Stand on the side of a trail at an international cross-country ski race, and it’s easy enough to tell athletes apart as they pass by–you can just look at their spandex. But closing your eyes doesn’t make things much more difficult, thanks to the unique words of encouragement used by coaches of different nationalities.
Using some auditory evidence from January’s World Junior and U-23 Championships, held in Otepaa, Estonia, FasterSkier digs into the phenomenon of trailside cheering.
Nat Herz is an Alaska-based journalist who moonlights for FasterSkier as an occasional reporter and podcast host. He was FasterSkier's full-time reporter in 2010 and 2011.