Yulia Stupak : childbirth gave me extra psychological  stability and confidence . Including for photos in bikini on Instagram

Yulia Stupak : childbirth gave me extra psychological stability and confidence . Including for photos in bikini on Instagram

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Yulia Stupak (Belorukova) is not just one of the world's top skiers - unlike quite a few (many, alas), a 26 year old Russian is actively and consciously trying to expand the appeal of cross country skiing beyond the tight circle of hard-core fans. Be it through her marquee dancing on podiums or talking openly about childbearing & rearing for active international athlete. This is Part 1 of our recent conversation with Ms.Stupak: "..I’ve achieved quite a bit, won several important medals at a young age. After that I felt it’s time to start a family. My husband is 8 years older than me, he probably felt it even stronger. He told me: " You are very talented and you are only at the beginning of your sporting career. You…
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Ustiugov Tells His Fans He’s Got Severe Case Of Coronavirus, Faces Slow Recovery

Ustiugov Tells His Fans He’s Got Severe Case Of Coronavirus, Faces Slow Recovery

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Sergei Ustiugov appeals to his fans via Instagram, telling them that he had a severe case of Covid-19 that stopped him from competing and even training in last few weeks. https://www.instagram.com/p/CIauZQVsTNR/?igshid=1au78krzaro9l In the post to his 84000 followers on the social network, the 28 year old ex-world champion says he fell ill in late October in Val Senales, Italy, and hasn't been able to restart proper training ever since as " body refused to adequately perceive the load and and each time I fell into a hole" The Russian wraps up by saying that he feels better now, undergone an extensive screening and is slowly starting to exercise properly, hoping to rejoin the team "soon".
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Markus Cramer: It’s Time For Change At FIS , Especially  Way It Handles International Competitions

Markus Cramer: It’s Time For Change At FIS , Especially Way It Handles International Competitions

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...Markus Cramer never looses his cool, affable manner but neither is he ever been known for mincing his words. The coach who played such a decisive role in careers of Dario Cologna and Sergei Ustiugov can afford to be blunt. This time Mr.Cramer sounds frustrated and borderline angry about the upcoming season: - FIS has decided to go ahead with the World Cup season, with most of what was planned before remained on the schedule - but, of course, nobody could tell with any certainty whether it would happen as planned.1 -There is a lack of general understanding and guidance in What If? Ssituations. What if, say, 2-3 athletes would test positive at one of the WCup stage? How's the virus testing and , need be, isolation of a suspected/confirmed…
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Markus Cramer Reveals What He Really Thinks

Markus Cramer Reveals What He Really Thinks

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Markus Cramer is not only one of the world's best xcski coaches of this century. He's also very open and direct in expressing his opinions without being brusque. Here are some of his views on recent developments in international competitions and more talked-about events of the last season, derived from several conversations in the recent months: And dont miss for Part 2 where Markus talks about what he learned by working with the Russians.... [caption id="attachment_12086" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Alpe Cermis as a mass start? - I am NOT happy with that idea. In at least two of the last three TdS series that final race was very interesting - in men's program at least. Now it will be messy fighting in tight curves on ascent.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12093" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Bad:…
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We Look At Those Who Trouble Comfortable And Comfort Troubled.

We Look At Those Who Trouble Comfortable And Comfort Troubled.

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Yep, it's a quote. Attributed to the great Australian coach Ric Charlesworth: "The interesting thing about coaching is that you have to trouble the comfortable, and comfort the troubled" Here are some of the best of trouble dispensers & comforters in the great sport of cross country skiing. [caption id="attachment_10744" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Yuri Charkovsky, a doyen of coaching corps of the world is 77. He would still outrun vast majority of people half his age on the tracks/ Charkovsky is no longer coaching but he's director of Team Russia responsible for all the logistics of his 100+ people team[/caption] [caption id="attachment_10752" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Team Norway's manager Vidar Lofshus has had enough of his tough job. After dozens of golden medals won under his watch, Lofshus is resigning from the national…
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