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Re: Nordic Skiing/Biathlon Thread

10 Apr 2018 07:26

Max Rockatansky wrote:OEB retires, Emil Hegle Svendsen retires, Bjorgen retired. Wow.


Not surprised by the first 2, (though wish Svendsen could have had a better last season) but i thought Bjorgen would go on for a few more years, she is clearly still one of the 2 or 3 best in the world.

Justyna also retires, that is about 300 World Cup victories between them.
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Re: Nordic Skiing/Biathlon Thread

10 Apr 2018 11:40

Legkov retired.
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30 Jul 2018 11:26

We've lost quite a few big names to retirement this off-season, but we've also had some much sadder news among the veteran racers. Firstly, that Kikkan Randall is the next star to have to wage a battle against cancer, having been diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks ago; long-time readers will be aware I'm not a fan of hers but this kind of thing is something we can all put our fan biases for or against people aside for, as I'm sure everybody can unite in hoping that Kikkan can make a full recovery as quickly as possible.

Less fortunate, however, is veteran Norwegian Vibeke Skofterud, who was tragically killed in a jetskiing accident yesterday at the age of just 38; the former Olympic and two time World relay champion had retired from the World Cup scene back in 2014 and was briefly forging a career in the Visma Ski Classics, trying to capitalise on the kind of performance level she had shown when setting the record women's time in the Vasaloppet in 2012 (a record which still stands), however she retired from competitive skiing outright a year later. Like many Norwegians she remained active however and was commonly seen at races even in a non-competitive capacity, so her absence will still be felt.
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30 Jul 2018 13:29

These are very sad news :(
RIP Vibeke and speedy recovery for Kikkan please.
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31 Jul 2018 09:19

sad stuff about vibeke...

to more normal news - blink-2018 starts tomorrow with the kingpin event, for me, lysebotn Opp starting 2 aug. i have not seen the start lists yet. interesting how johaug will do, though i kind doubt she got too fat to lose 'her' uphill.

among men it is wide open..i expect a surprise from spitsov...

the nrk will air it live i hear....
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01 Aug 2018 18:59

...the blink 2018 opening race has just finished. great stuff. my +1000 to the NRK for airing it live with the professional skill rivaling the tdf...

am i the only idiot on this board who watched it live in the mid of summer ?

the winner was bolshunov. the runnerup was ...arduchev, another russian....no idea who he is. sundby was 10th if my gaze was fast enough.

little surprise at bolshunov, arguably the world's most talented UNIVERSAL skier. still, i do not recall him shining in marathons consistently. very interesting race tactics...it was niskanen who attacked with 26km to go. belov was the only one to hang on. then, the peloton caught up. with 4k to go bolshu attacked out of the leading group that was fast getting caught by the chase 2nd group. clearly his attack was planned.

tomorrow is the exciting hill climb.

btw, the race was a true indication of where everyone stands atm as the 'wax' was the same for everyone, meaning the ski fed rules for the roller wheel properties.
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03 Aug 2018 08:31

Well johaug obliterated everyone: 1:47 to kalla on a 7,5k race.

Yeah, yeah, yeah etc, it suits TJ being uphill but cmon. Clearly washed her hands, had a fluffy pillow and added pineapple Juice to bidons during the extended off season
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Re: Nordic Skiing/Biathlon Thread

04 Aug 2018 16:16

Ustiugov won the mass start at Blink for the second straight year, looked even better this year. Looked in control and put in a burst just a bit earlier than he did last year and won by two seconds. He's got a VERY powerful long finish. He can open up a sprint from a long way out and maintain that top speed. He may not have the fastest acceleration like Klaebo, but he can maintain top speed arguably better than anyone on tour. A Bolshunov-Ustiugov partnership in Seefeld could be a devastating combo. Had Ustiugov not been unfairly treated by the politically motivated IOC (and some of its backers) the Russians could have had one more more golds.
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14 Oct 2018 07:04

