays In XC Skiing. We Look At Who Would Have Won Were They Held

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You know what a buzzword of the year in international sport is?. It's “Mixed-Gender” Although not yet mixed gender in a true sense( like at the Boston marathon where women and men compete together at the same time & distance), those events have more than just a sporting value Says IOC President Thomas Bach “ Sport is a powerful platform to foster gender equality and empower women and girls both on and off the field of play. This is a key mission of the International Olympic Committee.” Little surprise thеn that soon enough at the Olympics in PyeongChang we will see mixed team events in luge, curling and even alpine skiing to name but a few. Biathlon, xc skiing's richer cousin, would have the mixed relay in Korea - it…
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In Case You Missed It: Here Is Most Talked About Ski Video Of This Week

In Case You Missed It: Here Is Most Talked About Ski Video Of This Week

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This got to be the most talked about event in the skiing world this week: On this video with tens of thousands of views to it, Magdalena Pajala, 29 is seen perfecting her diagonal uphill technique in a bright sunny day near  Piteå, Sweden where she lives. Being 31 week ( or about 7-8 months) pregnant. https://www.instagram.com/p/BXnWmAqAztm/ The text under the video is equally cheeky: " Yes, some days I think intervals are my craving" says former Olympian and Swedish A Team skier ( best result -  fifth in the 4 x 5 km relay in Vancouver 2010 together with Anna Olsson, Charlotte Kalla and Ida Ingemarsdotter ) Instagram video have gathered over 1100 likes so far with comments overwhelmingly in support of Pajala's "interval cravings" – including those from fellow…
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The Best Ceremonial Outfits By Famous Skiers

The Best Ceremonial Outfits By Famous Skiers

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Have you ever become accustomed to warm clothes, gloves, and ski boots, to the point that you practically want to live in them? Titled and famous athletes often share the sentiment, but sometimes even they get dressed up for more genteel occasions. It may be an awards ceremony for the best athletes of that country, a solemn dinner with a state leader, or another worthy occasion that one must look their best for - and if there’s any group of people that knows how to look their best, it’s cross-country skiers. Let’s see what some of the best female skiers look like when they really dress up. After two relay wins in the 2014 Olympics, Swedish skiers appeared in official ceremonies several times. Charlotte Kalla phenomenal last-leg performance was the…
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Secret Swedish Weapon: Training in  Virtual Reality

Secret Swedish Weapon: Training in Virtual Reality

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Only a few potential Olympic medalists have tested the ski tracks in South Korea thus far - though the Olympics are coming up in Pyeongchang, the strongest cross-country skiers were busy competing in the World Cup, national championships, the FIS Junior, and the U23 Championship. However, smart folks in the Swedish Olympic Committee have figured out a solution to the dilemma of where to go: VR, virtual reality! Currently somewhat of a novelty, used almost exclusively for video games, virtual reality glasses are now being used to acquaint Nilsson, Halfvarsson, and other Swedish stars with the Olympic tracks. The Swedish Expressen quotes Lars Ljung, from the National Olympic Committee: "We want to create a clearer picture of what to expect. With VR, it becomes a little more feeling that you…
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Monuments to Famous Skiers: During Life and Posthumously

Monuments to Famous Skiers: During Life and Posthumously

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Last week, a monument to a skier was installed in Ufa, Russia. The monument is, apparently, to nobody in particular and a generic skier in bronze is meant to represent local people's affection for the sport of cross country skiing. We could totally empathize with that! The new statue, however, gives us an opportunity to talk about other statues to skiers elsewhere in the world. There are statues, dedicated to active skiers: Charlotte Kalla is the most successful Swedish female skier in recent years. She is also loved by fans. The authorities of her native town, Tarendo, established a statue depicting Kalla in summer 2010, after the Olympic Games in Vancouver, where she won gold and silver medals. The grand opening was on Charlotte’s 23rd birthday. Kalla said it was…
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