Norway’s Pål Golberg tells FasterSkier why Lillehammer has been good to him in the past (and it’s not because he lives there) and why he rollerskis through the winter, at least once a week, and plays golf as much as he can.
A transcript (find a link inside) of the German documentary which exposed systematic doping in Russia reveals an even worse situation than imagined: how easy it is to purchase cheap EPO without a prescription; how Russian officials threaten that any athlete who goes to the press might “have an accident”. Plus, we talk to Lowell Bailey, Nathan Smith, and Max Cobb about the situation.
The Bozeman, Mont. SuperTour races have come and gone but you can still re-live them through the two photo galleries featured below. With action Dec. 6-7 at the trails of Bohart Ranch in the form of a classic sprint and 10/15 k classic mass start, the country’s best gathered for the second weekend of domestic racing which proved just as exciting as the first.
Emil Hegle Svendsen talked about throwing out his skis; Ole Einar Bjørndalen didn’t use his best. Nathan Smith hopes for stonegrinding before the next World Cup and Susan Dunklee’s skis might go back to Fischer for care. One thing is certain: Östersund did a number on skis. How do you come back from that?
Alex Harvey skied a strong 15 k pursuit Sunday to improve his standing to tenth in the Lillehammer World Cup mini tour. Teammates Ivan Babikov and Devon Kershaw overcame low rankings to place 28th and 41st, leaving the Canadians confident but wanting more as they prepare for newt weekend’s World Cup races in Davos, Switzerland.
Martin Fourcade came out firing, missing several of his targets on Sunday, but pulling off a 10-second victory in the men’s 12.5 k pursuit on the last day of the Östersund World Cup nonetheless. Canada’s Nathan Smith cleaned three stages to reach the top three, but missed three on his last stage to finish 16th.
Finn Hågen Krogh had reason to believe he cold hold off Norwegian teammate Martin Johnsrud Sundby in Sunday’s 15 k classic pursuit, the final stage of the Lillehammer mini tour. And Johnsrud, who won every tour last winter, had a feeling he could catch Krogh, but got a little nervous when it took longer than he expected.
Martin Johnsrud Sundby is back in the Overall World Cup leader’s bib after a 2.2-second win over teammate Finn Hågen Krogh on Saturday in the men’s 10 k freestyle at the Lillehammer World Cup. For Sunday’s pursuit, he’ll start 20 seconds behind Krogh, who leads the mini tour after two-straight podiums.
When Tiril Eckhoff missed a shot in standing, she assumed she’d have maybe a top ten in today’s World Cup sprint. Instead, she charged to the top of the results sheet, and stayed there despite several clean-shooting challengers. She joined her brother (and coach) Stian on the list of Norwegians who have won in Ostersund, and called out Norwegian journalists for doubting her.
Pål Golberg put every ounce of faith in his boards on Friday in order to overcome Norwegian teammate Finn Hågen Krogh and Russia’s Alexey Petukhov and win the Lillehammer World Cup 1.5 k freestyle sprint. Two-time lucky loser, Canada’s Alex Harvey found himself in contention in the final before finishing fifth on Day 1 of the mini tour.
The USST came up short in Friday’s freestyle sprint in the first stage of the Lillehammer World Cup mini tour, with only one skier qualifying for the heats. Despite lack of results from the team as a whole, Sadie Bjornsen demonstrated that her training is paying off after placing 16th in qualification and 21st overall.