Jasmi Joensuu: Going to Denver Was Best Decision I Made

Jasmi Joensuu: Going to Denver Was Best Decision I Made

Newsfeed, Training & Outfitting
Jasmi Joensuu, 25, burst onto the international scene last season with a string of top performances in the World Cup and , especially, in Oberstdorf-2021. [caption id="attachment_18307" align="alignnone" width="1920"] At the Team Finland recent training camp in Vuokatti [/caption] What makes her ascendancy special is the fact that she earlier chose to spend several years outside Team Finland, studying and racing in the US. Scholarship programs that some US universities are offering to promising European skiers carry a lot of obvious direct and indirect benefits for those who apply - but winning on the highest level afterwards hitherto was not thought to be one of them. Ms.Joensuu bucked that trend by getting her diploma at the University of Denver (Finance as a major and Marketing as a minor) then returning…
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Federico Pellegrino: Long Training Camps Are Key To Why Russians Are Strong

Federico Pellegrino: Long Training Camps Are Key To Why Russians Are Strong

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Part 2 of the Daily Skier conversation with Federico Pellegrino: -It’s important to do long training camps and one reason the Russian athletes are strong is because they do a big sacrifice to stay out of home for long periods of time. Many of them have family, kids at home and in the winter they will be motivated to do their absolute best to make sure these sacrifices were worth it. Another reason for long camps is that it reduces days of travel. Travel days are the worst because you cannot train yet you become tired. I’ve tried to extend my training camps preparing for the 2018 Olympics. I did 12-14 days in a row but it’s a change of mentality for many people in our ( Italian) team. The…
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Federico Pellegrino: Why I Chose To Train With Russians

Federico Pellegrino: Why I Chose To Train With Russians

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The news of Federico Pellegrino and Francesco De Fabiani joining Markus Cramer's group of Team Russia for the full cycle of the Olympic preps is unusual to say the list. Why do the best Italians of the decade want to change their regimen so drastically - and why Russians as training partners? We caught up with the reigning World Cup holder in Sprint in Estonia: - Why Russians, and what are you trying to gain my this? - The idea was ours, mine and De Fabiani's. We had problems in our team, the last winter was hard and the Сorona pandemics didn't help us at all. We had to reorhanize and change - and that in the fourth year of the Olympic cycle. Even if my race results were good…
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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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Russians And Italians Train Under German Coach In Estonia

Russians And Italians Train Under German Coach In Estonia

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Russian and Italian skiers train under German coach - in Estonia. We-guess that's what it takes to beat Norwegians in 2021: pulling together forces in a joint effort. Markus Cramer Group led by Sergey Ustiugov and Yulia Belorukova and " reinforced " by Federico Pellegrino and Francesco De Fabiani just have landed in Otepää, Estonia for a long training camp. "Otepää is a fantastic place for summer training, it has everything: good lodgings, well-equipped gym, playground for team sports- most importantly, it has long safe roads with the right uphill/ downhill difficulty. Plus the weather is fantastic- except for mosquitoes but skiers don't feel them, only coaches do.." says Cramer. Worth noting that the mixed dream-team is using IDT rollerskis, provided by their sponsor - that happen to be Norwegian.
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