Is Norway taking advantage of a partnership get around new FIS rules limiting the number of team staff allowed on course? Or is Great Britain actually taking advantage of them, to get more expert wax testing? Either way, FIS says that a new partnership that rubs Sweden the wrong way is a-okay.
Regardless of when winter officially starts, it’s here as far as the ski world is concerned, and there’s a lot to be excited about in North American racing. Canadian biathletes Rosanna Crawford and Nathan Smith jumped out to a relay podium in the first IBU World Cup race, and Canadian cross-country skier Alex Harvey took second in the men’s 10 k skate in Kuusamo, Finland, for his first early season podium.
Martin Johnsrud Sundby didn’t waste any time squashing the field on Sunday in the final stage of the Ruka Triple and won the men’s 15 k classic pursuit by 44.7 seconds over a late-charging Petter Northug. Canada’s Alex Harvey started sixth and ended up seventh for his best finish in the Kuusamo mini tour.
A Norwegian development-pipeline skier, Kari Øyre Slind spent this summer largely training alone, but it’s worked for her. “I choose to think of the Beitostølen weekend as a performance out of the ordinary,” she told FasterSkier about her recent double podium. “But now I know that I can perform with the best on a good day.”