Uphill Sprint 666 Is Next On Ski Tour 2020

Uphill Sprint 666 Is Next On Ski Tour 2020

Leaders, Newsfeed
You may or may not believe it, but the official length of the Åre ski sprint is exactly 666m. And it's going to be hell for all the participants! [caption id="attachment_14762" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Miha Šimenc of Team Slovenia has done Alpe Cermis climb on TdS this year. He reckons Åre will be even tougher[/caption] The event is being staged at the downhill ski stadium where recent World Championships was held Except that in " our skiing " the direction is reversed. [caption id="attachment_14766" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Maximum climb: 54 meters .Total climb :67m[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14767" align="alignnone" width="1920"] This photo should give you an idea how steep it is [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14768" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Team Japan athlete's reaction caught on camera [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14765" align="alignnone" width="1920"] If uphill skiing is a piece…
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Fischer’s Dominance In Distance Racing Evident? Or Is It Being Challenged?

Fischer’s Dominance In Distance Racing Evident? Or Is It Being Challenged?

Gear News, Newsfeed
Is glass half full or half empty? Start lists of today's pursuit races at Ski Tour 2020. Of note: the left column, who-is-who in female distance racing, continues to be totally dominated by Fischer = 6 out of 10 with all top 5 places occupied by Fischer's athletes. The right column, however is markedly different: "only " 4 out of 10 with all podium places in yesterday's men 15k F race taken by rival skis.
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Klaebo And Karlsson Generate Most Interest. How Come We Are Not Surprised?

Klaebo And Karlsson Generate Most Interest. How Come We Are Not Surprised?

Newsfeed
...once athletes entered the room, reporters did what reporters learn to do at the first month interning and then keep as essential skill throughout career: jump & run to the biggest newsmaker. "Newsmaker" is not necessarily the one who won or about to win. It's more about who would generate the biggest ratings/improve circulation or, more recently,produce clicksand likes. Nothing personal! It would surprise nobody that Johannes Klaebo and Frida Karlsson were by far the most popular today. It could be about that suspense: participation of either in Ski Tour was under question till last moment, - but it would not be the whole truth. The brands " Klaebo" and "Karlsson" are currently among the strongest in skiing and are comparable only to rising " Bolshunov " brand and that…
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New Study: Skiers 30% Less Likely To Develop Parkinson’s Disease

New Study: Skiers 30% Less Likely To Develop Parkinson’s Disease

Newsfeed, Travel & Mass Sport
Good news: long-distance skiers are significantly less likely to develop Parkinson's disease than matched non-skiers, says new complex study . Scientists in Sweden analyzed medical records of nearly 200,000 long-distance skiers who took part in the Vasaloppet cross-country ski race. They established that a physically active lifestyle is associated with close to a 30% reduced risk for PD, which might be explained by a motor reserve among the physically active. https://www.iospress.nl/ios_news/long-distance-skiers-may-have-motor-reserve-that-can-delay-onset-of-parkinsons-disease/
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Cancelled, Cancelled, Cancelled…

Cancelled, Cancelled, Cancelled…

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La Transju - cancelled. No snow. Tartu Ski Marathon - cancelled. " Exceptionally mild winter in Estonia ". Finlandia-Hiihto, country's premier mass race is not happening for the first time since inception almost 50 years ago. Those are not your local get-togethers - folks train for them specifically, book plane tickets and hotels to attend ( those tend to be NON-cancellable, alas). It might be a bump the sport would get over with a shrug, but somehow we feel that it's the last component of a " perfect storm" : General diminishing interest towards cross country skiing by the younger generation plus overstocking by retailers who's margins are squeezed by online giants - and now cancellation of premier events that underpin sales in mid to top shelf sector... We hope…
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