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Great depth in russian male skiing. I'm a bit jelous: P
Hope to see Ustiugov in full form in world cup next winter. The russian relay team could be amazingly hard to beat!
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Jonna Sundling: 12:29 min
Charlotte Kalla: 12:22 min
And Jonna didnt push the last bit while Charlotte fought for bronze so Jonna could have had the best time of the day. 

In other news. No surprise but Calle Halfvarsson has left the championships with a cold and won't compete anymore.
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Best womens relay in a long time at the swedish champs. And the talk of the week in Sweden is Jonna Sundling. We've been waiting for this form and development since she led Sweden to the junior relay gold in 2014. Competing against your own russian girls Belorukova, Sedova and Nepryaeva.
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Another headline is 17 year old William Poromaa, son of former head wax tech Larry Poromaa, ending in the top twenty in a tough race as 30 km. Sure, 4:30 minutes behind but as a boy competing against men it was a good race were he went higher and higher in the result list during the race. Something to be happy about considering our lack of depth on the mens side. He and Pål Jonsson (son of Niklas Jonsson, silver medalist in 50km 1998) are great talents.

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Meaning the best juniors skiing as well. Usually when the national championships are held in january, the best juniors and U23-skiers are busy preparing for their world champs.

By the way. Anders Södergren is competing tomorrow. During the olympics he worked as a expert/commentator for Eurosport but now it's time to compete again :)

Here you can see who is participating in which events:
ta.skidor.com/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=8850&orgid=80Just click on «Anmälningar» to see. The mass start and sprint events are closed for application. There should be a couple of more relay teams. Probably over 40 teams in the mens event I'm guessing.


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Another junior (8th place on skiathlon in world junior championships), Johanna Hagström will get Fridas spot in Falun races. She showed very good form in swedish junior cup last weekend and should be able to be top-30 in the sprint atleast. https://data.fis-ski.com/dynamic/athlete-biography.html?sector=CC&competitorid=198571&type=result
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Well, now we wont see Frida Karlsson. She's sick. Have you heard it before? Swedes and their sickness… Oh, by the way. Stina Nilssons is also sick. Rikard Grip needs to go.
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I hope it's okay that I'm writing in english!

Really looking forward seeing Frida in WC-competition. She's really determined and has competed against seniors to show there's no doubt that she is qualyfied. I like it, why compete against juniors when you're not gonna be pushed? She will also be seen at the National senior championships next week.

Altough every swedish ski fan is happy about this many think she should have been competing already in Lahti when she was in absolute top form and 10 km classic probably being her best distance right now. I think her form is not as good as it was 2-3 weeks ago, and now she's gonna do a sprint and a mass start where she will start way back with her high start number. In the Swedish Cup last weekend she lost to Jonna Sundling by some 40s in a 3 stage mini tour. The week before in Trondheim she did much better.

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Well, Sweden did have terrible skis today. Head Wax tech Urban Nilsson apologized to the nation afterwards.
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Congratulations Russia!
Very nice to se Belorukova and her tears on the podium! Looking forward to future battles when the storm is over with all the talk about doping. You have a very nice generation of skiers born 1995-1996 to build on.
Cheers
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Haha, classic! The ending is great! Exactly how I felt :D
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Like always the color of the swedish race suits is up for debate over here. I like this years blue one, like most swedes seem to do, but still, alot of people want us to compete in white, and the reason for that is the history behind the traditional white suit. Maybe you know about it already, but It's worth telling anyway

It goes back to 1928 and the winter olympics in St. Moritz. Swedish skier Per-Erik «Särna» Hedlund refused to compete in the blue swedish natioanl ski dress and was threatened by the head coach of the swedish skiing federation Sixtus Jansson (comparable to Jelena Välbe today) that if he didn't use the official blue ski dress he would disqualify him for this un-patriotic behaviour. 

Per-Erik wanted to compete in his usual white suit that he always used in national races in Sweden. He was convinced that this much thinner white suit made him go faster and told Sixtus Jansson that — so be it — if he wasn't allowed to use it he wouldn't compete at all. And as a gold contender Sixtus at last changed his mind and allowed him to use his white suit. He knew Per-Erik was a man of his word. And a potential gold medal was more important.

Per-Erik Hedlund did go on to win the Olympic Gold medal in the 50km — in his white suit — and his first words to Chief Sixtus Jansson after the race was «So, is the suit good enough for you now, you old bastard?» Said in a very ironic way.

Since then the white suit was considered to bring good fortune and the color became our traditional color. 
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Funny story imo, but maybe it loses some flavour in translation :-)
I think you have to consider how these old, tough men were in those days. Stubborn as hell.
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Hehe, no I can not think of any nation being so set out by sick athletes like our swedes. My guess is that it is due to what we eat hear. Too much cereals / grains and milk products. Not optimal for the immun system. I think there is a reason for some asians living in mountains being like 120 years old :p look at what they eat. 

Haha, thats good to hear! Your club, is it? :) And there are actually swedes supporting the banned russians, beacuse of lack of evidence. Hard to believe maybe, hehe
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3 swedish girls out due to illness so they had to fly in Tua Dahlgren from sweden to even have a team at the start. So I think they can be proud considering all that sickness. And for the sake of international cross country skiing hopefully the germans can build up a good team again. 
 
And Frida Karlsson represents well with the swedish flag :D
www.instagram.com/p/BeuzOo5napS/?taken-by=skiteamswexc
 
Looking forward to see her in the World Cup soon. Coach Rikard Grip says that we might see her already in Falun minitour in the end of the season.

Google translate:
3 шведских девушки из-за болезни, поэтому им пришлось лететь в Туа Дальгрен из Швеции, чтобы даже иметь команду с самого начала. Поэтому я думаю, что они могут гордиться, учитывая всю эту болезнь. И ради международных беговых лыж, надеюсь, немцы могут снова создать хорошую команду.
 
И Фрида Карлссон хорошо знаком со шведским флагом: D
www.instagram.com/p/BeuzOo5napS/?taken-by=skiteamswexc
 
Ждем ее скоро на чемпионате мира. Тренер Рикард Грип говорит, что мы можем видеть ее уже в мини-классе Фалунь в конце сезона.
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