Natalia Nepryaeva: Sometimes Feel Like Turning Around And Whacking Particularly Annoying Ones

Natalia Nepryaeva: Sometimes Feel Like Turning Around And Whacking Particularly Annoying Ones

Leaders, Newsfeed
We love it when in interviews top skiers instead of prowessing some internal kumbaya between all stakeholders, actually don't hold their tongues. Enter Natalya Nepryaeva. In conversation with Sportbox.ru the leader of the Russian tea had this to say (among the other things, clearly). "...When I train in the forest, I always do so with earphones. Can't stand when people I don't know try to engage me in conversation, tell me what their impressions of my performance were and so on. After Tour de Ski this year some " veterans of skiing " who I never met before wanted to engage me in conversation on the tracks as if we were to be best friends. And I was thinking " Please leave me do my job! I'm not coming to…
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Stars of 19/20 For You To Look At. Part 1 – Women

Stars of 19/20 For You To Look At. Part 1 – Women

Leaders, Newsfeed
And we mean what we sayin the title of this story: these are those who will star among the skiers. To be one these days it's not enough to win races. Clearly, it's a big part of it, hard to become an object of mass fascination if you keep in finishing at the bottom. But to become a proper star, you have to build a presence outside the tracks, to do and to say things people would notice - and luve or hate. Luckily, most of the World Cup's top contenders are just like that: [caption id="attachment_13771" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Therese Johaug is a red-hot favorite to win the Cup these year and for a good reason: when it comes to distance racing she's from a different planet compared to the…
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Natalia Nepryaeva Becomes Chairwoman Of Regional Ski Association

Natalia Nepryaeva Becomes Chairwoman Of Regional Ski Association

Leaders, Newsfeed
#2 in the last season's FIS World Cup standings got an interesting additional role in her life and career. Natalia Nepryaeva was elected today a chairman of the regional ski association ( the Russians call them "regional federations" ) in her native Tver in a highly unusual move that we assess as both positive and promising. Tver is a region of some 1.3 million people and long established skiing traditions. To put it in perspective, Alex Bolshunov being born in Bryansk is quite a bit of a fluke - Nepryaeva coming from Tver is something to be expected. Traditionally, a title of the regional association boss went to either well-respected coach or top local ski philanthropist. In other words, somebody with a lot of experience and gravitas. The things started…
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Squires,  Team Russia Know-How

Squires, Team Russia Know-How

Newsfeed, Training & Outfitting
Well, it isn't really. Coaches who maintain their form were training alongside active athletes for yonks. A squire - or " coach who trains along" - fulfills many roles including conducting training sessions  , leading by example ( how about 5 hour mountain trekking or equally long biking? ) and to some, namely team leaders, being quasi-personal coach. It could be argued that recent successes of both Team Slovenia and Team GB are linked to that active coaching system. But it's the Russians who polished the system and in some ways took a step further in the last couple of years. Here's how it works: [caption id="attachment_12791" align="alignnone" width="1920"] ...it's all started with Markus Cramer arrival to Team Russia. First order of things was to get him an interpreter. By…
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Natalia Nepryaeva, Part 2: I Live Effing Fantastic Life!

Natalia Nepryaeva, Part 2: I Live Effing Fantastic Life!

Leaders, Newsfeed
...Here's Part 2 of out conversation with Natalia Nepryaeva. "Conversation" is an instrumental word here - it was part interview, part open talk about the skiing world and those who live & compete in it. As most open conversations, it kinda lacked that structural rigidity expected of formal interview, was going back and forth on several subjects. Anyhow, it was fun and here's a gist of it :   [caption id="attachment_11975" align="alignnone" width="1920"] I live effing fantastic life! ( for the Russian language experts among you -  Natalia is using the word "охренненная" in her native tongue - effing is the best translation we could come up with ))) .  I do like the popularity that comes with victories, I do like that growing attention to myself. And it's not…
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