Yelena Vyalbe: For Olympics 2026 We Will Prepare In Caucasus Mountains Rather Than Alps

Yelena Vyalbe: For Olympics 2026 We Will Prepare In Caucasus Mountains Rather Than Alps

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In interview with the Daily Skier Yelena Vyalbe reveals that Russia is serious about building world-class snow-sports facilities in the Caucasus mountains, a region of snowcaps with hitherto untapped potential . ".... Ever since I became the chairman of the Russian XCski federation some 11 years ago, I was arguing for creating of top-level ski resorts/ training centers in the Caucasus mountains. The snow is there, the right altitudes are there. But zero history of dealing with cross-country skiing in particular..."   The Northern Caucasus region, a part of the Russian Federation,   rivals the Alps in the amount of suitable places for world-class ski resorts , yet has a very limited history of providing for fans of snow-sports. Even in the Soviet times the training centers were located on the…
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All That Moves Skiing World

All That Moves Skiing World

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November to March each year the Big Skiing Circus is on the move. Station wagons, minivans, full size vans and, top of the chain, full size, custom built tractor-trailers - all busy carrying skiers and their equipment from one European venue to the next. Some vehicles are standard, but many are custom built and, as the current ski fashion dictates, are covered with photos of the team's top skiers. Here they are, massive element of success ( or failure) in each ski team and skier's career [caption id="attachment_7363" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Team Sverige truck is among the biggest[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7366" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] ...but not as big as a massive, two-level Norwegian one[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7370" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] THE biggest vehicle in cross country skiing, however, is travelling headquarters of the Visma Ski…
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Coming Up: Up Close & Personal With Yelena Vyalbe

Coming Up: Up Close & Personal With Yelena Vyalbe

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It's hard to find a more recognizable figure in the “paddocks” of any international cross-country skiing competition than that of Yelena Vyalbe. To get the idea of how impportant that athlete & manager is to modern skiing we would have to remind you about her - truly milestone - achievements - Career 81 FIS Cross-Country World Cup podiums - 2d only to Marit Bjorgen - Of which 45 wins - only tBojorgen and  Bjørn Dæhlie won more times - Five overall crystal globes of World Cup winner. Triple Olympic champion and 14 ( that's 14, folks!) times world champ. In 1997 in Trondheim won 5 golds in all 5 races she took part in. - president of the Russian Cross-Country Ski Association since 2010 - manager of the Russian cross-country team…
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…Yet Experience Still Matters At Olympics – And These Guys Prove It

…Yet Experience Still Matters At Olympics – And These Guys Prove It

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While Pyeongchang-2018 was, undoubtedly, a break-out tournament for the youth, some top athletes keep on proving their mettle year after year, the Olympics after the Olympics [caption id="attachment_6929" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Dario Cologna, quadruple Olympic champion - Vancouver, Sochi, Pyeongchang. Incredibly, he won 15k race in all three of those. Beijing-2022, Dario?[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6657" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Charlotte Kalla, triple Olympic champion - Vancouver, Sochi and now Pyeongchang[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6963" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Martin Johnsrud SundbySilver in Vancouver, bronze in Sochi - and, finally, two golds in Pyeongchang[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6668" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Marit BjørgenThe last one here (but most certainly not the least) is the most decorated Winter Olympian ever!Silver in Salt Lake CitySilver in TurinAnd mind-boggling seven golds in Vancouver, Sochi and Peyongchang! [/caption]
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Randall & Diggins Make History: First Olympic Gold For Non-Europeans

Randall & Diggins Make History: First Olympic Gold For Non-Europeans

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They say "A picture is worth a thousand words". We concur - and instead of stuffing you with various info about two ladies who made a history last night by winning the very first non-European gold in cross-country skiing, we shall effort to convey what we saw throughout this season, their steps to triumph in Pyeonchang Without further ado: [caption id="attachment_7102" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Kikkan Randall storming uphills of Swedish Gallivare during the first international meet-up of the season ( NB - since it's not a part of the World Cup, Randall is wearing club colors of Power Woman by Anna Haag & Emil Jönsson[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7099" align="aligncenter" width="1184"] Jessie Diggins, warm up before the race[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7094" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Breck Stuart Randall Ellis enjoying early Swedish winter in Gallivare as…
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