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Week In Review: Friday Feb 11th

Another down week with World Cup action on the cross-country side of things, but Drammen and World Champs are just around the corner.

  • Last weekend saw the return of the Rybinsk World Cups, a pursuit and a sprint. We also had the first weekend of biathlon World Cups over here in the US with some pursuits and sprints; and then more sprints this week.
  • I editorialized somewhat on the recurring complaints about the strengths and weaknesses of athlete ranking lists.
  • We assessed just how well (or poorly) the Rybinsk races were, along with recapping some of the specific performances.
  • I also checked in on some of the US results from the Scandinavian Cup races over the past few weekends.
  • I weighed in, lightly, on the somewhat odd debate that flared up at FasterSkier over whether men and women should race the same distances.
  • I decided that some graphs I made for looking at the performance of the Norwegian men’s distance team were interesting enough to apply to several other nations as well.
  • Finally, I lamented the fact that cross country’s sprint racing format involves five quarterfinal heats. I feel dirty just writing that.

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