Leif Nordgren missed two weeks of training and the first weekend of World Cup racing after coming down sick over his holiday break. After a less-than-satisfying return to elite competition, he hatched a plan to use Open European Championships to get revved back up. In today’s pursuit, he did just that.
Charlotte Kalla dominated distance racing, while Hanna Falk claimed a sprint title and a place on the World Championships team. In the men’s field, Marcus Hellner, Emil Joensson and Tobias Peterson made arguments that they are returning to form- but Calle Halfvarsson scored a big victory in the 15 k.
After individual racing was completed at their national championships – you can find the results inside – Norway named a 23-member team for World Championships in Falun, Sweden. It includes season-long favorites as well as Kristin Størmer Steira and Astrid Jacobsen, who only just returned to the World Cup.
Susan Dunklee had her best shooting of the year to move from eighth up to sixth in the World Cup pursuit in Antholz, Italy, on Saturday, the best U.S. result of the year. Canada put two women in the top 30, and American Hannah Dreissigacker moved from 60th up to 42nd – beating former star Miriam Goessner on her final loop.
After making it through the qualifier, three Americans and Canadian Alex Harvey were not able to race their way into the semifinals of Saturday’s World Cup 1.3 k freestyle sprint in Rybinsk, Russia. However, American Erik Bjornsen had his best sprint result on the World Cup and reached the heats for the first time.