Doping in XC skiing

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I guess it's just that in the year when everyone said we have to look out for athletes suddenly improving over the offseason due to a lack of testing, an athlete from a country with one of the worst doping records, does exactly that.

I'm probably among the people here hoping most that Hauser is clean since she is currently doing wonders to the perception of Biathlon in Austria, it's just that I've lived through the same bullsh*t way too many times in my life to remain optimistic.
I mean, I know that feeling. Its never nice to get "burned" by investing too much into an athlete just to get disappointed. Just wanted to put another perspective here. Not saying that I know any more than anyone else here though.
 
I know that the Norge-armada skipping the Tour de Ski and peaking right for the WC while the Russians all raced the Tour played a big part overall, but can we talk about Klaebo?
The guy pulled an Olsson and trained alone, not with the rest of the team, while staying in his cabine in Skeikampen and is now also a top distance skier.
Here's the source for him training alone in the woods (it's in German): https://www.xc-ski.de/aktuelles/news/skilanglauf/langlauf-kurznews-ueber-nepryaeva-kerttu-niskanen-klaebo-und-papplikum-in-oberstdorf/
 
I know that the Norge-armada skipping the Tour de Ski and peaking right for the WC while the Russians all raced the Tour played a big part overall, but can we talk about Klaebo?
The guy pulled an Olsson and trained alone, not with the rest of the team, while staying in his cabine in Skeikampen and is now also a top distance skier.
Here's the source for him training alone in the woods (it's in German): https://www.xc-ski.de/aktuelles/news/skilanglauf/langlauf-kurznews-ueber-nepryaeva-kerttu-niskanen-klaebo-und-papplikum-in-oberstdorf/
He certainly looked very good in the 30 km skiathlon and 50km, two distances that you don’t normally associate him with.
 
Is Nordic skiing getting to be more like speed skating, where a stellar talent (Heiden, Schenck, Koss, etc) can win every championship/Olympic event from 500 meters to the 10,000?
It’s a long time ago since anyone could win all events in ice skating. The demands are so completely different between 500M vs 1000/1500M vs 5000/10.000M. Events in XC skiing are just not comparable.
 
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Is Nordic skiing getting to be more like speed skating, where a stellar talent (Heiden, Schenck, Koss, etc) can win every championship/Olympic event from 500 meters to the 10,000?
Northug won both sprint and 50 km, even in the same championship (2015). So this is not something completely new.

But it may be the effect of decreasing competition depth, so that a good talent can shine through in a variety of disciplines. For example we don't even have true classic specialists any more, like we used to have (Niskanen is currently the closest to this). Those, who are good, can be competitive in both styles.

Iversen and Bolshunov, who were in the front in 50km, are also both good in sprint. I wouldn't be surprised if, say, also Valnes developed some distance capacity over the years.
 
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Poltoranin had a much more successful career than Rastorgujevs, doping or no doping. He made World Juniors at only 14 years of age and his Olympic debut at 18, where he skied quite well.
Maybe the comparison is more related to that both Kazakhstan and Latvia are fringe nations in these respective sports.

Once Poltoranin was caught, Kazakh XC was pretty much dead. Latvia of course still has Baiba Bendika, but I wonder if this affair could effectively wipe them off from biathlon map for a while as well. (although apart from Rastorgujevs and Bendika they don't really have competitive athletes currently).
 
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