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It’s amazing to win the overall

Heidi Weng (NOR)  secured the overall and distance 2018 FIS World Cup title after the season finale in Falun (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus
Heidi Weng (NOR) secured the overall and distance 2018 FIS World Cup title after the season finale in Falun (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

Heidi Weng (NOR) secured the overall and distance 2018 FIS World Cup title after the season finale in Falun (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

Heidi Weng (NOR) clinched overall World Cup title after a thriller World Cup final.

“I was really tired about halfway through the pursuit, but I tried my best, as I knew I had to go fast to secure the overall globe. It’s amazing to win the overall. I’m very tired and looking forward to go to Spain and have some rest,” Weng said after the World Cup final in Falun (SWE).

The 2018 FIS Cross-Country World Cup concluded with the 3-day mini-tour in Falun: A skate sprint on Friday, followed by a 10km classic mass start on Saturday and a 10km skate pursuit on Sunday.

Weng was seventh in the sprint, 16th in the mass start and 18th in the final pursuit, but still won the overall World Cup.

Impressive performances in the early season, wining the overall Tour de Ski in January, along with several World Cup podiums leading up to the 2018 Olympics in Pyeong Chang (KOR) : Weng appeared to have earned the crystal globe for the overall World Cup long before the end of the season.

But following the Olympics, Weng struggled to maintain momentum in the last part of the season. Prior to the final race of the mini-tour in Falun, Weng had only a marginal lead, but she managed to win the overall World Cup by 40 points. This was her second consecutive overall World Cup title. She is the first to win the overall World Cup twice in a row since Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) in 2011.

Weng also won the 2018 distance World Cup.

Fellow Madshus racer Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR), who was third in the mass start on Saturday and eighth in the pursuit, was third in the overall World Cup, and second the distance World Cup.

On the men’s side, Hans Christer Holund (NOR) was third in the 2018 distance World Cup.

Hans Christer Holund (NOR) was third overall in the 2018 FIS Sprint World Cup. Photo: Nordic Focus

Hans Christer Holund (NOR) was third overall in the 2018 FIS Sprint World Cup. Photo: Nordic Focus

 

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
Krista Parmakoski (FIN)  won the 10km classic at the FIS world cup in Planica (SLO) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Krista Parmakoski (FIN) won the 10km classic at the FIS world cup in Planica (SLO). 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 earlier this season.

“We had a training camp here in the summer, and when I saw the competition tracks here, I said to my coach that I will have a good race in Planica this winter,” Pärmäkoski said after her race.

“It has happened, and it feels great to finally have my first win (of the season). I wanted to get faster as the race went on, and when I saw that I was battling with Charlotte (Kalla), I really pushed hard over the final kilometer,” she explained.

Heidi Weng was also content with her performance in the race.

“It’s good to be on the podium with the other ladies today. It was a tough race, but I had fun racing it. The course profile didn’t suit me with the long gradual hills. My plan was to start slower and then speed up and I tried my best to push over the top of the hills,” Weng says.

In Nordic Combined, Jarl Magnus Riiber helped Norway to victory in the World Cup team competition in Cahux-Neuve (FRA) on Sunday. The team beat Germany by 13.1 seconds after stellar performances both on the hill and on the track.

Jarl Magnus Riiber helped Norway to victory in the team competition at the Nordic Combined World Cup in Chaux-Neuve (FRA). Photo: Nordic Focus

Jarl Magnus Riiber helped Norway to victory in the team competition at the Nordic Combined World Cup in Chaux-Neuve (FRA). Photo: Nordic Focus

Check out the World Cup calendars!

Marte Olsbu (NOR) raced the opening leg in the mixed team relay at the IBU World Cup opener in Östersund (SWE). Photo: NordicFocus

The 2017-18 World Cup season is just around the corner – check out the race schedules and mark your calendar.

National season openers are already well underway. Both Sweden and Finland hosted FIS-sanctioned cross-country races this weekend, and Norway is next up with the Beitostølen season opener on November 17 to 19.

Marte Olsbu (NOR) raced the opening leg in the mixed team relay at the IBU World Cup opener in Östersund (SWE). Photo: NordicFocus

Marte Olsbu (NOR) raced the opening leg in the mixed team relay at the 2016-17 IBU World Cup opener in Östersund (SWE). Photo: NordicFocus

Both the International Ski Federation and the International Biathlon Union kick off the World Cup season in the end of November, and as usual. The first Nordic events take place in Finland, while Sweden hosts the first biathlon World Cup events.

Take a peek at some of the athletes to watch this season 

2017/18 IBU World Cup
November 24-December 2: Östersund, Sweden
December 5-10: Hochfilzen, Austria
December 12-17: Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, France
January 2-7: Oberhof, Germany
January 9-14: Rupholding, Germany
January 16-21: Antholz-Anterselva, Italy
February 9-25: Olympic Winter Games, South Korea
March 6-11: Kontiolahti, Finland
March 13-18: Holmenkollen, Norway
March 20-25: Tyumen, Russia

See the full IBU Schedule

How do the racers prepare for the season? Find out more 

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Madshus racers plastered the 2017 FIS Overall World Cup podium: Heidi Weng (NOR) won, Krista Parmakoski (FIN) was 2nd, and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) was 3rd. Photo: Nordic Focus

Madshus racers plastered the 2017 FIS Overall World Cup podium: Heidi Weng (NOR) won, Krista Parmakoski (FIN) was 2nd, and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) was 3rd. Photo: Nordic Focus

2017/18 FIS Cross-Country World Cup
November 24-26: Ruka, Finland
December 2-3: Lillehammer, Norway
December 9: Davos, Switzerland
December 16-17: Toblach, Italy

Tour de Ski
December 30: Lenzerheide, Switzerland
December 31: Lenzerheide, Switzerland
January 1: Lenzerheide, Switzerland
January 3: Oberstdorf, Germany
January 4: Oberstdorf, Germany
January 6: Val di Fiemme, Italy
January 7: Val di Fiemme, Italy

January 13-14: Dresden, Germany
January 20-21: Planica, Czech Republic
January 26-28: Seefeld, Austria
February 9-25: Olympic Winter Games, South Korea
March 3-4: Lahti, Finland
March 7: Drammen, Norway
March 10-11: Oslo, Norway
March 16-18: Falun, Sweden

See the full FIS Cross-Country World Cup schedule 

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Paal Golberg (NOR) won the sprint race at the FIS World Cup cross-country opener in Ruka (FIN) last year. Photo: Nordic Focus

Pål Golberg (NOR) won the sprint at the FIS World Cup opener in Ruka (FIN) last year. Photo: Nordic Focus

2017/18 FIS Nordic Combined World Cup
November 24-26: Ruka, Finland
December 2-3: Lillehammer, Norway
December 16-17: Ramsau, Austria
January 6-7: Otepää, Estonia
January 12-14: Val di Fiemme, Italy
January 20-21: Chaux-Neuve, France
January 26-28: Seefeld, Austria
February 3-4: Hakuba, Japan
February 14, 20, 22: Olympic Winter Games, South Korea
March 3-4: Lahti, Finland
March 10: Oslo, Norway
March 13-14: Trondheim, Norway
March 17-18; Klingenthal, Germany
March 24-25: Schonach, Germany

See the full FIS Nordic Combined Schedule

 

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