China Opens Asia-First XCSki Tunnel

China Opens Asia-First XCSki Tunnel

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While we were busy watching the events in Seefeld, at Vasaloppet etc., Chinese comrades have fairly quietly opened a cross country ski tunnel "....An all-weather cross-country ski resort, believed to be Asia's first of its kind, was put into use in northeast China's Jilin Province..." What's immediately striking, is the amount of investment - 990 million yuan translates into some 130 million euros at the current exchange rate. Or about four times the amount the Oberhof ski tunnel in Germany, widely considered the most expensive of them all, cost to build Somehow, none of that staggering amount of money was spent on promotion & advertisement - hard as we tried, we couldn't find a single photo of the new facility. What's not in doubt, however, is a massive commitment China…
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What Skis Did They Really Use In Seefeld

What Skis Did They Really Use In Seefeld

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By now everybody sure knows that the skis they run & won ( or not) on are not the same they are standing at the podium with. Hence the name: "podium skis". [caption id="attachment_10474" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Podium skis - nice & clean & shiny[/caption] The latter ones are always the latest models - the former ones could literally be anything. We haven't seen anybody winning on 10 year old skis but sure saw some Top-30 athletes using those in their races to varied effect. Anyways, we thought it would be fun to take a look at what did they REALLY use in Seefeld - in this case primarily in sprint [caption id="attachment_10463" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Fischer once again won the manufacturers's competition - thanks to such mavericks as Johannes Klaebo, pictured…
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Klaebo’s Secret Weapon? His SWEDISH Undies

Klaebo’s Secret Weapon? His SWEDISH Undies

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Since you absolutely need to know - and we are here to satisfy your curiosity, not stuff you with data you wouldn't care about. Any many did ask already via all sorts of direct messaging anyway Johannes Høsflot Klæbo intrigued many by wearing what looks like same undies in each race so far at Seefeld-2019 [caption id="attachment_10446" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Here he is, in that alpha-male pose in confrontation with Sergey Ustiugov after sprint semi[/caption] We haven't been able to glean the secret of whether they are luck-bringing or just comfortable (or both) but we are happy to share with you that they are called Boot Camp by Björn Borg. Yes, named after the Swedish tennis legend and produced by the Swedish Björn Borg Group AB. Swedish!! To the best of…
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Here Is What Are You Missing By Not Coming To Seefeld – But It Is Not Too Late!

Here Is What Are You Missing By Not Coming To Seefeld – But It Is Not Too Late!

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You should have totally gone to Seefeld-2019. And if you contemplated and chose not to - your loss, really. Luckily you still have a chance - the upcoming weekend is full of great races and there's a lot more to do than just to watch the world's most fittest women & men compete ( as if it were not enough on its own!) Here are the reasons you need to convince yourself, your best half & a bunch of friends to go: - Getting there is not easy - it's very easy. And for most part cheap. closest airport, period, is Innsbruck - it's just a half an hour away. Closest big airport is Munich and it's 3,5 hours on a train ( going through the mountains, good for sightseeing…
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Seefeld-2019. Behind Scenes

Seefeld-2019. Behind Scenes

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..what you don't typically get to see in your television broadcast... [caption id="attachment_10347" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Mountain sun, warm weather - and thawing ski tracks. Seefeld 2019 is going to be fun for spectators...[/caption][caption id="attachment_10337" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] ... and royal pain in the butt for ski waxers & techs[/caption][caption id="attachment_10344" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] monster wax truck where 8 or more waxers can work side-by-side is not only the single most expensive item aound - it's the most needed one too [/caption][caption id="attachment_10341" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Some skiers brought their life partners along - others left them at home and brought just a smile [/caption][caption id="attachment_10338" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] rules for " moving pictures" a.k.a video filming have been tightened drastically - so non-rights holding media i.e. those who did not pay a ton of…
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