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Vasaloppet Means Everything

John Kristian Dahl wins Vasaloppet with a 1-second margin in a 29-man bunch sprint. Photo: Ulf Palm/Vasaloppet

“This victory saves my entire season,” John Kristian Dahl said after winning Vasaloppet by 1 second to fellow Madshus racer Stian Hoelgaard in a bunch sprint. “I had fantastic skis. I skied on a brand new pair and that was really fun. Also, there are always some luck involved, I’ve trained well this last month […]

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This is Vasaloppet 2016

Each year, 15,800 racers embark on the 90 kilometer journey from Sälen to Mora. Photo: Vasaloppet

Sunday’s 90km classic event from Sälen to Mora is the 92nd edition of the legendary ski race, named after Swedish king Gustav Vasa who ventured into the area 495 years ago. On Sunday, 15,800 skiers will participate in the 92nd Vasaloppet, and the 20th edition with a ladies’ competition class. This year, the elite ladies will […]

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Ready to Rumble

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen (NOR)
at the IBU World Cup in Holmenkollen in March 2014. Photo: Nordic Focus

The 2016 IBU World Championships get underway in Oslo on Wednesday and run until March 13, while the FIS World Cup gears up for the brand new Tour de Canada, which is the 2016 season finale. The 2016 IBU World Championships in Holmenkollen is the 48th biathlon World Championships, and the organizers are expecting about […]

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Leaving Europe

Hans Christer Holund (NOR) was third in the 30km skiathlon in Lahti (FIN) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Hans Christer Holund (NOR) was third in the men’s 30km skiathlon on Sunday, his second individual World Cup podium this season. “It is awesome to be on the podium again,” Holund said after his race on Sunday. Heidi Weng scored two WC podiums at her favorite venue, while Ingvild F. Østberg and Hans Christer Holund […]

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Podiums in 3 Sports, 2 Continents

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) was second in the 30km classic mass start in Holmenkollen (NOR) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Østberg shines on the cross-country World Cup, Doll is on the biathlon WC podium and Madshus marathon racers make their mark in Austria. Madshus racers fielded half of the women’s final at the World Cup classic sprint in Drammen (NOR) on Wednesday. Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) hauled into second place, only narrowly beaten on the […]

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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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Preparing Brand New Skis

New skis are ready to rock out of the box but a few extra steps can make them even better. Photo: Inge Scheve

So you got new skis? Congrats – and here is what to do to make them as good as possible. Brand new skis need a good helping of TLC before they are race ready. It’s time to get to work, but perfect bases is not rocket science. We recommend the following drill. Start by cleaning […]

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