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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Toppidrettsveka – Another Lesson To World As To How To Stage Event – And Move Skiing Forward

Toppidrettsveka – Another Lesson To World As To How To Stage Event – And Move Skiing Forward

Leaders, Newsfeed, Travel & Mass Sport
Normally, in discussion conclusions follow arguments. Well, we want to up-end that and to start with conclusion: world's cross country skiing really has two options: Learn how Norwegians do things and effort to replicate them at home. Or just move all the top-level competitions to Norway, period. Yes, the way the Ironman World Championship is held in Hawaii - and nobody seems to have a problem with that because "Hawaii does it best" The Norwegians have honed the art of staging cross country skiing races to such extent that , putting it bluntly, races elsewhere are starting to look pale in comparison. Especially in the summer. Conversely, premier summer races in Norway are even better than their winter ones ( hint - it's warmer and doesn't get dark before lunchtime!)…
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Ingvild Oestberg: It’s  Important For Me To Show That I Am Happy And That I Love Doing This

Ingvild Oestberg: It’s Important For Me To Show That I Am Happy And That I Love Doing This

Leaders, Newsfeed
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg is more than a skier. With her polite manners and seemingly ever-present smile she's a symbol of all the positive cross country skiing brings to life. Yet smiling young woman turns into a ferocious fighter once she's on skis, be it sprint or long distance race. It's only too right , somehow that Ms. Østberg is a reigning World Cup holder and, by extension, a prime ambassador of the ancient sport to masses, skiing or otherwise. But that's not it. Can you think of any other active skier who took time to work on ski-related product and turn it into one of the world's best? Ingvild did. When you see both amateurs and pros alike doing miles on IDT's Invgvild Østberg Edition rollerskis - remember, it's not…
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Out With “Degrading, Even Insulting” Ladies, In With Women

Out With “Degrading, Even Insulting” Ladies, In With Women

Leaders, Newsfeed
Another change in the world of international cross country skiing. To quote from the FIS Conference press release ""The proposal of the Gender Equity Working Group, the Sub-Committees for Ladies´ Cross-Country and Alpine Skiing and the Athletes Commission to change the terminology used by FIS, from “Ladies” to “Women” in the English language will be implemented forthwith." So, the skiing is joining the biathlon, the ice hockey and the luge that long moved to " women" moniker. The FIS along with the ISU ( International Skating Union) were pretty much the last stand-outs. The world skiing authority came under increased criticism for adhering to "sexist traditions"- including by some cross country skiers. Case in point: Canadian Olympian Cendrine Browne who described female athletes being called ladies " degrading, even insulting".…
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Klaebo Has Not Signed Agreement With National Team – And Deadline Is Looming

Klaebo Has Not Signed Agreement With National Team – And Deadline Is Looming

Leaders, Newsfeed
World's best male skier (do we need to say the name?) still has not signed a contract with the Norwegian national team - and June 10th deadline is looming. Bone of contention: social media and, more specifically, advertising & promoting on social media. The sides (Johannes does not get involved - he is represented by his father and manager, Haakon Klæbo, as always) don't want to comment beyond that. It's clear, however, that whatever boundary between "Klaebo being himself" and "Klaebo being part of the national team " they eventually find, it will serve as yardstick to all future contracts for all Norwegian skiers - and possibly beyond. Case in point: on this photo from the World Cup in Davos Johannes is seen wearing a jacket with all the team…
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