Arne Idland: Blink Skifestival  Could Become Start Of  FIS World Cup Season

Arne Idland: Blink Skifestival Could Become Start Of FIS World Cup Season

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Arne Idland is a legend. It's under his stewardship that the Norwegian biathlon, featuring great Ole Einar Bjørndalen & Co, became the world's best. Twice Idland was in charge of the Norwegian team this century - and twice it was on top of the podiums. Last year a 49 year old native of Sandnes resigned his commission as a top coach of the Norwegian national biathlon team to concentrate at his other job - that of the Sports Director for Blink Skifestival ( Idland is also a coach for Figgjo IL, local sports club) International experience and energy of Idland is in no small part a reason why a summer sporting event in relatively "non-skiing" part of Norway have gradually became an absolute must-go for the world's best skiers and…
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…Yet Experience Still Matters At Olympics – And These Guys Prove It

…Yet Experience Still Matters At Olympics – And These Guys Prove It

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While Pyeongchang-2018 was, undoubtedly, a break-out tournament for the youth, some top athletes keep on proving their mettle year after year, the Olympics after the Olympics [caption id="attachment_6929" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Dario Cologna, quadruple Olympic champion - Vancouver, Sochi, Pyeongchang. Incredibly, he won 15k race in all three of those. Beijing-2022, Dario?[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6657" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Charlotte Kalla, triple Olympic champion - Vancouver, Sochi and now Pyeongchang[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6963" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Martin Johnsrud SundbySilver in Vancouver, bronze in Sochi - and, finally, two golds in Pyeongchang[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6668" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Marit BjørgenThe last one here (but most certainly not the least) is the most decorated Winter Olympian ever!Silver in Salt Lake CitySilver in TurinAnd mind-boggling seven golds in Vancouver, Sochi and Peyongchang! [/caption]
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Who Is Running In Men’s Skiathlon At Olympics

Who Is Running In Men’s Skiathlon At Olympics

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For presentation of the world's best skiers who are to open their Olympic competitions with skiathlon on Sunday we are going to change the format. Instead of efforting to put on display as many skiers' faces as possible - as we did with the skiathlon-running ladies - here we are going to limit ourselves to ten skiers only. Three out of these ten , we believe, will stand on the podium on Sunday. ... And it's going to be a Norway vs the Rest of the World game! Norway has four fantastically strong skiers running, including but not limited to Martin Sundby, current world vice-champion in skiathlon ( everybody, of course, remembers his battle with Sergey Ustiugov on the final uphill) and bookies' top favorite and outright Golden Boy of…
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Northug Fan Goes On Epic Rant, Wakes Up Famous

Northug Fan Goes On Epic Rant, Wakes Up Famous

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You reckon cross country skiing fans are some cold, reserved, distant bunch - a bit like their beloved sport? Think again then. Meet Lars Erik Saltrø, a home repair contractor from Trondheim in Norway who woke up famous this week after an epic rant he posted on his Facebook page. Over 100.000 people in Norway ( and, presumably Sweden and even Finland) viewed the video in which Lars Erik in rather animated fashion wishes “Merry Christmas to everyone – except two people” Those unfortunate two happened to be some household names in Norway: cross country ski team's manager Vidar Løfshus and team trainer Tor-Arne Hetland. So what's caused the ire of good ole Mr. Saltrø? In his minute long speech that invokes, among other things, names of Pol Pot and…
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Northug Leads Race Of Top Earners In XC Skiing, Johaug Second

Northug Leads Race Of Top Earners In XC Skiing, Johaug Second

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The end of October is a time when Skatteetaten or the Norwegian tax service publishes personal income declarations of country's citizens. Unlike most of the other nations where such an information is seen as deeply private, in Norway ( as in Sweden and in Finland) it is considered vital for society's health and openness to make it public. ...Thus giving the Nordic media – and through their efforts all interested – a chance to glean how much money the top stars of cross country skiing really make. And for international skiing audience to imagine what sort of money the xc skiing could bring – when/if it is as developped and popular of a sport as it is in Norway. So, here's some info of note: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSq5XLHgOq_/ 1. Petter Northug Jr.…
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