The guy seems to be a tool who blames everyone but himself. Reminds me a bit of the Italian Skiing Federation (not only XC skiing) where the higher ups are always quick to throw the athletes under the bus to deflect the blame.No medal for Seweden. Schlickenrieder is an even bigger *** than I had thought. He blames Behle for the current Situation. He says that they are paying the price for the mistakes of the Behle era. Unbelievable.
Mass starts are very difficult to combine with long hard tracks since you need a lot of cameras to follow the race. In individual starts there will always be some skiers passing by the cameras somewhere, if you lack coverage in a mass start you end up watching the woods and not the skiers.Mass starts with actually hard tracks and long race formats would be the way to go, but of course this will never pass. The trouble with TT races is that pure speed and anaerobic capacity should be rewarded just as much as stamina. After all, it is easy to build specialists in one of the skills, but the combination of the is something else.
...Eurosport comms discussing who the MVP of the race was and, considering the shock podium for Finland with Roponen and Pärmäkoski, the hard work to give Germany a podium chance from Pia Fink, the race-deciding leg from Johaug, the work from Stupak and Weng to break the Swedes and set the top 2 for the rest of the race, and who do they pick?
ut ok, Kalla totally flopped, she didn’t have much energy even at the first few hundred meters. I was shocked she lost that much time, not just to Russia and Norway but to everyone else as well. Of course it’s easier to analyze now, but probably Andersson on the 2nd leg would have been better.
I would agree at least on paper. Even so the trouble is that even the largish hill in Oberstdorf is just 4-5min long. Quite often the obstacle itself just is not hard enough to create either gaps or considerable fatigue when done at a normal, consetvative race pace. Downhills simply allow too much recovery. To facilitate longer attacks one would need either something longer which is very tricky terrain wise, a long plateau on the top to force a longer effort (my favorite), or a quick succession of such 4min efforts to let fatigue build.I just feel, why not do the cycling thing and have long loops and short loops. Have the 50k, instead of 6,25km x 8 laps or 5km x 10 laps, be 10km x 4 laps wihth some real sizable obstacles, and then a shorter, punchier 2,5km x 4 finishing loop, so that the bigger obstacles are further out and offer more options for breaking the race up than the short loop, disincentivising keeping the race together.