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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Bold Move: Russia Brings Ambitious & Successful Juniors To Oberstdorf-21

Bold Move: Russia Brings Ambitious & Successful Juniors To Oberstdorf-21

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Veronika Stepanova, 20 and Evgeniya Krupitskaya, 18 are last - second inclusions into the Russian line-up for the FIS World Championships in Oberstdorf. Stepanova was on " international radar " ever since she battled Helene Fossesholm in 4 × 3.3k relay at the World Juniors in Lahti in 2019, both barely 18 then. At the recent JWSC 21 in Vuokatti the native of faraway Kamchatka came 4th in Sprint, decisively won 5k F and battled Moa Hansson of Sweden for the victory till the last meters of the relay. Krupitskaya was the member of the same relay squad, won silver in 5k F and came 4th in 15k mass- start. Yelena Vyalbe, a maverick boss of the Russian skiing, is known to openly criticise what she sees as sub-effort by…
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Russian Athletes To Be Called National Athletes of Russia. Confused? You Are Not Alone

Russian Athletes To Be Called National Athletes of Russia. Confused? You Are Not Alone

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At the upcoming World championships - including the one in Oberstdorf and, possibly, the Juniors World at Vuokatti the Russian skiers would once again be stripped from their national anthem and coat of arms. That stems from the recent CAS decision that punished Russian for alleged doping transgressions. Yelena Vyalbe, the boss of the national skiing told told the Russian press, that her skiers would be called instead "National athletes of Russia" and the FIS anthem would be played should they win. Photo courtesy of Evgenia Krupitskaya, Russian Junior National team
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Petter Northug Sentenced To 7 Months In Jail

Petter Northug Sentenced To 7 Months In Jail

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Found guilty and would have to serve time in jail, 7 months. Anything under 6 months the Norwegian law routinely substitutes going to slammer with going around with ankle monitor while sleeping at home. Over 6 months means you are somehow dangerous and need to be set example of. The drugs found in the Olympic champion's apartment are no issue legally - possession is decriminalised in Norway. Reckless driving is not.
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” Are You Incompetent Or Simply Idiot ?” Coach Lashes Out At Tabloid Reporter

” Are You Incompetent Or Simply Idiot ?” Coach Lashes Out At Tabloid Reporter

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Tatyana Sorina of Russia beat Frida Karlsson and Ebba Andersson of Sweden on the final uphill in Ruka A reporter at the Swedish tabloid felt the urge to " D-word". Because, you know, tabloid reporters always do, it's for clicktrough rate. Husband & coach of Tatyana, Egor Sorin didn't let it pass and fired a salvo back: " Ludvig, are you incompetent or just an idiot?" reads a caption in pretty colloquial Swedish. https://www.instagram.com/p/CIQVayzpBwV/?igshid=1sucgkmq2zn3t
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