Norwegian Youth Camp
Almost 100 young athletes from 14 nations met in Sjusjoen, Norway at a Cross Country junior camp from 28th July - 4th August. The camp was organised by the Norwegian Ski Association in cooperation with Statoil.
The goal of the camp is to share knowledge and experience between participating nations, and help to improve the level of Cross-Country skiers in different countries
"Talent development is about learning. At Statoil's Cross-Country Skiing talent camp, we want to inspire young talents to keep the effort, glow and learning focus, "says Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen and Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, mentors for Statoil tomorrow's heroes.
Participants of the camp had two hard training sessions almost every day. The training programme included roller skiing, running, strength training and technique. In addition, the juniors heard a number of inspirational lectures on how to become better skiers.
Interview with Annamarija Lampic
FIS Cross-Country News sat down with last year’s best U23 skier, Annamarija Lampic of Slovenia to talk about last winter and plans for the upcoming Olympic season. Last season was an outstanding one as she won the U23 World Cup standing, recorded her first World Cup victory and finished ninth in the spring ranking.
For the full interview, click here
Wild Weather Week
The last seven days brought one of the most varied weather weeks yet across the globe, much to both the delight and frustration of skiers.
In the Alps, colder temperatures and precipitation brought the unexpected gift of snow in mid-August. Most glacier resorts reported a good amount of fresh snow, while the wintry white weather dipped all the way to below 2,000 metres. The snow gave a strong boost to the summer ski season in the Alps.
Meanwhile, in New Zealand, where it is mid-winter, several resorts were forced to dig out from a massive snow storm that brought more snow than many resorts could handle. Naturally after the slopes were cleared, skiers enjoyed excellent conditions.
Carina Vogt Suffers Knee Injury
Olympic and World Champion Carina Vogt sustained a knee injury during training last week and as the German Ski Association (DSV) reports in a media release she will now be sidelined for six weeks.
According to team doctor Florian Porzig, Carina Vogt suffered a severe strain of the knee joint and surgery won't be necessary.
Head coach Andreas Bauer said, "Carina was jumping on a very high level recently and she was in an outstanding shape, but as the tests showed in could have been a lot worse. Now we wish Carina a speedy recovery."
Anna Gasser sidelined with injury
Snowboard big air world champion Anna Gasser has suffered a knee injury and will be sidelined for the next couple of weeks.
The incident occurred during an indoor training session in Toyama, Japan, when the 2017 FIS Snowboard Freestyle Overall World Cup winner didn't land a trick properly and bruised her left tibial plateau.
After a break of three weeks, the 25-year-old will head down under to make camp in Cardrona, New Zealand, where the new FIS World Cup season gets underway with a slopestyle event scheduled on September 3rd and 4th 2017.
[SL1]There were some great tweets of snow in Oz – found it!