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Seefeld 2019: Gallery

Two weeks at the world nordic ski championships in Austria meant a lot of people met, a lot of stories seen and heard, and a lot of photos taken, from the ski jumper, above, flying toward the Alps, to the Seekirchl (church by the lake) in Seefeld by moonlight, below, to all the faces of nordic ski sport. Click here for the gigantic gallery, if you dare. When you get to the gallery, mouse over and click the images on the right-hand side arrow to speed up the slide show. Or just relax with a cup of something and let the show run. This is a lot of photos, but it’s the just the tip of the snowberg.

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So Long, Seefeld


The 2019 FIS world nordic championships are history. More than 100,000 tickets were sold during the two-week competition in Seefeld, Austria—about 12,000 on the busiest days, according to the organizers. Norwegians, like the fan above, were definitely smiling: They won 25 medals, more by far than any other nation. The Austrian organizers should have been happy with the way the events ran, but undoubtedly they were crushed when a full-blown blood-doping scandal erupted, complete with the arrests by German and Austrian police of several athletes, including two Austrian skiers.

Below, a turn during the 50-K race (that’s more than 30 miles on skis), the final event. Below that, Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby leaving the medal area with his son after the 50-k medals were presented. Sundby finished fourth by a fraction of an inch, but it didn’t seem to prevent him from enjoying the festivities or prevent his son from high-fiving Norwegian Sjur Rothke, who beat Sundby for the bronze. Below that, two Swedish wax testers — who hold hands to make sure they both reach the same velocity on a downhill, then let go and see who goes the farthest/fastest. And finally, I suppose all event mascots are entitled to feel a little down when their event is over. The Seefeld mascot, Snowie, bottom, did seem a bit lonely as things wound down. I’ll post a gallery from the events when I get back home next week.

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Warm: Seefeld #4, Women’s Relay

It was this hot during the women’s 4 x 5-K relay at the world nordic ski championships in Seefeld, Austria, yesterday: So hot — temperatures well into the 50s and skiers fighting through slushy, slow snow — that Therese Johaug, top, Norway’s number one skier, collapsed into an instant on-snow cooldown at the finish line. She (and Norway) finished second. Jessie Diggins, the top US skier, below, cut the legs off her race suit and rolled down her striped red, white and blue relay socks. The US was fifth. Full race recap at FastSkier.com.

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Austria & the World Masters

DSC_8171cutAWIn late January I was in the Austrian Alps for the World Masters Cross-Country Ski Championships in the Pillerseetal region, near Kitzbuhel. The landscape is spectacular and so were a lot of the masters skiers. A masters skier is anyone over 30, and the five-year age brackets continued right up to and including the 85-90 age group. In total more than 1,000 skiers from 30 countries. Largest contingent, the Russians: more than 200 skiers. The largest age group is generally those between 60 and 64, who have the time to attend and the energy to keep racing into their 60s. Scroll down, and click here for more, including Mozart duckies, racing and Salzburg.DSC_8117copyWDSC_8147copyWDSC_7251copy1W   DSC_8675copyWDon’t forget to click here for more!

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