The rising Madshus stars racers are posting impressive championships results, while veteran World Cup athletes deliver in Lahti.
Starting off, Siri Wigger (SUI) bagged the bronze in the Junior World Championships sprint in Oberwiesenthal (GER) on Saturday, while Matvey Eliseev (RUS) went straight for the gold in the men’s 10km sprint at the biathlon European Championships.
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On Sunday, the young Madshus athletes earn three championship medals in one day: Harald Østberg Amundsen (NOR) took home the bronze from the sprint at the U23 Word Championships in Oberwiesenthal (GER), while Sturla Lægreid (NOR) won the silver medal at the European Biathlon Championships pursuit in Minsk (BLR) and Sivert Bakken (NOR) won the bronze. Earlier in the week, Anastasyia Merkushyna helped Ukraine to the bronze medal in the single mixed relay at the European Biathlon Championships.
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On Monday, Helene Marie Fossesholm (NOR) cruised into gold in the 5km classic at the Junior World Championships – with a comfortable margin to second place. Fossesholm also posted the fastest qualifier time and won her quarterfinal heat in the sprint race on Saturday, but crashed out of the medal fight in the final. “I had amazing skis today, and it was really fun to win the gold here today,” Fossesholm said after her impressive performance.
The FIS Junior and U23 World Championships in Oberwiesenthal continue through March 7, with classic distance races March 3 (U23), freestyle distance races March 4 (junior) and March 5 (U23), and relays March 6 (junior) and March 7 (U23).
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At the FIS World Cup, Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) was third in the 10-kilometer classic race at the cross-country World Cup on home turf in Lahti on Saturday. On Sunday, Pärmäkoski earned her second World Cup podium in two days, anchoring Finland to second place in the relay, where Rebecca Öhrn helped Sweden to third place making it a double Madshus podium. In the afternoon Alexander Bessmertnykh helped Russia to third place in the men’s relay. The FIS cross-country World Cup moves on to Norway for sprint races in Drammen on March 4 and 30km/50km classic races in Oslo on March 7 and 8.