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Eight new World Championship medals

Jon Rolf Skamo Hope  (NOR) after winning the gold medal in the 10km classic event at 2018 FIS JR World Championships. Photo: Eirik Myhren

Four Madshus racers take home a total of eight medals from the 2018 FIS U23/Junior Nordic World Championships in Goms (AUT). Jon Rolf Skamo Hope (NOR), who was rated the best athlete of the Junior World Championships, earned three medals in four days, including gold in the 10-kilometer classic event on January 30, silver in […]

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Vasaloppet isn’t a matter of VO2max

Stian Hoelgaard at the finish after Vasaloppet 2017. Photo: Ski Classics

Get the inside tips on how to prepare for the 90km classic race from Sälen to Mora. “There are two things that make or break Vasaloppet, and it’s not your endurance or your VO2max. It’s your ability to work manage pain and fatigue and staying mentally focused,” says Stian Hoelgaard (NOR), who was on the Vasaloppet […]

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Double dress rehearsal

Jarl Magnus Riiber (NOR), was on the podium 3 times in 3 days at the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Seefeld (AUT). Photo: Nordic Focus

The 2019 World Championships preview in Seefeld was also a final chance to race before the Olympics. Jarl Magnus Riiber (NOR) posted three podium finishes in three days at the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup mini tour. “I had amazing skis, and I also did well at the jumping hill. Having been on the podium […]

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On track for the Olympics

Krista Parmakoski (FIN)  won the 10km classic at the FIS world cup in Planica (SLO) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Double World Cup victory bodes well for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang (KOR) in February. Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) who won the women’s 10-kilometer classic race at the FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Planica (SLO) on Sunday, with Heidi Weng (NOR) in third place. Pärmäkoski is exited to feel back on track after illness […]

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Sweeping the long and the short

Ida Sargent (USA) at the FIS cross-country World Cup team sprint in Dresden (GER). Photo: Nordic Focus

Podium performances in the Ski Classics marathon, the FIS World Cup team sprint and the IBU biathlon World Cup relay. In the Ski Classics long-distance series, Sara Lindborg (SWE) delivered a solid podium finish in Austria – her first for the season – with second place in the 60-kilometer Kaiser Maximilian Lauf. The race, which […]

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Tour de Thriller

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR), and Heidi Weng Photo: Nordic Focus

Heidi Weng and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg finished first and second in the 2018 Tour de Ski. The Norwegian duo dominated Tour de Ski from the first weekend in Lenzerheide (SUI), and prior to the last stage, only 1.8 seconds separated Østeberg from Weng. However, the final stage was no thriller. Weng passed Østberg at the […]

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Østberg and Weng dominate Tour de Ski opener

Ingvild Oestberg (NOR) has a solid overall lead headed into the meat of the 2018 Tour de Ski. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Heidi Weng are headed into the meat of the 2018 FIS Tour de Ski with a solid overall lead on the rest of the pack after a stellar opening weekend to the 7-stage event in Lenzerheide (SUI). Despite tricky conditions in both the opening sprint race on Saturday, December 30, and […]

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Seven stages, nine days and 400 FIS points

Heidi Weng (NOR) with her FIS Tour de Ski trophy after the final climb in Val di Fiemme (ITA). Photo: Nordic Focus

All you need to know about the 2018 Tour de Ski. The 12th edition of the FIS Tour de Ski stage race opens with sprint competitions in Lenzerheide (SUI) on December 30, continues with individual start classic races on December 31 and skate pursuit races on January 1. The tour then moves on to Oberstdorf […]

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“I almost passed out in the sprint”

Thea Krokan Murud (NOR) has impressed with several top 20 finishes at the World Cup this season. Photo: Nordic Focus

Thea Murud (NOR) went all in on her first international World Cup, and was rewarded with three more races on the spot. The rookie was 11th in the FIS World Cup skate sprint in Davos (SUI) on Saturday, December 9, and 19th in the 10km skate race on Sunday, December 10. “It was really hard. […]

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“I felt amazing today”

Heidi Weng (NOR) in front of Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR), during the 10km pursuit in Toblach (ITA). Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) moved up from sixth to second place in the classic pursuit in Toblach. “It was a great team effort from the Norwegian team. I had great skis and my fitness is exactly where it should be for this time of the season. I was a little bit upset that I didn’t […]

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