“…The evolution of double poling has been challenging the core of the Cross-Country Skiing sport…”

“…The evolution of double poling has been challenging the core of the Cross-Country Skiing sport…”

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It has been a year since the International Ski Congress in Cancun has decided to embark on a prohibition campaign in cross-country skiing. It felt so distinctly 1984-85 - here's why. First came the FIS Congress' decision to introduce technique zones in classical races where double-poling was to be forbidden. It was swiftly followed by another FIS ruling: in classical technique competitions, the maximum pole length must not exceed 83% of the competitor’s body height. The explanation went as follows: The primary goal of the rule is not to ban double poling but to add an additional tool to protect classical technique and all its aspects (diagonal, double poling, kick double poling, herringbone) so that competitions in classical technique are fair for everybody. The language of the official FIS website…
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