Junior World Championships In Oberwiesenthal Is About To Kick Off

Junior World Championships In Oberwiesenthal Is About To Kick Off

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Oberwiesenthal is a secret jewel. Certainly at this very moment. Look at the snowless World Cup stage in Lahti, Finland and Vasaloppet in Sweden and compare to that pristine looking pine forest in the Ore mountains. But it's more than just snowy forest. Oberwiesenthal is a core of the East German skiing culture, the place where people practice and understand the intricacies of the world of narrow planks. Frankly, it's a pity Oberwiesenthal is not home to a regular FIS World Cup stage, but Saxony already has one - in Dresden. [caption id="attachment_14946" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Not sure what his function is. Face control? 😉[/caption] And then the " actors" themselves. The skiing is becoming younger and younger. 23 year old Klaebo and Bolshunov are two unquestionable leaders of men's skiing…
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Skier Becomes Firefighter

Skier Becomes Firefighter

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All pro-skiing careers end one day and athletes are faced with a choice of a new career in life. Jackline Lockner chose to become a firefighter. [caption id="attachment_14918" align="alignnone" width="1920"] A 25 year old Swede is a silver medalist of the FIS Rollerski world championship in sprint [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14919" align="alignnone" width="1920"] She is a also one the leading figures of the emerging sport of Ski Supersprint...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14917" align="alignnone" width="1075"] ...and a full-time student of the Sandö college of SwedishCivil Contingencies Agency. That's her in orange suit practicing to extinguish fires [/caption] Photo courtesy of Jackline Lockner's Instagram
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Åre Uphill Sprint – Glimpse Into Future Of Skiing?

Åre Uphill Sprint – Glimpse Into Future Of Skiing?

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Bad weather, fears of COVID-19, documented lack of enthusiasm by younger generation. Perfect storm for the venerable sport of cross country skiing? Indeed it is - that's why it's time to start looking at things under entirely different, more, you know, aggressively steep, angle. [caption id="attachment_14899" align="alignnone" width="1920"] To survive and thrive cross county skiing absolutely needs to come to places like Åre[/caption] What is Åre and what makes if special? It's a premier Scandinavian alpine skiing resort that has distinctly Swiss feeling: fancy cars parked outside swanky hotels, restaurants catering Nouvelle Cuisine, affluent downhill skiing crowd. The crowd that has little or no clue about cross country skiing ( Norwegians exempted). This is cross country skiing's biggest problem: 30 years ago urban kids were growing up much closer to…
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Gear Update: What New We Spotted At Ski Tour 2020

Gear Update: What New We Spotted At Ski Tour 2020

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There wasn't a huge amount of premiers at Ski Tour 2020 when it comes to gear, yet some notable debuts were spotted: [caption id="attachment_14890" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Anamarija Lampic " podium walks" the newest One Way Diamond SLG20 poles [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14887" align="alignnone" width="1920"] At 50g/m SLG20 are incredibly light. One Way is only supplying its sponsored athletes with the new poles. Start of sales: fall 2020[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14885" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Swix is lagging a tad behind its Fischer-owned rival: Triac Aero 4.0s only appeared as non-foiled " Release Candidate" version...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14886" align="alignnone" width="1920"] ..what's important is who had them: Alex Bolshunov is not exactly known for heaping praises on gear yet he says that Aero 4.0s feel really good. [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14884" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Rossignol S series hitherto camouflaged…
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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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