- Friday, 20 April 2018 08:34
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
- Tuesday, 25 April 2017 13:43
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) won Skarverennet 2017 and posted a new course record. Photo: Skarverennet
Winning Skarverennet put the season in perspective for Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR).
The 26-year-old won Skarverennet on Saturday, beating Marit Bjørgen (NOR) by 46 seconds and posting a new course record in the process.
“I had great skis and I am super motivated to start the next season,” said Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, who clocked in at 1:30:20.
Fellow Madshus racer Krista Pärmakoski (FIN) was third.
The 37-kilometer skate event from Finse to Ustaoset has long been considered an unofficial season finale, and regularly attracts World Cup skiers from both cross-country and biathlon. For Østberg, winning Skarverennet was a much-appreciated bonus at the end of a somewhat challenging season.
“Winning here has reminded me why I love this. I’m not tired of skiing, of training or putting in the effort that is required at this level. Now I’m super excited to get going on the new ski season, which starts in May, and I’m looking forward to put in the hours,” she said to Norwegian broadcasters NRK after the race.
Østberg admits that there were times this winter when she felt that things were not lining up right.
“A lot of people around me kept reminding me of all the good performances ive had, all my podium finishes, and that many of my races this winter were my best so far. While the World Championships were disappointing, I realize that there are a lot of racers who would have liked to have a season like mine. I have to keep that in mind,” Østberg explains.