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Equipment Update: What We Saw At First International Race Of Season

Equipment Update: What We Saw At First International Race Of Season

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For years now Olos/Muonio has had a reputation of being the first true international meet-up of the new competition season. The results may or may not reflect the actual strength of a particular athlete,depending on her/ his strategy. But what is constant, is the fact that we all get to see athletes who changed their gear supplier in the summer to podium walk their new wares for the first time. [caption id="attachment_13666" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Biggest news, of course, is Iivo Niskanen switching from Rossignol to Fischer. It is becoming exceedingly rare in our days to see a skier of his caliber & titles to do the swap. Yet a double Olympic and a world champion has taken that plunge...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13661" align="alignnone" width="1920"] It would appear that the Austrian skis…
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Inside Famed Salomon Kilo Area With Its Boss Jean-Marc Draeyer

Inside Famed Salomon Kilo Area With Its Boss Jean-Marc Draeyer

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You do know what Salomon's Kilo is, right?! If on off-chance you haven't heard of the Kilo, here's a brief explanation offered by the Salomon Nordic boss, Nicolas Stamos: " The Kilo Program is where specialty ski shops can order on customer's demand skis that are hand picked at he factory according to a very narrow corridor and according to the exact specifications. So you get skis picked exactly according to your own preferences among thousands. Top selection! Also you can get the same grinding we propose to our World Cup athletes. You are thus treated exactly as Sjur Roethe, and get the skis he could have used in Seefeld for example. This just requires a small effort of early booking in order to be best served. Early birds catches…
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Here Is To Supersprint

Here Is To Supersprint

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You've heard of it by now. You probably even saw it broadcast - either on NRK, SVT or online. Let us add our two cents and share what we liked about the inaugural ski supersprint It's fast. And we are not just talking athletes' speed. Excluding prologue, the whole race fits inside 1.5 hour. If you, as a television broadcast viewer, prefer any sporting event to last longer you clearly got too much time on your hands. If you are a spectator on the terraces yet want a longer show, then you positively enjoy to be frozen & exposed to elements which we have hard time understanding. It's highly visual. There is quite enough drama caught on camera- and even more of it is happening outside the racing ground as…
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Östersund Superstadium To Host Inaugural World Supersprint Series  Race

Östersund Superstadium To Host Inaugural World Supersprint Series Race

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Traditionalists would shake their heads. Purists gonna scowl. But the shortest skiing distance competition is here and it now has its own series. The race in Swedish Östersund on Saturday kicks off the World Sprint Series by the end of which next April the planet will know the name of its fastest skier on a 100 meter supersprint. [caption id="attachment_13624" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Ludvig " Ludde" Jensen is a man who probably did the most to popularize ski supersrint by developing distinct skiing technique on the tracks and being overall charmer outside of them[/caption] ..we sit at the race office of possibly the world's swankiest ski & biathlon stadium with the event organizer Ante Andersson. Totally rebuilt for this year's IBU Biathlon Championships, Östersund Skidstadion is to host the first ever…
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First Look: Carbon Soled Boots With Abrasion Pads For Biathletes

First Look: Carbon Soled Boots With Abrasion Pads For Biathletes

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What's the difference between folks on skis and those called biathletes? Well, for one thing the latter have a propensity for carrying a rather unwieldy rifle. They also could be identified by their patched boots. The shooting mats are made of a rather abrasive material that after countless prone shootings wear off your boots. [caption id="attachment_13481" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Those patches....[/caption] Somebody took notice: [caption id="attachment_13484" align="alignnone" width="829"] Meet Spine Ultimate, Pro Biathlon Edition[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13482" align="alignnone" width="608"] Abrasion pad is on the inner side of the boot's upper and is made of highly scratch & tear resistance polyurethane... [/caption] [caption id="attachment_13485" align="alignnone" width="950"] ...similar in composition, Spine says, to that polyurethane car paintprotection film that is all the rage now with fancy cars' owners [/caption] [caption id="attachment_13486" align="alignnone" width="608"] ...…
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