PRESS RELEASE From June 1, 2004
[Norway's] best biathlon racer will ski on Madshus skis the coming two seasons. This agreement was final yesterday evening.
“We are very proud that Bjorndalen has chosen our skis. He will be an important future racer after Thomas Alsgaard finished his career one year ago. During last season, there was no Norwegian 'flag ship' in our team, and we are happy that Ole Einar Bjorndalen now joined Madshus.”
Together with this year's World Cup winners Rene Sommerfeldt – Cross country and Hannu Manninen — Nordic combined, Ole Einar Bjorndalen will create a strong Madshus team. We look forward to cooperate with Bjorndalen, says Lars Hanstad; Director of Sales & Marketing at Madshus AS.
Important ski tests made the decision
“I have been through many and extensive tests of different skis at Austlid, Geilo, in Austria and at Sognefjellet after season 2003-04. For me, the quality of the skis is essential. It was easy for me to make a decision after these test. The Madshus skis were certainly the best, and I am happy that we also have agreed on a service agreement as well as other issues,” says number one biathlon racer, Ole Einar Bjorndalen who will return to Austria today together with Natalie Santer. Natalie Santer also changed to Madshus recently.