Source: Lygna and Toblach vying to host JWSC 2022

Source: Lygna and Toblach vying to host JWSC 2022

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We are openly partial to Nordic Junior World Ski Championships. It's one of the most underrated events in the skiing calender. Where else you get to see tomorrow's champions earning their first stripes ? Where else do you get to see so many emotions on the tracks and outside? So when the news hit that Zakopane has cancelled on hosting the JWSC 2022, we started to dig around to find out who might step in as a last-minute replacement - the way Vuokatti stepped in in 2021. Now we think we know - albeit not with certainty. Our sources tell us, that Lygna, Norway and Toblach, Italy have offered their candidacies to hold the cross country skiing part of JWSC'22 ( as xcskiing Internet resource, we , honestly, don't care…
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Pearl Of Siberia

Pearl Of Siberia

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The Pearl of Siberia is called "pearl" not for nothing: many heard of it, but few made a pilgrimage to Siberia to see one of the world's largest ski stadium for themselves. It's about to change: Pearl of Siberia, some 40k from oil- rich city of Tyumen, will host FIS World Cup finals next year. Here's what athletes and, God willing, dedicated fans shall find there: - snow guaranteed tracks. They laid fancy earth- freezing piping system underneath plus it's you know, Siberia after all. They ski here some 7-8 months / year. - huge ski stadium comparable only to Holmenkollen in grandeur and sitting capacity. - competition tracks wide as US highways. Pearl of Siberia was in many ways built as biathlon venue - biathletes like their tracks to…
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Where Are You, Ski Groupies?!

Where Are You, Ski Groupies?!

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The sport of cross-country skiing desperately needs..no, not the snow - that too, but there are ways of getting the tracks done even when the Nature is unwilling. What cross-country skiing needs is a shift in culture where big stars are seen not as home boy/ girl, but a true celebrity with a worldwide appeal & with all the relevant trappings of the status. Groupies! Yep, like in the rock music or ( do we dare say it aloud? ) like in the ski jumping and the biathlon. The people who travel with their heroes for a chance to see them up close and , with any luck, personal. As in " swap a few words" -personal, that is. ...October would be a good time to start. In Ramsau/ on…
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Finland, Norway Start Closing Borders Again. Will There Be Season?

Finland, Norway Start Closing Borders Again. Will There Be Season?

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This week on Wednesday Norway announced that it's tightening cross-border admissions policy - again... ...Two days earlier Finland went even further, bringing back travel restrictions in the form of quarantine for several countries , including Germany and, ironically, Norway. The COVID-19 is officially back to Europe. Not that it ever got open this year to either the North American or Russian skiers who traditionally train in Europe, at least part time. To remind you,the first stage of the FIS World Cup is supposed to be held in Ruka, Finland in three months with Lillehammer, Norway to follow. So, back to question we put in headline: will there be the international race season in cross country skiing? Nobody would tell for sure, but if you asks us the prospects for a…
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Six Months To Go To Oberstdorf 2021 World Championships

Six Months To Go To Oberstdorf 2021 World Championships

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"Es wird keine Geister-WM geben!"/"There will be no ghost World Championships! " That was a reaction by the organizers when they were recently asked whether holding the event without spectators as a worst-case scenario is under consideration. Just to remind you, the FIS World Ski Championships 2021 in Oberstdorf is scheduled to take place from February 23 to March 7, 2021. [caption id="attachment_16734" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Alexander Bolshunov is one of those who is expected to star on international stage in the upcoming season - one hopes there would be a stage to star on...[/caption] And it looks like the organizers are sparing no expense trying to make it disease-safe. The leading German hygiene & epidemiological research labs are tasked with developing and implementing elaborate COVID-stop procedures that will be tested…
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