Employee from the past: Yesterday morning my wife and I were flying out of Manchester Airport for a long weekend. As always when flying I use my STAR backpack. While waiting to board a couple sat down across from us. After a few minutes the man noticed the STAR backpack looked at me and said. “Len?” He looked familiar but before I could figure out who he was he said. “Carl.” Last time I saw him was some twenty-five years ago.
Rikard Grip, head coach for the Swedish XC Team, is going to have to find some new talent very quickly. Grip knew that this was the last year for Johan Olsson, but now both Daniel Richardsson and Lars Nelson have decided to end their career. Daniel, like Johan, will be doing marathon races while the hero of Sochi has decided to become a software engineer. Lars has applied to the engineering school at the University in Oestersund.
Johan Olsson wants to win Vasaloppet
When Johan left the Falun World XC ski Championships in March he was convinced this was his last season as a XC ski racer. Olsson has several Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from the Olympics and World Championships and had decided to start another career.
The molded NNN binding adapter for thr NNN XCelarator binding is extremly stiff and thick and I wondered how it would affect the flex characteristcs of our roller ski shafts, especially the shorter skate shafts. We have a very accurate flex testing machine and when compared to the standard screw mounted bindings the binding adapter plate with the Xcelerator binding increased the stiffness of the skate shaft by 9.3%. This is a very large increase in stiffness. Another problem with the binding adapter plate is that the foot is elevated by almost 3 mm compared to the screw type binding making the roller ski less stable.
Here is a brief comparison chart. Click here to see the pdf.