With just two days until the start of the 2014-15 FIS Cross-Country World Cup season here is a teaser video from last season. Let the season begin!
Norway's Marit Bjoergen thrilled the home crowd with her record breaking 4th Holmenkollen victory. It also marked the 100th time that she has been on the podium in her World Cup career. As well it was her 66th career World Cup win. In second place was last year's winner Therese Johaug of Norway. In third was Kerttu Niskanen of Finland.
Marit Bjørgen is the only athlete to have won the 30km in Holmenkollen both in classic style and freestyle. If Therese Johaug wins, she will be the second athlete to achieve this.
Daniel Richardsson of Sweden has won the 2014 Holmenkollen 50 km in the classic technique. Early in the competition a lead group of 5 skiers separated from the main field. This group included Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR), Alexander Legkov (RUS), Iivo Niskanen (FIN), Lukas Bauer (CZE) and Richardsson.
Germany's Tobias Angerer has announced that he will retired from World Cup competition following the completion of Saturday's 50 km at Holmenkollen. It will be his 300th career World Cup start. Cartoon by Thomas Zipfel.
The legendary 50 km race in Holmenkollen, Oslo, has been organised since 1902, when Karl Hovelsen (NOR) won the race