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Calle Halfvarsson Changes Manager Less Than Three Months Before Season Kick-Off

Calle Halfvarsson Changes Manager Less Than Three Months Before Season Kick-Off

Leaders, Newsfeed
He's kinda done it again. Less than 3 months to go to the World Cup season's kick off in Ruka (his favorite), Sweden's strongest male skier suddenly parted ways with his personal manager. Halfvarsson and Bo Johansson worked together for only about a year, Aftonbladet reports He still trains under Mattias Nilsson who is both Calle personal coach and that of the national team - they do have interesting arrangements in Swedish skiing, has to be said. No idea if directly related, but the sudden change in Team Calle comes against a background of series of resignations/dismissals in the national team , including that of Jonas Peterson who served as the national team manager only for four months.
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Northug & Co Rule TV Ratings In Norway

Northug & Co Rule TV Ratings In Norway

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No offence to the rest of the show cast but it's magnetic charm of Petter Northug that attracts audiences. Aired last night on TV2 Norway, Landskampen show that pitted some of the top stars of Norwegian skiing and biathlon against their Swedish counterparts was a runaway success. 40% share of the national audience in primetime is something television bosses and advertizers/sponsors dream about. In case you've forgotten: modern cross country skiing runs on money from television & sponsors. It's essential for all involved to build best athletes into objects of adoration and to keep public interest in them on top level throughout the year. It's a death knell for business that underpins the system, to win the world championship and then to disappear into remote training camp till the next…
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Josef Fischer Celebrates 90 Today!

Josef Fischer Celebrates 90 Today!

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Josef "Pepi" Fischer, the last great Austrian ski manufacturer, celebrates his 90th birthday on 12 September 2019. His is a story of business acumen mixed with technical knowledge and athlete-like endurance that spans decades. The company was founded by the father of Mr. Fischer, Josef Fischer, Sr. back in 1924 in Ried im Innkreis where it still resides. [caption id="attachment_12736" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Fischer skis at the beginning of the long & storied path[/caption] "Pepi" Fischer who gradually replaced his father at the helm, had steered the family outfit from relatively remote Austrian town to the ultimate success: by mid-1970s Fischer Sports became world's biggest ski manufacturer bar none. In cross country skiing Fischer Jr. had realized the potential of fiberglass for manufacturing early on ( most Scandinavian brands hitherto dominating…
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Johannes Bo Talks About How He Spends His Money – And How He Doesn’t

Johannes Bo Talks About How He Spends His Money – And How He Doesn’t

Money & Finance, Newsfeed
World Biathlon #1 Johannes Bo has got 460k euros from IBU in prize money last year, but that's a fraction of what he makes from various endorsements. He is happy to pay ( astronomical) Norwegian taxes and would not consider moving to a more tax-friendly to millionaires locale e.g. Austria the way the previous leader of the world biathlon did. As a consequence (probably ) he couldn't afford to buy Bjorndalen's famous camper van. He also owns a house plus an appartment, flies economy but once spent several thousand euros in one go picking up the tab at a dinner. He is also not immune to gambling. All that is in interview Bo Younger gave to the Russian sports channel Match TV. Them folks are consistently and successfully develop profile…
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Peek Inside Cologna Ski Center

Peek Inside Cologna Ski Center

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The town of Davos has two claims to fame: the annual World Economic Forum and the fact that Dario Cologna for the last circa ten years lives there. The latter is actually more obvious throughout the year - even if not as well-covered by media. [caption id="attachment_12678" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Swiss national performance center for cross-country skiing is located right in the middle of the Alpine resort town[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12682" align="alignnone" width="1920"] The fact that last year it was named after Dario is significant in itself - not exactly a Swiss tradition to name facilities after active athletes[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12681" align="alignnone" width="1920"] but the fact that they - wait for it - allocated a separate, personalized parking space for the quadruple Olympic champion speaks volumes of his status in town [/caption][caption…
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