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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Natalia Nepryaeva: My Job Is To Force Myself To Do Things I Don’t Want To Do

Natalia Nepryaeva: My Job Is To Force Myself To Do Things I Don’t Want To Do

Leaders, Newsfeed
" Natalia's got quite a character". That's what you would hear a lot about the leader of the Russian ski team no matter who you talk to. Nepryaeva could be vocal, could be demanding on her teammates/staff, could be all too concentrated on her race to even smile back at the stranger's greetings. What a few know is that under that tough appearance is actually a fascinating human being: smart, well read, articulate and very, very focused on her goals. You just have to find the right moment to approach her... ....First things first, in a preamble to the interview, a 23 year old Russian Olympic and world medalist and a runner-up for the title of the World Cup winner 2018/19 sets the limits: " I don't want to talk…
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Russian A-Team for 2019/20 Has 40 Athletes, More Than Any Competitor

Russian A-Team for 2019/20 Has 40 Athletes, More Than Any Competitor

Leaders, Newsfeed
The Russian Ski Federation has made public the national team's training groups for the season of 2019/2020. No fundamental changes - boss of the Russian skiing Elena Vyalbe & her coaches believe in internal competition within the Team Russia so for the upcoming season it will continue to be based around training groups led by Markus Cramer, Yuri Borodavko and Oleg Perevozchikov that are equal in status. Egor Sorin will carry on on leading the fourth group that is often seen as a sort of a farm-club but only because the average age of his skiers is lower than the rest. There is no official division on A and B teams. Each coach leads the team of specialists including at least one junior trainer, analyst, doctor, massage therapist, technicians etc.…
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Best Portraits Of  2018. Part 3

Best Portraits Of 2018. Part 3

Newsfeed, Trivia
Yes, after Part 2 comes part 3. It was a very interesting year, the one of 2018! [caption id="attachment_9850" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Erik Valnes is all smiles after winning Sprint race in Olos, but Alexander Bolshunov who came second - not so much [/caption] [caption id="attachment_9848" align="aligncenter" width="1771"] Jonannes Klaebo after the race[/caption][caption id="attachment_9858" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Kari Slind and Ragnhild Haga are nicely smiling into the camera while Kat Harsem is giving the Olympic champion next to her bunny ears , OMG :))) [/caption][caption id="attachment_9857" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Right to left": Sivert Knotten, Alexander Bolshunov, Sivert Wiig, Federico Pellegrino, Eirik Brandsdal at the starting grid of Sprint Semi at Blink Festival [/caption][caption id="attachment_9855" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Sergei Ustiugov & Alpine sun[/caption][caption id="attachment_9856" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Martin Sundby fights his jacket, wins[/caption][caption id="attachment_9841" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]…
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