At the women’s World Cup in Cortina, the trail was very demanding, with some technically difficult sections and flat traverses to contend with.
At the Biathlon World Cup in America, our sponsored German biathletes once again demonstrated world class performance.
Andrea Henkel won a total of 3 races, putting her in the lead in the overall World Cup. After three podium places in succession, Magdalena Neuner, double Olympic winner in Vancouver, claimed her second victory of the season, putting her in third place closely behind Finland’s Kaisa Mäkäränen.
The action continued today with the women's and men’s pursuit races in Oberhof.
In the women’s event, in the absence of the strong Marit Björgen from Norway, Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk took clear leadership in the overall standing. A surprising second was young Krista Lahteenmaki from Finland.
The Tour de Ski continued with the so-called double pursuit, the fourth race in Oberstdorf, Bavaria. Before the first of two rest days tomorrow, there was a chance to witness some exciting battles in beautiful weather. In both the men’s and women’s events, the lead changed continuously, in pursuit of the time bonuses in the intermediate sprints. Finland’s Matti Heikkinen was surprising strong in the last very steep uphill section in the men’s event, as was Sweden’s Anna Haag in the women’s race. Giving them their first victories this year.
In Oberhof, the biathletes are continuing their World Cup series in the new year. Held by floodlight, this night race was one of the most exciting relay events in the history of the biathlon. Unpredictable gusts of wind resulted in constant changes in position. Due to a strong performance in the shooting rounds, from the third racer onwards the German team held a comfortable lead, before finally winning 2.22 minutes ahead of the Czechs and Norwegians.
In today’s women’s sprint race in the mega biathlon at Oberhof, Norway’s Ann-Kristin Flatland celebrated her first World Cup victory. In difficult, wet snow conditions, she missed the target just once. Double Olympic winner Magdalena Neuner finished in a strong second place, with the fastest racing time, after missing one target in both the prone and standing shooting sections. Third place went to another Toko-sponsored athlete, Andrea Henkel from Germany.
Clear victory for the Norwegian women's relay team. After brief difficulties for the first runner Vibeke Skofterud with Therese Johaug as second runner Norway already build up so much pressure that no other team was able to follow.
The ultimate discipline for the women is the 30km. And if the race is in Norway there is nothing better to cross-country skiing. One hundred thousand spectators came to Holmenkollen to see the expected thrilling triple-header between Bjoergen, Kowalczyk and Johaug who are the best athletes of this season.
05.03.2011, WC Oslo, cross-country skiing 4x10km Relay Men
The Toko team used the world championships in Oslo for massive product testing. With Udo Raunjak (head of testing and chief chemist) who came in from Switzerland we used the first four days to find out new raw materials.