FALUN WORLD NORDIC SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
The last time the World Championships were held in Falun was in 1993. I attended the 1993 Championships and interviewed Vladimir Smirnov for a magazine article. That was also the first time I met the well-known Swedish ski tuner Lars Svensson. My uncle was still alive in 1993 and I was fortunate enough to stay at his house, only a short drive from Falun.
Have been extremely busy and have not had a chance to analyze the results from 2015 until today. Instead of just looking at the medal results also read a lot of Swedish magazines to get some background information on some races where the results were somewhat unexpected. In the 10K free the Norwegians obviously missed the wax and in the men’s team sprint Sweden was in second place when the skier broke a pole and the team finished 9th. The most surprising result was United States getting both a Silver and Bronze medal in the 10K free where Charlotte Kalla was totally dominant winning by 41 seconds. Alex Harvey continues to impress. Whatever he and his coach Louis Bouchard are doing works while the other Canadian skiers are not doing very well. In all there were 36 XC medals. Here is the medal count by country. Norway totally dominated.
Norway 14, Sweden 9, US 2, Canada 2, (all by Harvey) France 2, Russia 2, Poland 1, Switzerland 1, Italy 1, Finland 1, Czechoslovakia 1. Germany not getting a single medal was very surprising and I expected the Russians to get at least four medals.