More On Fluoro Ban

More On Fluoro Ban

Newsfeed, Training & Outfitting
Pierre Mignerey, the race director of cross-country skiing at the International Ski Federation since 2012, in interview with Ski Chrono/ Le Dauphine "The next year an environmental standard goes into effect that will ban production, distribution and importation of fluorine wax in the European Union.... The problem is that we have no way to control the teams for the moment. " Quite a thing to say, coming from one of the top bosses of international cross country skiing - and quite an issue overall. So, we decided to publish more relevant excerpts from our recent conversation with one of the key people pushing non-fluoro revolution in xcskiing. Say hello again to Joel Svedlund, project manager with Peak Innovation and one of the organizers of The POPFREE Ski Goes Global project…
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Some Ski As Work – Others Work To Ski

Some Ski As Work – Others Work To Ski

Leaders, Newsfeed
If you were to look at Top 50 of the FIS World Cup rankings, 99% of skiers you'd find there are true pros. In a sense that their main occupation in life is just that - to ski. It is structured and financed very differently from country to country and there are, clearly, different levels of incomes. But broadly they all earn from skiing. And then there's remaining 1%. If you study them closer, you realize with some surprise that they are actually...amateurs. Not in a sense that they are training less seriously, no. But they are actually go earn in order to ski, having a proper job (or two. or several) that pays primarily for race-related travel and training camps. Most ( but by no means all ) of…
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Calle Halfvarsson Changes Manager Less Than Three Months Before Season Kick-Off

Calle Halfvarsson Changes Manager Less Than Three Months Before Season Kick-Off

Leaders, Newsfeed
He's kinda done it again. Less than 3 months to go to the World Cup season's kick off in Ruka (his favorite), Sweden's strongest male skier suddenly parted ways with his personal manager. Halfvarsson and Bo Johansson worked together for only about a year, Aftonbladet reports He still trains under Mattias Nilsson who is both Calle personal coach and that of the national team - they do have interesting arrangements in Swedish skiing, has to be said. No idea if directly related, but the sudden change in Team Calle comes against a background of series of resignations/dismissals in the national team , including that of Jonas Peterson who served as the national team manager only for four months.
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Northug & Co Rule TV Ratings In Norway

Northug & Co Rule TV Ratings In Norway

Leaders, Newsfeed
No offence to the rest of the show cast but it's magnetic charm of Petter Northug that attracts audiences. Aired last night on TV2 Norway, Landskampen show that pitted some of the top stars of Norwegian skiing and biathlon against their Swedish counterparts was a runaway success. 40% share of the national audience in primetime is something television bosses and advertizers/sponsors dream about. In case you've forgotten: modern cross country skiing runs on money from television & sponsors. It's essential for all involved to build best athletes into objects of adoration and to keep public interest in them on top level throughout the year. It's a death knell for business that underpins the system, to win the world championship and then to disappear into remote training camp till the next…
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Johannes Bo Talks About How He Spends His Money – And How He Doesn’t

Johannes Bo Talks About How He Spends His Money – And How He Doesn’t

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
World Biathlon #1 Johannes Bo has got 460k euros from IBU in prize money last year, but that's a fraction of what he makes from various endorsements. He is happy to pay ( astronomical) Norwegian taxes and would not consider moving to a more tax-friendly to millionaires locale e.g. Austria the way the previous leader of the world biathlon did. As a consequence (probably ) he couldn't afford to buy Bjorndalen's famous camper van. He also owns a house plus an appartment, flies economy but once spent several thousand euros in one go picking up the tab at a dinner. He is also not immune to gambling. All that is in interview Bo Younger gave to the Russian sports channel Match TV. Them folks are consistently and successfully develop profile…
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