–Cartoonist Thomas Zipfel has offered his depiction of the World Cup scene leading into this weekend’s season-opening races in Sweden – he seems to think that home athletes Marcus Hellner and Charlotte Kalla have the advantage. A full gallery of Zipfel’s cartoons from last year is available here – there are some truly excellent caricatures. My favorite is the one of Axel Teichmann playing basketball with Petter Northug and Dario Cologna.
–More fraud accusations have been filed stemming from the 2009 World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, where the organizing committee was headed by former Olympic champion Katerina Neumannova.
–The organizers of the season-opening World Cup in Gallivare, Sweden, have a video of the course, if you want to check it out.
–And finally, more than four months after it began, the 2010 World Series of Poker has finally concluded, with cross-country ski stars Petter Northug and Marcus Hellner having moved on to what most fans would probably consider bigger and better things – if not more lucrative things. Canadian Jonathan Duhamel took the grand prize, winning nearly $9 million. That’s just under three times the prize money on offer for the entire World Cup cross-country ski circuit this year.