Lahti,  Skiing,  COVID

Lahti, Skiing, COVID

Leaders, Newsfeed
The Lahti Ski Games, one of the most storied stages of the FIS World Cup, feels massively different this year. COVID re-writes the rules in this year of 2021. The organizers do what they can - all arriving athletes, officials and media are subjected to compulsory antigen throat swab with test facility open through the night. [caption id="attachment_17637" align="alignnone" width="1731"] ...the precautions are justified: at least one ahthlete tested positive on arrival to Lahti: first with antigen test, than more precise PCR one. Absolutely asymptomatic, apparently...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_17643" align="alignnone" width="1920"] ...Eirik Nossum, Norwegian head coach has a different story to tell. Or several. For reasons not entirely clear, he keeps on getting false-positive antigen test results. First time it happened the whole team was isolated - but by now the…
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Sergey Ustiugov & Last Chance Saloon For Oberstdorf

Sergey Ustiugov & Last Chance Saloon For Oberstdorf

Leaders, Newsfeed
It was Sergey Ustiugov 's last chance to jump on a wagon, departing for Oberstdorf 2021 - and he used it with his customary flair. The world's best skier of 2016/17 had an exceptionally rough season thus far: bad case of Covid hit him in October in altitude camp in Italy and, unlike many other skiers, the Russian Bear wasn't lucky enough to recover quickly. As the result, zero international races this season while the competition within Team Russia grew tremendously. Ustiugov left the Sbornya and was preparing at home, participating in local races where stunned viewers (yes, limited amount of fans is still allowed at most ski in Russia as it is an outdoor activity) had a chance to see Ustiugov run. On Thursday the 28 year old convincingly…
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Ustiugov Tells His Fans He’s Got Severe Case Of Coronavirus, Faces Slow Recovery

Ustiugov Tells His Fans He’s Got Severe Case Of Coronavirus, Faces Slow Recovery

Leaders, Newsfeed
Sergei Ustiugov appeals to his fans via Instagram, telling them that he had a severe case of Covid-19 that stopped him from competing and even training in last few weeks. https://www.instagram.com/p/CIauZQVsTNR/?igshid=1au78krzaro9l In the post to his 84000 followers on the social network, the 28 year old ex-world champion says he fell ill in late October in Val Senales, Italy, and hasn't been able to restart proper training ever since as " body refused to adequately perceive the load and and each time I fell into a hole" The Russian wraps up by saying that he feels better now, undergone an extensive screening and is slowly starting to exercise properly, hoping to rejoin the team "soon".
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Bolshunov’s Not-Too-Secret Stimulant

Bolshunov’s Not-Too-Secret Stimulant

Newsfeed, Trivia
Why is everyone so keen on talking about winner's training plans, ski choices or waxing, leaving aside, perhaps, the most important and,certainly, the most exciting factor there is to talk about? The " relationship factor". No study indicates definitively to what extent is it important for a world-class athlete to have a steady partner. "It surely helps" - the gist of we could find on Internet. Well, we want sport scientists, coaches and officials to consider this: Alexander Bolshunov is one of the two top Russian skiers to enjoy a steady relationship with a training group partner, Anna Zherebyateva. The other power couple are Sergei Ustiugov/Elena Sovoleva-Ustiugova. There are other "establish unions" in the Russian squad, but they are not in the same training group which means they only get…
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XCSkiing Is Back On National Television In Key Market . First Ratings Are Reasonably Good

XCSkiing Is Back On National Television In Key Market . First Ratings Are Reasonably Good

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
For those who regularly deal with television ratings and want to jump straight to the news - just go to section starting with bold lettering. For the rest - a bit of an intro as to why these news are actually rather important: Cross country skiing on top professional level has two sources of income: A/ contributions by local authorities of wherever the races are held, in money and in kind. It's done out of combination of regional tourism support and healthy living promotion (of which top skiers are good example) plus healthy dose of local pride. Neither of above is really commercial in nature. B/ Money acquired through selling television broadcasting rights. As we keep on reminding you, the FIS is absolutely unique in the modern world as it…
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