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Rückzieher – Olympische Spiele 2026 nicht in Stockholm
Schwedens Hauptstadt Stockholm wird sich nicht für die Austragung der Olympischen Winterspiele 2026 bewerben. Ein Konkurrent für "Sion 2026" fällt damit weg.

Wednesday Workout: Spring ‘Break’ from Skiing with Utah’s Kevin Bolger

Kevin Bolger (University of Utah) during a track workout. (Courtesy photo)

With spring in full swing and many skiers returning to training, this week’s Wednesday Workout is presented by University of Utah Ski Team member, Kevin Bolger. While most of his athletic accomplishments from this past season are nordic-based — he’s a NCAA All-American, the 2017 Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) nordic MVP and the U.S. nationals classic sprint champion — most of Bolger’s spring workouts mean giving skiing a spring ‘break.’


It’s no secret that natives of Sweden, Norway and other overseas nations often abound in the top spots of the RMISA circuit. Two seasons ago, just three American men — Nick Hendrickson (formerly of U.S. Nordic Combined), Sawyer Kesselheim (now a guide for Para-Nordic skier Jake Adicoff) and Ian Torchia (a 2016/2017 U.S. Ski Team Development Team member) — reached the podium.

The University of Utah’s Kevin Bolger during a cycling training session. (Courtesy photo)

Not listed: Kevin Bolger.

In his junior season with the University of Utah, Bolger, of Minocqua, Wis., native came close. He placed fourth three times in 2016, missing third by 3.1 seconds at RMISA Championships. Still, by the end of Bolger’s third year on the college circuit, a podium remained elusive.

But that was no deterrent. Bolger, who turned 24 earlier this month, ended his senior year with six regular-season podiums (two of them wins), a top-10 finish for All-American status at NCAA Championships (despite frostbitten fingers), a team championship title (Utah’s first in 14 years), and his first national title.

“If someone would have told me all this going into the season, I would have been like ‘Bring it on. Let’s actually do it,’ ” Bolger said in a recent phone interview.

Even if that meant finishing his last his last regular-season RMISA race, the 20-kilometer freestyle in Anchorage, Alaska, with fingers white from frostbite and the inability to unclasp his ski bindings. Though he ended that day in fourth, his first time off the collegiate podium all year, the frostbite meant skipping RMISA Championships and spending nearly three weeks inside training on a treadmill.

“As fun as that sounds, it wasn’t the best,” Bolger joked of his indoor training.

“I would have loved to have finished individually a lot better at NCAAs,” he said of finishing 15th and 10th, respectively, at NCAA Championships, which took place this past March in Jackson, N.H. “I really wanted to double podium there as well, but circumstances didn’t allow it.”

While Bolger missed his individual goals of garnering a podium, his efforts at NCAAs were still ones well spent. Heading into the championship’s final competition day, Utah was just 34 points behind the University of Denver. With temperatures hovering just above the legal race limit of -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) on the last day, Bolger raced to 10th in the 20 k freestyle mass start, earning All-American honors, helping the Utes to a championship title, and perhaps most importantly, finishing with all 10 fingers in tact.

“Part of me like, ‘Well, I need to do this, but then there was another part of me that was like my fingers aren’t 100 percent… I don’t want to lose any of them,” Bolger said. “The frostbite was a little hiccup to my season, but to finish that whole week as a team winning a national championship, that means a lot more to me and I know it means a lot more to a lot more people as well.”

Kevin Bolger (l) of the University of Utah with UU teammate after a training session. (Courtesty Photo)

With his college ski career behind him, Bolger is bent on finishing school, but also looking ahead to life outside of the classroom. He plans to continue skiing after graduating with a major in sociology and minor in health education. Though unsure which training group he’ll choose, he does have his sights set on the Olympics.

“The U.S. nationals title was an accomplishment for me,” Bolger said. “I mean I know I’m capable of throwing down on any given day, so being able to do it there on that stage was jaw dropping.

