Blink in Sandnes, Norway is the most important event in the summer calendar bar none. What's even more remarkable , it is the case for both cross country skiing and biathlon. Proof? No less than 41 medalist from the last world championships in both sports will come to Western Norway to participate in the 4 day gala of skiing ( and skiing + shooting , respectively) Some 3000 people in total signed up for mass events and junior races, according to Arne Idland, the man who invented Blink and still runs it. Frankly, we can't think of a better mini-break than go visit one of the world's happiest countries - and watch the stars compete. Give it a thought.
Norway is a country that is consistently on top of all sorts of prosperity and people's happiness charts. Experts routinely attribute it to strong welfare state, educated & motivated labor plus that gift of Nature, lots of oil on the shelf. We say: don't forget about skiing. Or rollersking, for that matter. When you can ski out of your house - that should really make one a tad happier.
Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen is a new head of the Norwegian Sports Association's committee of athletes. Which, effectively, means she is a new official representative of all Norwegian sportsmen and women. With that title, an Olympic champion of PyeongChang 2018 also gins a seat on all-powerful Idrrettsstyret, a steering committee that determines the direction of sport development in the country as we all as financial means to fund that. A 32 year old had a good last season with several podiums at the World Cup and a silver at Worlds in Seefeld - she's been selected for the main national team for 2019/20 and there is no word of career ending . It would be interesting to see how Astrid combines her training schedule and that of her new , effectively…
While you are suffering from heatwave, some good folks are rubbing Sognefjell's snow with their skis . May rain did nothing to dump spirits of Lisa Vinsa from Team Sweden, clearly Photo courtesy of intrepid @Madshus1906 racing manager @gallebergjr https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxu-bFfoa3P/
Team Sweden is back to snow at Norwegian Sognefjellet - sans most crowned member of already star-studded squad: Stina Nilsson " I usually feel saturated with skiing after the winter season, therefore it's better for me to focus on barmarkstrening ( = Swedish term that encompasses terrain running and rollerski training) now in the spring" says the Olympic and world champ, according to the Swedish Ski association website