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Nordic Skiing/Biathlon Thread

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Sundling really races sprints like prime Ustiugov. Always leading and full gas from the start.

Yep. Remember at the 2017 World’s in Lahti? Ustiugov was in form. He won the qualifier by almost 3 seconds. Pellegrino and Klæbo were over 4 seconds behind. He fell in the quarterfinal, had to expend energy to catch up. He had a brutal semifinal with Northug and Skar and in the final he led the whole way, until Pellegrino passed him in the stadium. No crash and I firmly believe he wins that race.

He was going up against Pellegrino who was arguably at his peak in the sprints, Krogh who was one of the top 5 in both sprint and distance, Klæbo who was emerging and had just won the Otepaa sprint a week before, Skar who was a top sprinter, Northug who was always dangerous. He also beat a top form Sundby in the skiathlon after the two had broken away at 20km. He won the team sprint, getting revenge on Pellegrino, and had to deal with Niskanen who dominated the 15km classic a couple days later and with better positioning in the 50km, he would have beaten Harvey. The relay was tough, because a lot of the top Russians weren’t there and they had 21 year old Chervotkin going up against Sundby.

5 races, 5 medals, 2 of them gold. Unfortunately we only saw that from him sporadically.

I do think that he and Sundling ski similarly tactically, but his endurance is better than her’s. She hasn’t had as much distance success yet.
 
And seems to have thought that she did not need to apply for a visa.

You missed that part for some reason.
"Some reason" being "hearing about it from French sources".

France is a visa waiver program country so given purposes of the visit there would have otherwise been no reason to suspect a full application was required. They clearly underestimated how sensitive the issue is on the subject of Cuba for the US.
 
"Some reason" being "hearing about it from French sources".

France is a visa waiver program country so given purposes of the visit there would have otherwise been no reason to suspect a full application was required. They clearly underestimated how sensitive the issue is on the subject of Cuba for the US.

Still, a more correct description of events would be stating that she was denied visa-free entry, because that is what seems to have happened.

I am not going to speculate on who thought/communicated what that the possible need for a visa was dismissed.