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Four Medals in Two Days

Heidi Weng helped Norway to gold in the team sprint on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus
Krista Parmakoski (FIN) won the silver medal in the 15km skiathlon at the 2017 FIS Nordic World Championships in Lahti (FIN). Photo: Nordic Focus

Krista Parmakoski (FIN) won the silver medal in the 15km skiathlon at the 2017 FIS Nordic World Championships in Lahti (FIN). Photo: Nordic Focus

The 2017 FIS World Championships are on, and so are the Madshus racers.

On Saturday, Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) earned the silver medal in the women’s 15km skiathlon on home turf in Lahti (FIN).

“It was such a great feeling that …. aaaaaaaaah… everything was so good. The uphills were less steep than yesterday. Everything was so easy,” Pärmäkoski said to reporters after the race.

On Sunday, Heidi Weng helped Norway to victory in the team relay. Weng, who skied the first leg for the team, nearly cried as she watched her teammate Maiken Caspersen Falla pull in to the gold medal with a solid gap to Russia in second place.

“I have always dreamt about racing the team sprint, and being able to do that with the reigning World Champion and win the gold was amazing,” Weng said after the race, admitting that she was quite nervous about the event as well.

“You never know what happens in a relay, and I was afraid that I would mess it up for Maiken, but fortunately, it all went well. I skied better as the race progressed, and I was able to calm down a bit. There was a lot of chaos at the beginning, so I decided it was better to sit in the front of the pack and relax,” Weng said.

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Heidi Weng helped Norway to gold in the team sprint on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Heidi Weng helped Norway to gold in the team sprint on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Later on Sunday, Magnus Moan and Magnus Krog helped Norway to silver in the Nordic Combined team competition. With this medal, veteran Moan made history: He is the first Nrodic Combined athlete to earn a medal at seven different FIS World Championships.

“I am extra proud that I earned this medal in the team competition. My team means a lot to me. Without them, and the support of my family, none of this would be possible,” Moan said after the team competition.

The 2017 FIS World Championships in Lahti continue on Tuesday, with the women’s 10km classic event.

Cross-country
February 28: 10km classic women
March 1: 15km classic men
March 2: relay women (4x5km)
March 3: relay men (4×7.5km)
March 4: 30km skate women
March 5: 50km skate men

Nordic combined
March 1: LH130/10km
March 3: Team sprint LH130/2×7.5km

50,000 Tickets Gone

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) at the 2015 World Championships in Falun (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus
Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) at the 2015 World Championships in Falun (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) at the 2015 World Championships in Falun (SWE). Photo: Nordic Focus

The 2017 FIS Nordic World Championships in Lahti (FIN) have already sold more than 50,000 tickets to the events.

Stadium tickets for several of the most popular events are already sold out, both for cross-country and the jumping competitions, organizers announced last week.

The most popular days are Friday, March 3, when the men’s relay and the Nordic Combined Team Sprint are on the schedule. Then follows the first Saturday of the Championships, February 25, with cross-country skiathlon races for men and women, as well as the men’s normal hill jumping competition on the schedule.

The 2017 FIS Nordic World Championships open on February 22 and conclude on March 5, 2017. The organizers are expecting more than 700 athletes from 60 countries, and a TV audience of more than 500 million worldwide. Check out the 2017 FIS Nordic World Championships web site for details.

However, the 2017 FIS World Cup season opens in only a couple of months, with cross-country and Nordic combined races in Ruka (FIN) on November 26-27, 2016.

Leaving Europe

Hans Christer Holund (NOR) was third in the 30km skiathlon in Lahti (FIN) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus
Hans Christer Holund (NOR) was third in the 30km skiathlon in Lahti (FIN) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Hans Christer Holund (NOR) was third in the 30km skiathlon in Lahti (FIN) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus

Hans Christer Holund (NOR) was third in the men’s 30km skiathlon on Sunday, his second individual World Cup podium this season.

“It is awesome to be on the podium again,” Holund said after his race on Sunday.

Heidi Weng scored two WC podiums at her favorite venue, while Ingvild F. Østberg and Hans Christer Holund had one each in Lahti (FIN) as a last prep for the final WC tour in Canada.

Heidi Weng (NOR) was third in the skate sprint in Lahti on Saturday, and second in the 15km skiathlon on Sunday.

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) was third in the skiathlon, barely missing the podium in sprint on Saturday where she finished fourth in the final.

With the podium finishes this weekend, Østberg heads into the last FIS tour of the season in second place in the overall FIS World Cup 2016, in second place in the FIS Sprint World Cup 2016 and in third place in the FIS Distance World Cup 2016. Weng heads into the Tour de Canada in third place in the overall World Cup and in second place in the FIS Distance World Cup.

The World Cup races in Lahti (FIN) this weekend was the end of the FIS World Cup in Europe for the 2016 season. Now the World Cup moves to Canada to wrap up the 2016 season with a brand new tour March 1-12.

This is Tour de Canada 2016
March 1: Sprint Freestyle, Gatineau
March 2: 13km Classic (women), 20km Classic (men), Montreal
March 4: Sprint Freestyle, Quebec City
March 5: Pursuit 10km (women), 15km (men) Freestyle, Quebec City
March 8: Sprint Classic, Canmore
March 9: Skiathlon 15km (women), 30km (men), Canmore
March 11: 10km (women), 15km (men) Freestyle, Canmore
March 12: Pursuit 10km (women) 15km (men), Canmore

3x World Cup Podiums

 

Heidi Weng (NOR) was so thrilled with her 2nd place in the 10km Classic in Lahti (FIN) World Cup this weekend that she cried for joy. Photo: Nordic Focus

 

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg, Heidi Weng and Magnus Moan secure three World Cup podiums at the Lahti Winter Games in Finland this weekend.

 

Oestberg (NOR) took second place, 14 seconds behind Bjoergen’s winning time of 2:59.79 in the skate sprint at the Lahti Winter Games on Saturday.

 

“Second place is really good and my best result in Lahti. After the start in the final I had to fight to get back to Marit. She was stronger in the home stretch. I felt Kikkan and Jessie were coming from behind. I am happy for Kikkan to be back.” Oesteberg said after her race at the 90th Lahti Ski Games.

 

Oestberg recently returned from the 2015 FIS World Championships in Falun (SWE) with a gold medal in the team sprint and

 

On Sunday, Heidi Weng (NOR) continued what Oestberg had started: she posted another strong podium finish for Madshus, with second place in the 10-kilometer classic event in Lahti.

 

“It is amazing for me to be back on the podium,” Weng said after her race, admitting that she was less than satisfied with her results at the FIS World Championships in Falun (SWE) in February.

 

“The World Championships did not go as I hoped, and it is great to be back. I was so happy at the finish today,” said Weng, who cried for joy at the finish.

 

“Finally, I feel like all the pieces came together again,” Weng told reporters after her race, adding that she likes the Finnish venue.

 

“Lahti is a great place for me.”

 

Weng is now third overall in both the distance World Cup and the overall World Cup this season going into the next World Cup rounds at home in Norway.

 

Magnus Moan helped Norway to third place in the Nordic Combined team sprint on Saturday, only a second out of second place.

 

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