Why Germans Ski Fast

Half an Adventure

Moonrise near the race trails Moonrise near the race trails

Since my last blog post I’ve been training (and learning some German) in Oberstdorf, a town in the Allgäu region of Bavaria, in Southern Germany. I’m lucky enough to be training with members of the German Ski Team, and while I’m here I’m trying to work out what makes them so fast (the women’s relay team just came third in the Olympics!). Please note this is one perspective so not everything I say will be true everywhere. Anyway, to my speculations:

  • Talent Pool: One important ingredient in having a successful skiing nation is that there are lots of people who give skiing a go at least a few times when they are young, so they can get keen and start training. It is commonly remarked that Norway has 5 million cross-country skiers, which is apparently almost their whole population, and while Germany lacks the sheer…

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