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Old 02-02-13, 09:15
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Gössner will compete at the nordic Ski championchips.
Relay and 10km freestyle

I like her attitude. She just wants to compete and doesn't mind if she'll not be on top.
Neuner never competed among cross country skiers as she feared that this might harm her image if she gets beaten there.
Neuher was all about media and marketing. It's good to see that Gössner is different.
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Old 02-02-13, 10:59
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Not a bad call given the performances of the GER women XC, esp in skating. Hermann has had an excellent season but no-one else has shown any consistent form. Miri would have to have been a major contender for one skating leg.

NOR look a lock for the women's relay Gold; question will be who picks up minor coin. Can USA put 4 consistent legs together to give Randall a medal shot on the final leg ? Their other girls started the season well but have all tapered off. Will the front three legs for SWE keep them in touch ... or leave Kalla to perform another rescue mission ?
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Not a bad call given the performances of the GER women XC, esp in skating. Hermann has had an excellent season but no-one else has shown any consistent form. Miri would have to have been a major contender for one skating leg.

NOR look a lock for the women's relay Gold; question will be who picks up minor coin. Can USA put 4 consistent legs together to give Randall a medal shot on the final leg ? Their other girls started the season well but have all tapered off. Will the front three legs for SWE keep them in touch ... or leave Kalla to perform another rescue mission ?
Zeller, Fessel, Herrmann, Gössner

I think they have a decent shot for silver
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Old 02-02-13, 16:02
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Gössner will compete at the nordic Ski championchips.
Relay and 10km freestyle

I like her attitude. She just wants to compete and doesn't mind if she'll not be on top.
Neuner never competed among cross country skiers as she feared that this might harm her image if she gets beaten there.
Neuher was all about media and marketing. It's good to see that Gössner is different.
I think she'll win the 10 km, or at least podium. I mean Tora Berger is pretty competitive vs normal XC skiers, and Gössner is much, much faster than Tora...

The Olympics course for next year looked pretty good. It was hard enough for the race to split up even with snow and a horribly prepared course. Two of the most resilient and endurance-based athletes, Steira and Cologna, both won easily.
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I think she'll win the 10 km, or at least podium. I mean Tora Berger is pretty competitive vs normal XC skiers, and Gössner is much, much faster than Tora...

The Olympics course for next year looked pretty good. It was hard enough for the race to split up even with snow and a horribly prepared course. Two of the most resilient and endurance-based athletes, Steira and Cologna, both won easily.
Indeed.
That long climb on the skating round seems very selective. Not a Northug track at all. No way in hell Northug can win the 30km or the 50km on this track in 2014.
I hope they will use this climb fpr the 15km classic race in 2014, too. Would be a lot better then doing 4 loops on the classic track.
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Old 02-02-13, 17:38
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Gössner will compete at the nordic Ski championchips.
Relay and 10km freestyle

I like her attitude. She just wants to compete and doesn't mind if she'll not be on top.
Neuner never competed among cross country skiers as she feared that this might harm her image if she gets beaten there.
Neuher was all about media and marketing. It's good to see that Gössner is different.
That's harsh. It's easy for Gössner to compete at the XC worlds when it's after the biathlon worlds and before the next WC and she'd need a miracle to win the overall anyway. I don't think Neuner ever had a decent opportunity to participate in a major XC event without sacrificing equally important biathlon races, which would have been downright stupid. Except for the XC-relay in Vancouver, where I guess she could have screwed Miriam out of the highlight of her season for a shot at a 4th medal.

I'd be quite surprised if Gössner beats Bjørgen and Kalla. Bronze is a more realistic target, imo. Kaisa barely beat Roponen.

Hoping for Domracheva to show as well.
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Old 02-02-13, 20:34
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It's worth noting that while biathletes have done well against XC specialists in recent weeks (Kaisa winning the nationals, Berger in the Norwegian national relay, Mari Laukkanen even beating Randall in a sprint recently), that the Biathlon World Championships are up very soon, whereas the XC skiers are likely on a down period between the peak for the Tour de Ski and the peak for the World Championships.

I hope Gößner can get a medal, but I wouldn't consider it nailed-on. And I say that as somebody who's been hyping Miri as the second coming for about 3 years now. While she's still been the fastest biathlete in every race she's entered (she broke Neuner's record for consecutive fastest course times, a streak that only ended cos she failed to qualify for the pursuit at Antholz, as she was then the fastest in the relay), the margins by which she's been the best have not been as extreme recently as they were in, say, Pokljuka, although Pokljuka has some seriously tough trails that assist her in that.

I did say before the season that she should break through, and on form she really IS that quick. I was wrong on one thing, though. I said that she was not as quick as Neuner. Miri, this season, has averaged 2,7% faster than the average of the top 10 skiers of the day. The best Neuner managed over a full season in her career was 2,2% faster than that. So even if Miri can't sustain the pace, she'll still post a percentage on a par with most of her former roommate's scores.
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some impressions from sochi…

-Individual sprints.
northug qualified in the mid pack. thus, rather than being a 4-minute aerobic monster, he is a monsterous 30-seconds kicker and a master tactician. when his jets go on at the precisely calculated moments, nothing can be done. he knows it, his competition knows it, yet he could not be stopped… the russians were defeated.. the swedes defeated themselves. emil jönsson explained it best
http://nyheter24.se/sport/vinterkana...i-nya-tagssian

i was also surprised by the whining of the russian head sprint coach. indeed the russians rarely whine but the chap explained his sprinters fiasco by the fact that the sochi course was designed by....... a norwegian

-Skiathlon.
cologna should be very happy with the series taking a confident second in the sprint and neatly outsmarting every one in the skiathlon. petter and the russians were outclassed. petter likely paid for his obsession with intermediate wc points and the russians paid for failing to ‘close the door’ on the last long hill despite having the numbers.

-other impressions
the host nation should be feeling rather mixed but hopeful. otoh, they failed to take any medals in the discipline they are particularly strong - the sprint - despite literally saturating the final. on the other, they controlled men’s skiathlon almost to perfection and would sweep the podium had it not been for cologna’s brilliance. i noticed legkov‘s new-found consistency. perhaps his coaching by reto burgermeister is starting to pay off… he was at the front all along and sprinted as often as northug for the points, but unlike northug did not implode at the end. in that regard, young sergey ustiugov may grow into a northug-size superstar…he swept all individual gold at the junior worlds last year, 2 golds at the u23 worlds this year and was the best ‘adult’ russian sprinter in sochi ! all after the very intense competition season. watch out for this kid. He can sprint and is currently the best young distance skier in the world.

-very surprised by justyna kowalczyk’s breakdown. besides her complaining about pain in the legs, i have heard nothing close to a satisfactory explanation. Perhaps she needs rest.
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I think Laukkanen is ex-XC. She has a gold and a silver from U23 Worlds in sprint.

Edit: I was wrong. She was a biathlete when she won those medals

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I was hoping for Miri and Kaisa in the WC, going to be great.
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