– After breaking her second hand of the summer a few weeks ago in Livigno, Italy, Norwegian star Therese Johaug is back to training with two poles, according to Langrenn.com. Meanwhile, it seems she has obligations: a Finnish newspaper reports that she earns a million Euros per year in sponsorship.
– Die Tageszeitung, a Berlin-based newspaper, has published more commentary on the Harald Wurm doping scandal in Austria. On their website taz.de, the paper notes that Wurm was “best friends” with disgraced teammate Johannes Duerr, who was kicked out of the 2014 Olympics after testing positive for EPO. The paper also notes that the coach of both, and now the coach of the national team, is Gerald Heigl, who was also the coach of one of Austria’s most famous dopers: Christian Hoffman. Hoffman, an Olympic medalist, was eventually banned for six years for blood doping, but in 2012 there was brief talk of him making a comeback, reportedly with Heigl backing such a move.
– You thought you’d seen it all, but another first in cross-country skiing: Petter Northug is starting his own television channel. The name translates to “The Northug Circus” and is based on the concept of a video blog. “I think it’s incredibly exciting to be involved in creating something new in Norwa,” Anders Sæther of Globus media told Norway’s Adressa. “This takes Petter and the ‘blog’ genre a big step forward… Petter can reach audiences sitting 24 hours a day. The project will be financed with a combination of advertising and subscription revenues. Here he will delve into how he trains, including posting his training diary.”
– Elsewhere in Norway, 2007 sprint World Champion Astrid Jacobsen, who had a stellar 2015 season including a World Cup win, team gold and individual silver at World Championships in Falun, did a training session with the women’s biathlon team. Longtime ski coach Steinar Mundal is working with the women, including World Cup winners Tiril Eckhoff and Fanny (Welle-Strand) Horn Birkeland, and trying to get their ski speeds up by focusing on agility, longer training sessions, and more powerful technique. “For these girls it is important to raise the awareness of their abilities,” Jacobsen told broadcaster NRK after the training session. “There are many of them who are actually quite fast, but they have not known about it, and sometimes they choose not to use it as an advantage either. I think we can look forward to winter.”