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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

16 days, 13 medals, countless smiles

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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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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 three times in three days I know I have my skiing under control, and I have gained a lot of confidence going into the Olympics in less than two weeks,” Riiber says after the final 15km skate race.

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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

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

In the FIS cross-country World Cup, Heidi Weng (NOR) back on the podium again for a final test before the Olympics, which open on February 9. Based on her second place in the women’s 10km skate mass start on Sunday, she feels on track for the Winter Games in South Korea.

“I felt strong, and I feel like I could have been faster, but I did a couple of tactical mistakes on the final lap,” Weng said after her race.

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) was fourth, but is content with her performance considering the training load and altitude camp leading up to the race weekend.

“I am happy with my race. I skied well and my technique is solid, but I didn’t make the best tactical choices today and spent a lot of time at the front pulling the pack. But I feel like I am on track, and I am confident that my training plan will do the trick,” Østberg says.

This was the final World Cup weekend before the Olympics.

Heidi Weng pushing for the finish line at the World Cup in Seefeld (AUT). Photo: Nordic Focus

Heidi Weng pushing for the finish line at the World Cup in Seefeld (AUT). Photo:
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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
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

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

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