Ski Tour 2020 – Round Up

Ski Tour 2020 – Round Up

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This is an effort to summarize impressions from the inaugural Ski Tour 2020. At least we hope it's inaugural and not a one-off event in the "gap year " when there are no Olympics or the world championships. We deliberately post this before the Tour's end as there is enough info to convey and the most novel races have happened already. Good: [caption id="attachment_14841" align="alignnone" width="1920"] The Tour is happening in the geographic area that could be described as "heartland of cross country skiing", at least one of them. That's what sets it apart from a better known cousin, Tour de Ski. It translates into spectators' stands packed and general atmosphere of the big event[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14832" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Ecology/ sustainability trend is not a fad - it's a fashion…
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Elena Vyalbe Becomes New Chairperson Of Russian Ski Association

Elena Vyalbe Becomes New Chairperson Of Russian Ski Association

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Elena Vyalbe just got an important additional job. To her exisiting titles of the chairwoman of the Russian cross country ski federation (since 2010) and the senior coach of the national team (since 2012) she adds the one of a chairwoman of the whole Russian Ski Association (RSA). RSA is an umbrella organization that includes four sports federations that act rather independently: Alpine Skiing & Snowboard, Freestyle, Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined and, of course, Cross-Country Ski. This is a standard national organizational chart, in a way mimicking the FIS' own structure. National Association president title carries not just a lot of prestige, but quite a bit of weight as well - NA presidents are the ones who officially represent their countries in the International Ski Federation (FIS) . As…
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ISPO As Reflection Of Where Industry Is Going. And Not Going

ISPO As Reflection Of Where Industry Is Going. And Not Going

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What do you want to hear first, good things or bad? Let's start with good: - There were some notable product unveilings e.g. Redline 3.0 by Madshus, Triac 4.0 by Swix and all-new SK Course boots & S1/2/3 skis by Rossignol. - Budding Russian label Spine brought its 3D foot scanner and had Petter Northug bare his extremities to demonstrate how Custom Fit technology works in practice. - Northug himself had a very lively stand featuring just his glasses so far, but ambitions to expand into textiles etc. are clearly there. - Kaestle is burgeoning on cash injection and market expertise of its new Czech owners. - KV+ had a large (but rather fortress-like designed i.e. lots of walls with one entrance) segment indicating company's robust health. ...But you know,…
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Sustainability, ISPO and XCSkiing

Sustainability, ISPO and XCSkiing

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The world of cross country skiing is insular. No more is it evident as in place where it has a rare chance to come into contact with "other universes" under one roof. What's ISPO? [caption id="attachment_14573" align="alignnone" width="1920"] it's a gigantic exhibition roughly half of which is taken by the stands of various, mostly Chinese, enterprises advertising their ability and willingness to produce anything for you in any quantity & about three times as fast anyone else ( the key word - advertising)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14572" align="alignnone" width="1920"] The other half is entirely different. It's taken by huge, glitzy pavilions of leading alpine and outdoor clothing and accessories manufacturers one look at which tells you where the money are in winter sports.[/caption] Cross country skiing firms exhibit on the fringes of…
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Justyna Kowalczyk – In Her Own Words

Justyna Kowalczyk – In Her Own Words

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Hard to overestimate the role Justyna Kowalczyk played for the sport of cross country skiing this century. Fantastic results on the tracks made it clear that talented and committed athlete even from non-skiing nation could win, repeatedly and convincigly. Justyna's openness and polite directness made her a true household name in Poland and well beyond that. With the athletes of the statute and the recognition of Ms.Kowalczyk it is common to retire with a directorship on the board of some large corporation, to land a lucrative contract on television and to sell the book rights. In other words - to exploit well-deserved fame Yet Justyna Kowalczyk is still on the ski tracks, in remote training camps, freezing by the side watching "her girls", the group she and her coach Alexander…
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