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Diversity of Nationalities on the World Cup

Norwegians don’t win everything, but sometimes it can sure feel like it. A very common thing ecologists measure and study is species diversity in an ecosystem. We can do the same thing with nationalities finishing in the top 3, 10, etc in major international races. As you might imagine, there are quite a few ways […]

US World Cup Progress

I got an email the other day asking if I thought that the US had been improving in international races lately. There are obviously lots of ways to measure the progress of a national ski program, but the only one I really can comment on is simply race results. So these are the US major […]

New Toys

I’ve been having fun with some new toys lately, which has resulted in my building two, well, dashboards I guess. One is for single athletes the other is for nations. I’m on a free hosting plan that allows for 25 usage hours per month. If they go over that they will just shut down until the month is […]

Effect of start order on women’s WSC 10k

This topic has been covered elsewhere¬†but I thought I’d add my two cents, and it turned out to be slightly longer than Twitter could accommodate. A lot of wacky things went on that day, as you’d expect when the weather and waxing are tricky and change dramatically during the race. I haven’t watched the TV […]

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Minor Leagues

OPA Cup races (also known as Alpen Cup) and Scandinavian Cup races have acquired an informal reputation as a sort of “minor league” racing circuit, relative to the World Cup. ¬†One question this leads me to ask is exactly how much movement is there between these two circuits? To answer this question I took data […]

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A Brief Summer Siesta

When I started this whole Statistical Skier thing a little over two years ago, I had a very minimal, but very strict, standard for how I wanted the site to run: I absolutely had to stick to my posting schedule. Even if that meant putting up a post that was little more than a cursory […]

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Quantifying Technique Speed Differences: Sprinting

Like last time, we’re looking to quantify somehow the average difference in speed (in sec/km) between classic and skating. Only this time we’re focusing in on sprints. Organizing the times for the heats is a bit of a challenge, so I’m only going to consider the qualification round. So essentially we’re just looking at speed […]