Markus Cramer  Explains What Russian Skiers Got To Know By Working With Him – And What He Learned From Them

Markus Cramer Explains What Russian Skiers Got To Know By Working With Him – And What He Learned From Them

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This is Part II of Conversations with Markus Cramer where a German specialist with no previous experience of working with the Russians until a few years ago explains how is it to manage what is now 12 of them , help them to win - and simply have a good time together. In his own words: [caption id="attachment_12081" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Training large groups is much harder than training a few top skiers - especially when you believe in individual approach. But with the right atmosphere in the team, it's doable [/caption] [caption id="attachment_12085" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Establishing and maintaining good atmosphere in a team is extremely important. They spend 300 days a year training and competing. Occasional frustrations are natural - but you could and should offset that by introducing an…
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Legkov Gets His Olympic Gold Back, Other Russians Reinstated: Facts And Observations

Legkov Gets His Olympic Gold Back, Other Russians Reinstated: Facts And Observations

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This story needs to be split into two distinct parts: objective facts and subjective observations Here's a brief summary of facts the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the appeals by Russian skiers and, effectively, reinstated them in international sport. Not all were cleared - but most recognizable names in skiing, including Sochi Olympic champ Alexander Legkov and silver medalis, ex-world champ Max Vylegzhanin are on the list of reinstated. Full list here FIS immediately removed all the restrictions put on those cleared – they are now free to participate in the World Cup etc. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), however, says that nothing changes when it comes to the Pyeonchang Olympics –“The result of the CAS decision does not mean that athletes from the group of 28 will…
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IOC Suspends Second Russian Olympic Champion In One Week But Russia Gets To Keep Golden Medal

IOC Suspends Second Russian Olympic Champion In One Week But Russia Gets To Keep Golden Medal

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The situation with the Olympic doping in cross country skiing is getting more and more difficult to comprehend. Last week Alexander Legkov had lost his Olympic Golden medal for the 50k race thus – formally – ceding the title to the second placed Maxim Vylegzhanin, both of Russia. But not for long. Because today the IOC's Oswald Commission had disqualified Vylegzhanin as well – and then the Golden medal goes to...Ilia Chernousov of Russia, who came third. How does this bode with the allegations of the "Russian state sponsored doping program"? Was it only for certain athletes on the Russian team, but not for the others? The IOC decision appears to be based almost exclusively on  the so-called McLaren Report, which does not seem to explain or even address "the…
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Upshot Of Decision To Ban Legkov/Belov

Upshot Of Decision To Ban Legkov/Belov

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Yesterday's verdict of The IOC Disciplinary Commission, handing out a lifetime Olympic ban and stripping medals off the Russian skiers Alexander Legkov and Evgeniy Belov will go down in history. Regardless of which side of the argument you're on, the history is made because for the first time ever in sport a doping ban is given in the case where there is no direct evidence of actual doping, no evidence of sportsmen being involved and still no clear understanding of what had actually happened. The formula under which international sports bureaucrats judge sportsmen is notoriously vague and deserves to be quoted in full: “...The standard of proof shall be whether the IOC has established an anti-doping rule violation to the comfortable satisfaction of the hearing panel bearing in mind the…
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Skiers’ Lawyer: Investigation Concludes There Was No Probe Tampering

Skiers’ Lawyer: Investigation Concludes There Was No Probe Tampering

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Olympic champion of Sochi 2014 Alexander Legkov and silver medalist Evgeniy Belov are proven to be doping-free by Swiss scientists. That is according to a German lawyer for Legkov and Belov, Christof Wischemann, the interview with whom have appeared in the leading Russian media outlet Sport Express on Friday. As per Wischemann, the investigation revealed there was no scratch marks whatsoever on all the samples of one of "his" two skiers ( without naming which) , in case of the other there were scratches on one of the three sample containers which de-facto proves him innocent as well. Wischemann quotes hitherto unpublished findings of the University of Lausanne that was tasked with proving conclusively whether the samples were tampered with or not. The samples tampering was the key allegation against…
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