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“I’m finally at the very top of the podium”

Emotional first World Cup victory for biathlete Vanessa Hinz (GER) on Sunday. Hinz shot clean in the 12.5-kilometer mass start on Sunday, which was a first for the 25-year-old. “After so doubting myself so many times, I’m finally at the very top of the podium. It’s almost unbelievable,” Hinz said after the race in Kontiolahti […]

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16 days, 13 medals, countless smiles

23.02.2018, Pyeongchang, Korea (KOR):
Krista Parmakoski (FIN) - XXIII. Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018, cross-country, medals, Pyeongchang (KOR). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus. Every downloaded picture is fee-liable.

Madshus athletes earned at total of 13 medals in Pyeong Chang (KOR). In both cross-country and biathlon, the Madshus racers took home medals of all colors: gold, silver and bronze. At the biathlon range, Anaïs Bescond helped France to gold in the mixed relay and bronze in the women’s relay, and also won the bronze […]

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Double podium at Vasaloppet

Astrid Øyre Slind after finishing Vasaloppet 2018, in 2nd place. Photo: Stefano Zatta

Astrid Øyre Slind (NOR) and Stian Hoelgaard were second and third, respectively, at the tough 90-kilometer classic race from Sälen to Mora. With cold, draggy snow after a long period of frigid temperatures and snow falling through most of the race, conditions were brutal for the more than 15,000 racers in the 94th edition of […]

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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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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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