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Old 12-22-12, 17:03
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Can't help thinking that with SWE women's biathlon "hitting the wall" after the retirements of Ekholm (Jonsson) and Olofsen-Zidek; they might do well to go raiding the X-C ranks.

Whilst it would be an aesthetic delight watching Charlotte Kalla against Domracheva; there's sod all chance they'd let her loose. Otherwise, they really don't appear to have any world beaters in the ranks. If they're not likely to do the business at X-C World Cup level, then why not have a try at biathlon where they still likely to have a pace/technical edge over the bulk of the field.

NOR men's X-C HAS had a problem producing top line "skaters" as against classic specialists; hence the periodic call on the faster biathletes for relay duty. Northug has certainly had one of these spots but the second has still been a concern. Johnsrud Sundby's major skating improvement over the past season and a bit plus the further progress of Roethe MAY bring an end to this.
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Old 12-22-12, 18:43
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Does NOR simply "lose" all their freak skating talent on biathlon?
There's been a few with uncanny skating talent. Hafsas, Boe, Berger, Svendsen, Bjoerdalen, and that's just in this generation by my memory. So-so shooters also most of them. It may be easier to find a superb shooter that skis so-so (like the French women) than such a fast skater, period.
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Old 12-23-12, 13:58
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It turns out, as reported by tv2.no, that the 2 uber dopers, armstrong and veerpalu, are role models for kowalczyk.

They also recalled that justyna criticized bjoergen for using legal anti-asthma med whilst herself testing positive for a corticosteroid 7 years ago…
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Old 12-23-12, 14:27
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So Bjørgen is in hospital with heart problems. Let the speculation begin
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Old 12-23-12, 14:51
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it was not just heart problem - it was arrhythmia as i posted in the general forum. that is, an irregular, abnormal heart beat having to do with electric signals of heart control.

speaking from memory, i recall some study that the incidence of irregular heart beat in athletes is substantially higher than in general population.

that said, a number drugs (even drug classes) can influence heart activity.

until we know more about the type of arrhythmia she had, any speculation would be pointless.

disclaimer: i am not a medical specialist.
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Old 12-24-12, 06:03
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So Bjørgen is in hospital with heart problems. Let the speculation begin
That's how Dale Oen, the Norwegian swimmer went. It could all be a coincidence of course, or it could be a cross-disciplinary, highly experimental program.
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Old 12-24-12, 19:17
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That's how Dale Oen, the Norwegian swimmer went. It could all be a coincidence of course, or it could be a cross-disciplinary, highly experimental program.
PR speak : going to the limit in training, and beyond. Everyone knows sports are testing for the heart.

I am sad to hear such things about Kowalckzyk, I like her, but need to be realistic. So much better even than the new and improved Randall who already was a fast sprinter. It would be good if WADA arranged for a total scare-all operation the week before the Tour de Ski. Arrive to the prologue, and be sought for urine and blood samples. Just target the bookie's top-15 for the GC. Make very clear that any unexpected results will mean you raced the tour for nothing.
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Old 12-24-12, 19:33
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Wrong thread, sorry.

Last edited by Cloxxki; 12-24-12 at 20:51.
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Old 12-26-12, 00:11
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That's how Dale Oen, the Norwegian swimmer went. It could all be a coincidence of course, or it could be a cross-disciplinary, highly experimental program.
Sundby had this problem last year as well. Kinda strange, but of course this could happen to everyone
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Old 12-30-12, 13:13
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Well, Marit Björgen was missed today. Crushing relentless victory.
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