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How Alpine athletes diversify summer training

“When everyone is trying to tell you to slow down, move faster.“ This is the motto of overall Audi FIS Ski World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin. Most athletes follow the same spirit in the off-season and work hard to improve their physical shape to be able to face an intense competition season.

In addition to strength training, teams try to diversify dryland sessions while testing many other sports.

Find out about their training here.

New job for former Nordic Combined star H
åvard Klemetsen

Norway’s Håvard Klemetsen, who ended his career after the 2016/17 season, is back with a new job. As head of the “Team Beijing 2022”, he will be working with the Norwegian Nordic Combined B-team to develop the next generation of world class athletes. Klemetsen had 220 FIS World Cup starts during his long career. Among his biggest achievements were team gold at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and one gold, two silver and four bronze medals in team and team sprint events at FIS World Championships.

Read more about his new role here.

Alpine ace Aleksander Aamodt Kilde in interview

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is the young gun of the Norwegian speed team, following in the footsteps of famous teammates Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud. After two World Cup wins, seven podiums and a crystal globe, the Viking is eager to fight for more.

Read an interview with him here.

Voting for ESPY Awards still open

Fans can still vote for the ESPY nominees and the four FIS athletes - Oystein Braten (NOR), Mark McMorris (CAN), Anna Gasser (AUT) and Kelly Sildaru (EST) - on the list in the categories of best male and female action sports athletes.

Best female action sports athlete

Best male action sports athlete

The Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award is one of the biggest sports awards which recognise individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance.

Voting for all categories will close next Wednesday, 12th July when the awards will be presented in Los Angeles (USA).

Former American football ace becomes latest PyeongChang 2018 ambassador

Korean-born former American football star, Hines Ward has been confirmed as the latest big name to join the roster of official ambassadors for the Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games PyeongChang 2018.

The PyeongChang 2018 ambassadors include many sporting icons, including Alpine star Lindsey Vonn.

Born in Seoul (KOR) in 1976 to a Korean mother and an American father, Ward grew up in the USA and rose to prominence in the sport of American Football, over 14 seasons competing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a two-time winner of American football’s top trophy, the Super Bowl.