Quick Hits: Former ski jumper Roglic wins Tour de France stage and Tatyana McFadden medals in Para Athletics Worlds

Last Wednesday, former ski jumper Primoz Roglic took a sensational victory in Stage 17 of the Tour de France, after riding 183 km through the French Alps from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier, beating top stars including overall Tour winner Christopher Froome (GBR), Alberto Contador (ESP) and Simon Yates (GBR).

Roglic began his athletic career as a ski jumper when he was 13 and became FIS Junior World Champion in 2007. That Roglic so easily beat cycling’s best is even more remarkable considering he only began the sport in 2012.

Tatyana McFadden wins four gold medals in London

Tatyana McFadden (USA), who won silver in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic cross-country skiing 1km sprint event, won four gold medals in wheelchair racing at the recently concluded World Para Athletics Championships in London (GBR).

From the 100m to the marathon, McFadden, who is paralyzed from the waist down and whose dominance in wheelchair racing has been built in large part on her upper body strength, has won every wheelchair title at every distance to date, including all four major marathons in Boston, London, Chicago and New York.

Famous Blink Festival ready to roll

The famous Blink Festival gets underway today, 26th July in Sandnes (NOR) with participants from 16 nations who will be competing in four different Roller Skiing events.

The starting field is packed with international stars including Marit Bjoergen, Heidi Weng (both NOR), Charlotte Kalla (SWE), Nicole Fessel, Steffi Böhler (both GER), Krista Parmakoski (FIN), Liz Stephen (USA), Petter Northug (NOR), Iivo Niskanen (FIN) and others.

Click here for the list of participants and here for the event programme.

Hungarian Ski Federation elects new President


The Hungarian Ski Federation held its General Assembly on 13th July 2017. The Assembly unanimously elected Jenő Megyesy as its new President succeeding Gábor Kálomista. An avid skier, who has lived in Colorado (USA) for many years, Megyesy currently serves as Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

PyeongChang 2018 Torch Relay song unveiled with 200 days to go

 
24th July 2017 marked 200 days until the start of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. On this occasion, “Let Everyone Shine”, the song for the PyeongChang 2018 Torch Relay was unveiled by popular Korean singer Insooni, in front of a crowd of thousands in Chuncheon, the capital of Gangwon Province.

The Torch Relay will begin in November 2017 and travel throughout the country, visiting 17 cities and provinces across the Republic of Korea and shining a spotlight on the country’s culture, technological achievements and monuments with 7,500 torchbearers taking part.