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I know winter is still a few month away, however there is something I have thought about for a while now. Maybe, just maybe Covid 19 might be a blessing in disguse for us cross country skiing fans.
Wouldn`t it be possibe that Fis will be forced to replace mass start races with individual starts. I know, cycling has mass start races too, but winter might be a different thing. We all know that viruses spread / are more dangerous in winter than in summer. So having mass start races with athletes breathing hard next to each other seems a bit strange when we are required to wear mask in public places and so on.
So , do you see a chance that mass startraces could actually be in danger this season, too?
So the shedule for this XC season has been finalized. There are some Bad and some good news. The Bad: Tour the Ski she dule IS dogshit once again. No Long distance Stage at all. The good. IT IS offical, after 13 years of dispair, the 50km on the Holmenkollen are finally raced as an individual start. The Situation of the WC in Oberstdorf remains unclear, though. I fear a total cancellation is still very Well possible.
But the 15/20 Individual has always been the first race of the season? They added a Mixed Relay a few seasons ago on the weekend before the main Östersund World Cup, but the Individual has been the season opener for individual races since time immemorial.Sorina is a real surprise. Not sure if that's a one-off, because some athletes excel in season openers and then gradually disappear.
Kläbo by the way was 2nd in 15 km classic in Ruka last year, so him going well here isn't a surprise. Wonder if he'll wait for Bolshunov in pursuit to outsprint him in the finish (shades of Quebec 2019).
Not sure what will happen to the overall world cup though. Due to covid some athletes or even teams may easily get eliminated from competitions even if an athlete in question isn't ill. It would be a pity if the world cup came down to who is the last man standing, who can keep competing. So I'm taking races simply individually as they come. Like in the old days before the introduction of world cups.
In biathlon a shock win for Lägreid. But 15/20 km individual as the first competition is a bit random. I wonder if tomorrow's sprint is going to be more representative of what to expect from this season.
But the 15/20 Individual has always been the first race of the season? They added a Mixed Relay a few seasons ago on the weekend before the main Östersund World Cup, but the Individual has been the season opener for individual races since time immemorial.