Squires,  Team Russia Know-How

Squires, Team Russia Know-How

Newsfeed, Training & Outfitting
Well, it isn't really. Coaches who maintain their form were training alongside active athletes for yonks. A squire - or " coach who trains along" - fulfills many roles including conducting training sessions  , leading by example ( how about 5 hour mountain trekking or equally long biking? ) and to some, namely team leaders, being quasi-personal coach. It could be argued that recent successes of both Team Slovenia and Team GB are linked to that active coaching system. But it's the Russians who polished the system and in some ways took a step further in the last couple of years. Here's how it works: [caption id="attachment_12791" align="alignnone" width="1920"] ...it's all started with Markus Cramer arrival to Team Russia. First order of things was to get him an interpreter. By…
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Markus Cramer  Explains What Russian Skiers Got To Know By Working With Him – And What He Learned From Them

Markus Cramer Explains What Russian Skiers Got To Know By Working With Him – And What He Learned From Them

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This is Part II of Conversations with Markus Cramer where a German specialist with no previous experience of working with the Russians until a few years ago explains how is it to manage what is now 12 of them , help them to win - and simply have a good time together. In his own words: [caption id="attachment_12081" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Training large groups is much harder than training a few top skiers - especially when you believe in individual approach. But with the right atmosphere in the team, it's doable [/caption] [caption id="attachment_12085" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Establishing and maintaining good atmosphere in a team is extremely important. They spend 300 days a year training and competing. Occasional frustrations are natural - but you could and should offset that by introducing an…
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Russian A-Team for 2019/20 Has 40 Athletes, More Than Any Competitor

Russian A-Team for 2019/20 Has 40 Athletes, More Than Any Competitor

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The Russian Ski Federation has made public the national team's training groups for the season of 2019/2020. No fundamental changes - boss of the Russian skiing Elena Vyalbe & her coaches believe in internal competition within the Team Russia so for the upcoming season it will continue to be based around training groups led by Markus Cramer, Yuri Borodavko and Oleg Perevozchikov that are equal in status. Egor Sorin will carry on on leading the fourth group that is often seen as a sort of a farm-club but only because the average age of his skiers is lower than the rest. There is no official division on A and B teams. Each coach leads the team of specialists including at least one junior trainer, analyst, doctor, massage therapist, technicians etc.…
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Egor Sorin, World’s Youngest National Team Coach

Egor Sorin, World’s Youngest National Team Coach

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...Every sport has obvious stars – those always on TV, adored by crowds of fans. And then there are people who's names won't tell much to general public but who commandeer recognition and respect within the circle of that sport insiders: athletes, coaches, journalists... There are not many faces as recognizable in international cross country skiing as that of Egor Sorin. A former elite skier himself, in the recent years Sorin made a smooth transition to being an assistant to Markus Cramer, Team Russia coach. Sorin is always on the ski tracks leading athletes in yet another grueling session – personally. But even when the training session is finished, Sorin's work day is far from over as he often seen patiently answering international media's questions – Sorin's English is by…
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Legkov Gets His Olympic Gold Back, Other Russians Reinstated: Facts And Observations

Legkov Gets His Olympic Gold Back, Other Russians Reinstated: Facts And Observations

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This story needs to be split into two distinct parts: objective facts and subjective observations Here's a brief summary of facts the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the appeals by Russian skiers and, effectively, reinstated them in international sport. Not all were cleared - but most recognizable names in skiing, including Sochi Olympic champ Alexander Legkov and silver medalis, ex-world champ Max Vylegzhanin are on the list of reinstated. Full list here FIS immediately removed all the restrictions put on those cleared – they are now free to participate in the World Cup etc. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), however, says that nothing changes when it comes to the Pyeonchang Olympics –“The result of the CAS decision does not mean that athletes from the group of 28 will…
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