Elena Vyalbe Becomes New Chairperson Of Russian Ski Association

Elena Vyalbe Becomes New Chairperson Of Russian Ski Association

Leaders, Newsfeed
Elena Vyalbe just got an important additional job. To her exisiting titles of the chairwoman of the Russian cross country ski federation (since 2010) and the senior coach of the national team (since 2012) she adds the one of a chairwoman of the whole Russian Ski Association (RSA). RSA is an umbrella organization that includes four sports federations that act rather independently: Alpine Skiing & Snowboard, Freestyle, Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined and, of course, Cross-Country Ski. This is a standard national organizational chart, in a way mimicking the FIS' own structure. National Association president title carries not just a lot of prestige, but quite a bit of weight as well - NA presidents are the ones who officially represent their countries in the International Ski Federation (FIS) . As…
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Tour  De Ski  Tour De Force

Tour De Ski Tour De Force

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
Okay, short version: big money triumphed. Again. As expected. Forget for a second who actually won arguably the most important competition of the season. They are fantastic athletes, no doubt there - but that's been said a thousand times over the last day and we want to focus on the other aspect^ Just look at where they come from. In men's standings there are four Russians and four Norwegians plus Olympic champions Dario Cologna and Iivo Niskanen In women's Top 10 there are five Norwegians plus skiers from Russia, Austria, US of A and Germany. To give it spin we want to give for a purpose of this story, that Norwegian investment once again outperformed the Russian one with everybody else fighting for the crumbs. Oh, and the Swedish blue…
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Skitsnack Or Making News Out Of Nothing At All

Skitsnack Or Making News Out Of Nothing At All

Newsfeed, Trivia
Today we tell you how to cover the ski-related news in 2019. Or, better said, to make the news. And we do it backwards. This week literally every single Russian newspaper and internet resource went with their version of the story that had pretty much same screaming headline: Swedish female skiers made fun of mass pregnant Russian rivals! /Шведские лыжницы высмеяли массово забеременевших российских соперниц. Wow! Why would they? If that was not enough for you to click immediately, there was also a sub-head along the following lines: The Swedes called Yelena Vyalbe "a woman from the old Soviet culture" Vyalbe is a true household name for the most of the Russians ( there is full-size biopic in the works, if case you forgot), but the skiing itself rarely graces…
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Anastasia Sedova Joins Good Company

Anastasia Sedova Joins Good Company

Newsfeed, Trivia
Bronze medalist of Seefeld'19 Anastasia Sedova will skip the upcoming season. The boss of the Russian cross country skiing Elena Vyalbe has (reluctantly) confirmed the news when asked whether there is any truth in rumours that Sedova is pregnant. Sedova,24, joins a fellow Seefeld medal winner Yulia Belorukova as well as two other Team Russia skiers, Elena Soboleva-Ustigova (wife of Sergei Ustiugov) and Tatyana Aleshina, who are all expecting. It's doubtful that any team in the history of cross country skiing ever had four of its athletes out through pregnancy.
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Meet Coaches Of 2019/20 Season

Meet Coaches Of 2019/20 Season

Leaders, Newsfeed
The FIS World Cup 2019/20 is about to kick off in Ruka, Finland. Tomorrow we will update you on those who we reckon got a shot on winning the Cup. But today we want to start by introducing (or reminding you) the people who make them athletes, who shape them and who send them to the battles for podium: Coaches It's not a definitive list, not every coach is mentioned below - mostly those we got to watch operating in the months between the end of the last season and now. [caption id="attachment_13733" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Eirik Myhr Nossum coaches men's side of Team Norway. Last season's clean sweep at the gold in Seefeld plus the WC 18/19 will be an extremely hard act to repeat for a 34 year old…
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