“This season was a super good motivator for me,” he continued. “And I know I can accomplish a lot more.”

Despite his building excitement, he is adamant that at this time of year, even full-time skiers need a break from skiing.

“Whether it’s going to play pickup basketball or pickup soccer, something beyond what nordic skiers tend to do. For me, that’s a breath of fresh air,” he said.

“If I can postpone getting on rollerskis for an extra day or two days a week,” he added. “That’s a very big goal of mine.”

The Workout

Pick a sport outside of skiing that you enjoy. Bolger recommends soccer, basketball or climbing, though it could be anything. Get out and play for 1-3 hours.

Bonus Points from Bolger:

  1. Gear Up with Games. Just because it’s not skiing, doesn’t mean it’s not beneficial. “I think skiers can get a little too wound up in full-on, 100-percent cross-country skiing, which is draining,” Bolger said. Games like soccer and basketball are valued by Bolger not only for the agility and coordintation they require, but for the more relaxed return to training they provide. “It’s all working toward a common goal, just getting back and moving again and getting ready for a new season.”
  2. Seek New Faces and Places. Bolger says spring is the time for switching it up. Working out at a new spot or with a new training partner can relieve any unnecessary pressure and help keep the return to training fun. “I just want to go run with somebody who I don’t normally run with or I don’t ever get to hang out with,” he said. “It’s a breath of fresh air.”

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Peter Schröcksnadel: "Keine Ausreden mehr
ÖSV-Präsident Peter Schröcksnadel hat ach der Präsentation der neuen ÖSV-Trainings-Strukturen über kleinere Trainingsgruppen, individuelleres Training, den Anlass dazu und die Erwartungen in diese Strukturänderungen gegeben.

Michael Matt: "Ich war enttäuscht und brauchte länger Zeit
Michael Matt hat im vergangenen Winter seine ersten Weltcup-Podestplätze und seinen ersten Weltcup-Sieg erreicht. Im Interview auf www.fis-ski.com spricht er darüber und über die Rolle seines Bruders Mario.

Der ÖSV krempelt das Training um – Sepp Brunner bestätigt
Der Österreichische Skiverband setzt auf mehr Individualität und kleinere Gruppen. Zudem ist Sepp Brunner als Abfahrtschef der Männer bestätigt worden.

Toni Nieminen huojentuneena pikaratkaisusta – ”Mitalit ovat nyt matkalla takaisin itselleni”
Toni Nieminen ei vielä tiedä, minne hänen kultamitalinsa myöhemmin päätyvät. Ensi sijassa ne palaavat hänelle.
Verpatzter Saisonschluss – Rasmus Windingstad verletzt
Bei einem seiner letzten Saisonrennen hat sich der Norweger Rasmus Windingstad die rechte Hand gebrochen. Der 23-Jährige fällt nun rund fünf Wochen aus.

Toni Nieminen helpottui olympiamitaliensa pelastumisesta panttilainaamosta – ”Mitalit ovat nyt turvassa”
Toni Nieminen ei halua vielä paljastaa rahoittajaa, jonka avulla hän sai lunastettua Albertvillen olympiamitalinsa pois panttihuutokaupasta.
Olsson, Jauhojärvi, Bauer Retire, Among Others

Finland’s Sami Jauhojärvi (in blue and white) walking out of the finish area after the men’s 15 k classic mass start at World Cup Finals in Quebec City. Also pictured: Switzerland’s Dario Cologna (on the ground), and Norway’s Finn Hågen Krogh and Hans Christer Holund (33). Jauhojärvi finished 11th on the day and ultimately placed 16th overall in the World Cup Finals mini tour to end his World Cup career.

Coming off the 2016/2017 season and less than a year out from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, several international cross-country skiers and biathletes have announced their retirements. Among them are Sweden’s Johan Olsson, Finland’s Sami Jauhojärvi and the Czech Republic’s Lukáš Bauer, all of which earned medals at Olympics and/or World Championships.

