Once again, many thanks to Skaði Nordic for sponsoring this week’s Week In Review. Here’s what been cooking:
- Race snapshots from racing since last Friday: the Davos classic WC, the men’s and women’s biathlon WC pursuit, the Davos WC sprint. Finally, another biathlon race, this time the men’s and women’s distance events.
- Some recaps and summaries of the weekend’s racing, starting with the Davos distance races, and then another focusing on North Americans. Then a quick recap of the sprint race in Davos and a followup looking at how people fared in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
- Upon a reader’s request, I took a stab at looking the question of whether Japan’s WC skiers tend to be better at classic skiing. This turned out to be pretty interesting, so I’m going to be following it up with similar posts looking at Italy and Norway over the next week or two. Italy in particular ended up being really fascinating.
- US coach Chris Grover once again said something interesting that I could actually check with some data, regarding Kikkan Randall and her chances for making the sprint finals.
- I decided to provide a somewhat more accessible source for WC points data to the general public.
- Finally, I went on a bit of a rant regarding the issue of how we count World Cup victories. Sound boring? It isn’t. Be sure to check all the comments on that one.
Holy cow! Did I really do all that this past week? Good for me.