Everyone to Skis!
Skiing in Russia and the Rise of Soviet Biathlon
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Northern Illinois University Press
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Having lived most of my life during the Cold War era, it gives me great satisfaction to co-opt a Soviet trope by thanking the unseen collective that Over the course of four decades, I have been privileged to study with out-standing linguists. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge in particular the influence of Elizabeth McKee; Professors Sylvia Brown and William ...
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...ing and rifle marksmanship, was a woefully underfinanced and neglected sport throughout North America in 1978, the first year I went to the Unit-ed States Olympic Training Center in Squaw Valley, California. Always on the lookout for skiers who could shoot, the National Team had extended invitations for its annual pre-season camp even to struggling neophytes ...
1—Long Boards in the Long Nineteenth Century
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...grad, Vladimir Lenin offered this revolutionary advice to his mistress and fellow conspirator, the French socialist-feminist Inessa Armand: “Do you ski? Do it without fail! Learn how and set off for the mountains—you must. In the mountains winter is wonderful! It’s sheer delight, and it smells It is no surprise that Lenin was enthusiastic about skiing. His short life ...
2—The First World War to NEP
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...stage for hostilities two decades later that resulted in Cold War polariza-tion and, in the realm of sports, brought politics directly into the Olympic Games. Even more than Western Europe, the Great War transformed Rus-sia, where it spawned three events that altered the makeup of the nation: the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, the Civil War of 1918–1921 and the ...
3—Stalin and the Inter-War Years
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IT IS NO COINCIdENCE that two important historians of the Soviet Union chose the same excerpt from Joseph Stalin’s 1929 essay “A Year of Great Change” to introduce their respective chapters on his twenty-four-year tenure: “We are advancing full steam ahead along the road of indus-trialization—to socialism, leaving behind the age-old ‘Russian’ backward-...
4—The Winter War and the Great Patriotic War,1939–1945
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...correspondent for the New York Times covering the Soviet invasion of Fin-land, detailed a gruesome landscape along the forest roads just west of the Russian border. As he accompanied an advancing ski patrol in pursuit of survivors of the 163rd and 14th Red Army Corps, Aldridge was aghast at the carnage: “I came upon a sight I never want to see again. It was the main ...
5—Post-War Soviet Sports and the Birth of Biathlon
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ThE SOVIET uNION PAId a terrible price for the Allied victory in World War II, including the devastation of tens of thousands of cities and villages and the loss of 27,000,000 citizens. The conflagration informed virtually every aspect of Soviet life in the aftermath. As historian Elena Zubkova suggests, it is impossible to comprehend post-war Soviet history ...
6—Skiing, Shooting and Politics, 1960 to 1962
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...dIzzY WITh SuCCESS, to appropriate Stalin’s famous maxim, the Soviets reveled in the prospect of repeating their 1956 Olympic perfor-mance in Squaw Valley, California, four years later.1 What better propa-ganda bonus than to dominate the Winter Games again—this time on the home turf of their Cold War nemesis. Tensions that had been building ...
7—The Triumph of Soviet Biathlon, 1963 to 1966
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...siast, reminisced about the golden glory days of the Soviet Union at the 1956 Cortina Olympics in comparison to the National Team’s more re-cent world championship showing in Poland: “Bronze medals,” he grum-bled, “that’s all they were able to achieve at Zakopane.”1 Noticeably absent from Viktorov’s account, of course, were the brilliant results of the women’s ...
8—The Era of Aleksandr Tikhonov
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National Biathlon Championships in Seattle, Washington, two rifles stood side by side on a gun-rack. Each bore a distinctive white sticker with “Al-exander Tikhonov & MA” embossed in a black Latin-letter font. One rifle-owner explained to me the import of the stickers: they were used to mark firearms after trigger-weight testing at the 2009 World Summer Biathlon ...
9—Minsk: Thirteenth Biathlon World Championships, 1974
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In late February 1974, the Soviet Union’s decades-long drive for recognition as a major ski power soared to a new level when two skiers from the USSR placed first and third in the junior men’s 15-kilometer biathlon, winning the first medals ever awarded at an international world championship ski race on Soviet soil. Headlines in Sovetskii sport had been trumpeting the fact ...
10—The Fifteenth Winter Olympic Games: Calgary, Canada, 1988
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The Norwegian delegation’s team leader offered a few words of solace to readers of Sovetskaia Belorussiia as the world’s biathletes departed Minsk in 1974: “The ‘reshuffle’ in biathlon is a natural phenomenon,” he proposed. “Every sportsman, every team alternates between ‘peaks’ and ‘valleys.’ So one can say right now the Russian team appears to be in a valley, ceding the ...
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Just three months after the closing ceremonies at the 1988 Calgary Olym-pics, President of the United States Ronald Reagan received a standing ovation as he entered Moscow State University’s main auditorium. He was in the Soviet Union at the behest of Mikhail Gorbachev for a series of wide-ranging discussions on bilateral treaties and strategic arms limita-...
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Page Count: 424
Illustrations: 13 halftones
Publication Year: 2013