Sami Jauhojärvi

Finland’s Sami Jauhojärvi anchors his team to gold in the men’s classic team sprint, ahead of Russia’s Nikita Kriukov, at the 2014 Sochi Olympics

Earlier this month, Jauhojärvi, 35, publicly stated that he would be hanging up his race skis, ending his season with a third-place finish in the 50-kilometer freestyle at Finnish nationals.

Jauhojärvi, who turns 36 in early May, competed at eight World Championships and three Olympics, winning gold with teammate Iivo Niskanen in the men’s classic team sprint at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He started racing World Cups 16 years ago, served on the athletes’ commission for the International Ski Federation (FIS) from 2009 to 2013 and racked up three bronze medals at World Championships. His latest bronze came in the classic team sprint (again with Niskanen) at this year’s 2017 World Championships at home in Lahti, Finland.

“I’m not tired of skiing, but at some point it just happens that competitive instincts begin to fade,” Jauhojärvi told InsideTheGames. “By training I could be pushing my limits for a few more years, but my competition mind is done. … I do not think any more about fighting for gold medals at future Olympics.”

Johan Olsson

Sweden’s Johan Olsson celebrating his first individual World Championships gold in the 50 k classic mass start in 2013 in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

Sweden’s 37-year-old Olsson, who has also spent the last 16 years on the circuit, is also calling it a career, according to FIS. He amassed 14 world championships-caliber medals (eight at World Championships medals and six at the Olympics), making him one of the most successful Swedish skiers of all time, behind Gunde Svan and Sixten Jernberg, who each tallied 17.

Four of Olsson’s medals were gold: he was part of the Swedish men’s 4 x 10 k relay that won at both the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, B.C., and 2014 Sochi Games. Individually, he won the 50 k classic mass start at 2013 World Championships and 15 k freestyle individual start at 2015 World Championships on home soil in Falun, Sweden.

Olsson cited wanting to be more present for his family, which includes his two daughters (ages 5 and 2).

“I have had an ambition to become the world’s best skier and have had the consequences for it,” he told Expressen, according to a loose translation. “… When that burden grows bigger than the joy to keep on, it’s time to stop.

“I have spent 15 years trying to realize my sporting dreams,” he explained. “Now I will be able to realize completely different dreams, and I will be able to be a much more present dad.”

Olsson has been working with Swedish public television, SVT, and has expressed his desire to stay involved with skiing to build interest in the sport.

“The question is how to make me on television,” he said of his TV career. “My paradise at the end of a race has been to stand in the interview zone and chat most of all, even though I finished 35th. Would there be enough time on television?”

Lukáš Bauer

Lukas Bauer celebrates silver in the 50 k classic at 2015 World Championships in Falun, Sweden. (Photo: Fischer/NordicFocus)

Before the start of this past season, Bauer, 39, publicly stated it would be his last. But the decision became solidified after he finished 19th in the 15 k classic at 2017 Lahti World Championships.

“A result that has disappointed me, after which I spent two and a half hours in the rain reminiscing of it,” he said, according to Neveitalia. “On other occasions I would have said, ‘I can redeem myself the next time,’ but not in this case because I just decided to quit.”

He finished the season and his career out in the Lahti 4 x 10 k relay, in which the Czech men’s team placed 11th.

The Czech Republic’s most successful cross-country skier, Bauer was the 2007/2008 Overall World Cup champion. He competed at five Olympics and 11 World Championships over 19 World Cup seasons, winning 18 World Cup races and the Tour de Ski twice, in 2008 and 2010. At the Olympics, he has a silver and two bronze medals. At World Championships, he is a two-time individual silver medalist — most recently placing second at 2015 Falun worlds in the 50 k classic mass start.

Like Olsson, he also has two children.

“I do not retire for a matter purely tied to my performance,” Bauer said. “If I wanted to prepare myself and I would be honored to participate in the upcoming Olympic Games, but the reality is I do not care. At home I have a wife and two children. It’s time to concentrate more on them than on sports goals. Without their support, I would never have obtained anything I collected in my career, to which I look with pride and satisfaction.”

