Four podiums at the season openers

Anais Bescond (FRA) helped France to first place in the mixed relay at the IBU World Cup in Pokljuka (SLO). Photo: Nordic Focus

Madshus racers opens the IBU World Cup season with two podium finishes at the very first opportunity: First, Anastasiya Merkushyna helped the Ukraine team to third place in the single mixed relay in Pokljuka on Sunday. Then Anaïs Bescond helped France to victory in the mixed relay on Sunday evening, while.

The first round of the 2019 IBU World Cup season continues with individual competitions for men and women from Wednesday, December 5, through Sunday, December 9. Individual, sprint and pursuit races are on the schedule.

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Anastasiya Merkushyna (UKR) helped the Ukraine team to third place in the single mixed relay at the IBU Biathlon World Cup in Pokljuka (SLO). Photo: Nordic Focus

Also this weekend, Astrid Øyre Slind (NOR) opens her marathon season with two podiums at the Ski Classics. The 30-year-old, who won the 2018 Ski Classics Nordic trophy, was second in both the Pro Team Prologue and the Individual Prologue at the 2019 Ski Classics season opener in Livigno, Italy. On Sunday, she was only two seconds from winning the first individual race. On Friday, Slind was less than 10 seconds from the top of the podium in the women’s team prologue. 

The next Ski Classics event is the Kaiser Maximilian Lauf in Austria on January 12.

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Astrid Øyre Slind (NOR) was second in both the team prologue and the individual prologue at the 2019 Ski Classics opener in Living (ITA) this weekend. Photo: Nordic Focus