The Norwegian national team finished their camp at Sognefjellet last week with an on-snow sprint race in the town of VÃ¥gÃ¥. Marit Bjrgen and Eldar Rnning were the winners. Check out the photos.
1. Eldar Rnning
2. Simen Ã˜stensen
3. Ã˜ystein Pettersen
4. Tor Arne Hetland
1. Marit Bjrgen
2. Guro Strm Solli
3. Ella Gjmle
4. Astrid Uhrenholt Jacobsen
The race included prologue, heats and c, b and a-finals.
– It’s always good to compete. We appreciate that and that’s why we often end a camp with a competition, said national team Chief Ã…ge Skinstad.
He liked what he observed at the camp and many of the athletes showed that the summer training is going well.
– Marit was very impressive today. She was in a class by herself, said Skinstad.
The competition among the men was a lot tighter and Rnning edged Ã˜stensen and Pettersen in a photo finish.
Skinnstad said that the camp was very successful and that he had never experienced better skiing conditions in June at Sognefjellet.
– That includes abroad. The skiing was incredible except for on Thursday, said Ã…ge Skinstad.
Next up before â€œsummer vacationâ€ for the national team is a dryland camp in Krager and Oslo for the women’s team while the men’s team will do a camp in Petter Northug’s hometown Mosvik.
Photos from the June 16.
Guro, Marit and Ella on the podium with their victory checks.
World Cup organizer have something to learn from these local organizers — The course held up like concrete despite temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius in the shade.