Yelena Vyalbe: For Olympics 2026 We Will Prepare In Caucasus Mountains Rather Than Alps

Yelena Vyalbe: For Olympics 2026 We Will Prepare In Caucasus Mountains Rather Than Alps

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In interview with the Daily Skier Yelena Vyalbe reveals that Russia is serious about building world-class snow-sports facilities in the Caucasus mountains, a region of snowcaps with hitherto untapped potential . ".... Ever since I became the chairman of the Russian XCski federation some 11 years ago, I was arguing for creating of top-level ski resorts/ training centers in the Caucasus mountains. The snow is there, the right altitudes are there. But zero history of dealing with cross-country skiing in particular..."   The Northern Caucasus region, a part of the Russian Federation,   rivals the Alps in the amount of suitable places for world-class ski resorts , yet has a very limited history of providing for fans of snow-sports. Even in the Soviet times the training centers were located on the…
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Italy Wins Right To Host 2026 Olympics, XC Skiing To Be Held In Val Di Fiemme

Italy Wins Right To Host 2026 Olympics, XC Skiing To Be Held In Val Di Fiemme

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So, the best candidate prevailed. Italy gets the Olympics of 2026 and the cross country skiing races will take place at the Lago di Tesero Ski Stadium, Val di Fiemme From the official presentation of the Italian bid: "The choice of this venue is clearly justified by the amazing track record in hosting major events (including three world championships and a Winter Universiade) and in being one of the most versatile tracks at world level. An already perfectly-fitted and operated venue will be one of the major factors of attraction, with a capacity that is expected to welcome 30,000 people. The existing lighting system will also allow hosting night races" It's worth mentioning that one of the reasons the Swedish Olympic bid lost was " the lack of binding venue…
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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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