INSIDE THE FENCE | Superstitions | FIS Cross Country
World Cup athletes compete a lot and sometimes it can be mental toughness that makes the difference. For some that mental edge comes from their morning routine on race morning. We checked in with Jessie Diggins, Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, Elisabeth Schicho, Steffi Boehler, Petra Nováková, Baptiste Gros and Adrien Backscheider to hear what gets them ready. 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. For further information about FIS Ski Jumping visit: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Instagram: FIS: 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.
See also: Cross-Country