Marit Bjorgen captured her first ever regular World Cup victory by winning the 10-kilometer classic race in Gallivare, Sweden last Saturday. She has won many sprint races, but never before a regular length World Cup event. She admits that she was a bit proud when this happened.
Bjorgen winning a sprint race has become normal, but winning a regular World Cup race hadn’t happened until last Saturday.
Â – It’s going to be a good season if I can continue like this. I feel that I’m in good shape at the moment, but it will probably be some up and down performances throughout the winter. Worlds in the big goal. I’m usually in good shape at this time of year and then I get a short down period. I’m usually back in shape in February and that fits well with Worlds, said Marit.
Saturday’s 10-kilometer was very exciting. Bjorgen was among the leaders the entire race, but was challenged to the limit by Kristina Smigun and Virpi Kuitunen. Marit had the advantage of starting last and getting splits off her competitors.
– I felt that I had a perfect race. I raced two even laps and had great skis. It’s an advantage to start last. You are able to push a little extra when you hear how you are doing compared to your competitors that started ahead of you.Â
Â The Norwegian women also performed well as a team. Four skiers in the top 15. Gjermundshaug was 4th, Skofterud 8th and Bjornas # 15.