Speaking of Oberhof, our old friend Lasse was in Oberhof over the weekend, with the goal of meeting the qualifying standard so that he could represent Denmark in the Olympics next month. And he did it! He met the standard, scoring 97 FIS points in the Tour de Ski prologue! So he's in, right? He made the Olympic Team? Well, not quite. There's more to the story...
Anyone who's been to Greenland knows that Greenland is an autonomous country within the kingdom of Denmark. As such, they control their own internal affairs, but their international affairs are under the control of the Danish parliament. My point is that Greenlandic athletes compete for Denmark.
In Greenland, there lives a man who calls himself Martin Møller. But others call him "The Fastest Man in Greenland." (It's true - I found it on the internet.) Just like our friend Lasse, Mr. Møller has also met the Danish Olympic qualifying standard. But what's more, he's also beaten our Lasse in every single head-to-head matchup they've had this year. Currently, Denmark is granted only one Olympic skiing berth. So it would seem clear that Martin Møller is currently the obvious choice for this one spot. I don't presume to know all the intricacies of the Danish selection criteria, but it seems to me that there would have to be a dramatic shift in the world of Danish skiing for this situation to change.
|Martin Møller, Fastest Man in Greenland.|
So what does all this mean to you, sitting there at your computer reading this, you ask? This means that if you've been a fan of our Lasse Mølgaard-Nielsen, you are now, by default, a big fan of Martin Møller! (Not that you shouldn't have been a fan already. I've been to his hometown of Nuuk, and I found the city to be full of friendly, generous people, of which Martin Møller is probably one.) If you want our Lasse to be on the Danish Olympic Team, you'll want to be sending all your positive energy not only to Lasse, but to Martin, too. But isn't that the way it is with teams anyway? When one does well, it helps everyone on the team.
So that's the situation in the world of Danish ski racing at the moment, as I understand it. Møller and Mølgaard are currently in a car on their way to Lenzerheide, Switzerland for a little training camp before their next races. Stay tuned...
Meanwhile, unlike Oberhof and Japan, we have plenty of snow around here. And it looks like there was plenty of snow in Whitehorse for Étienne's races last weekend. The paparazzi were out, and these photos found their way to my desk:
|I'm pretty sure it's Étienne's first race in a Seawolf zoot suit.|