Men’s Team Sprint distance in Beijing will be shorter than previously thought – sources

Men’s Team Sprint distance in Beijing will be shorter than previously thought – sources

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The rumour mill brought as a tidbit that we wanted to share with you: FIS has decided to shorten the distance of men's Team Sprint event at the Beijing Olympics from 1850 to 1500 meters. In other words, men and women will run exactly the same distance at exactly the same course. The decision allegedly came during the recent visit to Kuyangshu Nordic Center where Olympic races will be held by a delegation led by FIS Cross-Country Race Director Pierre Mignerey. FIS in its press-release makes no mention of the route changes , but our sources tell us that's either " done deal" or " being actively debated". We on ours part applaud the decision - first, FIS has to show that it is doing something for gender equality when…
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Bolshunov will need at least 10 days to fully recover due to dental problems

Bolshunov will need at least 10 days to fully recover due to dental problems

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Alex Bolshunov didn't have a good training camp in Ramsau. We at Dailyskier.com adhere to a policy of not reporting on skiers' health issues that we learned of until/ unless their teams decide to make them public. On Saturday Bolshunov's coach Yuri Borodavko did just that: the World Cup winner couldn't train properly due to pain and fever caused by a dental cyst or an inflammation of tissue in the gum. Bolshunov flew from Austria to Moscow where he was operated on Friday. On the photo above you see Bolshunov, his wife Anna and coaches Borodavko and Artyom Zhmurko discussing options while still in Ramsau Team Russia head physician Roman Erlikhman told TASS news agency that surgery went well and Bolshunov's participation in the first World Cup stage in Ruka…
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Vyalbe reacts to news Bjørgen was suspected in doping

Vyalbe reacts to news Bjørgen was suspected in doping

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"I'm in a bit of a shock from the news. I always considered and shall continue to consider her a great athlete but I do have serious questions to people who decide what constitutes doping, under what conditions and what punishment should be meted out." Thus reacted Yelena Vyalbe, the boss of the Russian ski association and, arguably, the most powerful woman in modern skiing. Vyalbe is a single female in all-powerful FIS Council (although she insists media should not dwell on that ). Marit and Yelena are on visibly good terms - judging by their mutually warm greetings on sidelines of FIS races - thanks to or, perhaps, despite the fact that Bjørgen has taken the title of " of the most decorated female skier ever" from Vyalbe. In…
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Tarjei Bø went to healer when he felt that doctors couldn’t cure him

Tarjei Bø went to healer when he felt that doctors couldn’t cure him

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"... He pressed his hands and I was filled with a strange feeling. His hands were warm, hot. It hurt more and more , and I saw that he was hurting himself. Then the pain became so great that it felt as if he had cut a knife over my toes and the soles of my feet. He did not hold me hard, but the energy was so enormous. It felt like I was bleeding under my feet..." Thus speaks Tarjei Bø in the book "Brødrekraften" which Bø has written together with Johannes Thingnes Bø and journalist Lasse Lønnebotn and excerpts from which were published in VG.no on Tuesday. Elder Bø had TWAR, relatively rare yet stubborn-nasty bacterial disease that conventional doctors couldn't cure. Hence Bjorn the Healer from Trondelag,…
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Zakopane cancels on junior skiers again, JWSC-2022 is looking for new home

Zakopane cancels on junior skiers again, JWSC-2022 is looking for new home

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The world's best young skiers won't see the jewel of Polish winter sports - Zakopane. "...The FIS was informed by the Polish Ski Federation that the Cross-Country competitions of the Junior and U23 World Ski Championships 2022 cannot be held in Zakopane due to a planned construction in direct surrounding of the planned venue of the Cross-Country track..." Oops. Zakopane was meant to host JWSC-2021 but canceled due to COVID uncertainties - Finnish Vuokatti ( and Lahti for ski jumpers and combiners) stepped in and held a very successful event last February. Who will rescue the Junior Worlds this time around? "...The FIS, together with National Ski Associations are intensively working on finding a solution to host the Junior and U23 WSC Cross-Country competitions and is hoping to confirm an…
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