The International Olympic Committee warned last year that the Olympic future of the Nordic countries combined was uncertain. Women will not participate in the 2026 Olympics, and even in men there are doubts about the post-Milan Cortina, as the men jointly fight to maintain the Olympic position. “We are already cooperating with Estonia and Kazakhstan. But cooperation with the USA becomes even more important when it comes to the Olympic Games, both for women and men“, says the head of the Norwegian Joint Group, Ivar Stoan. “We’re counting on Americans participating, at least so they can compete for top ten places and potential medals at the Olympics“Stuan continues.
The IOC has few viewers and very little commercial appeal. We need the United States in this fight. Norway, which won all five gold medals awarded in combined training at the World Ski Championships in Planica in 2023, will contribute to “the pinnacle of Norwegian sports culture,” Stoan says. The Americans finished 50th overall at the combined World Cup last winter. In the women’s class, Anika was the best Malacinski24.
“We will not benefit directly financially, but we already have several full-time guys in the same “bubble” who can help us. This would give us an advantage“He states and adds that they would also be willing to provide assistance to the Americans regarding the preparation of materials.”It will also probably mean a lot to Americans that we will take full responsibility for greasing their cross-country sleds.. Remember, Norwegians Truls Johansen and Christian Ingebrigtsen are already coaching the United States. “What if the Americans became as strong as the Norwegians? Then it will be like this. “The most important thing for us is to save the discipline as an Olympic discipline.”
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