Equipment Update: What We Saw At First International Race Of Season

Equipment Update: What We Saw At First International Race Of Season

Gear News, Newsfeed
For years now Olos/Muonio has had a reputation of being the first true international meet-up of the new competition season. The results may or may not reflect the actual strength of a particular athlete,depending on her/ his strategy. But what is constant, is the fact that we all get to see athletes who changed their gear supplier in the summer to podium walk their new wares for the first time. [caption id="attachment_13666" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Biggest news, of course, is Iivo Niskanen switching from Rossignol to Fischer. It is becoming exceedingly rare in our days to see a skier of his caliber & titles to do the swap. Yet a double Olympic and a world champion has taken that plunge...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13661" align="alignnone" width="1920"] It would appear that the Austrian skis…
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1100 Hours Man Iivo Niskanen

1100 Hours Man Iivo Niskanen

Leaders, Newsfeed
1100 hours in preparation for the season 2019/2020! That's how many hours of training Iivo Niskanen bagged, according to Iltalehti newspaper . No wonder the Finnish Red Bull looked so tired the last time our camera lense caught him -that was at the Blink Skifest in August. Even some teammates , according to Iltalehti, call that amount " masochistic ". Martin Sundby had reportedly done even more, around 1200 hours training a couple of seasons ago - be he has gone down to under 1000 hours recently, by his own admission.
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Gambling And Skiing: Immoral Combo Or Great  Source Of Income?

Gambling And Skiing: Immoral Combo Or Great Source Of Income?

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
There are not many controvercies in the international cross country skiing – the debate storms that rock, say, NFL thanks to Colin Kaepernick kneeling, are virtually unheard of. But things might be changing in some respect. Charlotte Kalla made headlines this spring when she went public with her dislike for gambling. A triple Olympic champion went on record to say that "There is such a level of abuse - and the gambling companies, they must take their share of responsibility for that." A 31 year old pointed out that her own psychologist Thomas Nilsson's works with gambling addicted clients and listening to him convinced her even further. "His profession has influenced my attitude and knowledge about it. Just as with other dependencies, so many people are affected" Kalla, who is one…
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Northug Leads Race Of Top Earners In XC Skiing, Johaug Second

Northug Leads Race Of Top Earners In XC Skiing, Johaug Second

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
The end of October is a time when Skatteetaten or the Norwegian tax service publishes personal income declarations of country's citizens. Unlike most of the other nations where such an information is seen as deeply private, in Norway ( as in Sweden and in Finland) it is considered vital for society's health and openness to make it public. ...Thus giving the Nordic media – and through their efforts all interested – a chance to glean how much money the top stars of cross country skiing really make. And for international skiing audience to imagine what sort of money the xc skiing could bring – when/if it is as developped and popular of a sport as it is in Norway. So, here's some info of note: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSq5XLHgOq_/ 1. Petter Northug Jr.…
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