Yulia Belorukova:  If You Don’t Get  Kick From Doing What You’re Doing – Why Do It At All?

Yulia Belorukova: If You Don’t Get Kick From Doing What You’re Doing – Why Do It At All?

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...When Yulia Belorukova won the very first official race of the last season, many a fan said Wow! here come the true challenger to Swedish-Norwegian duopoly in sprint. Alas, the rest of the season was as impressive for a 24 year old Russian. Although far from a failed one ( bronze in relay in Seefeld where she held Ebba and Heidi Weng's all-out leap at the first stage, overall 8th place in the World Cup season classification), Belorukova wants more next season. Wants - and makes no secret of that in our conversation, that we shall customary publish in two installments, using the photos of Yulia that we've taken throughout the season. Here's Part 1 [caption id="attachment_12342" align="alignnone" width="1920"] I like skiing, that feeling of actually being on the snow.…
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Haakon Klaebo:  It Is Actually Athlete Who Owns Market Rights

Haakon Klaebo: It Is Actually Athlete Who Owns Market Rights

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In written response to the Daily Skier, Haakan Klaebo, Johannes'father and manager , clarifies what the agreement between the Norwegian Ski Federation and the world's best skier contains - and why it took so long to reach it: "In short, we have reached a better understanding with the Ski Federation ( NSF) side in relation to the fact that it is actually the athlete who owns the market rights, and that the NSF can thus not enter into as many agreements as they want without this being stipulated in the contract with the athlete himself. ” "We have achieved a proper delineation as to when an athlete is a private person, can represent his club and when he represent the NSF»   "The NSF has accepted that they have to…
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Klaebo Finally Signed!

Klaebo Finally Signed!

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The exclamation mark used in a title is justified - it might become a landmark event in the history of skiing and here's why: Skiforbundet, the Norwegian Cross-country Skiing Federation and its biggest star, Johannes Høsflot Klæbo have finally signed the agreement for the season 2019/2020 thus officiating the triple Olympic champion participation in the national team. The news came exactly a month after the deadline to sign, June 10th, had expired - underscoring the difficulties in negotiations. "... it has been necessary to spend good time in the areas where we have different views," says the boss of Norwegian cross-country skiing Espen Bjervig. Different views mentioned indeed reflect new times and new conditions we all live in. At the heart of the debate is what and how any skier…
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Yes, Skiers Could Be Millionaires – Johaug Declares Record Earnings

Yes, Skiers Could Be Millionaires – Johaug Declares Record Earnings

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The fiscal year of 2018 was the most successful one ever for the maverick athlete. Despite sitting the Olympic Games out, Therese Johaug reported earnings of some NOK 5 million (520k euros) - those are, essentially, the money she makes from advertizing and endorsement outside the tracks. Technically, the year of 2017 brought even higher numbers but that came from the sale of Active Brands, the company she part-owned. Overall, in 5 years its existence, Setra AS, the company through Johaug deals with sponsors & advertisers, made some NOK 30 min. (3.1 mln euros) Do tell that to young skiers and their parents: yes, one could become very well off if she/he is a top-level skier.
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Natalia Nepryaeva, Part 2: I Live Effing Fantastic Life!

Natalia Nepryaeva, Part 2: I Live Effing Fantastic Life!

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...Here's Part 2 of out conversation with Natalia Nepryaeva. "Conversation" is an instrumental word here - it was part interview, part open talk about the skiing world and those who live & compete in it. As most open conversations, it kinda lacked that structural rigidity expected of formal interview, was going back and forth on several subjects. Anyhow, it was fun and here's a gist of it :   [caption id="attachment_11975" align="alignnone" width="1920"] I live effing fantastic life! ( for the Russian language experts among you -  Natalia is using the word "охренненная" in her native tongue - effing is the best translation we could come up with ))) .  I do like the popularity that comes with victories, I do like that growing attention to myself. And it's not…
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