Lahti,  Skiing,  COVID

Lahti, Skiing, COVID

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The Lahti Ski Games, one of the most storied stages of the FIS World Cup, feels massively different this year. COVID re-writes the rules in this year of 2021. The organizers do what they can - all arriving athletes, officials and media are subjected to compulsory antigen throat swab with test facility open through the night. [caption id="attachment_17637" align="alignnone" width="1731"] ...the precautions are justified: at least one ahthlete tested positive on arrival to Lahti: first with antigen test, than more precise PCR one. Absolutely asymptomatic, apparently...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_17643" align="alignnone" width="1920"] ...Eirik Nossum, Norwegian head coach has a different story to tell. Or several. For reasons not entirely clear, he keeps on getting false-positive antigen test results. First time it happened the whole team was isolated - but by now the…
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No Fans At Oberstdorf 2021 After All

No Fans At Oberstdorf 2021 After All

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They've tried valiantly - look at the picture we illustrate this story with: see how wide apart the seats are arranged at the Oberstdorf Reid Ski Stadium? Should say " were" : the decision was announced on Tuesday afternoon and the Nordic World Ski Championships 2021 will take place without spectators present. Covid won't loose its grip on Germany, the country politicians discuss even more severe tightening of already tough lockdown. In this situation it was, probably, the only outcome - even if the championships is still 5 weeks to go.
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Sergey Ustiugov & Last Chance Saloon For Oberstdorf

Sergey Ustiugov & Last Chance Saloon For Oberstdorf

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It was Sergey Ustiugov 's last chance to jump on a wagon, departing for Oberstdorf 2021 - and he used it with his customary flair. The world's best skier of 2016/17 had an exceptionally rough season thus far: bad case of Covid hit him in October in altitude camp in Italy and, unlike many other skiers, the Russian Bear wasn't lucky enough to recover quickly. As the result, zero international races this season while the competition within Team Russia grew tremendously. Ustiugov left the Sbornya and was preparing at home, participating in local races where stunned viewers (yes, limited amount of fans is still allowed at most ski in Russia as it is an outdoor activity) had a chance to see Ustiugov run. On Thursday the 28 year old convincingly…
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Russian Athletes To Be Called National Athletes of Russia. Confused? You Are Not Alone

Russian Athletes To Be Called National Athletes of Russia. Confused? You Are Not Alone

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At the upcoming World championships - including the one in Oberstdorf and, possibly, the Juniors World at Vuokatti the Russian skiers would once again be stripped from their national anthem and coat of arms. That stems from the recent CAS decision that punished Russian for alleged doping transgressions. Yelena Vyalbe, the boss of the national skiing told told the Russian press, that her skiers would be called instead "National athletes of Russia" and the FIS anthem would be played should they win. Photo courtesy of Evgenia Krupitskaya, Russian Junior National team
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Gus Schumacher On Tour De Ski, Swiss Prices And Long Distance Relationships

Gus Schumacher On Tour De Ski, Swiss Prices And Long Distance Relationships

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Gus Schumacher has convincingly proven his status of the hottest up-and-coming star of the men's cross-country skiing by finishing 18th overall in his first Tour de Ski - ahead of many an experienced skier and , more importantly, ahead of equally young, talented and highly marketable William Poromaa of Sweden and Alexander Terentiev of Russia. A 20 year old Alaskan scored his first Top 10 finish at 15k C earlier in the week and was 19th at the finish line of the grueling Alpe Cermis climb. We chatted to the young American immediately after his last TdS race: Hardest race you ever had? - The uphill climb was mentally hard but I’ve definitely had harder races on regular courses. Honestly, the worst part was like the first 1/3rd when the…
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