INSIDE THE FENCE | The Queen's of Starts | FIS Cross-Country
INSIDE THE FENCE - Aino-Kaisa Saarinen of Finland has the most World Cup starts of all-time. Just 9 starts behind her is Germany's Steffi Boehler. As of this post it's 339 to 330. What makes this record great is that both athletes are still active and that means the record number will increase all season and maybe beyond!
Cross-country skiing originated in Fennoscandian countries in prehistoric times. It was still widely practiced in the 19th century as a way of moving from place to place in winter. As a sport, cross-country skiing is one of the most difficult endurance sports, as its motions use every major muscle group. Modern cross-country ski competition is experiencing a revolution that is resulting in greater compatibility with audiences which began with the addition of the Sprint event to the World Cup and Olympic competitions in 2002.
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As the governing body of international skiing and snowboarding, FIS manages the Olympic disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding, including setting the international competition rules. Through its 116 member nations, more than 6'500 FIS ski and snowboard competitions are staged annually.