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cross-country skierclick to hear

Athlete who practices cross-country skiing; this athlete takes part in various individual (classic, freestyle, pursuit, sprint) and team (relay) events.
cross-country skier boot binding shovel cross-country ski pole shaft ski pole ski suit turtleneck pole grip glove wrist strap ski hat

boot click to hear

Lightweight flexible boot that provides good ankle mobility; the skating step requires a more rigid boot than the traditional boot.

binding click to hear

Device of variable form in which the skier places the toe of the boot; it allows the ski to move as one with the skier.

shovel click to hear

Front end of the ski; its upward curve cuts through snow and helps to avoid catching an edge.

cross-country ski click to hear

Long board designed to glide over a snow-covered surface; light and narrow, it has a relatively pronounced camber between the shovel and the tail.

pole shaft click to hear

ski pole click to hear

Metal or composite fiber rod with a handle and a basket; the ski pole is used for maintaining balance and thrusting.

ski suit click to hear

Skintight one-piece garment that reduces air resistance; it is lightweight and allows heat generated by the skier to be released.

turtleneck click to hear

Knit fabric top with a high collar formed of ribbing that folds over around the neck; it has no closing mechanism.

pole grip click to hear

glove click to hear

Covering for the hand and wrist that protects them against cold and against chafing by the pole handle; it is thinner than an alpine ski glove.

wrist strap click to hear

Strap that is attached to the pole grip and worn around the wrist to prevent the skier from losing a pole when sticking it into the ground.

ski hat click to hear

Headgear made of a tubular piece of fabric folded back to form a double layer; its top is sewn and sometimes features a pom-pom.