Ski Season Kicks Off With SuperSprint Cup In Östersund, Sweden This Weekend

Ski Season Kicks Off With SuperSprint Cup In Östersund, Sweden This Weekend

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The wait is over. The snow skiing season starts this weekend in Östersund, Sweden True, there were already FIS races in the South America and Australia/New Zealand – and there was a traditional Livigno race. But the Swedes got the timing superbly right: end of October, just when millions of skiers the world over start sensing that snow in the air and look longingly at their own stashed away narrow skis. What you need to know about the Östersund Winter Festival: - Will take place 27 to 29 October and culminate with the Sunday's finals - Will be live-televised/streamed by home broadcaster SVT - Stands for 8,000 ( you heard it right – eight thousand! ) spectators were built - "Only” 500 cubic meters of snowfarmed snow will be need…
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(Some) Olympians Express Concerns: Pyeongchang Games Are Too Close To North Korea

(Some) Olympians Express Concerns: Pyeongchang Games Are Too Close To North Korea

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Therese Johaug had already said goodbye to Olympic Games, suspended Russian skiers still have a hope. It sounds ironic, but some skiers, not having obstacles to participation in the Olympics, have severe doubts: should they go to Pyeongchang or not? “If North Korea wants to start the war during the Olympics, they'll do it - there is no doubt about that. And then, I think, the whole sports world will be wiped out”. says Astrid Jacobsen, representing athletes in the IOC, in conversation with the Norwegian VG newspaper. https://www.instagram.com/p/BMCQClgjWnC/ However, the skier confesses, that she hasn't got enough knowledge to foretell which way things will go: “I don’t believe, that they (the IOC) will go ahead with the Olympic Games, if there is a cradible threat to lives” – concludes…
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Petter Northug Dreams About His Brother’s Girlfriend!

Petter Northug Dreams About His Brother’s Girlfriend!

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Petter Northug may or may not be the best skier currently living on this planet (according to him he is) – but he surely is the most entertaining of the bunch. Ever wanted to learn the Olympic and world champion's secrets? Well that time has come finally: the King of Ski went through a lie detector test! With some modifications: instead of hard looking goons in lab coats (or whoever is supposed to administer it according to latest Hollywood silver screen tales), Northug was subjected to questioning by people who know him well. Or do they, now? https://www.facebook.com/PetterNorthugjrOfficial/videos/811101679069128/ Even Northug, the young brother of the King, was first to go. – Naturally, his was “Have you ever had sexual fantasies about my girlfriend?” Not an unreasonable inquiry: it’s very difficult…
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Lifting Shroud: What Do They Really Have Under Their Racing Suits?

Lifting Shroud: What Do They Really Have Under Their Racing Suits?

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In the day and age when people express themselves through body art, skiers, alas, have little to show for it – literally: their bodies are covered in lycra, kevlar, carbon, elastan and all sorts of other high-tech garments head-to-toe. Several elite skiers did, however, adorn themselves with tattoos on every conceivable part of the body. Today we fill the gap in your knowledge and show you what's under that racing suit. The main tattoo-fan in cross-country skiing world is Norwegian Olympic champion Vibeke Skofterud. She has different images on her arms, hands, fingers, legs and back. Even so, we can’t say that all of her body is hidden behind bright tattoos! https://www.instagram.com/p/BD1GL6skdVH/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BFgX2GdEdSk/ https://www.instagram.com/p/sXMGmYEdUa/ American Andrew Newell bears a tattoo with an interesting statement. “All In Without Hope”, - states…
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Monuments to Famous Skiers: During Life and Posthumously

Monuments to Famous Skiers: During Life and Posthumously

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Last week, a monument to a skier was installed in Ufa, Russia. The monument is, apparently, to nobody in particular and a generic skier in bronze is meant to represent local people's affection for the sport of cross country skiing. We could totally empathize with that! The new statue, however, gives us an opportunity to talk about other statues to skiers elsewhere in the world. There are statues, dedicated to active skiers: Charlotte Kalla is the most successful Swedish female skier in recent years. She is also loved by fans. The authorities of her native town, Tarendo, established a statue depicting Kalla in summer 2010, after the Olympic Games in Vancouver, where she won gold and silver medals. The grand opening was on Charlotte’s 23rd birthday. Kalla said it was…
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