Thursday, January 15, 2015

Two Years Old

A Boston Blickbild Exclusive

The Boston Blickbild will be two years old on Saturday. For the past two years our intrepid reporters have brought you, dear readers, the stories that nobody else dared to print. We are the only site that parodies World Cup Alpine skiing. Just like everything else in life, we found that there are a lot of things to satirize with both the racers and the International Ski Federation. We have experienced mostly positive reactions from the athletes and fans to our stories. Let's take a look back over the past two years.

Our Athlete Profiles. We have done several athlete profiles in the past two years. Our first one was Fritz Dopfer and our most recent was Travis Ganong. Between Fritz and Travis, we have done special profiles on the following racers: Aksel Lund Svindal, Julia Mancuso, Ted Ligety, Henrik Kristoffersen,  Max Franz, and Frida Hansdotter.

Our Interviews With the Racers. The following athletes not mentioned above have been interviewed by our intrepid reporters at least once: Lindsey Vonn, Carlo Janka, Silvan Zurbriggen, Didier Defago, Marc Gisin, Regina Sterz, Anna Fenninger, Lizz Goergl, Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Lena Duerr, Marcel Hirscher, Mikaela Shiffrin, Bode Miller, Ivica Kostelic, Sarka Strachova, Kjetil Jansrud, Gauthier de Tessieres, Marlies Schild, Benjamin Raich, Martina Schild, Hermann Maier, Chemmy Alcott, Alexis Pinturault, and Sarah Schleper.

Interview With Others. We have interviewed fans, FIS officials, ski federation officials, trainers, psychologists, ski instructors, police officials, actors who play policemen in bad German TV police shows, Mafia enforcers, witch doctors, and Russian border guards.

Our Recurring Characters. Bob from the FIS, Hermann Mayer the former police chief of Schladming and now crime consultant to the FIS, Herr Mayer's dog Fido, Marcel Hirscher's former guide dog Whitey, Congolese witch doctor Dr. Mabongo, and of course, our favorite Mafia enforcer, Vinnie "The Shark" Razzovelli. Even though surstroemming and ojlmsfjaegger are foods and not characters, they are also featured in many of our stories.

Things We Have Satirized. FIS penalties for small infractions, disqualification rules, how the FIS figures out start order, how FIS points are calculated, how to figure out who wins races, Lindsey Vonn's wish to race against men and her obsession with records, commentators being confused about Regina Sterz's identity, Fritz Dopfer constantly being asked if he is German or Austrian, Vanessa Mae qualifying to the Sochi Olympics, the FIS's promotion of City Events, how nobody in the States knows Ted Ligety, Ski Racing magazine's ad for a writer, Marcel Hirscher constantly being accused of cheating, and much more.

Our Unique Stories. Germany setting the trend for teams getting witch doctors, Dr. Mabongo being kidnapped by Sweden in Schladming and the trial in Mongolia, the quest by Lindsey Vonn's supporters to invade Slovenia, and Vinnie "The Shark" Razzovelli qualifying for the Sochi Olympics along with the subsequent investigation into the Freedonian Ski Team.

Our Top Stories.  Our top 5 most viewed stories are:  1) Athlete Profile: Aksel Lund Svindal and Julia Manuso,  2) Larisa Yurkiw dumped by Alpine Canada,  3) Is Tiger Woods Cheating on Lindsey Vonn,  4) Marcel Hirscher's Wish in Schladming, and 5) An Interview with Bode and Morgan Miller.

Who Reads the Blickbild? The top 10 countries where are readers come from are: 1) USA  2) Germany  3) Russia  4) France  5) United Kingdom  6) Canada  7) Austria  8) Slovenia  9) Poland  10) Sweden

We have the most intrepid reporters and research team in the business. They have not only interviewed athletes and FIS officials, but they have traveled the world to bring our readers the stories that everyone else is afraid to print. They have traveled all over Europe, the Congo, Moscow, Mongolia, the Mojave Desert in California, and even New Jersey. Our staff will continue to travel the globe to find the stories that the others ignore.

And that concludes another Boston Blickbild exclusive story.

The Boston Blickbild. Our motto is: We can't believe that we lasted two years.

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The Boston Blickbild. Our motto is: 

The Boston Blickbild is on Facebook. If you enjoy our unique perspective on World Cup Alpine skiing, please like us on Facebook. We are also on Twitter as bostonblickbild.

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