XCFeedsBest (Most Extreme) WC Performances

Avatar JoranMarch 4, 2011

Yesterday’s post sparked a little bit of discussion about how to measure the “best” performances. That wasn’t what I really intended, I was just trying to give a sense for some of the most extreme performances, relative to the median skier.

No matter what you do, events will conspire to put some “weird” races on lists like these that don’t necessarily match up with our notion of best performances. Frankly, I’m fine with that. Cross-country skiing is, as a coach of mine used to say (quoting another), “an outdoor sport”.

If you’re unsatisfied with my previous measure, we have a few options. We can either concoct some new and fancier way of measuring performance, or we can simply limit our original list in an ad hoc manner. For instance, we could measure the percent back from the median skier, the 25th percentile skier and the 2nd place skier and then take a weighted average of these values. This way we could give greater weight to performances that not only outpaced the field (median) but also outpaced the front of the field (25th percentile) and even the entire field (2nd place).

Or we can simply look at subsets of out original list. For instance, here’s the top thirty restricting ourselves to regular World Cup events:

Best 30 WC Performances

Date Race Gender Length Name Rank Value
1995-01-29 WC Men 15 SMIRNOV Vladimir 1 -3.29
2008-03-08 WC Men 50 SOEDERGREN Anders 1 -3.17
2001-01-13 WC Men 15 MUEHLEGG Johann 1 -3.16
1992-12-12 WC Men 10 ULVANG Vegard 1 -3.03
2007-02-16 WC Men 15 ANGERER Tobias 1 -2.95
2009-01-17 WC Women 15 KOWALCZYK Justyna 1 -2.94
2008-02-09 WC Men 15 BAUER Lukas 1 -2.93
1999-03-20 WC Women 30 TCHEPALOVA Julija 1 -2.89
2002-03-09 WC Women 10 BELMONDO Stefania 1 -2.84
2009-01-17 WC Women 15 LONGA Marianna 2 -2.82
2007-02-16 WC Women 10 NEUMANNOVA Katerina 1 -2.82
2003-01-04 WC Women 5 SMIGUN-VAEHI Kristina 1 -2.8
1994-12-14 WC Men 15 PROKOUROROV Alexei 1 -2.79
1993-12-18 WC Women 10 VAELBE Elena 1 -2.79
2010-12-18 WC Women 15 BJOERGEN Marit 1 -2.79
2007-02-16 WC Men 15 VITTOZ Vincent 2 -2.78
1993-12-11 WC Women 5 VAELBE Elena 1 -2.78
2010-12-18 WC Women 15 KOWALCZYK Justyna 2 -2.78
2009-03-14 WC Men 50 JAUHOJAERVI Sami 1 -2.77
2004-02-06 WC Men 15 VALBUSA Fulvio 1 -2.76
2010-01-16 WC Women 10 KOWALCZYK Justyna 1 -2.76
2008-02-16 WC Men 11.4 GAILLARD Jean Marc 1 -2.75
2001-11-24 WC Men 15 AUKLAND Anders 1 -2.75
2002-01-12 WC Women 5 TCHEPALOVA Julija 1 -2.75
2007-02-16 WC Men 15 JONNIER Emmanuel 3 -2.74
2002-12-21 WC Women 10 SKARI MARTINSEN Bente 1 -2.74
2010-12-11 WC Women 10 BJOERGEN Marit 1 -2.71
2010-01-16 WC Women 10 BJOERGEN Marit 2 -2.69
1991-12-14 WC Women 5 VAELBE Elena 1 -2.69
2009-11-21 WC Women 10 BJOERGEN Marit 1 -2.68

Now we’ve eliminated all those WSC/OWG 10/15km races, many of which have weaker fields, and some by chance had bizarre weather. That Smirnov performance stands out to me. If you go back and check the results you’ll see that he won by over a minute. Over second place! Mühlegg’s pre-Olympic WC is still there, of course.

And now we see a bunch of other “unusual” races that we’d probably like to exclude. Six of these races had notably weak fields (the China and Canadian WCs). And so on. But the list is still kind of interesting.

 

Related posts:

  1. <Rybinsk: Does Anyone Care?
  2. <Drammen 10/15km Classic Recap
  3. <Putting WSC Sprint Results In Context


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