Swedes Are Getting Closer To Norwegians. Here’s How

Swedes Are Getting Closer To Norwegians. Here’s How

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
No, this photo does not imply that Norway and Sweden have decided to annul the Unionsupplösningen and go back to being a single nation once again. It doesn't even mean that in post-Corona times of tight budgets the two ski federations have decided to car share. But it's there for a reason. Because the Swedish ski federation has just announced that they are going to start using the same (Norwegian) travel/ event agency as their western neighbours. The press-release talks about " shared values " - which kinda leaves us baffled - but not being very specific on details. Will the Koment agency now start putting the Swedish athletes in the same hotels as the Norwegian ones? So they could keep an eye on each other - or just learn…
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Jennie Öberg From Team Sweden Hit By Coronavirus, Tells About Her Experiences

Jennie Öberg From Team Sweden Hit By Coronavirus, Tells About Her Experiences

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Jennie Öberg from Team Sweden became the first top-level skier to suffer from COVID-19. A 30 year old from Kalix, which is in Northern Sweden, almost on the border with Finland, describes how it felt in conversation with the Expressen newspaper: - I had around 40 degrees of fever for several days, and no matter how many painkillers I took it never went down. I couldn't eat or drink anything, felt so terrible that could barely leave my bed. It was so bad that at one point in time I was just caught myself thinking “ How long can one manage to endure all this? " https://www.expressen.se/sport/langdskidor/landslagsakaren-pa-sjukhus-for-corona/ In the end the 30 year old had to be taken to the hospital in nearby Luleå where she made a full recovery…
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Sweden Nominates Absolutely Cracking Squad For JWM2020

Sweden Nominates Absolutely Cracking Squad For JWM2020

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Sweden seems to be aiming for a clean sweep at female distance races at FIS Nordic Junior & U23 Cross Country World Ski Championships 2020. Particularly in that U23 sub-division, where athletes 21 to 23 years old participate. See who are they sending to Germany next week: [caption id="attachment_14813" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Both Moa Lundgren and Emma Ribom are regular in Top 10 in the World Cup this season[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14814" align="alignnone" width="1920"] But particularly striking is the decision to send Ebba Andersson to Oberwiesenthal for U23 rather than giving her a shot a beating the Norwegians and/ or Natalia Nepryeava at Holmenkollen 30 that is happening at the roughly same time? Could it be Ebba's own decision? [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14809" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Sadly for JWM fans, perhaps the biggest discovery…
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Swedes Get Massive Hike In Individual Salaries, But Team Achievement Bonus Is Gone

Swedes Get Massive Hike In Individual Salaries, But Team Achievement Bonus Is Gone

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Base salary of the national team athletes was hiked quite a bit in a recent decision by the Swedish ski federation, DN reports Charlotte Kalla, Stina Nilsson, Ebba Andersson & Co will from now on get SEK 200000/ year or around 18.700 Euros. Not exactly what country's top football or ice hockey players are used to but much better than previous SEK 120000/ year Apart from the base salary raise, there are also more bonuses: a winner of a FIS World Cup stage would take home SEK 50000, second place would bring 30 and third 20K. Previously only winners were paid. What's gone is a peculiar collective same-for-all bonus Swedish skiers were previously paid if they took 30 World Cup podiums between them. Not so much jämlikhet any longer?
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Charlotte Kalla’s Victory Secret: Famous Blue Jackets From Tärendö

Charlotte Kalla’s Victory Secret: Famous Blue Jackets From Tärendö

Newsfeed, Trivia
Whatever the world-class skiing venue, they are there: The Blue Jackets from Tärendö Dressed in puffy downparkas, with enormous portrait of their hero on the back. Known for enthusiastic support & cheering they produce. Probably, the best, the most organized, the most visual cross country skiing fan club in the world Charlotte Kalla's. The club is lead by Leif Pekkari with active participation of Charlotte's father, Per-Erik Kalla and her mother, Lena Tärendö is a small town where Marina Charlotte Kalla was born, grew up and learned skiing, Tärendö is close to the Arctic Circle but, rather more importantly, is also close to top Swedish ski centers of Gällivare, Piteå and Luleå
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