Nordic

An Olympic season is right at the doorstep

The shorter the days get, the more amped up the athletes get. It’s no wonder, since a new World Cup season is right in front of us. And this isn’t just any season, this is an Olympic year!

While the Alpine athletes will started already at the end of October in Sölden, the Nordic athletes had to be a little patient. The ski jumpers, including a Fischer newcomer, Austria’s Jan Hörl, ring in the World Cup for the Nordic athletes on November 20th in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. A week later, the cross country skiers and Nordic Combined athletes join the show when they meet in Ruka, Finland. At that same time, the starting gun for the 21l22 season will quite literally go off for the biathletes in Östersund, Sweden. Women in Nordic Combined and ski jumping will contest their World Cup season beginning December 4th in Lillehammer, Norway. On Fischer skis for the first time, world champion Ema Klinec of Slovenia will be there, looking to score Word Cup points.

This coming winter will be anything but boring, with the World Cup calendars absolutely jam packed with highlights. Following the first few World Cups of the season, straddling the New Year, two traditional series take place: the Four Hills Tournament, with familiar stops in Germany at Oberstdorf and at Garmisch; and in Austria at Innsbruck and at Bischofshofen; and the Tour de Ski, as well. This year, the latter event will feature two competitions each in Lenzerheide, Switzerland; Oberstdorf, Germany; and finally in Val di Fiemme, Italy, where the tour champion is typically decided on the Final Climb up the slope of the Alpe Cemis. At the same time, biathletes will contest what is known as the ORA-Trophy in Germany at Oberhof and Ruhpolding, and in Antholz, Italy after a one year Corona hiatus.

Athletes in every discipline will be doing their best to fine tune and hone their skills for the Olympics. Without question the high point of this season will be from February 4th through the 22nd near Beijing, China. It’s all about mining that precious Olympic metal, and the Fischer Race Family will be in prime form and more than ready to claim their share. 180km (112m) northwest of the capital city of Beijing, in the area around Zhangjiakou, 171 medals will be awarded in 31 different competitions. At over 1700m (5577ft) altitude the air there will be thin for these athletes. The larger federations made the call to hold summer altitude training at Lavazée Pass, Stilfer Joch, or the Seiser Alm to prepare themselves as well as possible for these unique conditions.

The Raw Air Tour in Scandinavia and the Ski Jumping World Championships in Vikersund, Norway from March 11th – 13th will be the next challenge for the ski jumpers. It will be exciting to see who can still push through at the end of such a long season. The Nordic Combined for men and for women will be the first to honor their Overall World Cup winners on March 13th in Schonach, Germany. One week later the Nordic skiers will reward their champions in Tyumen, Russia, while the biathletes present their crystal globes in Oslo, Norway. The final competitions of the 21l22 World Cup season will feature women’s ski jumpers soaring for the victory in Chaykovsky, Russia, while the men do the same in Planica, Slovenia.

We wish all Fischer and ONE WAY athletes great success!