Team Russia Manager Turns 80!

Team Russia Manager Turns 80!

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Yuri Charkovsky most likely is the busiest man in the international cross-country skiing world. [caption id="attachment_15861" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Yelena Vyalbe and Yuri Charkovsky form a rock-solid team. Charkovsky is used to be Vyalbe's coach in 1990s and for the last decade is Vyalbe's closest partner and confidant [/caption] As a manager of the world largest team (the Russians have 40 skiers in the national squad plus roughly equal amount of coaches & support personel) he is in charge of all the logistics. As the de-facto team captain he's present on most of the race-related meetings with the FIS & local organizers. As a coach with decades on international experience ,he is involved in mentoring athletes. And when all of the above is said and done, he's doing media interviews (Charkovsky's…
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Junior World Championships In Oberwiesenthal Is About To Kick Off

Junior World Championships In Oberwiesenthal Is About To Kick Off

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Oberwiesenthal is a secret jewel. Certainly at this very moment. Look at the snowless World Cup stage in Lahti, Finland and Vasaloppet in Sweden and compare to that pristine looking pine forest in the Ore mountains. But it's more than just snowy forest. Oberwiesenthal is a core of the East German skiing culture, the place where people practice and understand the intricacies of the world of narrow planks. Frankly, it's a pity Oberwiesenthal is not home to a regular FIS World Cup stage, but Saxony already has one - in Dresden. [caption id="attachment_14946" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Not sure what his function is. Face control? 😉[/caption] And then the " actors" themselves. The skiing is becoming younger and younger. 23 year old Klaebo and Bolshunov are two unquestionable leaders of men's skiing…
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Good Day For Norway, For International Skiing – Not So Much

Good Day For Norway, For International Skiing – Not So Much

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...On that photo Therese Johaug and Heidi Weng are looking at a race results monitor. But they might as well be looking at the competition. Norwegian juggernaut is not just strong - it's overpowering and pretty much zapping the air from the sport. Occasionally during the season it seems that the Norwegian dominance is broken - by Swedes in female skiing, Russians in male - but then Bang! And we are back to Top 10 being 75% Norwegian. That's dangerous. The International skiing lives off the money it gets from selling television rights. Now, put yourself in shoes of a national TV executive who is trying to decide: spend on skiing or on some Spartan race or whatever? There is 99% chance that yhe said executive would choose the sport…
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New Rossignol X-IUM S Are Smashing Podiums This Year  (But You Probably Did Not Know)

New Rossignol X-IUM S Are Smashing Podiums This Year (But You Probably Did Not Know)

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[caption id="attachment_14617" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Early December 2019. Lillehammer. Athletes are long gone from the tracks to rest before their races, but there is no respite for Simon Caprini and Roddy Darragon, Rossignol racing managers...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14615" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Caprini is cheerfully smiling into the camera but he has an important hurdle to pass tomorrow and is - probably - a little nervous [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14616" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Laying down on the snow are all-new S line skate racing skis, product of months of hard labor by Rossignol designers and testers. They are camouflaged to look as the current version but contain several important innovations[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14609" align="alignnone" width="1920"] ..24 hours later it's time to crack open a bottle of champagne : Rossignol's biggest star of the last seasons, Alex Bolshunov…
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Closer Look: Madshus Redline 3.0 Skis

Closer Look: Madshus Redline 3.0 Skis

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[caption id="attachment_14512" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Per Wiik, marketing manager at Madshus, presents Norwegian company's latest racing skis, Redline 3.0 [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14513" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Redline 3.0 Skate will come in two flavors: stiffer F2 ( left on this photo) for hard-packed snow and F3 ( right) that is for everything else. The latter one has much shorter "race groove"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14514" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Wiik describes 3.0s as "being more dynamic" compared to predecessor. That is achieved through increasing the amount of carbon-fiber sheets throughout the length of the ski. Also note new design/colors that are quite reminiscent of Madshus of old [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14510" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Classic Redline 3.0 will come in Cold and Warm iterations [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14515" align="alignnone" width="1920"] And - last but not the least - Madshus is…
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