Beitostølen 10 k Classic: Diggins Fourth Bjornsen Fifth

Aleks TangenNovember 23, 2019
Therese Johaug on her way to winning the 10 k classic in Beitostølen, Norway – part of the national opening races in Norway. (Photo: Aleks Tangen)

FasterSkier reporter Aleks Tangen was in Beitostølen to report. As a new feature we are posting his interviews from the mixed zone in the report below. 

With temps hovering around zero degree celsius in a mid-winter looking Beitostølen, Norway day two of the opening national races played out. The women raced a 10 k interval start classic race with a field, as expected loaded with Norwegians. 

First thing first: Norway’s Therese Johaug showed early season futness that already resembled World-Cup-crushing form. She won the 10 k classic in 26:08.8. Heidi Weng placed second (+1:03) and 18-year-old Helene Marie Fossesholm was third (+1:13). 

Americans Jessie Diggins (+1:35.7) and Sadie Maubet Bjornsen (+1:37.3) placed fourth and fifth respectively. Rosie Brennan cracked the top-10 in ninth (+2:04.9). 

Jessie Diggins’ mixed zone interview

Sadie Bjornsen’s mixed zone interview

We wanted to note a nice age outlier as we checked out the results: born in 1980, making her 39, Japan’s Ishida Masako finished in seventh (+1:57.6). 

Rosie Frankowski skiing for APU skied to 22nd (+3:31.4), while Caitlin Patterson was 23rd (+3:32.0). 

Cailtin Patterson’s mixed zone intervew

Women’s Results 

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Aleks Tangen

Aleks is a freelance journalist based in Gjøvik, Norway, covering ski-related sports and track & field. He also works part time as a model and reads a new book almost every week.

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