Crushed the competition

Crushed the competition

Marathon racer Astrid Øyre Slind (NOR) demolished her competitors in the Ski Classics, Madshus cross-country skiers cleaned up the podiums in the U23 Norwegian Championships, while Madshus biathletes claimed victories and podium finishes both at the IBU Cup and the IBU World Cup.

Starting with the Ski Classics, Øyre Slind literally crushed her competitors in the La Diagonela in Switzerland, winning the 65-kilometer classic race by three and a half minutes to the next racer. Øyre Slind took the lead early in the race in order to win the first sprint, got a gap on the rest and just kept increasing as the race went on.

“I know there was going to be a slow race until the first sprint. I wanted to have a good position into the hill, because we didn’t know when the men would catch up with us. Then I just turned up the speed a little bit and got at a gap, so I just had to go for it,” Øyre Slind said after her impressive victory on Saturday.

Slind thereby snagged the lead in the overall Ski Classics competition, as well as in the Alp Trophy, a prize awarded to the best racer in the six events that take place in the Alps. Furthermore, Slind remains the leader of the climbing competition.

Heading into the 70-kilometer Marcialonga in Italy this weekend, Slind is now leading the marathon series by five points to Britta Johansson Norgren (SWE) in second place.

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Astrid Øyre Slind after winning the 60km Ski Classics marathon La Diagonela in Switzerland. Photo: Petter Soleng Skinstad

At the Norwegian U23 cross-country championships at Nes, Madshus young talents dominated the podiums throughout the weekend.

On Friday, Mathilde Myhrvold was second in the U23 women’s sprint race.

On Saturday, the Madshus women swept up the entire podium: Astrid Stav won the skate race, with Johanne Harviken in second place and Myhrvold third place in  the U23-class.

On Sunday, Myhrvold won the women’s U23 classic distance race, while Tiril Liverud Knudsen claimed second place.

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Mathilde Myhrvold won both the classic sprint and the classic distance race at the Norwegian U23 Championships. Photo: Eirik Myhren

In the men’s skate race on Saturday, Harald Østberg Amundsen was second in the U23 class, with Madshus biathlete Sturla Holm Lægreid in third place. Østberg Amundsen then moved on to winning the U23 classic distance race on Sunday.

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Harald Østberg Amundsen won the classic race at the Norwegian U23 Championships in Nes. Photo: Eirik Myhren

At the IBU biathlon World Cup, Benedikt Doll (GER) earned yet another podium, with third place in the sprint on home turf in Rupholding (GER) on Sa. Anaïs Bescond again helped France to the podium in the women’s relay on Friday.

Additionally, Madshus biathlete Sivert Bakken (NOR) took home two victories from the IBU Cup in Oserblie.

First, he won the sprint on Saturday. Then, he won the pursuit on Sunday.

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