Norway in Lillehammer

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Lillehammer Sprint all Norway

 

The Norwegians have started this season winning just about everything. Today the Norwegian women were 1-2-3-4 in the sprint. How dominant can you get? Sprint races can often be a crapshoot so looking forward to some real skiing tomorrow and Sunday.

 

Norway Dominant

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Norway was dominant in both the sprint and 10 and 15K classic races. But history tells us that early season results are not that important in an Olympic or World Championship season. Everyone is trying to peak for February 18, when the World Championships begin in Falun. Last time Falun had the Championships I was fortunate enough to be there and watch the duel between Bjoern Dahlie and Vladimir Smirnov and to see Torgny Mogren win the 50K. I had asked Vladimir’s financial manager if it was possible for me to interview Vladimir for an article I had been asked to write for a magazine.

Power loss

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The heavy wet snow began Wednesday morning and decided to let everyone leave work by noontime. By ten o’clock Wednesday evening we had lost power. It was time to start the wood stove and turn on the generator. The generator provides power for the well pump, microwave, toaster and several outlets so we can use the computer, toaster, etc.

Lars Nelson At Sochi

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In the first leg of the 4X10K relay at the Sochi Olympics Lars had only skied about 200 meters when suddenly he lost his ski. Some media reported that he must not have engaged the binding properly, others said that he fell. I viewed several videos of the incident, but was unable to see what happened. Could see that he lost his ski, but not why. Just a few days ago found out what really happened. As he was ready to kick for his diagonal stride a Russian skier ran the front of his ski on top of the back of Lars ski and when Lars lifted his foot he was unable to lift the ski and pulled his boot out of the binding. Before he was able to get his boot into the binding again the pack was over 100 meters in front of Lars. He stayed calm and skied his way to the front of the pack and handed off to Daniel Rikardsson in first place.

Ruka World Cup

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The first World Cup XC races begin this weekend in Ruka, Finland. Many national teams are already there, including the US team. Rikard Grip, the head of the Swedish XC Team, stated that after the excellent results in Bruksvallarna this last weekend he is sending two 20year old skiers, Sofia Henriksson and Maja Dahlqvist, to the World Cup races. He did not mention why the winner of the 15K in Bruksvallarna, Johan Olsson, is not part of the team. Twice World Junior Champion, Stina Nilsson is not going due to an injury in her foot. Rehab on her injured foot has been good, but since this is a World Championship season he did not want Stina to take any chances. Stina is an exceptional talent and if she had skied the third leg in the 4 x 5 women’s relay in the Sochi Olympics I think Sweden would have won by a very large margin, instead of by just 1 second. 

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