Astrid Øyre Slind won the 70-kilometer Ylläs Levi in Finland last weekend, concluding an impressive season on the top of the podium. Photo: Visma Ski Classics

Astrid Øyre Slind (NOR) sealed her second place in the overall Ski Classics with two solid victories back to back in April.

First the 31-year-old marathon specialist won the 50-kilometer Reistadløpet in Norway on April 6, considered the toughest event on the Ski Classics schedule. Then, she won the Ski Classics final Ylläs-Levi last weekend.

In the last race of the year, Slind, who often opts for kick wax where others ski on double-pole skis, pulled away from the rest of the field with 9 kilometers to go, and finished the 70-kilometer event with a solid gap to her competitors.

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Successful season
Adding up the overall Ski Classics season, Slind helped her Team Koteng to win the overall best team. Slind was on the podium in all but two events of the 13 events this season: she won the season opener Prologue in November as well as the two final races of the Ski Classics series, earned three second-place and two third-place finishes this year.

Slind won the overall climbing bib competition and the Nordic Trophy competition (consisting of four races: Vasaloppet, Birkebeinerrennet, Reistadløpet and Ylläs-Levi).

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She was second in the overall individual champion competition and was second in the Alp Trophy competition (consisting of four races: Kaiser Maximilian Lauf, La Diagonela, Marcialonga and Toblach-Cortina), as well as third overall in the sprint bib competition.

On the men’s side, Magnus Vesterheim (NOR) was second overall in the youth bib competition, while Stian Hoelgaard (NOR) was third in the Nordic Trophy competition.