Seefeld-2019. Curtain-Raiser. In Pictures

Seefeld-2019. Curtain-Raiser. In Pictures

Newsfeed, Travel & Mass Sport, Trivia
We have made an effort to convince you using stats & figures, that Seefeld-2019 has a promise of becoming the best world championship ever. Here's a glimpse of how the Tirolian resort looks on the eve of the tournament kick-off [caption id="attachment_10281" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Nour Keirouz, Lebanon xcski champ, will compete in sprint at Seefeld[/caption] Focal point - the newly built Seefeld Ski Stadium https://www.instagram.com/p/BuE1oCFhi5D/ ...where swarms of waxers and technicians are busy selecting the winning wax formulas [caption id="attachment_10282" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] "dude, did you bring enough planks along?" [/caption] https://www.instagram.com/p/BuE3Tkfhl27/ ...Total "my wax truck is bigger than your wax truck!". Or, at least, my flag is higher https://www.instagram.com/p/BuEkQGPhhVK/ ...These guys look like they also care about chemicals - but of entirely different type. Just a guess - police forces…
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World Championships Seefeld 2019. Why Is It Going To Be Special

World Championships Seefeld 2019. Why Is It Going To Be Special

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FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2029 about to kick off in Austria. We take a look at what sets it apart - and yes, it is not a figure of speech Total expenditures on preps directly associated with the championship I.e. sports facilities reached some 30 million euros - just 5% over initial budget of 28 million, which is a record low overrun. To be clear, Seefeld proper’s budget is 24 million euros - the rest goes towards preparing Bergisel, the venue of ski jumping competitions. The funding - split between Austrian federal government, the province of Tyrol and town of Seefeld - did not come easy, but it never ever does, so little surprise there. Comparing budgets of different World Ski Championships is a difficult business, but, put roughly,…
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Elite Skier Says Goodbye To National Team At 24 – What Gives?

Elite Skier Says Goodbye To National Team At 24 – What Gives?

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Money and cross country skiing. Or, rather, money IN cross-country skiing. International competitions are between countries – and countries tend to be richer or poorer. Or, for one reason or another, unwilling to invest into elite sport. Perhaps, nowhere it feels more acute than in cross-country skiing. The Norwegians dominate the sport not only because they have a never-ending stream of talents, but also because they are willing to spend what it takes to win. As in training camps, equipment ( not skis – in million euros worth wax trucks), salaries of coaches, doctors, physiotherapists, technicians etc. etc. The Russians have started to catch up lately. It is tempting to invoke doping scandals of the past but those in the know point out that the Russians have invested heavily in…
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XC Skiing Is More Appealing Than Alpine, Snowboarding –  New Study

XC Skiing Is More Appealing Than Alpine, Snowboarding – New Study

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Cross-country skiing is becoming a trendy sport - so much so that it's beating in appeal both of its richer brothers, Alpine skiiing and snowboarding. Those are the findings of the just-released study of attitudes of Germans towards winter sports by Kantar TNS, a market research company. 35 million of Germans or 51% of the adult population, have interest in cross country skiing, compared to 50% in Alpine skiing and 40% in snowboarding. Which is quite shocking given how much more money both downhill sports currently generate compared to cross country skiing. "Having interest" at the moment does not necessary translate into active participation – only 6% are active skiers of all levels. Yet there are strong reasons to think, according to Kantar TNS, that cross country skiing is about…
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Johaug Appeals Directly To Her Fanbase on Instagram – Gets Outpour of Support

Johaug Appeals Directly To Her Fanbase on Instagram – Gets Outpour of Support

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Therese Johaug might be out of the Olympics - but not out of the hearts of her fans. In the first social media post since the CAS verdict on Tuesday, a 29 year old Norwegian has spoken directly to her followers vie social media: 'The Olympics will go without me this season, but the dream of the World Championship in Seefeld 2019 no one can take away from me. Thank you for all your support, I'll make you proud' reads the message in Norwegian. https://www.instagram.com/p/BYItqVnBJaA/ In just one hour since appearing on Instagram the post got nearly 30000 likes ( and growing) - a result that is likely impossible for most if not all other skiers. Therese must be down - but definitely not out!
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