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Six WC Podiums

Norway won the 4x5km World Cup relay in Nove Mesto (CZE) on Sunday. From left: Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, Therese Johaug, INgvild Flugstad Østberg (Madshus) and Heidi Weng (Madshus). Photo: Nordic Focus

Another productive weekend for the Madshus World Cup racers, netting six podiums in one days. Relays and Madshus racers seem to be a good combination. First, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Heidi Weng helped Norway to victory in the FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Nove Mesto (CZE), where Østberg skied the opening leg and Weng skied […]

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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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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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Dominated the WC Podiums

Ole Einar Bjørndalen at the World Cup weekend in Pokljuka (SLO) with a second place in the sprint on Thursday. Photo: Nordic Focus

The last World Cup weekend before the holidays yielded no less than 11 podium finishes for the Madshus racers. The biathletes were first out, opening the World Cup weekend in Pokljuka (SLO) with the men’s 10km sprint on Thursday night: Ole Einar Bjørndalen (NOR) wasted no time, and went straight to the podium with an […]

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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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