The lull between the end of the cycling season and start of xc/biathlon is a very sad time indeed.
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18 Oct 2018 14:00

i too miss the season start, even youtubed the last year ruka, but sad i am not at all...lots of things are happening and keeping up with the news adds some electricity to the wait :)
- bjoergen is pregnant again...well, who cares, except the more babies she begets, the less of a chance to see her returning
- klaebo said he feared no swedes next season but a certain other youngster - bolshunov. i'd say he should but i dont see bolshu going for the overall cup as klaebo seems to think...the world championship is likely his focus. since unlike in the biathlon those medals dont count towards the world cup, it would seem unwise to spread his young talent too thin too soon.
- northug wrote a book and everyone is smacking the juiciest passages. That's likely his only way to still dominate the headlines as his career seems over...

etc etc

I am looking forward to another exiting season. too bad w/o hellner but stina will be shining and ustiugov is probably going mad planning a revenge for his forced stay out from the olympics.at least that''s what kramer is hinting at... cologna is still full of umf and will likely priorities the tds...of the norwegians i will be rooting for kruger, iversen, roethe not for johaug and sundby...niskanen and polto will always spice things up in the classic as his majesty big mouth harvey certainly will. there is a string of new young talent, besides klaebo and bolshu, that may turn some conventions upside down. spitsov ? ebba andersson ?

too bad it is likely another season where the swedes wont measure up, except perhaps a few sprints and a random distance placing by burman or halfvarsson or kalla, well, stina of cource being in her own league...
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21 Oct 2018 10:52

Anyone know what Johaug has been up to on her year off? Any chance she doesn't come back and dominate? I assume she walks the TDS but hopefully her shitness in sprints stops her running off with the overall.
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21 Oct 2018 11:01

Singer01 wrote:Anyone know what Johaug has been up to on her year off? Any chance she doesn't come back and dominate? I assume she walks the TDS but hopefully her shitness in sprints stops her running off with the overall.

No chance. At her first FIS competition, the Lysebotn Opp 7.5 km uphill race in the beginning of August, she improved her own record by half a minute and put 2 minutes into Charlotte Kalla in 2nd. And that was after she broke a pole in the beginning of the race...
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Re: Nordic Skiing/Biathlon Thread

21 Oct 2018 16:48

Oh well, just when I thought it couldn't get any worse FiS strikes again. Only just realized that they changed the men's relay to 7,5km in big Events. :mad: :mad: Pathetic, :mad: :mad: :mad:
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Re: Nordic Skiing/Biathlon Thread

22 Oct 2018 15:46

Bavarianrider wrote:Oh well, just when I thought it couldn't get any worse FiS strikes again. Only just realized that they changed the men's relay to 7,5km in big Events. :mad: :mad: Pathetic, :mad: :mad: :mad:

Are they at least increasing the women's for parity?
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Re: Nordic Skiing/Biathlon Thread

Yesterday 11:07

Singer01 wrote:
Bavarianrider wrote:Oh well, just when I thought it couldn't get any worse FiS strikes again. Only just realized that they changed the men's relay to 7,5km in big Events. :mad: :mad: Pathetic, :mad: ::

Are they at least increasing the women's for parity?


Haha, good joke, if anything the'll reduce it to 2.5km. :lol: :lol:
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Yesterday 11:20

Singer01 wrote:Anyone know what Johaug has been up to on her year off? Any chance she doesn't come back and dominate? I assume she walks the TDS but hopefully her shitness in sprints stops her running off with the overall.


Johaug is going to be totally dominant this season. I actually fear that she will be so good that even I, as a Norwegian, will find it boring. The only thing that could stop her is the race program with a high amount of short races this season, mostly sprints and 10 kms.
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Yesterday 12:30

https://www.dn.se/sport/problemen-i-det-norska-landslaget-sprider-sig/
Petter Northug,Emil Iversen,Therese Johaug, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen and Mari Eide all quarintined in their hotel at Val Senales, Italy. Norovirus is suspected (or too much asthma medicine. :rolleyes: )

EDIT - UPDATE - https://www.dn.se/sport/tranaren-dalig-pizza-gjorde-northug-sjuk/
Bad pizza?! Trainer Arild Monsen says they went out for pizza Saturday night, but for some reason the women took 3 days to react to it ...
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