Natalia Nepryaeva: I Don’t Do Screaming, Shouting Or Public  Breaking Of Poles

Natalia Nepryaeva: I Don’t Do Screaming, Shouting Or Public Breaking Of Poles

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Natalia Nepryaeva doesn't really need introductions in 2020. But just to refresh you memory: the 3d overall in the World Cup 2019/20, arguably the most universal female skier of our times ( 4h in both Distance and Sprint ratings) and Russia's best hope for women's program at Oberstdorf-2021. We spoke in Ramsau , Russians' traditional October training camp - and their first on snow this season. The pandemics wreaked havoc with all of my spring plans. I was planning to do some downhill skiing with friends, to visit St. Petersburg - instead had to stay at parents’ countryside cabin, “ dacha”, in more or less full isolation - the only positive side was spending more time with the family! The summer training wasn’t too good either. Long, very long training…
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Markus Cramer: It’s Time For Change At FIS , Especially  Way It Handles International Competitions

Markus Cramer: It’s Time For Change At FIS , Especially Way It Handles International Competitions

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...Markus Cramer never looses his cool, affable manner but neither is he ever been known for mincing his words. The coach who played such a decisive role in careers of Dario Cologna and Sergei Ustiugov can afford to be blunt. This time Mr.Cramer sounds frustrated and borderline angry about the upcoming season: - FIS has decided to go ahead with the World Cup season, with most of what was planned before remained on the schedule - but, of course, nobody could tell with any certainty whether it would happen as planned.1 -There is a lack of general understanding and guidance in What If? Ssituations. What if, say, 2-3 athletes would test positive at one of the WCup stage? How's the virus testing and , need be, isolation of a suspected/confirmed…
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Yuri Borodavko: Bolshunov Is As Ready As Last Year, Nepryaeva Will Have Tough Beginning Of Season

Yuri Borodavko: Bolshunov Is As Ready As Last Year, Nepryaeva Will Have Tough Beginning Of Season

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Yuri Borodavko spoke to Daily Skier at the training camp in Ramsau as his athletes were ..playing floorball. Borodavko is almost unique among the top xcski coaches: he believes that ball sports - be it volleyball, floorball or even football - are good for morale and team spirits. And that the benefits of good mood outweigh the potential risks. ...For the Russians this season was as experimental as it could : instead of going to their usual Alpine and Norwegian training spots, they've stayed at home - which meant no snow skiing in the summer and non-standard altitude camps. How will affect Alex Bolshunov, Natalia Nepryaeva and their teammates Borodavko, in his own words: [caption id="attachment_17137" align="alignnone" width="1443"] It’s one tough season. Apart from COVID that affected and keeps on…
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Katerina Janatova: My COVID  Story

Katerina Janatova: My COVID Story

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[caption id="attachment_17101" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Katerina Janatova, 23, Czechia, currently #17 in the world in FIS Sprint ratings, #47 in distance ratings [/caption] This is the very first known case of Covid in elite skiing. Katerina has agreed to share her personal story here to highlight the fact that some 10 months into the pandemics, nobody still knows how the Covid affects elite athletes' health and performance. In her own words: ...Everything happened quite fast. We were on a camp in Oberhof and I had a training session on skis, where I felt pretty good. During that night I knew something wasn’t right, I started having a fever and a horrific headache. At first I thought it could be from changing temperatures but a few other people on the team also…
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FIS Skiweltcup Dresden : Show Will Go On!

FIS Skiweltcup Dresden : Show Will Go On!

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The international ski season still looks ...how shall we put it? Iffy? But that doesn't mean it won't happen at all. Skiweltcup Dresden looks set to host the world's best for the fourth time in a row despite all the current upheavals. We talk to the Dresden's competition spokeswoman Daniela Möckel who explains what the optimism is based on: [caption id="attachment_17039" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Daniela Möckel with the last season's Team Sprint winners[/caption] The International Ski Federation and the German national ski association, DSV, aim to hold a normal sport winter including the well-known World Cup events. This also includes the FIS Ski World Cup Dresden on December 19 and 20. As an organization team, we are currently actively planning the event, which will then take place on the 4th Advent…
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