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Cross-Country Skiing 2019 - 2020 Discussion Thread

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There's a first ever Dominican Republic cross-country skier in FIS' database :d 

https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/general/athlete-biography.html?sectorcode=CC&competitorid=239595

 

"Sure, she's in the database but won't compete probably."

 

Wrong, she's in São Carlos at this very moment, where next week there will be FIS rollerski races (part of the Brazilian rollerski circuit), most likely she'll make her debut there :) I'm definitely gonna try and get some more info as soon as possible (in a few days), I'm curious now :p 

 

Edit: Apparently she comes from inline skating :)

https://www.elcaribe.com.do/2018/12/15/deportes/polideportivo/zona-metropolitana-se-corona-en-patinaje-y-el-norte-en-rugby/

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:DOM's FIS (cross-country skiing) debut today in the classic sprint in São Carlos :cheer: 

 

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Time to find another place (country) to train... :p

 

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For those interested, the South American program this month, all in Ushuaia (Argentina). FIS says the first ones are in Tierra Mayor but that is literally the exact same track, probably the Brazilian federation was just a bit more specific for their national championships than Argentina was for their races :p 

 

- 08/08: Sprint Skating 1.2km (Brazilian Championships)

- 09/08: Sprint Classic 1.2km 

- 10/08: Distance 5km/10km Skating (Brazilian Championships)

- 13/08: Sprint Classic 1.4km (South American Championships)

- 14/08: Distance 5km/10km Classic

- 15/08: Distance 5km/10km Skating (South American Championships)

- 18/08: 50km Ushuaia Loppet Classic*

 

* A certain Totallympian's girlfriend will make her official 50k debut there :d Which should go well, she had a 100km rollerski training here and next year we're planning a 150km one... :p The 100km made her convinced she wants to one day try the Vasaloppet :d 

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So in Thailand there was a 200m rollerskiing race and one of the women's participants just (really) barely managed to get under four minutes..

https://www.fis-ski.com/DB/general/results.html?sectorcode=CC&raceid=34387

 

I can in all honesty say I can rollerski 200m within four minutes, even if I fall, and having had not more than an hour of practice..

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Great, tomorrow the Brazilian championships start in Ushuaia. A certain athlete had three pairs of competition ski's eight months ago, which is not much, but fine.

 

- One pair got lost somehow during the biathlon season, and was promised to be replaced, but hasn't been

- Another pair mysteriously got lost from the place they're staying in Livigno (Italy)

 

Meaning only one pair could be sent to South America for a month of competitions......and that one has not been waxed after the last race (in January), which someone was supposed to do and was paid to do...for those who don't know: leaving ski's like that unwaxed for half a year makes them utterly useless, meaning she's pretty much lost all of her competition ski's in a little over half a year and she'll have to compete on half-broken training ski's.

 

Ugh, I thought not much more could go wrong and/or unfair...

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33 minutes ago, heywoodu said:

Great, tomorrow the Brazilian championships start in Ushuaia. A certain athlete had three pairs of competition ski's eight months ago, which is not much, but fine.

 

- One pair got lost somehow during the biathlon season, and was promised to be replaced, but hasn't been

- Another pair mysteriously got lost from the place they're staying in Livigno (Italy)

 

Meaning only one pair could be sent to South America for a month of competitions......and that one has not been waxed after the last race (in January), which someone was supposed to do and was paid to do...for those who don't know: leaving ski's like that unwaxed for half a year makes them utterly useless, meaning she's pretty much lost all of her competition ski's in a little over half a year and she'll have to compete on half-broken training ski's.

 

Ugh, I thought not much more could go wrong and/or unfair...

Is there any way skis could be sent for her? Is it looking like the other skis will be found?


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8 minutes ago, Olympian1010 said:

Is there any way skis could be sent for her? Is it looking like the other skis will be found?

 

The first lost pair is considered lost and she's been waiting for a replacement pair for 8 months now. The second lost pair is something she just got to know a week or so ago when arriving in Argentina and so being 'reunited' with her snow equipment. 

 

Races start tomorrow, so there's not gonna be enough time for new skis to be sent (and even if there was, I've got a feeling any attempt to get that done is gonna result in 'Nah this is fine' and a whole ton of nonsense arguments as answer). To illustrate: she's been competing on old, broken boots for years now because she's simply refused now ones even though national federation contracts and documents simply state she has the right to get new ones. Same thing for other kinds of equipment.

 

It is so badly time to get the hell out of there and try and train in another country. Maybe some national-level (so not World Cup-level of course) program in Germany or whatever. Overcoming years of frustration and unfair treatment and ending up at the 2022 Olympics would be worth a gold medal on it's own right.

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