18 Year Old Helene Marie Fossesholm Selected By Team Norway

18 Year Old Helene Marie Fossesholm Selected By Team Norway

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At the age of 18 Helene Marie Fossesholm is one of the youngest skiers ever to be coopted into the main Team Norway squad. If not the youngest. [caption id="attachment_15716" align="alignnone" width="1920"] At the risk of repeating what everyone knows already: Fossesholm excels both in cross-country skiing and in mountain biking, and up until now was included in the Norwegian junior national teams for both sports[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15717" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Forget her dominance at the World Juniors in Oberwiesenthal: she won Blink last August and came 5th at the Wolrd Cup in Falun. Both in 10k F mass-start, where she keeps on showing uncanny tactical skills[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15718" align="alignnone" width="1920"] With Fossesholm Madshus once again has an athlete in the top squad - wasn't the case last year when Heidi…
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Thea Murud About Her 347K Tour De Force

Thea Murud About Her 347K Tour De Force

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Thea Krokan Murud - about her ultra-long skiing gig on the weekend: - There was two of us: my friend Julie Vollum Bø (Norway's ex U23 champion in cycling and ultrarunner ) - No, were not trying to set a new world record, just wanted to go skiing for 24 hours. - The loop was about 15 km, in Lillehammer. - The food that works best is the food you really like, because you have to eat a lot - even when you don’t really want to. I used sports drinks, bars, homemade buns, chocolate, candy, Coke - everything I could’ve think of f with a lot of sugar in it. - The important thing was to keep warm so my Swix Paragon jacket was a good choice - warm…
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Closer Look: Madshus Redline 3.0 Skis

Closer Look: Madshus Redline 3.0 Skis

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[caption id="attachment_14512" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Per Wiik, marketing manager at Madshus, presents Norwegian company's latest racing skis, Redline 3.0 [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14513" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Redline 3.0 Skate will come in two flavors: stiffer F2 ( left on this photo) for hard-packed snow and F3 ( right) that is for everything else. The latter one has much shorter "race groove"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14514" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Wiik describes 3.0s as "being more dynamic" compared to predecessor. That is achieved through increasing the amount of carbon-fiber sheets throughout the length of the ski. Also note new design/colors that are quite reminiscent of Madshus of old [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14510" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Classic Redline 3.0 will come in Cold and Warm iterations [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14515" align="alignnone" width="1920"] And - last but not the least - Madshus is…
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Review: Best Ski Poles Right Now, Part 1

Review: Best Ski Poles Right Now, Part 1

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A few words before we start: All poles in our review are top-of-the-crop from their respective producers, all are made of 100 % Ultra High Modulus Carbon Fiber - and all are World Cup quality ( the fact that reflected in many a model's name) We don't differentiate among Classic and Skating poles - we simply see no reason as models only differ in size, not in construction. Some skiers in our photos have changed poles' sponsors since but all the sticks pictured are still produced & sold. Except for one model that we have doubts about - of which more later. As with the skis, there are two distinct categories: poles used by many a top skier - and those used by only a few or even one WC-class…
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Review: Best Ski Boots For Classic Right Now, Part 2: Madshus, Rossignol, Salomon. Plus Alfa And Spine

Review: Best Ski Boots For Classic Right Now, Part 2: Madshus, Rossignol, Salomon. Plus Alfa And Spine

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This is a continuation of the story. If you want to read about Atomic, Alpina and Fischer offerings as of this autumn, go here A few additional things to mull over: - Some (not all) ski bootmakers say that designing and producing true racing Classic boots is actually more difficult than the ones for Skating. Due to conflicting characteristics the sole should posses: rigid in some parts, flexible in others. - Top market for Classic boots is Scandinavia & Finland. Warmth is more of an issue in long-distance Classic races Norwegians, Swedes and Finns are so fond of. [caption id="attachment_13221" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Madshus Super Nano Classic are venerable product that is still being used by the world's best ( cue Krista Parmakoski) . Pros: cheapest carbon classic boots on the…
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