This New Race Is Totally Bonkers – And We Mean It In Best Possible Way!

This New Race Is Totally Bonkers – And We Mean It In Best Possible Way!

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Arne Idland is a man who is never satisfied with his achievements. Turning Norwegian biathlon into gold medals-casting machine? Check. Creating world's biggest rollerski festival, rivaling best World Cup events in both skiing and biathlon. Check! This year Arne and his team came up with a race that's so bonkers - we absolutely love the very sound of it. Forget about Spartan, Urbanathlon or whatever else you thought is an ultimate test of fitness. Forget even about Blink Festival own crazy race, Lysebotn Uphill that leaves world's best skiers ( by definition fittest people on this planet) wreathing in pain at the finish line. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw-K5A0Ba-5/ Because this year Arne has decided to stage Lysebotn Doublepoling Only race That's right - 7.4km to the summit of Lysebotn anybody who signs would…
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Petter Northug Crushes Competition In Style Department By Arriving To Race On Private Jet

Petter Northug Crushes Competition In Style Department By Arriving To Race On Private Jet

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Petter Northug is never out of headlines. And it's not about King of Skis finishing in 48th place in Sunday's 30-kilometer classic race, over five minutes behind the winner. It's about arriving to that race in style. Anybody ever heard of jet-setting cross country skiers? Well, they do now - it was a private jet that brought Petter and his trainer Vidar Undebakke to Luleå Airport near Piteå. It was only two of them that descended from the stairs of Cessna C560 Citation Encore that is outfitted to carry eight in comfort and luxury. [caption id="attachment_6308" align="aligncenter" width="747"] bird that carried Petter Northug to Scandinavian Cup last weekend[/caption] To hire an American-built C560 Citation would cost anything between 3000 and 3500 US dollars per flight hour in the US –…
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“ChaosLoppet” Or Most Impressive Ski Race Of Season, All For Wrong Reasons

“ChaosLoppet” Or Most Impressive Ski Race Of Season, All For Wrong Reasons

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Whichever way you slice it, the 15k mass start race at Tour de Ski on Thursday is bound to be remembered and talked about for a long time. For those who missed the “show” from German Oberstdorf: the rain turned the ski track into a distant cousin of skating rink while curvy downhills made the race totally unpredictable affair. Pretty much everyone had a fall, a broken pole or at least a stumble. Even flats were dangerous: no lesser athlete than Heidi Weng fell at the last meters of the distance, seemingly without a reason. Swedish Aftonbladet has summed it all up in one phrase “Chaosloppet The mass start in Oberstdorf was chaotic, crazy with dangerous crashes and incidents” Marcus Hellner ( fell on the distsance) "It was a strange…
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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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FIS Plays Robin Hood, Takes (Prize) Money From Winners, Gives To Distant Runners-Up

FIS Plays Robin Hood, Takes (Prize) Money From Winners, Gives To Distant Runners-Up

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While skiing fans were busy discussing proposed changes to programs of the Ski World Championships, elite skiers themselves were closely studying new FIS pay charts – with many stars not liking the changes. In the recent years, a winner of the race in World Cup received EUR 13.000 – it will now be reduced to EUR 8700. A runner-up was to take home EUR 8700 – now it's EUR 6500 instead. It would become much less rewarding to win the Tour de Ski series : a winner of the grueling multi-day race will be entitled to half as much compared to what it used it be – EUR 47.700 vs 84.800! A second-placed athlete will also lose circa 10 thousand Euros. https://www.instagram.com/p/BPAmyOFAYa9/ So, where did all the money go? Well,…
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