Is World’s Best Ski Marathoner Preparing Comeback?

Is World’s Best Ski Marathoner Preparing Comeback?

Leaders, Newsfeed
The anticipation of the CAS verdict on Therese Johaug case have eclipsed another event of note in Norwegian skiing: Petter Eliassen is back! Well, kind of. For those of our readers, who are not following the ski marathons as closely as they deserve to be followed, a quick reminder: Eliassen is, arguably, the strongest long distance skier of the last five seasons. Won Vasaloppet, Jizerska and overall Visma Ski Classic titles. Many a skier the world over are still rewatching his Birkebeinerrennet 2015 duel with Martin Jonsrud Sundby, that the former won. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIdcf3a9qeo Eliassen was particularly popular for his distinct racing style: not a strong finisher, he's known to kick the tempo into the high gear mid-distance and run to victory. Lots of times it worked – other times strong…
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Charlotta Kalla, Swedish Ski Federation – And 205.000 Swedish Kronor Between Them

Charlotta Kalla, Swedish Ski Federation – And 205.000 Swedish Kronor Between Them

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
The standoff between the Sweden's best skier and the Swedish Ski Federation over bonuses for the last season seems to continue. It also lifts the veil of relative secrecy over rarely discussed system of remuneration in cross skiing at the elite level. It is revealed that the Swedish Ski Federation promised its athletes SEK 150.000 bonus for gold, 60.000 for silver and 30.000 for bronze at the World Championships in Lahti. Charlotta Kalla won silver in 10km race and came 3d in  15 km  skiathlon – as well as being instrumental in winning the silver for Team Sweden in 4 X 5 relay in Lahti this year. That should have made her entitled to SEK 105.000 ( circa EUR 11.000) in bonus money. Except that the Federation is now refusing to…
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Poll: Majority Of Norwegians No Longer Believe In Doping-Free Skiing

Poll: Majority Of Norwegians No Longer Believe In Doping-Free Skiing

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Only 49 percent of Norwegians believe that domestic cross-country skiers are completely doping-free according to the latest poll conducted by Ipsos for the Norway's Dagbladet newspaper This is a marked decrease of trust since the similar survey was done in 2014 by Ipsos MMI/ Dagbladet when 65 percent say that doping in domestic cross country skiing occurs "vary rarely or never". There is no big mystery as to why the public attitude in the world's most skiing country gone decidedly more sour – in the wake of asthma case against Martin Johnsrud Sundby and the doping case against Therese Johaug it would be expected. Just a quick reminder - neither admitted to taking certain medications to enhance performance, both claimed "innocence of intent" - whether the public believed them or…
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The Best Ceremonial Outfits By Famous Skiers

The Best Ceremonial Outfits By Famous Skiers

Leaders, Newsfeed, Trivia
Have you ever become accustomed to warm clothes, gloves, and ski boots, to the point that you practically want to live in them? Titled and famous athletes often share the sentiment, but sometimes even they get dressed up for more genteel occasions. It may be an awards ceremony for the best athletes of that country, a solemn dinner with a state leader, or another worthy occasion that one must look their best for - and if there’s any group of people that knows how to look their best, it’s cross-country skiers. Let’s see what some of the best female skiers look like when they really dress up. After two relay wins in the 2014 Olympics, Swedish skiers appeared in official ceremonies several times. Charlotte Kalla phenomenal last-leg performance was the…
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Meet HABs – their husbands and boyfriends

Meet HABs – their husbands and boyfriends

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We've have already did our best trying to introduce WAGs: wifes & girlfriends of the world top male skiers. But who are the BAHs - boyfriends and husbands of the elite female skiers? Let's start with a boyfriend of the world's best known - and by far the richest skier, male or female, one and only Therese Johaug. Meet Therese's choice Nils Jakob Hoff. This two-meter-tall man is often seen standing behind diminutive Johaug and is often seen rooting for her at the trail - while Therese was seen at the Olympics in Rio cheering for her man (Hoff is a world champion in rowing). In true sportsmen romance fashion, the two athletes met on a plane, when Hoff was flying to his competitions, and Johaug to a training camp.…
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