Half a dozen podiums to kick off 2021

Half a dozen podiums to kick off 2021

Madshus racers pull in solid results in both biathlon and cross-country.

Cool and collected, National team rookie Sturla Holm Lægreid (NOR) kicked off the new year right where he left off in December: On the podium, three days in a row.

On Friday, Lægreid was third in the 10-kilometer sprint at the IBU World Cup in Oberhof (GER), setting himself up nicely for Saturday’s pursuit, where he bagged his fourth individual IBU biathlon World Cup victory of the season. Then, on Sunday, the biathlon prodigy put a solid conclusion to a stellar weekend as he anchored Norway to second place in the mixed relay.

This week, the IBU World Cup continues with another round of racer in Oberhof (GER).

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Sturla Holm Lægreid (NOR) won the 12.5km pursuit at the IBU World Cup in Oberhof (GER). Photo: Nordic Focus

On the cross-country trails, Mathilde Myhrvold pulls off another solid podium performance with third place in the sprint race at the Norwegian Cup in Lygna on Friday. The next day, turbo junior Helene Marie Fossesholm cruised back on podium in the 10km skate race on Saturday, after a full month without racing. On Sunday, the 19-year-old put in a solid bid for a ticket to the FIS World Championships in Oberstdorf (GER) later this season with an impressive fourth place finish in the 15-kilometer classic mass start at the Norwegian Cup in Lygna.

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Mathilde Myhrvold was third in the sprint at the Norwegian Cup in Lygna. Photo: Madshus

Finally, on Sunday Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) finished fifth overall in the FIS Tour de Ski, with yet another strong performance in the 8-day stage race concluding with the infamous climb up the alpine run in Alpe Cermis in Val di Fiemme (ITA).

Krista Parmakoski (FIN) pulls into 5th place overall in the FIS Tour de Ski after a strong effort on the final climb in Val di Fiemme (ITA). Photo: Nordic Focus