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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SkiTour2020 Kicks Off Very Promisingly

SkiTour2020 Kicks Off Very Promisingly

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The inaugural SkiTour 2020 kicked off in Östersund today. Here's what we saw and what we came to think: [caption id="attachment_14724" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Östersund has taken over Falun as Sweden's premier cross country ski place. Ski stadium, fully rebuilt for the recent Biathlon World Championships looks fancy and functions the way it's meant to be in 21 century[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14723" align="alignnone" width="1920"] There is a proper snow on the ground. Unlike in said Falun as well as in Oslo, Lahti etc. etc. Yeah, one could compete on man- made snow tracks - but snowy forests & frozen lakes look better.Perhaps, just a matter of habit[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14726" align="alignnone" width="1920"] There were spectators. Wouldn't lie: not as many as come to watch biathlon, but compared to xcski stages in the Alps…
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Johannes Confuses His Fans With Alternate Fingers

Johannes Confuses His Fans With Alternate Fingers

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When you have hundreds of thousands of fans - you got to be prepared for some frenzy around your name. A week ago Johannes broke hearts of his Instagram followers publishing a photo of his hand in a cast with a message " I broke my finger" [caption id="attachment_14695" align="alignnone" width="1600"] Clearly, left hand has suffered [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14693" align="alignnone" width="1600"] But a few days later ..it's a right hand [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14694" align="alignnone" width="1600"] The first photo might have been a mirror-image selfie but what about this one then? That's not a mirrow image[/caption] We lean towards " right hand" camp in that discussion - but just have to say that when you crossed that 100k followers threshold, rules of engagement change , drastically. Fans ( and media) would…
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Mens Sana In Corpore Sano

Mens Sana In Corpore Sano

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Some of the best U.S. skiers are also Ivy Leaguers. North American ski fans might find that to be the most natural thing in the world, but for the rest of us Ivy League means prestige, top-flight career - and oh yes, $45000 per year for tuition & board. Sophie Caldwell, for instance, is best known for being one of the world top sprinters for many years running. A few would remember that she is also a Darmouth graduate, majoring in psychology. How's that for being a modern illustration for "Mens sana in corpore sano"?
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Controversies In Skiing  2019. The List

Controversies In Skiing 2019. The List

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William Hazlitt, a XIX century English literary critic and essayist, was also a foreteller of things to come: "...When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest." For the modern world is build on controvercy - the more of them, the more interest and, ultimately, the more money to invest to keep things going. As the one of the most authoritative philosophers of our time, Miley Cyrus, once opined: People like controversy because that's what sells. By the way, at the tender age of 27, Miley has more money than needed to buy the whole of the international cross country skiing, lock, stock & barrel - were she so inclined. Armed with that ( controversial!) wisdom, we selected what we thought…
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