Laurien van der Graaff: Star Who Breaks With Conventions

Laurien van der Graaff: Star Who Breaks With Conventions

Leaders, Newsfeed
"...no, I don't like it all" confirms Laurien - and laughs heartily. You know what makes Laurien van der Graaff different from the rest (most – not all) top level ski sprinters? She's mellow. Now soft, not slow – mellow, relaxed, polite, smiley. And very pleasant to talk to. Not enough has been said or written so far about differences between traditional, distance skiing – and that of ski sprints. Distance skiers spend long hours doing well, distance skiing, Or rollerskiing. Or running. More time for self-reflection, for finding one's own zen. Sprint is one tough business. You give it all out going uphill - then accelerate, often risking, downhill and cutting tight turns. Plus pushing and shoving, sometimes very literally, against your competitors. And, of course, unpredictability – one…
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Klæbo And Bolshunov: Things To Know About Two Brilliant Youngsters

Klæbo And Bolshunov: Things To Know About Two Brilliant Youngsters

Leaders, Newsfeed
This season started quite unexpectedly for the sport where a lot of athletes peak at around/after the tender age of 30 and it is not unknown to win a major race being close to 40 years of age. Two youngsters not just attacked the podium(s) – they pretty much jumped on it, pushing aside other favorites! First of the two is, of course, a 21 year old John Høsflot Klæbo of Norway with his absolutely phenomenal " six wins in six World Cup races" in season so far. https://www.instagram.com/p/BckgVmFg9mX/? The second might not have such an impressive slew of victories yet – but he's close, very-very close – so much, in fact, that he's running second in the World Cup standings – Alexander Bolshunov of Russia, currently aged 20 (…
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Snow Has Arrived – Drop Everything, Start Preparing To Ski In These Perfect Places

Snow Has Arrived – Drop Everything, Start Preparing To Ski In These Perfect Places

Newsfeed, Travel & Mass Sport
Hear and rejoice: this year the snow has arrived earlier than usual and in full force to many traditional, storied skiing places in continental Europe We look at three different places to ski – all well known, all ready, willing & able to handle every skier's whim – and all perfectly snowed up this December. The hope is, after reading this, you'd feel inclined to start packing your skis and booking your stay. Because even one day in either of those places will give you energy and good vibe you need to go through the dark winter. [caption id="attachment_6082" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] That's what a perfect Alpine trail looks like. Nothing to add - except for skiers. You![/caption] Seiser Alm /Alpe di Siusi The last year there was not much skiing…
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Behind Scenes At World Cup Stage In Davos

Behind Scenes At World Cup Stage In Davos

Newsfeed, Trivia
World's best skiers are in Davos, Switzerland this weekend for two races of the cross-country skiing's World Cup. While the competitions themselves are aptly covered by experienced TV crews, there are many things around that simply don't get televised. Here is an effort to show you what does not meet the eye - or lens - of TV camera in broadcast. And yes, it is a very good idea to come visit the place where the XC ski World Cup stage is being held - a few days before the actual event. You get to watch, ski along and even chat to some of the world's best skiers - just be considered & polite. [caption id="attachment_6056" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Davos gained fame last century as town where uber-fancy tuberculosis sanatoriums were…
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