Natalia Nepryaeva: I Don’t Do Screaming, Shouting Or Public  Breaking Of Poles

Natalia Nepryaeva: I Don’t Do Screaming, Shouting Or Public Breaking Of Poles

Leaders, Newsfeed
Natalia Nepryaeva doesn't really need introductions in 2020. But just to refresh you memory: the 3d overall in the World Cup 2019/20, arguably the most universal female skier of our times ( 4h in both Distance and Sprint ratings) and Russia's best hope for women's program at Oberstdorf-2021. We spoke in Ramsau , Russians' traditional October training camp - and their first on snow this season. The pandemics wreaked havoc with all of my spring plans. I was planning to do some downhill skiing with friends, to visit St. Petersburg - instead had to stay at parents’ countryside cabin, “ dacha”, in more or less full isolation - the only positive side was spending more time with the family! The summer training wasn’t too good either. Long, very long training…
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Yuri Borodavko: Bolshunov Is As Ready As Last Year, Nepryaeva Will Have Tough Beginning Of Season

Yuri Borodavko: Bolshunov Is As Ready As Last Year, Nepryaeva Will Have Tough Beginning Of Season

Leaders, Newsfeed
Yuri Borodavko spoke to Daily Skier at the training camp in Ramsau as his athletes were ..playing floorball. Borodavko is almost unique among the top xcski coaches: he believes that ball sports - be it volleyball, floorball or even football - are good for morale and team spirits. And that the benefits of good mood outweigh the potential risks. ...For the Russians this season was as experimental as it could : instead of going to their usual Alpine and Norwegian training spots, they've stayed at home - which meant no snow skiing in the summer and non-standard altitude camps. How will affect Alex Bolshunov, Natalia Nepryaeva and their teammates Borodavko, in his own words: [caption id="attachment_17137" align="alignnone" width="1443"] It’s one tough season. Apart from COVID that affected and keeps on…
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Art Of Thermobelt Or Creativity Takes Courage

Art Of Thermobelt Or Creativity Takes Courage

Newsfeed, Trivia
What's a thermobelt in the life of a skier? A utilitarian convenience? Yet another place for advertising messages ? That's where things stood for decades. But with the advent of weather resistant highlighters & stickers , it is slowly turning into a canvas to show off one's creativity. [caption id="attachment_16009" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Team Sweden juniors are in avantguard of the new trend, judging by this impromptu exhibition worn by their coach Ida Ingemarsdotter[/caption] [caption id="attachment_16006" align="alignnone" width="1379"] Linn Svahn goes for laconic yet classy golden L [/caption] [caption id="attachment_16016" align="alignnone" width="1360"] Emma Ribom uses the whole allotted space to create her art[/caption] [caption id="attachment_16011" align="alignnone" width="1920"] " Thermobelt Art" is quickly catching on outside Team Sweden: here's Hristina Matsokina with her message to the world [/caption] [caption id="attachment_16014" align="alignnone" width="1757"]…
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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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