In Gällivare, Sweden, the cross-country world cup has started under best conditions. The season was opened with the women’s 10 km race and the men’s 15 km race. Marit Björgen is and remains the ultimate benchmark of the women. During the men’s race, the participants were slightly affected by the starting snowfall. The Norwegian Martin Sundby coped best with the conditions. The relay races that were held on Sunday were also dominated by the Norwegian teams who showed their standard right from the beginning of the season. In the men’s relay race, the Swiss won a good 4th place.
Last Sunday, the biathlon season 12/13was opened with the mix relay. The day before, it did not look quite like winter in Mid-Sweden. In light rain and temperatures above 0, the material was eagerly tested. Teams and athletes were slightly nervous as no one was quite sure how the work and the training during the summer months would pay off. On Sunday, the temperatures fell below 0, with -4°C and snow, it was justified to talk about “winter sport”.
After the race, the first stress was gone.
The first women’s speed race was held in Lake Louise, Canada. The skiers had to cope with bad weather conditions. The light snowfall and the thick fog was a great challenge for all. The dominating speeding specialist of the last season had the least trouble. Lindsey Vonn won the first race with an advance of 1.73 seconds before Stacey Cook. Thus two Americans were able to celebrate their victory. The third place was shared between the German Maria Höfel-Riesch and the Liechtensteiner Tina Weirather. They were beaten by one hundredth second by Stacey Cook.
After yesterday’s sprint for the Nordic Opening and Mini Tour, today the individual freestyle race was held. Marit Björgen predominated the women’s race and stays unbeaten this winter. The American sprinter Kikkan Randall proves stronger and stronger in the long distance races. She came in on second place before the Russian Yulia Tchekaleva.
Alexander Legkov won the men’s race over 10 km. On the very hard leg and in icy temperatures, he took home the victory before Petter Nothug and Maurice Manificat.
Our TOKO athletes started the new season with excellent results at Östersund in Sweden. Andrea Henkel and Erik Lesser closely missed the podium in the mixed relay on the first weekend. On Wednesday, it finally happened, Erik Lesser/GER, the “newbie” of the TOKO Team, came in third in the individual race over 20 km. Selina Gasparin/SUI was forth and thus got her best world cup result so far.
This weekend, the sprinters visited Quebec, Canada. The event started with the team sprint in front of the parliament building.
The local hero and world champion Alex Harvey started vividly into the race together with his partner Devon Kershaw. They demonstrated their fitness to the euphoric domestic audience. The two were however stopped by a fall. The Kasakh and the Russion team profited from the fall and showed a dramatic finisch. Only after closely watching the film, the Kasakh relay was declared the winner. It was their first victory in a team sprint. Norway came in third.
Sprint competitions that were great fun were held in Quebec, Canada.
Kikkan Randal won in the women’s race. The American showed to the numerous fans from the US that she plays the lead guitar in skating sprint. Falla Maiken Caspersen and Ida Ingermarsdotter became 2nd and 3rd.
In the men’s race, Emil Joensson won before Teodor Peterson. Thus the Swedish triumph was perfect. Third was Alexey Pethukov from Russia. For the Suiss, TOKO athlete Jöri Kindschi qualified for the final and managed a good 6th place.
After the races overseas, Aspen and Lake Louise, the World Cup continues in Europe. In the beautifully snowy St. Moritz, Switzerland, three races were held. A Super Combination, a Super-G and a giant slalom. The host and his helpers did everything to prepare a perfect piste in spite of the difficult weather conditions with snowfall and strong wind.
Hochfilzen/AUT presented itself like nearly every year!One week ago, there was still no snow but right for the world cup, winter came. Snowfall, wind and sunshine and temperatures aroung -10 °C, it was all there.
After the downhill trainings on Wednesday and Thursday, the Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal was the favourite for the Super-G and the downhill race in Gröden. The slope was in good shape. There wasn’t much snow so there were a lot of bumps and changes. Aksel Lund Svindal coped best with these conditions. He won before the two Italians Matteo Marsaglia and Werner Heel. For the downhill race on Saturday, the weather forecast wasn’t too good. Snowfall and strong wind were predicted. The start repeatedly had to be postponed. Due to the heavy snowfall, the leg was shortened.