Norwegian Woods

No relevance to the Beatles song (other than the opportunity to say what a great song that is – great little story & tune in 2 minutes).   Anyhow I’m in the middle of Norwegian woods somewhere near Sjusjoen – I’d try to be more precise but as I’ve lost the chalet each time I’ve gone out it is pretty clear that I have no idea where it is.  (Obviously I found it again, in case anyone was wondering 🙂 )

Just met up with returning warriors Calum Irvine and Scott Dixon, who along with Katy Homyer had great races at Bruksvallarna – see the separate report.  Yet again Bruks provides the best of starts for British skiers, with personal bests, qualifications for senior team and World Juniors.  Well done to the 3 (and also to Sarah Hale who was racing with her Swedish club).  Good job Roger who lead the team there.

So the snow headache continues although it has shifted to other people now.  The trip with the seniors has taken in Sognefjell, Geilo, Lillehammer, Beitostolen and then Valdresflya.  Apparently about two and half weeks ago a big snow storm hit the higher mountains in the west.  This was the snow we skied at Sognefjell with Team Hovden – a really good couple of days on a 3 k out and back track, looking at technique and tweaking stuff.  The final day had the guys going on a crust skiing tour – skating over the mountains, occasionally hopping patches.  We went back to Lillehammer to find lovely autumn days but no snow in the forecast and Sjusjoen predicting they would start making snow at the weekend.  However, we heard that the high pass beyond Beitostolen was giving access to a prepared trail.  As we still had our booking for a Beito cabin we headed over.  This was a good, if at first look a strange move, particularly in the light of FIS announcing they were moving the first World Cup race from Beito to Sjusjoen.  However, the preparation for the World Cup takes precedence and XC skiers are not allowed on the tracks at Sjusjoen until Friday (and there was no track at this stage). alt The track at Valdresflya was good – they had done a lot of work on the old snowfall and made a 6.8 k loop (we know this as the GPS work we were doing with Andy from Scottish Institute of Sport showed it).  On Friday we travelled up the mountain pass on the road with more grit than I’ve ever seen on any Norwegian road, to be the first cars at the track.  So as the sun rose we were enjoying a gentle classic session in stunning settings.

altWith Andy’s help the technical analysis was going really well and the gps was giving ideas for how we can use this technology to enhance our training and performance into major events.  The afternoon saw a fantastic sunset as we skated the trail, more worryingly a large full moon produced shadows as we skied.  It was also discovered that you can’t get moon tan.
altOn Saturday we did intervals and the feedback on this was really good; being able to pick on your fast bits, your slow bits and so on how the technique compared was excellent.  Sunday saw us skiing with the Norwegian women’s team (and their biathlon women) as well the Legkov Russians and the French team plus a lot of Norwegian clubs and local skiers (including one guy out skiing his dog – but the dog kept off the track and didn’t get in the way of anyone, which is better trained than some skiers).  Even with these groups we were able to get great video from the classic speed session.  One complaint was that the summer cafe was just that and didn’t open to provide coffee for cold coaches.

On the snowless front :  Having had the world cup moved Beitostolen then pulled out all the stops and shifted snow from the fjell to the stadium and have opened a 2.5 k loop, which they can easily extend.  Geilo opens its trails today. I’m in Sjusjoen – the running is fine!  Oh, the world cup will be great, the gangs working at the stadium are huge but they have to add a new track to make it hard enough – those of you who know the stadium watch out for the additional loop down and up the back loop.  Cold temperatures have now kicked in but there is no sign of snow in the forecast – so all over the winter sports world there will be people with large headaches.

Cristina (race organiser in Bruksvallarna) is recovering – they did it! – got the first race off and had live Swedish and Norwegian TV coverage.  So she’ll be back at the end of April panicking about the trail and entries for end of season Fjelltoploppet – we should never forget the hoards of people who volunteer to go through all of this so that we can enjoy the sport (both over here and at home where the clubs do a great job putting on snow races as well as the British Rollerski series)

Rats, I’ve taken up more than 2 minutes (then again it could be I read slowly – but then I’m no Lennon and Mcartney)

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How Sports/ Olympics Are Getting Organized

If you are interested about sports/ Olympics, then you should learn about the major facts behind the same. Organizing Olympic is not an easy task rather quite a challenging one and thus countries that are financially weak cannot organize the same.

How Olympic Games can be impactful?

