Arne Idland: athletes from 13 nations will compete at Blink Skifestival this year

Arne Idland: athletes from 13 nations will compete at Blink Skifestival this year

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Arne Idland is a man who created Blink Skifestival in western Norway and built it into a premiere international summer event in both xcskiing and biathlon. The Covid-19 pandemics affected the event a lot - last year's races were held without international athletes and with no spectators. In 2021 both the internationals and the public will be back. The end of hard times? We talked to Arne as he was surveying the last preparations at the Sandnes Arena where most races will be held this year: "...Organizing the event of the size of Blink Festivalen was of challenging under circumstances, things were and are often unpredictable. Norway has the strictest Covid rules in Europe, it makes it hard to plan - you don't know what would be actually allowed by…
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International Season 2020/ 21 In Pictures

International Season 2020/ 21 In Pictures

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Best in each category that we just came up with... https://www.instagram.com/p/CMb9i16j2tx/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CMb-DF_DT_K/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CMcXHdXjiGi/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CMcee9rjhfp/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CMclhIPjVn0/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CMczhIZDU84/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CMdPR51DMtK/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CMdCY2WDTmv/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CMdQFkCD8Dk/
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World Shall  Be Theirs. Soon!

World Shall Be Theirs. Soon!

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Always fun to onwatch how heroes of the recent Juniors/ U23 World championships make a transition to the Big League, testing their mettle against the leaders of the world skiing. Several of the young stars were taken to Oberstdorf recently - but either weren't started or failed to make an impact. Understandably so: when you prepare the whole season specifically for the Juniors' World, it's nay-impossibke to be in top form two weeks later - and compete against people who trained to be on their peak at the World Championships. The FIS World Cup finalé in Engadin is different in tha t sense: Johaug, Diggins, Klaebo and Bolshunov shall still be running over the weekend, but let's face it - the pressure is not there and neither is leaders'form, probably.…
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Daily Skier At Oberstdorf  Meet Stars Of Tomorrow

Daily Skier At Oberstdorf Meet Stars Of Tomorrow

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We all want to look into the future. When it comes to the future of skiing - it's already here, in Oberstdorf. No secret that elite athlete's training changed a lot in the last decade. Back in 2011 a picture of a female skier doing a set of pull-ups with weights chained to her legs would baffle, perhaps horrify any coach - now it's a routine. Champions become stronger, more coordinated - and younger. It's not like young talents never made it to the World Championships: a 18 year old Yelena Vyalbe came to the one held in 1987 (also in Oberstdorf) and a 18 year old Therese Johaug even won a medal at her debut. The difference is, back then teenagers were expected to grow and mature through the…
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Bold Move: Russia Brings Ambitious & Successful Juniors To Oberstdorf-21

Bold Move: Russia Brings Ambitious & Successful Juniors To Oberstdorf-21

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Veronika Stepanova, 20 and Evgeniya Krupitskaya, 18 are last - second inclusions into the Russian line-up for the FIS World Championships in Oberstdorf. Stepanova was on " international radar " ever since she battled Helene Fossesholm in 4 × 3.3k relay at the World Juniors in Lahti in 2019, both barely 18 then. At the recent JWSC 21 in Vuokatti the native of faraway Kamchatka came 4th in Sprint, decisively won 5k F and battled Moa Hansson of Sweden for the victory till the last meters of the relay. Krupitskaya was the member of the same relay squad, won silver in 5k F and came 4th in 15k mass- start. Yelena Vyalbe, a maverick boss of the Russian skiing, is known to openly criticise what she sees as sub-effort by…
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