Did you know? Lillehammer Skiathlon
WORLD CUP LILLEHAMMER, 5 DECEMBER 2015
Norwegians favourites on home snow
- The 7,5km+7,5km skiathlon event in Lillehammer will be the 34th skiathlon event held in the World Cup and the first ever in Norway. The only international skiathlon held in Norway was the World Championships in Oslo in 2011, when Marit Bjørgen won the gold medal.
- Norwegian athletes have won 14 of the last 17 World Cup victories in events held in Norway. Only Justyna Kowalczyk (2) and Kikkan Randall (1) have managed to break the Norwegian dominance.
- Kowalczyk (10km classic in Lillehammer 2013) is the only non-Norwegian to win a World Cup distance race in Norway since Petra Majdic won the 30km classic in Trondheim in March 2009.
- In last season’s 3-Days Tour in Lillehammer, Norway won all the three positions on the podium (both in ladies’ and men’s class). In the women’s competition Norway won the top three positions in all the three stages as well.
- In total, Norwegian women have won all the top three positions in the six last World Cup events held in Norway. The last non-Norwegian to enter the podium was Kerttu Niskanen, who was third in the 30km in Holmenkollen in March 2014.
Reigning World Champion Johaug holding yellow bib
- Therese Johaug holds the yellow bib after the races in Ruka, 33 points ahead of Stina Nilsson. Johaug is the World Champion in the skiathlon event from Falun in February 2015.
- Johaug has won the last three World Cup events where she has taken part in skiathlon.
- Johaug has finished on the podium in nine of her 10 last starts in skiathlon events in World Cup and Championships. She was 4th in the skiathlon in the Sochi Olympics 2014.
- Stina Nilsson has never won any World Cup points in skiathlon. She has only started once, finishing 35th in Falun in March 2014. She will miss this weekend due to illness.
- Nilsson finished second in the 3-days Tour in Ruka last weekend. She also finished second in the last stage, 10km classic style. Nilsson has never won any World Cup points in races longer than 10km.
Cologna to keep his skiathlon podium streak going?
- The 15km+15km skiathlon event in Lillehammer will be the 34th skiathlon event held in the World Cup and the first ever in Norway. The only international skiathlon held in Norway was the World Championships in Oslo in 2011, when Petter Northug won the gold medal.
- Cologna has finished on the podium in his last seven starts in skiathlon in World Cup, World Championships and Olympic Games, going back to the World Cup final in March 2011, when he finished 4th.
- Cologna has four World Cup wins in skiathlon - most on the all-time list – shared with Petter Northug and Tobias Angerer. Northug has not won a skiathlon event since 1st Jan 2012 in the Tour de Ski (2x10km).
- Cologna has never won a World Cup event in Norway. In 13 participations he has been on the podium twice, both as second place in the 50km in Holmenkollen.
- Cologna has World Cup victories from seven different countries (16 career wins)
Vylegzhanin aiming for a skiathlon ‘hat-trick’
- Maxim Vylegzhanin won both international skiathlon events held last season, he took the gold medal at the World Championships in Falun, and won the World Cup event at home snow in Rybinsk.
- If Vylegzhanin wins again he will equal Dario Cologna, who won three international skiathlons in a row 2013-2014, winning the World Cup in Sochi, followed by the World Championships and the Olympic Games.
Sundby looking for first ever skiathlon-win
- Martin Johnsrud Sundby win his sixth consecutive World Cup Tour last weekend in Ruka, and is the leader of the World Cup ahead of the race in Lillehammer.
- Sundby has never won an international event in skiathlon. He has finished as runner-up on three occasions, including a silver medal at the World Championships 2013. He also won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Sochi, his fourth skiathlon podium.
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