With a week to go until the IOC members vote on whether to award the 2022 Olympic Games to Beijing or Almaty, a leading human rights nonprofit asserts that the IOC has no tools with which to enforce their vague mandate of “human dignity”.
Corrine Malcolm has one word to describe the Bridger Biathlon Club: momentum. “It has gained a lot of momentum,” she said of the fledgling program based in Bozeman, Montana. “It’s a really big ball of energy and momentum. It’s pretty cool to be part of.” Malcolm, a former national team biathlete who just finished her […]
Therese Johaug fell while running and broke her hand. She’ll have surgery to insert a few screws, and will try holding a ski pole again in 10 days. Until then, it’s running, strength, and one-pole skiing for the 2015 double World Champion.
Ekaterina Iourieva will serve a four-year ban on top of the eight-year ban she is already serving; Irina Starykh will see one year added to her existing two-year ban. Both had already tested positive on other occasions. First-time offender Alexander Loginov has been banned for two years, ending in November 2016.
After working alongside Will Sweetser last season, 25-year-old Justin Fereshetian now has the experience and confidence to take on head coaching duties of Maine Winter Sports Center’s junior skiers, who are coming off one of their best seasons ever.
The Norwegian men aren’t psyched about traveling to North America for World Cups next season, saying that World Championships afterwards are more important. Max Cobb, the head of the IBU’s Technical Committee, points out that there are two and a half weeks of free training time before World Champs. For the Norwegians, that might not be enough.
Emotional intelligence – how one perceives, understands, and manages emotions – can give athletes better coping strategies, more motivation, and the potential to be a team leader. Even on the recreational side of things, emotional intelligence is associated with the difference between inactivity and a healthy engagement with exercise. The good news is, you can train it.
The American Birkebeiner will not be part of the FIS Marathon Cup, now re-named the FIS Worldloppet Cup, in 2016. But organizers are trying other plans to draw more international racers, and will be back on the Cup schedule in 2017.
Frassinoro, Italy, is a town of just 700 people, but it pulls international biathletes in every June for a unique festival: shooting range on the soccer field, rollerskiing through town. Canada’s Megan Heinicke, coming off her best World Cup season ever, raved about the experience.
A study published in December says yes – in fact, the authors write that the correlations of results from one World Cup to the next is more predictable than in any other sport they looked at.
From no snow to human rights and lack of any meaningful long-term legacy, there are big reasons why the IOC should not choose Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
After the 2002 Salt Lake City bidding scandal, IOC members are not allowed to visit candidate cities during Olympic bidding. Instead, they have to rely on promotional materials, presentations, an Evaluation Commission report, and bid committee presentation rooms for information. Here’s what that looks like.
With a strong presentation to IOC members, confident answers to nagging questions, and in-person testimony from none other than the Prime Minister, Almaty made up some of the gap to Beijing in the race for 2022 Winter Olympic hosting rights. There’s still hope to award medals in the land of Vladimir Smirnov. Voting is in late July.
You might not know what Sport Accord is, but the systematic behind-the-scenes and now public dismantling of the former association of international Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations has shown IOC President Bach’s ruthless side. The positive aspects of his reform agenda had better be substantial and followed to their best conclusion.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland—In 20 minutes of self-directed comments to the press yesterday, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach did not address the scandal rocking the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), where high-ranking soccer officials were arrested by Swiss authorities based on corruption charges brought by the United States Department of Justice. But Bach did […]
After the Norwegian women’s ski team wore black armbands in honor of Astrid Jacobsen’s deceased brother, the IOC issued them a reprimand – which seemed, and was, tone-deaf. The organization is now building a specific mourning place in future Olympic Villages to be more friendly to grieving athletes.
The IOC Executive Board meets in Lausanne this week, and then all IOC members will have the chance to hear from the organizing committees of the Almaty and Beijing bids for the 2022 Winter Games. Members will vote in July. How are the bids shaking out, and what’s going on in the Olympic movement? Read on.
Alexander Legkov left the training group he started in Davos and hopes to do battle with Northug and Cologna again next season. He muses on cultural differences: “Cologna is also a workaholic. He, too, has only one thing in the head – sport. He won’t look for more. With Northug it’s a little different.”
Zina Kocher did not make Biathlon Canada’s national team criteria this season, but successfully appealed under an injury/illness provision to regain her Athlete Assistance Program funding through Sport Canada. She believes a national team nomination should follow. Her federation does not.
Nathan Smith, Rosanna Crawford, Brendan Green, and Megan Heinicke headline the “A” team, while eight athletes were picked for the “B” team.