FIS Moves To Level Field, Bans Grinding Machines At Olympics And World Cup

FIS Moves To Level Field, Bans Grinding Machines At Olympics And World Cup

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We all know that professional sport is unfair. Technical sport like cross country skiing - double so. For a while now the battle for medals was largely happening between the teams that could afford $500K+ wax trucks Packed to the brim with the latest technology - including, arguably, the most important device of all: portable grinding machines. Well, no more - this week FIS introduces a ban on bringing of grinding machines to the Olympics, the World Championship and the World Cup in attempt to remove at least one important advantage rich teams hitherto had. Remains unclear how compliance with new regulations is going to be checked. On the photo: inside Team Russia truck. Along with the Norwegians, the Swedes etc., the Russians made a good use of portable grinding…
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It Finally Happened. Petter Northug Presents His Glasses Collection

It Finally Happened. Petter Northug Presents His Glasses Collection

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No one really expected the most exciting personality in cross country skiing of the last decade ( and many would say ever!) to quietly exit the scene, right? So, now Petter is back with his very own brand - you guessed it - Northug® First products were proudly ( if somewhat low-key) presented at the Norwegian industrial expo Norspomessen on Monday. Yes, you can take a peek at how a production version of the Northug glasses looks. We say - bold. Petter wouldn't be himself if were he not to enlist help of some of the best people in business. Jon Inge Gullikstad, boss of Brandassist, the company that helped to make both Vegard Ulvang ( wool clothing) and Therese Johaug ( just about any clothing) millionaires through attaching their…
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Norway Wants To Ban Fluoride Wax In Youth Skiing But Does Not Know How To Control It

Norway Wants To Ban Fluoride Wax In Youth Skiing But Does Not Know How To Control It

Newsfeed, Travel & Mass Sport
The public opinion battle is raging on in Norway regarding the ban of fluoride waxes in youth sport. The fight for outright 'fluorforbud' is as it's know in Norwegian is led by the activists of the Tøffest uten fluor ( "Toughest Without Fluoride") campaign. The campaign was launched by the two popular ski clubs, Holmen IF Langrenn and Asker Skiklubb, with a strong demand: a complex ban on using fluoride waxes in all the U17 competitions. It's unclear why the age limit is set at 16+ but probably because after that the best skiers start competing internationally where such a ban is not on the horizon, The arguments against flouride could be summed up in two categories: - fluoride waxes, especially high fluoro powders, are extremely expensive - with parents…
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Ulvang’s New Mixed Gender Sprint: We Name Pairs Qualified To Run

Ulvang’s New Mixed Gender Sprint: We Name Pairs Qualified To Run

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FIS' cross country skiing boss Vegard Ulvang have created a storm, announcing in interview with NRK that his organization is looking to spruce up the World Championship program by introducing new formats in skiing. While the idea of having jump boards in sprint runs seems to be getting the most attention, the most realistic and easy to implement is the one about mixed gender relays. It's been tested in biathlon and there are no objective reasons why it couldn't be tried even tomorrow. We have decided to help Mr. Ulvang by taking his idea a step further – how about allowing only the known couples or “items” as they used to be called, to participate in such races? Not wanting to be known as a gossip mag, we limit our…
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Skiing Tsar Calls For Revolution: Ski Cross, Springboards, Mixed Races Are On Horizon.

Skiing Tsar Calls For Revolution: Ski Cross, Springboards, Mixed Races Are On Horizon.

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FIS is trying to keep up with the times? Changes in cross country skiing competitions, some quite radical, are on the horizon You have to believe it since it comes straight from the boss: Speaking to Norwegian broadcaster NRK, Vegard Ulvang, chairman of the executive board of the FIS' cross-country committee, had this to say: “ It is very likely that there will be changes in World Championship program in cross country skiing .We have had the same program since the World Championship 2005 in Oberstdorf, so it may be time to adapt. We must be as attractive possible”. The program of the the World Championship in Seefeld-2019 is set & safe ( and remains traditional). Beyond that, however, all bets are off: https://www.instagram.com/p/BD4_Dy7rrtY/ Among potential changes: - Skiathlon is…
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