Review: Best Ski Boots For Skating Right Now, Part I

Review: Best Ski Boots For Skating Right Now, Part I

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On definitions: "best" means racing boots, those used by the world's elite skiers to compete & win. In 2019 those are invariably carbon-fiber soled - and, naturally, with carbon cuffs for ankle support. For all SNS fans: sorry, folks - the only athlete we know of still using once-dominant system is Jessie Diggins. Atomic, once a firm " SNS camper", stopped supporting it altogether - Salomon is still holding out but, likely, not for long. Most if not all producers follow a simple maxim: test with top athletes & win the first year of production - sell the next one. In other words, there is often a considerable gap between what you see on TV and what you could actually buy at your friendly local store. We have an issue…
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Elena Vyalbe Announces Three Pregnancies In Team Russia!

Elena Vyalbe Announces Three Pregnancies In Team Russia!

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The boss of the Russian skiing has made it known today that no less than three of her female athletes will miss at least the beginning of the season trough pregnancies. "I told them all girls in the team that if they think about babies they've got to hurry up and get pregnant this year, the one without the World Championships or the Olympics" Vyalbe who won dizzying 14 world and 3 Olympic titles during her career , herself had missed the Olympics of 1988 through pregnancy. Olympic and world medalist Yulia Belorukova and ex U23 champ Elena Ustiugova, nee Soboleva, were mentioned by name, the third future mother was not.
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Apparel Brands By Skiers. Russian Trio Leads

Apparel Brands By Skiers. Russian Trio Leads

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No less than three top Russian skiers produce and sell their personal apparel lines. While the sales figures are not quite those of Daehlie or Johaug brands, strong race performances and active social media use help the business to grow for all three makes. More are more ski clubs in Russia feature racing suits and training textiles developed by the trio. Sales pitch can't be be argued with: all three emphasize that through years of hard training and competing they've learned how apparel should be made to fit the needs of skier. All three generally sell in Russia but if you are so inclined, you also could order a piece of clothing bearing your favorite Russian "lyzhnik" name, special delivery. [caption id="attachment_12200" align="alignnone" width="1522"] VMax is well known acronym for…
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Top Skier Turns His Mishap Into Advertizing Tool – And We Love It

Top Skier Turns His Mishap Into Advertizing Tool – And We Love It

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Gleb Retyvikh is one of the world's top skiers who proved his mettle by winning a bronze at the World Championships in Seefeld this year. However,  his real moment of fame last season came during the World Cup stage in Otepaa in January.... ...About ten meters before the finish of Sprint's quarterfinals a 27 year old Russian did this: https://www.instagram.com/p/BtOlbLJhWMN/ Spectacularly novel finishing touch immediately led to all sorts of #retivykhchallenge mems on social media ( do you your quick googling, some of them are actually quite fun) Lesser people would get upset but Retivykh have decided to use his newly found internet fame to promote his vary own apparel brand, GR [caption id="attachment_11858" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Where else to present a new "Retivykh Leap" collection than same very place where…
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How Rossignol Skis Are Made At Racing Workshop

How Rossignol Skis Are Made At Racing Workshop

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See those three smiling gentlemen in our top photo? Richard Gueraud-Pinet on the right is a Master skimaker at Rossignol experimental factory - sorry, racing workshop at Saint Jean de Moirans. Simon Caprini in the middle is the guy who makes sure that the right skis are chosen, tested and prepared for the race ( working with team waxers, of course). Finally, the job of the guy on the left is to win races on those skis - his name is Alexander Bolshunov and at 22 he's exceptionally good at that! Today Bolshunov is to produce his very own skis - that's the Rossignol's tradition reserved for the best of athletes competing on the skis from Isere. And we shall follow his progress  showing you how it's done - and…
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