Coming Up: Up Close & Personal With Yelena Vyalbe

Coming Up: Up Close & Personal With Yelena Vyalbe

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It's hard to find a more recognizable figure in the “paddocks” of any international cross-country skiing competition than that of Yelena Vyalbe. To get the idea of how impportant that athlete & manager is to modern skiing we would have to remind you about her - truly milestone - achievements - Career 81 FIS Cross-Country World Cup podiums - 2d only to Marit Bjorgen - Of which 45 wins - only tBojorgen and  Bjørn Dæhlie won more times - Five overall crystal globes of World Cup winner. Triple Olympic champion and 14 ( that's 14, folks!) times world champ. In 1997 in Trondheim won 5 golds in all 5 races she took part in. - president of the Russian Cross-Country Ski Association since 2010 - manager of the Russian cross-country team…
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Meet Alexander Bolshunov, Newest  (And Youngest) Star Of Skiing

Meet Alexander Bolshunov, Newest (And Youngest) Star Of Skiing

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Alexander Bolshunov turned 21 less than two months ago - and that makes even Johannes Klaebo to looked like a seasoned veteran by comparison. A youngster from Bryansk, on the Russian border with Ukraine and Belarus, has become one of the Olympics' brightest stars: four races that he run - four medals. But his path to Pyeongchang's glory was anything but smooth this season [caption id="attachment_7144" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Bolshunov had a brilliant start of the season, convincingly winning 15k race at the Gällivare Premiere, beating Ustiugov, Cologna and Hellner among the others[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7140" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] This photo was taken as the Russian skiing team was listening to announcement by the IOC's President Thomas Bach that their country won't be allowed to participate in the Games under its flag, no…
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…Yet Experience Still Matters At Olympics – And These Guys Prove It

…Yet Experience Still Matters At Olympics – And These Guys Prove It

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While Pyeongchang-2018 was, undoubtedly, a break-out tournament for the youth, some top athletes keep on proving their mettle year after year, the Olympics after the Olympics [caption id="attachment_6929" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Dario Cologna, quadruple Olympic champion - Vancouver, Sochi, Pyeongchang. Incredibly, he won 15k race in all three of those. Beijing-2022, Dario?[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6657" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Charlotte Kalla, triple Olympic champion - Vancouver, Sochi and now Pyeongchang[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6963" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Martin Johnsrud SundbySilver in Vancouver, bronze in Sochi - and, finally, two golds in Pyeongchang[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6668" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Marit BjørgenThe last one here (but most certainly not the least) is the most decorated Winter Olympian ever!Silver in Salt Lake CitySilver in TurinAnd mind-boggling seven golds in Vancouver, Sochi and Peyongchang! [/caption]
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15K Freestyle At Olympics: Experience vs Youth

15K Freestyle At Olympics: Experience vs Youth

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It's a battle between an established king of 15k freestyle ( and the reigning Olympic champion on that one - albeit classic style) .... [caption id="attachment_6929" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Dario Cologna, triple Olympic champion[/caption] ... to help Cologna to defend the honor of ancient people ( read those born in 1980s), there are two viceroys [caption id="attachment_6936" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Alex Harvey, reigning world champ in 50k freestyle - and a strong sprinter too [/caption] [caption id="attachment_7061" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Martin Jonsrud Sundby. Won just about everything already- except for the Olympic gold [/caption] ...They will be opposed by the score of young & ambitious princes of xc skiing [caption id="attachment_6943" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Johannes Høsflot Klæbo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6710" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Bolshunov, striking pose during Rossignol promo shoot[/caption] and the latest and, possibly, most…
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Who Is Running In Men’s Skiathlon At Olympics

Who Is Running In Men’s Skiathlon At Olympics

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For presentation of the world's best skiers who are to open their Olympic competitions with skiathlon on Sunday we are going to change the format. Instead of efforting to put on display as many skiers' faces as possible - as we did with the skiathlon-running ladies - here we are going to limit ourselves to ten skiers only. Three out of these ten , we believe, will stand on the podium on Sunday. ... And it's going to be a Norway vs the Rest of the World game! Norway has four fantastically strong skiers running, including but not limited to Martin Sundby, current world vice-champion in skiathlon ( everybody, of course, remembers his battle with Sergey Ustiugov on the final uphill) and bookies' top favorite and outright Golden Boy of…
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