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Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) looking at next season’s skis at the Madshus factory. Photo: Madshus
Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) looking at next season’s skis at the Madshus factory. Photo: Madshus

Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) looking at next season’s skis at the Madshus factory. Photo: Madshus

Krista Pärmäkoski won three medals at the Olympics and is still hungry for more.

This week, the 27-year-old Finnish skier started preparing for the 2019 World Championship season, digging into next season’s skis and boots with the Madshus test crew equipment at Sjusjøen (NOR).

“We have tested the next generation of skis and boots here at Sjusjøen this week, and they feel really good. I am really excited to head into the next season on the new Madshus Redline skis,” says Pärmäkoski, who has skied on Madshus equipment since she was a young junior.

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Pärmäkoski returned from the 2018 Olympics in South Korea with three medals and was on the World Cup podium seven times this season. Now she’s aiming for more.

“I’m really looking forward to the 2019 World Championships in Seefeld. I think it will be a great season,” she says.

But first, Pärmäkoski will cap off her 2018 season with Skarverennet this weekend, where the start list worthy of a World Cup.

Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) won the 10km world cup race on home turf in Lahti in March. Photo: Nordic Focus

Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) won the 10km world cup race on home turf in Lahti in March. 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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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

Three double podiums

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) earned her first World Cup podium for the season when she won the 10km skate race in Davos (SUI) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) earned her first World Cup podium for the season when she won the 10km skate race in Davos (SUI) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) earned her first World Cup podium for the season when she won the 10km skate race in Davos (SUI) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Madshus racers dominate both the biathlon and cross-country World Cup competitions on Sunday.

First, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) earn her first World Cup victory of the season, winning the 10-kilometer skate race in Davos (SUI) by five seconds.

“A race like this is what I train for every day of the year. I started out conservatively, and I really had no idea I was skiing all that fast, but the coaches kept telling me I as ahead. This was a fantastic day for me, and Davos is my favorite World Cup venue,” Østberg said after the race.

Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) snagged the last podium spot, her second World Cup podium this season.

The next FIS World Cup races take place in Toblach (ITA) on December 16-17.

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Ole Einar Bjoerndalen skied the first leg for Norway at the IBU World Cup relay in Hochfilzen (AUT) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen skied the first leg for Norway at the IBU World Cup relay in Hochfilzen (AUT) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

At the IBU Biathlon World Cup relay, Ole Einar Bjørndalen helped Norway to a spectacular victory. The Norwegian team won by a 2-minute margin in the challenging conditions in Hochfilzen (AUT). Benedikt Doll skied the second leg for Germany, who was second after beating France by 40 seconds.

In the women’s relay, Vanessa Hinz skied the first leg for Germany and laid the foundation for first place, while Anais Bescond anchored France to third place.

The IBU World Cup now moves on to Annecy (FRA) on Dec 14 to 17 for the final round before Christmas.

Vanessa Hinz helped Germany to first place in the IBU World Cup relay in Hochfilzen (AUT) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Vanessa Hinz helped Germany to first place in the World Cup relay in Hochfilzen (AUT). 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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