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How to get 300 million Chinese on skis?

Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR) won four medals during the 2016 IBU World Championships on home turf in Oslo. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ole Einar Bjørndalen is headed for China. As China is hosting Winter Olympics in 2022, the Chinese president Xi Jinping wants to increase the effort on skiing. His goal is to get 300 million Chinese on cross-country skis. This is why China recently launched the project campaign “Bring the kids to the snow.” To help […]

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Ski Classics: Top racing for everyone

Vasaloppet already has more than 60,000 skiers signed up for the 2017 winter festival. Photo: Vasaloppet

Ski Classics, the long-distance race series, represents a unique opportunity to race the same course as the elites, on the same day and compare efforts. But unlike the pros, most of us have to pick only one or a few of the marathons each year. Here is your guide to the 2018 Ski Classics marathon […]

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Ready for World Cup-Level Racing in July

The Blink ski festival in Sandnes (NOR) opens on Wednesday and is now the largest summer ski festival in the world. Each year, more than a 100 of the top World Cup level skiers and biathletes take part in the BLINK events, including Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Krista Pärmäkoski, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, Heidi Weng, Øystein Pettersen […]

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Pettersen leads the Birkie Triple

Øystein Pettersen enjoyed his first attempt at the Birkebeiner half marathon trail run. Photo: Inge Scheve

Øystein Pettersen (NOR) debuted in the Birkebeiner running race earning himself the overall lead in the Birkebeiner Triple. The Birkie Triple consists of all three Birkebeiner events: the 54km ski race in March, the half marathon trail run in June and the 84km mountain bike race in August. Finishing the trail run on June 10 […]

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This is Ski Classics 2018

Vasaloppet already has more than 60,000 skiers signed up for the 2017 winter festival. Photo: Vasaloppet

The marathon race series just announced the event schedule for the upcoming season. Season 8 of the long-distance ski championship consists of 11 events from the end of November through mid-April. (See complete schedule below) The 2018 Ski Classics season There are several changes for the 2018 season, starting with a new format for the […]

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Important Victory

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) won Skarverennet 2017 and posted a new course record. Photo: Skarverennet

Winning Skarverennet put the season in perspective for Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR). The 26-year-old won Skarverennet on Saturday, beating Marit Bjørgen (NOR) by 46 seconds and posting a new course record in the process. “I had great skis and I am super motivated to start the next season,” said Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, who clocked in […]

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Weng Won the World Cup

Madshus racers plastered the 2017 FIS Overall World Cup podium: Heidi Weng (NOR) won, Krista Parmakoski (FIN) was 2nd, and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) was 3rd. Photo: Nordic Focus

“The Crystal Globe is heavier than I expected,” Heidi Weng (NOR) said after the awards ceremony. Since the FIS World Cup season opener in Finland in November, Weng has been consistently on the podium all season long, and took home the crystal globe after the mini tour in Canada this weekend. The 26-year-old moved in […]

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Aiming for a New Double

John Kristian Dahl (NOR) won the Birkebeiner less than two weeks after winning Vasaloppet. Photo: Inge Scheve

Defending Birkebeiner champion John Kristian Dahl (NOR) will double-pole the classic race on Saturday. Hoping to repeat his double victory from last year when he won both the 90km Vasaloppet and the 54km Birkebeinerrennet back to back, the 35-year-old will take on two mountains without kick wax. “I’m dreaming of a repeat of last year’s […]

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Wrapping up the World Cups

Heidi Weng (NOR), Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) and Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) swept the podium on the 7th stage of Ski Tour Canada. Photo: FIS

The IBU biathlon World Cup wraps up the 2017 season in Holmenkollen, while cross-country returns to Canada for a 3-day mini tour this weekend. Madshus podium girls Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN), Heidi Weng (NOR) and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) returns to Canada for the final World Cup weekend of the season. The mini tour opens with […]

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Dahl defends Vasaloppet title

John Kristian Dahl won Vasaloppet for the third time. Photo: Madshus

John Kristian Dahl won the legendary 90-kilometer classic race from Sälen to Mora for the third time, defending his victory from last year. In addition to winning Vasaloppet last year, Dahl also won the race in 2014, his first season as a marathon skier. Despite injuring his back in preparation for the Vasaloppet on Thursday, […]

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