Madshus Juniors clean up at the World Championships

Madshus Juniors clean up at the World Championships
Helene Marie Fosseholm (NOR) took home three medals from the 2019 FIS Junior World Championships in Lahti (FIN).

Madshus racers delivered solid results at the FIS U23/Junior Nordic World Championships in Lahti (FIN), taking home five medals, including three gold medals in the relays.

First out, Helene Marie Fosseholm (NOR) earned the silver medal in the 5km skate race on Tuesday. Two years younger than her top competitors at the event, Fosseholm was just 11 seconds from the gold in the 5km skate race, which was the first of the distance events in Lahti.

Two days later, Fosseholm followed up with another silver medal in the 15-kilometer classic event. Finally, she capped her first Junior World Championships with a gold medal as she and fellow Madshus racer Astrid Stav helping Norway to victory in the 4×3.3-kilometer relay on Saturday, January 26.

Stav also takes home two solid top-10 finishes: she was eighth in the 5-kilometer skate race on Tuesday and seventh in the 15-kilometer on Thursday.

Also on Saturday, Madshus racer Ben Ogden helped the United States to gold in the men’s 4×7.5-kilometer relay in Lahti. Ogden was also top 10 in both the other events he raced at the World Championships: eighth place in the classic sprint, which was the first competition at the Lahti championships, and tenth in the 30-kilometer classic on Thursday.

Complete results, all events

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Ben Ogden (second from the left) with the rest of the USA Junior World Championships relay team in Lahti (FIN): Gus Schumacher (far left), Johnny Hagenbuch and Luke Jager (far right). Photo: USSA

More to come
The 2019 IBU Youth and Junior World Championships in Osrblie (SLO) opened Sunday, with Madshus racer Astri Slettemark brining home the first ever World Championship medal for Greenland as she won youth women’s 10-kilometer individual competition.

2019 IBU Youth and Junior World Championships Schedule
Jan 27: Youth 12.5km/ 15km individual competition
Jan 28: Junior 12.5km/ 15km individual competition
Jan 30: Junior 3x6km/4×7.5km relays
Feb 1: Youth 6km/7.5km sprint competition
Feb 2: Junior 7.5km/10km sprint competition
Feb 3: Youth 7.5km/10km pursuit competition, Junior 10km/12.5km sprint competition

Meanwhile on the World Cup…
What a relay day! On Sunday, Madshus racers help their teams to double World Cup podiums with 1st and 3rd place in both men and women: Heidi Weng (NOR) and Alexander Bessmertnykh (RUS) in 1st place, Hans Christer Holund (NOR) and Krista Pärmäkoski Official (FIN) in 3rd. Also on Sunday, Vanessa Hinz (GER) was third in the biathlon World Cup mass start in Antholz-Anterselva (ITA).

Additionally, Astrid Øyre Slind (NOR) was third in the Ski Classic marathon Marcialonga in Italy, her firth podium in the marathon series this season.

Alexander Bessmertnykh (RUS) helped Russia to first place in the FIS World Cup relay in Ulricehamn (SWE) on Sunday. Photo: Nordic Focus