Fans, Rejoice: Johaug To Compete Next Month!

Fans, Rejoice: Johaug To Compete Next Month!

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World's best female skier is to return to our television screens and papers' pages when she takes a start for the first time in months. The Norwegian national broadcaster NRK reports that June 11th Therese Johaug will take part in the annual Bislett Games this year dubbed "Impossible Games". Yes, Bislett is about athletics but Johaug is a reigning Norwegian champion in 10000m so it all makes sense. Frankly, does it really matter what the multiple Olympic and world champion competes in? Last year, for instance, Johaug took part in the competitive reality show Landskampen on TV2 - and it got great ratings. In other words, the audience wants Therese first - sport later. ...Somehow, we are ready for Klaebo taking on Bolshunov in poker or chess by now -…
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Dear Skiers, It’s Time To Get Off Your Butts And To Start Making  Yourselves Useful To Sponsors!

Dear Skiers, It’s Time To Get Off Your Butts And To Start Making Yourselves Useful To Sponsors!

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The coronavirus pandemic isn't just affecting the health of many — it the first event since the influenza pandemic some 100 years and the both world wars that actually affects all or almost all of us. The economies are crushing and even if there would be a rebound after the end of the crises one thing is certain: Get this: the first item on expense sheet to be cancelled or absolutely minimized would be pro-sport sponsorships. For virtually all companies - with possible exceptions of those in groceries sector or teleconferencing , those seem to be doing relatively well under circumstances. We profess that there will be an unprecedented battle for remaining euro, dollar and krona among all athletes, not just skiers. And many if not all sponsors would ask…
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Reactions To Norwegians Dropping Out Of North American World Cup Stages

Reactions To Norwegians Dropping Out Of North American World Cup Stages

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[caption id="attachment_15179" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Yuri Borodavko, Alexander Bolshunov's coach: "That's not how we would like to get the World Cup! The fact that the Norwegians are not coming is a show of disrespect towards other nations. And a big hit on the FIS standings [/caption] [caption id="attachment_15180" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Gjøran Tefre, part of Team Norway's selection for the North American WC stages:" I am very sorry and very sad that we have to stay home. But then we have to take our and the all Norwegians' health seriously and stop the spread of the virus. So when they have decided that the best thing is to stay home, we just have to respect that. And with all races in Norway beeing cancelled, the right thing probably is not to race…
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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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Åre Uphill Sprint : Highlights

Åre Uphill Sprint : Highlights

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[caption id="attachment_14791" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Women and men run the same distance. In men's race sprinters clearly dominated, but in female one it was distance runners who occupied the podium[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14790" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Italian skiers did really well with Ilaria Debertolis 12th in qualification and Greta Laurent finishing 7th overall and first among " pure sprinters" [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14787" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Organizers added interesting touch by transporting athletes downhill back to the start on snowmobiles [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14775" align="alignnone" width="1920"] The course was brutal not just uphill but downhill as well[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14777" align="alignnone" width="1920"] ..but it's uphill finish pictures that athletes will remember, ditto for fans[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14774" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Erik Valnes: " I never had this feeling before. Its like a nightmare, your try your best but the…
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