The top 3 skiers from the Sprint distance at the 2003 World Ski Championship is starting in Hamar, Norway, this Thursday. They will be challenged by the quadruple Gold medal winner in biathlon from the 2002 Olympic Games, Ole Einar Bjrndalen.
It is time for revenge at the Grand Prix rollerski Race in Hamar, Norway on Thursday. Norwegians Tor Arne Hetland and HÃ¥vard Bjerkeli will have the chance to “dethrone” the current World Champion, Thobias Fredriksson of Sweden. Hetland just recently skied away from Fredriksson in a test race, and now he gets another chance on the non-traditional distance of 200 meters (210 yards). The skiers will roller-ski in two-person elimination races.
Ole Einar Bjrndalen is arriving Hamar directly from an altitude camp, but it is doubtful that he will be a candidate for a win in the 200 meter race. Trond Einar Elden, the former Nordic Combined skier, has however showed that he is very fast on such super-short distances.
Among the women World Championship Sprint Champion Marit Bjrgen and fellow Norwegian National Team member Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen are starting. They will be challenged by veteran Anita Moen, who although being officially retired can not stay away from some fun competition. In this short of a distance, less training than earlier years should not matter as much.