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Nine National Championship medals

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg - and Tuva Bakkemo opened the Norwegian National Championships with a bronze medal in the team sprint. Photo: Langrennslandslaget
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg - and Tuva Bakkemo opened the Norwegian National Championships with a bronze medal in the team sprint. Photo: Langrennslandslaget

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Tuva Bakkemo opened the Norwegian National Championships with a bronze medal in the team sprint. Photo: Langrennslandslaget

Madshus athletes cap their season with strong performances at the Norwegian National Championships.

First off, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg was on the podium twice in three days, opening the second part of the national championships in Alta with a bronze medal in the team sprint on Thursday along with fellow Madshus racer Tuva Bakkemo.

The next day, Østberg stepped it up one notch and took home a silver medal in the 5-kilometer classic event. Østberg, who helped Norway to gold in the relay at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang in February, was also second in the 2018 Distance World Cup and third in the 2018 FIS Overall World Cup.

Among the men, Olympians Hans Christer Holund and Pål Golberg each earned a silver medal: Holund was second in the men’s 50-kilometer on Saturday, and Goldberg in the men’s 10-kilometer classic on Friday. Holund was also third in the FIS 2018 Distance World Cup and earned the bronzed medal in the skiathlon at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang.

Additionally, several Madshus racers were among the top ten in all the national championship events this weekend, including Simen Andreas Sveen, Mattis Stenshagen, Johan Hoel, Mathias Rundgreen, Thea Krokan Murud, Anna Svendsen and Marte Mæhlum Johansen.

Also, 16-year old Helene Marie Fosseholm posted a strong 11th place in the 5-kilometer classic event on Friday, her first season as a junior.

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Hans Christer Holund after the 50-kilomter at the Norwegian Nationals in Alta. Photo: Langrennslandslaget

Hans Christer Holund after the 50-kilomter at the Norwegian Nationals in Alta. Photo: Langrennslandslaget

At the biathlon national championships, Sigrid Bilstad Neraasen earned two medals: On Thursday, she helped her team to third place in the women’s relay, and on Friday, she followed up earning the bronze medal in the sprint on Friday. The championships were held at her home turf in Vingrom near Lillehammer.

At the Nordic Combined national championships, Jarl Magnus Riiber won the gold medal, and Leif Torbjørn Næsvold was third, taking home the bronze medal. The Nordic Combined national championships took place in Trysil.

Jarl Riiber won the Norwegian Nordic Combined National Championships in Trysil, while Jens Torbjørn Næsvold was third. Photo: Kombinertlandslaget

Jarl Riiber won the Norwegian Nordic Combined National Championships in Trysil, while Jens Torbjørn Næsvold was third. Photo: Kombinertlandslaget

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

 

16 days, 13 medals, countless smiles

23.02.2018, Pyeongchang, Korea (KOR):
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Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) with her cross-country medals from Pyeongchang (KOR). Photo: Nordic Focus

Madshus athletes earned at total of 13 medals in Pyeong Chang (KOR).

In both cross-country and biathlon, the Madshus racers took home medals of all colors: gold, silver and bronze.

At the biathlon range, Anaïs Bescond helped France to gold in the mixed relay and bronze in the women’s relay, and also won the bronze medal in the 10-kilometer sprint, which was the first biathlon event in Pyeong Chang.

Benedikt Doll (GER) takes home no less than three medals: two individual bronze medals in the 12.5-kilometer sprint and the 15-kilometer mass start, as well as bronze from the men’s relay.

In the women’s relay, Anna Magnusson helped Sweden to silver, skiing the third leg for her team.

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Biathlon racer Anais Bescond (FRA) took home three medals from Pyeongchang 2018. Photo: Nordic Focus

Biathlon racer Anais Bescond (FRA) took home three medals from Pyeongchang 2018. Photo: Nordic Focus

At the cross-country venue, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg skied the opening leg in the women’s relay, setting Norway up for gold.

In the individual events both Hans Christer Holund (NOR) and Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) was on the podium at the very first formal cross-country event in Pyeong Chang, both earning the bronze in the skiathlon: The women skied their 15-kilometer on Saturday, February 10, and the men skied their 30-kilometer version of the competition the next day.

Pärmäkoski also earned the bronze in 10-kilometer skate race in the middle of the championships, and capped her stay in Pyeong Chang with a silver medal from the 30-kilometer classic mass start on Sunday February 25, which was the very last individual event.

In Nordic Combined, championship rookie Jarl Magnus Riiber helped Norway to silver in the team competition.

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg helped Norway to gold in the relay in Pyeongchang 2018. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg helped Norway to gold in the relay in Pyeongchang 2018. Photo: Nordic Focus

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Podiums on all circuits

Jarl Magnus Riiber at the Nordic Combined World Cup in Lillehammer. Photo: Geir Olsen
Jarl Magnus Riiber at the Nordic Combined World Cup in Lillehammer. Photo: Geir Olsen

Jarl Magnus Riiber at the Nordic Combined World Cup in Lillehammer. Photo: Geir Olsen

Madshus racers posted podiums in the FIS Nordic World Cup, the IBU Biathlon World Cup as well as the Ski Classics marathon series.

Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) opened the cross-country world cup weekend with second place in the women’s classic sprint on Saturday.

“I’ve been feeling better and better since the World Cup opener in Ruka last week, and this was a good day for me. I like early starts, and in every heat, I was feeling better,” said Pärmäkoski, who now leads the overall sprint World Cup.

Then Heidi Weng followed suit with second place in the skiathlon on Sunday. Weng is in second place in the overall World Cup standings.

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Krista Parmakoski (FIN) was 2nd in the classic sprint on Saturday- Photo: Nordic Focus

Krista Parmakoski (FIN) was 2nd in the classic sprint on Saturday- Photo: Nordic Focus

For the men, Pål Golberg (NOR) posted the fastest time in the classic sprint qualifier on Sunday.

On Sunday, Hans Christer Holund (NOR) posted another strong podium finish in the men’s 30-kilometer skiathlon, only 6.8 seconds behind the winner.

“I thought the last climb was a bit tough and started to fall pretty far behind so I’m very happy to be on the podium,” Holund said after his race on Sunday.

In Nordic Combined, Jarl Magnus Riiber helped Norway to first place in the team competition on Saturday.

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Hans Christer Holund was 3rd in the 30km skiathlon on Sunday. Photo: Geir Olsen

Hans Christer Holund was 3rd in the 30km skiathlon on Sunday. Photo: Geir Olsen

Finally, Marte Olsbu (NOR) finished the first IBU Biathlon World Cup round with third place in pursuit on Sunday. Olsbu opened the World Cup in Östersund by helping Norway to first place in the mixed relay on November 26.

In the Ski Classics, Stian Hoelgaard (NOR) was third in the La Sgambeda 35-kilometer race in Livigno, Italy, on Saturday. The marathon series opened last weekend with the 12-kilometer Pro Team Prologue in Switzerland, but this weekend’s race was the first of the long-distance races for the season.

Marte Olsbu was 3rd in the IBU World Cup, pursuit in Östersund. Photo:  Nordic Focus

Marte Olsbu was 3rd in the IBU World Cup, pursuit in Östersund. Photo: Nordic Focus

What a way to start the season

Hans Christer Holund was twice on the podium in equally many attempts in the season opener at Beitostølen this weekend. Photo: Geir Olsen

Madshus racers posted seven podiums at the Norwegian cross-country and biathlon season opener events this weekend.

Marte Olsbu (NOR) won the biathlon mass start at Sjusjøen (NOR) on Sunday, with Anaïs Bescond (FRA) in second place.

“It was really fun. I did exactly what I set out to do and it worked,” Olsbu said after her race.

Olsbu became the first Norwegian woman to ever win the season opener in Sjusjøen.

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Marte Olsbu (NOR) won the season opener at Sjusjøen on Sunday. File photo: Nordic Focus

Marte Olsbu (NOR) won the season opener at Sjusjøen on Sunday. File photo: Nordic Focus

Heidi Weng and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg were second and third, respectively, at the 10km classic race that opened the Beitostølen season opener in Norway on Friday morning.

“It felt really good but very painful at the same time, almost unusually painful. But it was really fun to race again and go really hard,” Østberg said after her first race of the season.

Weng admits that she was nervous before the start, but relieved to finish second.

“I didn’t feel like I skied super fast up the hills, and I never thought I would be on the podium today, so I’m super excited about the race. It was really fun, and I’m really happy to be back in the racing again,” she said.

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Heidi Weng was second in the 10km classic race at Beitostølen on Friday. Foto: Geir Olsen

Heidi Weng was second in the 10km classic race at Beitostølen on Friday. Foto: Geir Olsen

In the afternoon Hans Christer Holund finished third in the men’s 15km classic. The young Madshus racer Johan Hoel finished fifth after leading much of the race and impressed both fellow racers and the experts.

“This is by far the best race I’ve done at Beitostølen ever. I feel like I have a lot to prove after a bad season last year, and hope to be a part of the mix when the national team is naming the 2018 Winter Olympics team,” Hoel said to reporters after his race.

Holund was content with his third place in the first event of the season.

“My main focus for this season is to race well at the World Cup and secure a spot on the Olympic team. In order to do that, I need to race well from the start, so these races are important,” explained Holund, who followed up with second place in the 15km skate race on Sunday.

Weng also concluded her weekend with another podium on Sunday. She was third in the 10km skate race.

Hans Christer Holund was twice on the podium in equally many attempts in the season opener at Beitostølen this weekend. Photo: Geir Olsen

Hans Christer Holund was twice on the podium in equally many attempts in the season opener at Beitostølen this weekend. Photo: Geir Olsen

 

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