Roller Skiing is here and it seems like it’s not going anywhere any time soon. So, the first time you see someone gliding past you this summer don’t be like me and ask “I’ll have what he’s having”. Yes, it might seem silly at first glace and no, they haven’t had too much to drink. It’s most likely just someone staying in tip-top cross country shape before the first powder drops.
Roller Skiing Is No Joke
Any Olympic athlete will tell you that pre and post fitness is just as important as in-season training. It might even be more important to our Cross-Country and Nordic skiers as both of these events require athletes to be in impeccable physical shape. Roller Skiing isn’t exclusively reserved for the winter Cross-Country athletes but has become a sport on its own. This young sport kicked off in Northen Europe during the 20th century but have already been used for training in the 1970s by France’s Nordic ski team. Today, numerous countries make use of this sport to stay in shape pre-Winter Olympics.
Even Royalty’s Taken to It
After 19 days of competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, Norway came out on top of the final medal count with an astounding 39 Olympic medal count. So, having a king and queen who are just as infatuated with winter sports shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. King Harald V and Queen Sonja are both lovers of the art we know as Cross-Country skiing and have taken it upon themselves to step in and assist China in preparing for the 2022 Winter Olympics by having the Chinese athletes practice in Norway. What does all of this have to do with roller skiing you ask? Well, the hosts decided to entertain the royal couple with some roller skiing fun during their visit to China in October 2018. The event involved Chinese national team athletes, Beijing students and some former Norwegian Olympians in mixed roller skiing team relays. All of this against the backdrop of the landmark Bird’s Nest and Water Cube.
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