But he’s not completely done with skiing and plans to continue racing marathons.

“Now I will focus on managing my team [Team Pioneer Investments] in long-distance races and I will also try to compete as much as possible, as long as the doctor will allow me,” Bauer said.

Martin Johansson

Sweden’s Martin Johansson, 32, is leaving elite skiing as a national A-team member who transitioned to cross-country in 2010. The move came after he won two gold medals at orienteering World Championships in 2009, but was seriously injured when he was impaled by a branch, according to Nordic Magazine. In six seasons thereafter, his career best in cross-country was fifth place in a 10 k freestyle in 2015 in Kuusamo, Finland, and he finished this year with a third-place finish in the 50 k freestyle at Swedish nationals, after which he announced his retirement on social media. Johansson competed at the last two World Championships.

Fanny Horn Birkeland

(l-r) Norway’s Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Fanny Horn Birkeland, Johannes Thingnes Bø, and Marte Olsbu on the podium after winning the first race of the 2016/2017 biathlon World Cup season, a mixed relay in Ostersund, Sweden. (Photo: IBU)

Norwegian biathlete Fanny Horn Birkeland announced her retirement during the last International Biathlon Union (IBU) World Cup weekend of the season. At 29, she has competed at the sport’s highest level for the last seven years, been on more than half a dozen winning relay teams, and won a 2015 World Cup sprint in Ruhpolding, Germany.

“My plan was to go until the Olympics next year, but my form has not been so good,” Birkeland told the IBU. “I did everything to reach my goals, but still I had some trouble to make it to the top in my competitions. It is hard to put so much work into it every day and not get any results that I want. Twenty-nine is not so old, but I have been in this game for some time and it feels right now.

“The highlight of my career was my win in the Ruhpolding sprint in 2015,” she added. “It was unreal … that was my day to get the opportunity to be on top of the podium. I wanted to do it again, but I never managed it.”

Her husband, Lars Birkeland, also competes for the Norwegian biathlon team. “We helped each other a lot to get where we are now,” she said.

Éva Tófalvi

Romania’s Éva Tófalvi, 38, is also moving on from her career as a World Cup biathlete after competing at five Olympics, where her best result was 11th in a 15 k individual race at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan. She won an individual World Cup race during the 2008/2009 season after originally placing second (the winner, Russia’s Albina Akhatova, was disqualified for doping), making her the first Romanian biathlete to win a World Cup.

Canada’s Julia Ransom (r) skiing with Romania’s Eva Tofalvi during the first leg of the 4 x 6 k relay at 2016 IBU World Championships in Oslo, Norway. (Photo: JoJo Baldus)

In an interview with the IBU, Tófalvi said she wanted to wanted to focus on her personal life.

“I am not a 100 percent sure, but I feel like it is the moment to settle down and start a family,” she said. “I know the Olympics are behind the corner, but I do not think I can invest the energy which is needed for such an event.

“Winning World Cup is probably the most incredible memory I will ever carry,” she continued. “It is not just because of the win, but the work I know I had to put to get it. Even back then I did not have a real team behind me. My skis were not as good and I had no doctors, trainers and coaches with me like it was for bigger teams, like Norway. Winning in Hochfilzen was really special because of that, because it felt like a good prize for having had to work double as much as most to make up for what I couldn’t have.”

Despite being left-handed, she had to learn to shoot using her right hand because Romania only had right-handed rifles.

“In 20 years so much has changed in biathlon,” she said. “Now everything is much more professional and everyone is more focused on their careers. I think we were taking everything more lightheartedly back then. I now see girls that were born around the years I was making my debut in  he World Cup, and they are so determined that they achieve what before we would do at a much older age.”

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Pelastaja ilmaantui – Toni Niemisen olympiamitalit poistettiin huutokaupasta!
Olympiavoittaja Toni Niemisen mitalit on poistettu Päijät-Hämeen Pantti Oy:n huutokauppalistalta.
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