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.
Now the season 2012/2013 of the Alpine Ski Worldcup has started. All athletes used the summer to intensively train with the new material. Finally, this weekend the new season was opened on the Rettenbach glacier above Sölden. For the whole week, there were discussions and talk about who would cope best with the new material.
To be prepared for the coming seasons, we intensely test things in the winter and summer months. During the last two weeks, we have been using the “laboratory” conditions of the Oberhof ski arena. In the DKB Skisport arena, there are nearly perfect testing conditions, it is calm and the snow conditions are stable and can be changed slightly by the service technicians of the ski arena. Thank you very much for that!
From 13th till15th June 2012, we attended the grand XC Skitest in the DKB Skisport arena in Oberhof for you. As a partner of the popular trade magazine and web portal XC Ski, the TOKO test team spent three days there. Apart from the general preparation and the preparation of the skis, the most exciting part is of course the testing of the skis. Numerous ski companies send their new material for the various fields of application to Oberhof. From racing skis to everyday skis, the independent TOKO test team tests and evaluates the skis. Push off features, sliding features, handling etc.
Last week, the annual IBU Meeting was held in Oslo. This year, the event was organised by three large Norwegian companies: SWIX, Madshus and Rottefeller acted as joint hosts. The meeting is attended by all IBU partners, ski companies, wax companies, producers of ammunition and weapons as well as all other suppliers of biathlon.
This year’s Swiss alpine championchips took place in Veysonnaz. The first downhill training on Monday had to be cancelled due to snowfall and a soft slope. On Tuesday, there was beautiful spring weather with warm temperatures. The races had to start early in the morning as the sun then was not yet strong enough to melt the snow. For the skiers and trainers, the morning started with breakfast at 5.30, afterwards they went to have a look at the course.
For the 4th time in the history of biathlon, the title matches took place in Ruhpolding. The Chiemgau arena has been completely modernised during the last 3 years, and on the 1st March 2012 the race for the medals began.
The traditional 50 km race on the Holmenkollen proved to be this winter’s longest trial for the cross-country skiers. The difficult elevation profile as well as the extremely slow snow conditions put a lot of pressure on the skiers.
The Norwegian women’s team showed all their strength in the women’s pursuit race. No one could keep up with Therese Johaug on the challenging leg. The lightweight used her advantage on the steep rises and won with a great margin. She was only pursued by her three team colleagues whose freestyle allowed them to get rid of their competitors. Of these three, Marit Björgen got the best end, Heidi Weng reached third place. It was the first for her on the podium.
After the races in Sochi and Bansko, the women’s skiing world cup stopped over in Ofterschwang. The very well organised event in the Allgäu took over a giant slalom of Soldeu (AND). In lovely spring weather and with a big audience, many good races were held. The hosts including the numerous assistants from all over the Allgäu, did a great job. They had to work day and night as the soft snow had to be prepared using chemicals. Thanks to the very good performance of the German team in the last years, a lot of spectators showed up in Ofterschwang.