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Edinburgh may host a ski race in 2020!

Ahem. Unfortunately, I can't find a news story in English*, but in short, the Norwegian and Swedish national cross-country ski bodies have submitted a bid to the International Ski Federation to host a multi-stage tour in February 2020. This would, unsurprisingly, be held in Sweden and Norway, with the rather more surprising exception of the opening race, to be held in Edinburgh!

This is not actually as daft as it sounds. Snow always has to be carted in for city races anyway, there will be stored snow available at that time of year, and the temperatures will be low enough to sustain it for a few days. As I have said before, it is a good deal less stupid than holding the Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Norwegian ski federation already works with the British ones on matters of mutual interest**, and the press release gets to say something virtuous about the importance of inviting more nations to be involved with world cup races. I'm not sure when decisions are made, but my fingers are going to be firmly crossed!

*In Norwegian.

**I.e. British access to snow and resources, Norwegian brownie points for working with a small nation in the sport.

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Date: 2016-10-01 08:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naraht
Hurrah for Edinburgh! My fingers are crossed on your behalf.

(And here I thought that the most important global news story of the weekend, also mysteriously not yet covered in English, is that Katla may be on the verge of erupting.)

ETA: OK, it is being covered in English, just not by English journalists: http://www.ruv.is/frett/powerful-earthquakes-around-katla-volcano
Edited Date: 2016-10-01 08:35 am (UTC)

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Date: 2016-10-01 01:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naraht
I was briefly cross about not being in Iceland and then remembered that I'm going to be in Moscow. I just about feel compensated.

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Date: 2016-10-01 08:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] slemslempike
I immediately thought of the dry slope in Edinburgh, but I suppose that's not cross-country. I'm sure that's the only thing preventing it from being used in world-class events.

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Date: 2016-10-01 09:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aella_irene
EEEEE!

*makes hopeful faces at Edinburgh based friends*

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