Blinkfestivalen 2020: Out Of City Center, No Spectators And No Foreign Athletes.  But With Lysebotn Uphill And Norwegian Stars

Blinkfestivalen 2020: Out Of City Center, No Spectators And No Foreign Athletes. But With Lysebotn Uphill And Norwegian Stars

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Blinkfestivalen, one of the world's best organized, best funded and best attended xcski/biathlon events will be held this August but out of town and with massively altered program. With large crowds banned, the competition is now mostly held for the sake of television broadcast. A long time must-have for the national broadcaster NRK, Blink is coming to the rest of Europe this year for the first via EBU (but biathlon races only - the European Broadcastng Union is interested in promoting biathlon, doesn't care about xcskiing) The venue of the Blink events is now Sandnes Arena. Which is not a bad thing at all, neither from athletes point of view, nor television viewers'. The newly built 4.2k facility with a full-size shooting range might be the best rollerski track stadium…
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German Skier Injured In Training Accident

German Skier Injured In Training Accident

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Jessica Löschke injured her leg badly in training accident in Oberwiesenthal, the local media reports. A German Junior Team member's pole snapped while bounding with a broken tip piercing the flesh so deep that local paramedics couldn't remove it. Löschke, 20, had to be airlifted to the clinic in Dresden where trauma specialists performed an emergency surgery. " Jessica was very lucky - neither key blood vessels, nor nerves were damaged " team doctor Tom Kastner told German media. Löschke is one of the big up & coming talents in the German team - even if the Juniors' World at home in Oberwiesenthal didn't exactly go her way this March. Wish Jessica a speedy recovery and comeback to the tracks! Source: https://www.focus.de/sport/wintersport/schmerzhafter-unfall-langlauf-star-jessica-loeschke-rammt-sich-bei-trainingsunfall-ski-stock-ins-bein_id_12018941.html
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Lillehammer World Cup Stage’ 2020 Cancelled

Lillehammer World Cup Stage’ 2020 Cancelled

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Rain or sunshine, one FIS World Cup stage normally guaranteed proper funding is the one in Lillehammer, on a legendary Birkebeineren Ski Stadium. It's not for nothing exceedingly rare skiathlon competitions are held there - what's overwhelming expense/ effort for other venues is nothing out of ordinary for the Norwegian hosts. Therefore in these times of financial crisis and uncertainty Lillehammer was a sure bet to hold its races in December. Alas, that was until Norway's Minister of Justice Monica Mæland have announced the governorment's decision this week: foreigners' entry ban to the country until January 1- nd no exception to athletes. Which means FIS now has to find a new host to arrange the competitions on December 5-6, 2020. It looks like Prémanon and Nove Mesto that were supposed…
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Johaug Nominated For National Award

Johaug Nominated For National Award

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Therese Johaug was just nominated for Egebergs Ærespris which is a prize awarded to Norwegian athletes who excel in more than one sport, according to TV2 Norway's ski expert Petter Skinstad. No need to remind you how many medals she won in cross country skiing. But last year she also won the Norwegian national championship in track & field. In 10000m. Running in street shoes rather than spikes. Now let the internet holywar begin regarding eligibility and/ or morality of the message here. Would be accurate to say that in Norway hardly anybody considers Johaug a conscious doper in her past - and the rest of the world can keep its opinions to itself. Source: https://www.tv2.no/a/11449230/
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Most Intricate Braids In XCSkiing

Most Intricate Braids In XCSkiing

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... French,Dutch, Twist and even something called Waterfall.... We know zilch about what it takes to make those. But in appreciation of what surely is a supreme effort will publish the best photos featuring them braids: [caption id="attachment_15780" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Kateřina Janatová[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15771" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Anamarija Lampič[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15777" align="alignnone" width="1842"] Hailey Swirbul[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15768" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Linn Svahn[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15773" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Krista Pärmäkoski[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15769" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Sandra Schützová[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15772" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Dahria Beatty[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15775" align="alignnone" width="1920"] and, finally, the owner/maker of the most intricate braids in cross country skiing , Kristine Skistad[/caption]
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