The Long Distance Ski Championship



Written by: Teemu Virtanen

Russia one of the majors when it comes to Nordic skiing. There is only one team from that vast land in Visma Ski Classics, and we witnessed two wins for Russians last season: Ilya Chernousov in La Diagonela representing this season Bauer Ski Team (former Pioneer Investments) and Olga Rotcheva in Vasaloppet China representing Russian Marathon team. Olga is not among the names registered under the Pro Team upcoming season, but there are five other eager skiers ready to rumble.

Alexey Dvoskin came home from China as a happy man with his 8th position, added to his earlier success in Sgambeda finishing 16th. while Ermil Vokuev performed even better by being 4th in Jizerska50 and 18th in Ylläs-Levi (his only two races last season). Maxim Kovalev is the team's third male skier, but he has not much to write home about in terms of long distance results yet, but he is the winner of the men's classic sprint at the World University Games. Maxim may indeed max out in Visma Ski Classics.

There are two female athletes in the team. Viktoria Melina is no stranger to Visma Ski Classics, and she did four races, including the prologue, last season. She was able to bring in valuable points to her team with her 4th place in China, 11th in Sgambeda and 9th in Ylläs-Levi. Larisa Ryasina is still a rookie in Visma Ski Classics, but she was 6th in 30 km Classic in the Russian National Championships and 6th in La Diagonela.

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