Ustiugov deserves Olympic medal more than anybody else in cross-country skiing  – as a compensation for the  2018 Olympics that never happened in his career – Markus Cramer

Ustiugov deserves Olympic medal more than anybody else in cross-country skiing – as a compensation for the 2018 Olympics that never happened in his career – Markus Cramer

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There will be an Olympic debut like no other in the Olympic Sprint competitions on Tuesday. Well, technically Sergey Ustiugov had his first Olympic race 8 years ago in Sochi where then-21 year old was one of the hot Sprint favorites. But the chaos in the Sprint finals with many a fall led to Ustiugov tripping over a Swedish skier, breaking his pole and finishing - if you could call it that - a minute behind the winner, Ola Vigen Hattestad of Norway. Ustiugov hasn't started in any other race in Sochi. In the years between Sochi'14 and Pyeongchang'18 the Russian "Moose", as his domestic fans call him ,established himself as a dominant force in the international cross country skiing, winning anything from sprints to 50k and was gearing up…
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Gällivare Premiere Is First Meet Of Season For Top Skiers. We Effort To Understand Why Is It So Popular

Gällivare Premiere Is First Meet Of Season For Top Skiers. We Effort To Understand Why Is It So Popular

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The wait is almost over – just one month & a change before the start of the competition season. The World Cup this year kicks of in Ruka, Finland on November 24th But before the WC first stage, some of the world's strongest skiers will meet, as it is their custom, on the tracks of the Swedish Gällivare – first for training and then to compete at the famed Gällivare Premiere. Nothing beats the first face-to-face race, World Cup or not. Apart from A-team from the home side, Sergey Ustiugov of Russia, Alex Harvey of Canada, Dario Cologna of Switzerland, Kikkan Randall of Team USA are all expected – and so will their teammates. The icing on the cake from the media & publicity point would come in a shape…
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Ulvang’s New Mixed Gender Sprint: We Name Pairs Qualified To Run

Ulvang’s New Mixed Gender Sprint: We Name Pairs Qualified To Run

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FIS' cross country skiing boss Vegard Ulvang have created a storm, announcing in interview with NRK that his organization is looking to spruce up the World Championship program by introducing new formats in skiing. While the idea of having jump boards in sprint runs seems to be getting the most attention, the most realistic and easy to implement is the one about mixed gender relays. It's been tested in biathlon and there are no objective reasons why it couldn't be tried even tomorrow. We have decided to help Mr. Ulvang by taking his idea a step further – how about allowing only the known couples or “items” as they used to be called, to participate in such races? Not wanting to be known as a gossip mag, we limit our…
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In Search For Magic Drink For Skiers: Russians Go Raw Milk, Americans Go Secret Potion

In Search For Magic Drink For Skiers: Russians Go Raw Milk, Americans Go Secret Potion

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Russian skiing team reveals its secret substance: raw milk i.e. the milk straight from a cow, that has not been pasteurized, European laws on sales of raw milk directly to end-customers vary considerably, with Austria being one of the most liberal with Vorzugsmilch – something that wouldn't be possible in Canada or most of the US states that impose outright ban on raw milk sales to consumers. The Russians must have a lot of trust in magic powers of Austrian bovine species: the FB blog of the Russian Cross Country Ski Federation ( quite informative and rather original) has published photos of its legendary manager, 76 year old Yuri Charkovsky personally loading a milk jug from a local farmer in Ramsau, Austria for his skiers at some farm near Ramsau where…
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Today in Skiing: All News That’s Fit To Print

Today in Skiing: All News That’s Fit To Print

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Winter is coming – only seven weeks separate us from the FIS World Cup first race in Ruka, Finland. More news about or related to skiing is coming in. We don't pretend to cover them all – rather, we do a bit of selection based on the wow-factor. Let's hope you like it. 1. Russian skiers are the first to present their new racing suits for the Olympic season. The supplier stays the same (Russian Ski Federation has a long term contract with Adidas) – but what a radical departure in color scheme! From (kinda) pink'n'blue of the last season the new ones have gone all burgundy! The presentation was all homey affair – no press conferences and photoshoots. Out of nowhere, a photo of nameless skier with a cropped…
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