What a podium party!

What a podium party!

Madshus biathletes deliver five podium finishes in three days at the IBU World Cup, while Ski Classics overall leader Astrid Øyre Slind (NOR) takes over the lead in the sprint competition as well as widening her gap on her competitors in the climbing competition and the Alps Trophy.

At the IBU biathlon World Cup in Pokljuka (SLO), Anaïs Bescond (FRA) posts no less than three podiums in three days. First, she was third in the 15-kilometer individual competition on Friday. Then she anchored France to victory in the single mixed relay, and on Sunday she was third in the mass start.

Additionally, Vanessa Hinz anchored Germany to third place in the mixed relay on Saturday, while Benedikt Doll (GER) was second in the men’s mass start on Sunday, bringing the total podium count up to five in just three days.

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Vanessa Hinz anchored Germany to 3rd place in the mixed relay at the IBU World Cup in Pokljuka (SLO). Photo: Nordic Focus

In the Ski Classics cross-country marathon cup, Astrid Øyre Slind (NOR) was second in the Marcialonga on Saturday – just narrowly beat in the final few hundred meters after leading most of the 70-kilometer race in Italy. Despite being beat by her teammate on the last stretch, Øyre Slind remains the overall leader of the Ski Classics, even widening the gap to her competitors. She also tightened her grip on the overall climbing competition and took over the lead in the sprint competition. Additionally, Øyre Slind is leading the Alps Trophy competition by 75 points with one event remaining in the 6-race competition series.

Finally, Lars Ivar Skårset (NOR) took home two podium finishes from the Nordic Combined Continental Cup at Rena (NOR). On Saturday, he was third in the large hill/10-kilometer competition. Then he won the race on Sunday, also a large hill/10-kilometer competition.

Astrid Øyre Slind (NOR) on her way to 2nd place in the Ski Classics race Marcialonga (ITA). Photo: Nordic Focus