How much does it actually cost to prepare an Olympic champion? We talk to the man in the know

How much does it actually cost to prepare an Olympic champion? We talk to the man in the know

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Markus Cramer needs no introduction. A "doyen du corps" of the international cross country skiing coaches " guild", the German specialist had a great career spanning decades with different national teams, Olympic gold medals under his belt and is currently at his 6th Winter Olympic Games. Who would be better placed to talk about the simple yet complicated for many question: How much does it cost to prepare an athlete who has a chance to win medal at the Olympics? "... Ah, it depends on many, many factors, of course, smiles Marcus, - but if you want to be serious and count everything - a minimum 150.000 euros needs to be budgeted. Per person, per season. To win, to have a realistic chance at the Olympic gold, an athlete absolutely…
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Les Rousses World Cup stage cancelled – organisers admit it could have been held, but …too much trouble. And who are we to blame them?

Les Rousses World Cup stage cancelled – organisers admit it could have been held, but …too much trouble. And who are we to blame them?

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The Les Rousses World Cup scheduled for January 14 to 16 is canceled It's the first time in the " Covid era" when the major event is not cancelled on the direct order from local health authorities - but because, you know, things don't quite add up, the troubles outweigh the gains. The organizers of would-be Les Rousses stage are quite blunt: "...The presence of spectators would entail the implementation of substantial technical and human resources to ensure the health security ...In addition to the concern for the health of the teams on the eve of an event not to be missed, Jura Ski Events also fears the financial consequences...” It's not a secret that financials of the most FIS World Cup stages were iffy even in those blessed pre-Covid…
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Move over, NRK, SVT etc.  – new broadcaster steps in

Move over, NRK, SVT etc. – new broadcaster steps in

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It was a big weekend. For the first time ever in this part of the galaxy the public channels of Norway and Sweden did not show the FIS World Cup races to their viewers. Just to remind you how chess pieces are set now: Pan-Scandinavian Nordic Entertainment Group a.k.a NENT acquired broadcasting rights in three key markets - aforementioned Norway and Sweden plus Finland - and have started on the weekend to broadcast the races on Viaplay platform as well as on television channels it owns: In Norway - for free on TV3 In Sweden you gotta pay to watch Frida and Ebba on TV6, it's no longer free. In Finland there is a transitional deal in place according to which public YLE still shows some races e.g. Ruka this…
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Biathlon is about to launch Summer World Cup, that xcskiing could only envy

Biathlon is about to launch Summer World Cup, that xcskiing could only envy

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We are a cross country skiing media resource but when we spot something worth noting in biathlon - we report on that too. In this case not just worth reporting - outright enviable! Because from what we understand, the good folks of biathlon are about to launch what, effectively, amount to a Summer World Cup, featuring the world's best athletes. The IBU already has annual an Summer biathlon world championships but , for variety of reasons , it is not always attended by the leaders. [caption id="attachment_18671" align="alignnone" width="1530"] Arne Idland, sports director of Blink, is satisfied with the way things are developing in Summer biathlon [/caption] The Blink Skifesvalen, the Martin Fourcade Nordic Festival and the City Biathlon Wiesbaden are different. Creme de la creme of the planet's biathlon…
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How much Klaebo earns  – and what others could learn from him

How much Klaebo earns – and what others could learn from him

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JHK AS , a company owned by - you guessed it - Johannes Høsflot Klaebo - just published its annual results for 2020. That gives us an excuse to dig into what top skiers make - and how. [caption id="attachment_18557" align="alignnone" width="1091"] World's biggest earner among male skiers [/caption] Every modern athlete got three basic sources of revenue: her/ his salary or stipend, her/ his prize money - and whatever she/ he earns outside the tracks, by, effectively, selling personal appeal. The world works in such a way that for the first two sources of income you have to pay taxes as an individual a.k.a. income tax. All major ski nations love to tax their high earners in excess of 40% , some much higher . Russia is a notable…
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