World CupWorld Cup Relay in Beitostoelen

FasterSkierNovember 23, 2003

Tore Ruud Hofstad took over Thomas Alsgaard's anchor leg on the Norwegian relay team, but was unable to deliver the victory as Alsgaard usually did.

Tobias Angerer

The US Team only has three skiers in Beitostoelen and did not compete.

In the women's race it was also a battle between Germany and Norway, and this time Norway delivered for its fans. Marit Bjoergen, whose fast start to the race season has many hoping she will be the one to fill Bente Skari's shoes, showed today that she can fill a role that Skari rarely did – the anchor. Skari, because of her classical prowess, usually skied in the first half of the relay. Bjoergen, on the other hand, is already known as a tremdendous sprinter and recently has been showing that she can hang with the best in longer distances. Today she beat them all, with the fastest time on the anchor leg, outsprinting Germany's Claudia Kuenzel for the win. Perhaps Norway has found the next Alsgaard – and she is a woman. Russia, without Julia Tchepalova on their team, came in third.

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