  • The profile of the country or city can be raised to greater heights by means of organizing sports/ Olympics. Both tourism and recognition can be increased as a result of which both social and economic boost-up happens. Your place can get wider international acceptance and a great opportunity can be gained for organizing different biggest sports events in the future. More and more international investments can also be invited which automatically promotes economic development of the country.
  • Scope of long-term investments can be created as a result of organizing the Olympic Games. Sports venues can get recognition and more valuable sports can be invited to those venues so that the popularity of them can be enhanced. Both transportation and infrastructure of the place will get a huge financial support from different biggest international sponsors and bookmakers. Public transportation can be improved due to rio 2016 cleanup operation.
  • Apart from investment boost-up, more and more job opportunities are also opened due to which the economic condition of the city will automatically get improved. There are many countries where unemployment is a big trouble and this trouble can be resolved only if the country organizes Olympic Games.
 

  • Existing facilities can be definitely taken into consideration so that the Olympics can be hosted properly.  If the city has worked on different long-term projects of infrastructure, then the profits from those projects can be utilized in organizing these gaming events.
 

  • If the budget is too very restricted then in that case only those athletes are included who participate for free and in this way greater expected can be saved. These athletes are paid only medal bonuses.
 

  • Many local businesses have got the chance of cropping up due to the Olympic Games and those businesses help in organizing future gaming events.
 

  • There are many countries where the government does not cater direct assistance financially and thus they contact international investors for help. In this way, many countries have gained greater popularity in the recent age.
  • Sporting spirit can be boosted up and this is quite a positive sign. This spirit is very much encouraging for bringing new gaming opportunities. This spirit can even bring different investors and sponsors from abroad. On the other hand, Olympic Games can help in gaining a lot of honor and prestige.
  • The city will be able to use different kinds of advanced and improved facilities so that the social life of the people can be revised. In this way, the overall standard of living and earning capacity of native fellows can also be increased.
  • The organizers will get the chance of earning lots and lots of revenues in the form of profits by organizing these specialized sporting events. The corporate industry can progress a lot as a result of which industrial growth or development can be guaranteed.

Interesting facts regarding the expenses of the Olympic Games

  • If the country is organizing sports/ Olympics for many years, then in that case budget can be settled in references to the past budgets. On the other hand, hot city’s local context is also taken into consideration.
  • Olympic financing can be categorized into two specific budgets. In case of OCOG budget, financing is being provided by Olympic-partner program and marketing-broadcasting deals of IOC. While host city’s local authorities take the full control of non-OCOG budget.
  • International investors or creditors can be contacted with whom good relationship is being shared so that they can sponsor the games. But in this case, the amount should be returned back to them within scheduled time. In most of the cases, the amounts are paid-off from the earned revenues or profits.

Significance of Sports

Sports involve all type of physical activities with competing intention through participation in organized set manner. The aim of sports is to improve or maintain the physical strength and skills with a motto of enjoyment among the participants.  The games are also considered to be the mode of entertainment for the spectators. The sports are performed between two parties in which each party attempts to score more than another side.

In some of the sports, the tie breaker rule is adopted to decide the winner when the scores of both parties are equal. The various tournaments are organized for the participation of different teams from many countries to judge the physical ability of the available teams and winning strategies.

The sports contest arranged in a state also motivates the crowd to cheer up their friendly team or player, which in turn gives a lot of money to the organizers. The tickets are sold at high prices to the audience because of their crazy followings for the sports star.

Every game should be played with the positive spirit to test your physical skills and ability from time to time by competing with best sports player of your field. In this way, a sports person gets a chance to improve the existing disabilities and further work on it with total enthusiasm. Any contest or a game is governed by thumb rules and regulations to ensure safe participation of the players. The winners can be declared in physical games like hitting a maximum number of goals or the first one to cross the finish line.

Some of the non-physical games are also recognized under mind sports like chess and draughts.

The increased ratio of female participation towards sports cannot be ignored because of the fame and pride brought into our country by their hard work and the directions of their coach.

The International sports federation association have included the games which do not involve physical activity due to their popularity among public.

The girls should be educated towards participating in sports activities.

The records of all the sports activity are kept with complete information to broadcast the news on a worldwide basis. Nowadays sports have unfortunately become a source of earning by gamblers through betting on players and their games. An enormous amount of money is at stake when the international level of tournaments is organized. This is a matter of shame for every country who is involved in such kind of illegal activities because gambling brings disgrace on the purity of sports.

Many strict legal actions have been taken against the gamblers and are also penalized with a big amount of compensation. The sports have become a primary source of entertainment for the spectators. Therefore, the media is always behind the coverage of tournaments like ICC world cup of cricket, FIFA Football Cup, Commonwealth Games and Olympics to keep the audience stick to their respective channels. In this way, the highest TRP drew by the nominated channel bags the top position holder among media fraternity.