1st March 2023
– Shiffrin Eyeing Stenmark’s Record
– European Visa Waiver System Delayed to 2024
– Northern Lights Dazzle Over the Scottish Highlands
– 80% of Milan-Cortina 2026 Venues to be Ready in ‘Good Time’…….NEW
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Wednesday 1st March
Shiffrin Eyeing Stenmark’s Record
Mikaela Shiffrin is in Kvitfjell in Norway this week where she has a chance to equal and surpass the record of World Cup wins held by the Swede, Ingemar Stenmark.
The 27-year-old American superstar is set to compete in two Super G races and a Downhill over three consecutive days, starting on Friday 3rd March.
Shiffrin is on 85 career World Cup wins. Stenmark’s record is 86.
She is already the most successful female World Cup alpine skier, beating Lindsey Vonn’s record of 82 wins at Kronplatz in the Italian Dolomites in January.
In an interview with Associated Press, Stenmark paid a glowing tribute to Shiffrin.
“She’s much better than I was. You cannot compare,” he said. “She has everything. She has good physical strength, she has a good technique, strong head. I think it’s the combination of everything makes her so good.
“And I’m also impressed that she can ski good both in slalom and in super-G and downhill also. I could never have been so good in all disciplines.”
Stenmark’s titles came in slalom and giant slalom.
Shiffrin has won in every discipline: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G, Downhill, Parallel Slalom, Combined.
European Visa Waiver System Delayed Again
The ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) was meant to be in place in 2022.
The rollout had already been delayed, first to May and then November 2023 but it will not now be introduced until some time in 2024.
The ETIAS will be required for UK nationals and other non-EU citizens from 60 countries to visit an EU country along similar lines to the USA’s ESTA visa waiver programme.
It will cost 7 Euros for those aged 18 to 70 and will be free for everyone else.
It will last three years, allowing multiple trips to different countries.
Northern Lights Sparkle Over UK
Have you been on a ski trip to Norway and been disappointed that the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, failed to make an appearance?
Well, earlier this week you would not have had to travel that far north.
The weather conditions meant there were some spectacular light shows in the UK, apparently as far south as Cornwall.
These are a few of our favourite images from the Scottish Highlands.
Yes, it’s a long exposure shot, but I dare say the northern lights looked pretty good at 4,000ft last night on the summit of Aonach Mòr. Perfect winter camping conditions.
📷 Paul Skea https://t.co/ghPcBIYTWo pic.twitter.com/C4JvvjZj3I
— Iain Cameron (@theiaincameron) February 27, 2023
There was an incredible display of the aurora borealis across many parts of the Cairngorms National Park last night, captured beautifully near Abernethy Forest by Pete Short. Were you lucky enough to see them?
📸 wildeyehighland on instagram pic.twitter.com/f8Ce8t127e
— Cairngorms National Park (@cairngormsnews) February 27, 2023
80% of Milan-Cortina Venues to be Ready in ‘Good Time’
Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister says 80% of the work on the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics venues will be completed in good time.
Matteo Salvini told the Milan Cortina Foundation in Venice that they were working to increase that percentage, despite years of delays.
“I have been a minister for 4 months and I can say that we are unblocking construction sites and projects,” he said.
“If everyone had done their job in previous years, I would be calmer, but I don’t regret the past and I say that the Olympics will be an exceptional opportunity for development, not only for Milan and Cortina, but for all of Italy.”
Read the full story in InsideTheGames
This article was originally published by Planetski.eu. Read the original article here.