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Waited a Year for First

Emil Hegle Svendsen (left) and Ole Einar Bjørndalen (far right) helped Norway to victory at the IBU relay in Ruhpolding (GER) on Friday, the 1st relay victory for the team in a year. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ole Einar Bjørndalen opened the relay for Norway, while Emil Hegle Svendsen anchored the team to victory at the IBU World Cup relay in Rupholding (GER). It’s been a full year since the Norwegian men last won a World Cup relay, and with less than two months to go until the World Championships on home […]

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2 Podiums and Overall Lead

Johan Kjølstad is now leading the Overall 2016 Ski Classics after 2nd place in Jizerska 50, while Stian Hoelgaard (right) increased his lead in the Youth Competition. Photo: Ski Classics

Johan Kjølstad (NOR) takes overall lead in the long-distance series Ski Classics after winning the sprint finish for second place in the Jizerska 50 on Sunday. Kjølstad beat Anders Aukland (NOR) on the finish line, and by securing second place in 50-kilometer marathon, he now leads the overall Ski Classics, with three of the nine events […]

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What a Tour!

03.01.2016, Lenzerheide, Switzerland (SUI):
Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) - FIS world cup cross-country, tour de ski, pursuit women, Lenzerheide (SUI). www.nordicfocus.com. © Felgenhauer/NordicFocus. Every downloaded picture is fee-liable.

At the end of the Tour de Ski Ingvild Flugstad Østberg was in tears over her second place, and Heidi Weng was third overall – for the third time. Norwegian duo Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Heidi Weng dominated the 10-day stage race from day one, effectively making the tenth anniversary edition of the Tour de […]

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15 Brutal Laps to 50km

The Jizerska 50 will be run as 15 laps on a 3.3km course for a total of 50km. Photo: Jizerska 50

  The lack of snow forces the Ski Classics event Jizerska 50 to be creative: The 50km marathon will be run as 15 laps on a 3.3km course replacing the original 50km course. The traditional Czech ski marathon Jizerska 50 is the third event in the 2016 Ski Classics long-distance race series, and despite the […]

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Incredible Ingvild

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) won the 5km skate race in  Lenzerheide (SUI) on January 3, the third stage of the 2016 Tour de Ski. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) is setting the standards for the 2016 Tour de Ski. Race by race. Podium by podium. On January 1, Østberg started her run for the Tour de Ski podium by posting the fastest qualifier time in the women’s skate sprint race in Lenzerheide (SUI), which opened the tenth anniversary version of […]

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Solid World Cup Weekend

Miriam Gössner (GER) hauled into third place in the 7.5km sprint in Hochfilzen, (AUT). Photo: NordicFocus

Both biathletes and cross-country skiers brought on their show and hauled home one relay and four individual WC podiums. Friday morning, Madshus biathlete Miriam Gössner (GER) finished third in the women’s sprint at the IBU World Cup in Hochfilzen (AUT). Missing only once, Gössner was 21 seconds behind first place. On Sunday, Emil Hegle Svendsen […]

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Sweeping up the Points

Ole Einar Bjørndalen won the IBU World Cup opener in Östersund, Sweden on December 2. Photo: NordicFocus

Weekend loot: 12 WC podiums, 3 Ski Classics podiums and the yellow jersey in the long-distance series. For starters, The King of biathlon is back. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (NOR), who enters his 23 World Cup season, left no doubt: The King started the 2016 season on the top of the podium after the 20km at […]

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Marathon Opener On Tap

John Kristian Dahl (NOR) won Vasaloppet 2014. Photo: Madshus

Ski Classics 2016 kicks off with a double-header in Italy on December 5 and 6, and the marathon racers are chomping at the bit to get started with the long-distance race series. The 15-kilometer Proteam Prologue in Livigno, Italy, opens the show for the marathon race series, which has been extended to eight events this […]

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On Track from the Start

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR). Photo: Nordic Focus

Madshus athletes opened the World Cup season right where they left off last spring: On the podium. Madshus racers went straight for the World Cup podium on the first opportunity across the board: Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) was third in the overall World Cup mini tour in Ruka (FIN), after delivering strong performances in the […]

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Biathlon World Cup on Tap

Ole Einar Bjørndalen practicing at Sjusjøen (NOR) prior to the season opener races this weekend. Photo: Stefano Zatta/Madshus

Tomorrow, the gun goes off for the 2016 IBU biathlon World Cup with mixed relays in Östersund (SWE). After the mixed relays on Sunday, the first World Cup continues with individual competitions December 2 through 6. Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR) has been fighting illness for much of the dryland season, but at the national season […]

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