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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 piece by piece

Vasaloppet. Photo: Ulf Palm

The 90-kilometer classic race is just around the corner. Check out the best advice! For starters, 90 kilometers is a long way. Dividing the course into sections is a good strategy, both to stay mentally sharp and focused, and because the different sections have different characteristics. “I don’t think about Vasaloppet as 90 kilometers. Some […]

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Inside the Factory: Skin skis are coming to the World Cup

“I suspect that we will se skin skis on the World Cup in not too long,” says Svein Ivar Moen. The former Norwegian national biathlon team wax tech, personal wax tech for Ole Einar Bjørndalen and product developer at Madshus, is certain that we have only seen the start of the skin ski revolution. “As […]

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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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