The World's oldest ski club, Oddersjaa in Kristiansand, Norway organized a 500-meter track sprint and a 3000-meter track rollerski race as pre-match and halftime shows during a premier league soccer match last weekend. Two German national team skiers were up against most of the Norwegian national team. 9662 spectators got to watch some great duels.
The sprint event took place before the start of the soccer match. There were two heats of four skiers and the two fastest in each heat made it to the finale.
Petter Northug and Arnstein Mykland beat out Svein Tore Sinnes and Geir Ludvig Aasen in heat one. Frode Estil, Oddbjrn Hjelmeset, Audun Laugaland and Jon Kristian Svaland raced in the second heat and Hjelmeset and Laugaland made it to the finale.
Northug was the favorite in the finale but Hjelmeset edged him out at the end.
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