This Is What Will Happen To World Cup This Season

This Is What Will Happen To World Cup This Season

Leaders, Newsfeed
Bold headline, we know. For the last few weeks we kept on asking that question to various people in the know. Here's what we found out. None of this is directly attributed as none of our sources was willing to go on record - so, it's up to you whether you elect to see it as a figment of our imagination ( it isn't ) - The fate of the FIS World Cup 2020/2021 shall be finally, irrevocably decided on October 9th during the (online as it looks) meeting of the FIS Council. The Council is an august body running the whole International Federation . It's not to be mixed with separate committees - Vegard Ulvang, the head of the xcskiing committee, for instance, is not a member of the…
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Skiing Of Tomorrow: Indoor, With Wall Projection Panels Instead Of Dreary Looking Walls

Skiing Of Tomorrow: Indoor, With Wall Projection Panels Instead Of Dreary Looking Walls

Gear News, Newsfeed
We have two revelations to make: A - in the foreseeable future most of cross country skiing will move indoors. Yes, indoors - into those purpose-built ski tunnels. If you're optimistic enough to think otherwise - or lucky enough to live in certain areas in the mountains - our compliments. The rest of the humanity, spurred by the (correct) assumption that cross country skiing is the next-to-none cardiovascular and strength-building activity, will have to practice it indoors. B - skiing in tunnels as a way of receiving pleasure currently sucks. First ski tunnels were built far away from big cities but close to traditional training centers: Vuokatti, Torsby and Oberhof all fit that description. Practical? Check! Convenient? Depends on your idea of convenient, but generally no. No more. Toksovo is…
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That Day In Davos: Kalla vs 300HP SUV

That Day In Davos: Kalla vs 300HP SUV

Newsfeed
...that day in 2017 when we somehow missed Charlotte Kalla on the ski tracks and had to chase then-double Olympic champion through half of Davos to take pictures - any pictures of her 😬🤫. Not sure why Charlotte, one the biggest stars on the circuit , was not chaperoned/ driven as per usual by some team staff member and chaos to run to her hotel instead. It must have been a show: a trim & fit skier running along the streers closely followed by a pitch-black SUV with two rather burly looking bearded men with large cameras. Even seen-it-all locals ( we are in Davos, Switzerland, remember?) were looking with some interest. Must have thought a scene from James Bond 007 is being filmed or something. At the end even…
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U.S. Ski & Snowboard Effectively Cancels All National Competitions For 2020/21

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Effectively Cancels All National Competitions For 2020/21

Leaders, Newsfeed
" The U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Sport Committee has voted to formally restructure many of our national-level competitions for the 2020-21 season. This includes the SuperTour, U.S. National Championships, and the Junior National Championships. These events will be replaced with high-level regional and divisional competitions-including season ending Regional Junior Championship in each Region of the country, at the discretion of local organizing committees and regional governing bodies..." That's from the letter by U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw & his colleagues from the so-called Discretionary Selection Review Group, basically a task-force created to deal with 2020 challenges. The reasoning used: "...Even in individual start racing, social distancing challenges exist in race formats where athletes are in close proximity (i.e. passing each other) .."Also regional restrictions,…
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Art Of Thermobelt Or Creativity Takes Courage

Art Of Thermobelt Or Creativity Takes Courage

Newsfeed, Trivia
What's a thermobelt in the life of a skier? A utilitarian convenience? Yet another place for advertising messages ? That's where things stood for decades. But with the advent of weather resistant highlighters & stickers , it is slowly turning into a canvas to show off one's creativity. [caption id="attachment_16009" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Team Sweden juniors are in avantguard of the new trend, judging by this impromptu exhibition worn by their coach Ida Ingemarsdotter[/caption] [caption id="attachment_16006" align="alignnone" width="1379"] Linn Svahn goes for laconic yet classy golden L [/caption] [caption id="attachment_16016" align="alignnone" width="1360"] Emma Ribom uses the whole allotted space to create her art[/caption] [caption id="attachment_16011" align="alignnone" width="1920"] " Thermobelt Art" is quickly catching on outside Team Sweden: here's Hristina Matsokina with her message to the world [/caption] [caption id="attachment_16014" align="alignnone" width="1757"]…
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