[Interesting DVD was told about. I have not seen it, but the two video segments on YouTube look interesting. - Mike Muha]
They train harder than any other athlete and they spend more than 200 days a year on the road, far away from their families and a normal life. They all share an intense love for the sport and a need to push their bodies and minds to new levels. And they all want to become the best skier in the world.
In this unique portrait of one of the toughest sports around, world class athletes like Frode Estil, Marit Bjørgen, Pietro Piller Cottrer, Anders Södergren, Beckie Scott, Tobias Angerer, as well as coaches and support staff, share their thoughts on training, racing and the sport. As cross country has become more commercialized and dependent on sponsors and television the rules have changed. The number of World Cup races have increased and completely new forms of racing has been introduced. Long gone is the lone skier who went into the woods and came back an hour later. Today, a new kind of athlete has emerged, ready to fight man to man on short tracks around the stadium surrounded by TV cameras and thousands of spectators.
The story begins in Val Senales, a small ski resort in the heart of Tyrol, where the final preparations for the up-coming season takes place. Everyday is the same and consists of eating, training, sleeping, eating and then some more eating. It is an extreme life but this is their job and they would not want to trade it for anything else. At 3200 meter above sea level the view of endless mountaintops and the cloud-covered valleys is spectacular and when the sun shines it is definitely a work environment to envy.
But the hardest part is yet to come, because it takes a special person to make use of all that training and all those preparations to actually reach the goals. The competition is fierce and it takes only one cold to spoil the whole season. It is a thin line between success and failure and the judgment from media, the public and sponsors can be ruthless. Fortunately, the athletes are not alone. Their teammates, coaches, waxers and physicians are an important part in every success and they all feel the pressure. Together they form a family almost as strong as their own.
This DVD is in PAL (European) format and may not play on all DVD players in USA and Canada (USA and Canada buyers - please check your player before you buy to make sure it supports PAL format). Some DVD players have a PAL-NTSC Converter Built-IN.
However, this DVD will play on all PC and MAC DVD players, so buy it and enjoy it on your computer.
The X-Country DVD has six different subtitles.
[Someone want to get me a copy for Christmas??? - Mike]