Sept. 19 Roundup: Norway has mixed feelings about US athletic scholarships; Rollerski WC Concludes in CroatiaMonday, September 19th, 2011
— The FIS Rollerski World Cup concluded on Saturday and Sunday in Oroslavje, Croatia. Russia won both the junior and senior women’s divisions in Saturday’s 3 x 2 km team sprint, while the men’s 5 x 2 km had a little more diversity on the podium. Italy’s senior team of Mirko Ceolan and Emanuele Sbabo pulled away in the final round for a win over Russia (2nd) and Slovenia (3rd). France topped the junior men’s race over Italy and Russia. Norway didn’t field a team in any of the four divisions.
Sunday was an individual sprint on a 180 m track. The women’s overall rollerski World Cup title was snatched away from Hanna Seppas (SWE), who led the overall points going into the last day but didn’t qualify for the finals, by Guro Strom Solli (NOR), who finished second in the sprint to Anastasia Voronina (RUS).
The Italians cleaned up in the men’s senior division, with Emanuele Sbabo leading teammates Folco Pizzutto and Mirko Ceolan in second an third. The overall title went to their compatriot Simone Paredi.
— Langrenn.com began a series today on how athletic scholarships from American universities affect Norwegian skiing. In the first installment, Per Nymoen of the Norwegian Ski Federation voiced his mixed feelings on the value of American ski scholarships to Norwegian cross country development. While he said he understands that a quality education enables graduates to get good jobs in the ski industry, he thinks scholarships contribute to a brawn drain of sorts on young Norwegian talent, incentivizing skiers give up an elite career for their country to get an American education, oftentimes remaining in the States, never returning to elite skiing after graduation, or both.
— In a similar vein, Tiio Söderhielm (SWE) is being awarded a scholarship of 10,000 Swedish kroner for simultaneously pursuing higher education and a successful elite ski career. The 27-year-old has worked towards a degree economics at Skiduniversitetet (Ski University) in Östersund, and won an FIS race – a 15 km classic – last December in Skellefteå, Sweden.
— As part of the never-ending fight against performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) approved the 2012 list of prohibited substances and methods on Saturday, which gets updated every year after extensive consultation with scientific experts and stakeholders. Notable updates to the list included a new blood sampling policy, requiring at least 10% of all samples collected to be blood samples (as certain doping methods such as Human Growth Hormone and blood transfusions can’t be detected at in urine), and an initiative to develop the possibility of going paperless with its data collection.
Read more about the new list over at WADA.