Justyna Kowalczyk and Petter Northug Jr. win Overall World Cup
The FIS Cross-Country World Cup presented by Viessmann finished last weekend with the FIS World Cup Final, which consisted of four races; a sprint in Stockholm and three races in Falun (both SWE).
Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk conquered her fourth victory in the overall World Cup with an amazing margin of 514 points on Therese Johaug. Kikkan Randall became the first American woman in history to break into the top three overall in the FIS Cross-Country World Cup on Sunday. Randall finished seventh in the Falun 10 km free technique pursuit, the fourth stage of the mini-tour, cementing her into the number three spot with 1190 points.
With four large crystal globes Justyna Kowalczyk is the second most successful athlete of all times. Elena Vaelbe dominated the World Cup five times. Kowalczyk was superior in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. Last winter the large crystal globe went to Norway thanks to Marit Bjoergen.
The distance globe went also to Justyna Kowalczyk, while the sprint globe was won by Kikkan Randall for the second time.
On the men’s side the battle was on until the last competition of the season. Dario Cologna already won the overall in the seasons 2008/09 and 2010/11 but this year it was Petter Northug Jr. who topped the ranking. Before World Cup Final 2013 there were three skiers fighting for the overall victory separated by only 15 points. After his sensational victory in 50 km Free on Holmenkollen, Alexander Legkov took over the lead ahead of Petter Northug Jr. and Dario Cologna. Northug’s victory in the Stage 1 of the Final, the Royal City Sprint in Stockholm, helped him find the winning momentum and keep the lead in the World Cup Final and for the second time in his career, celebrate victory in the Overall World Cup. Alexander Legkov finished second and Dario Cologna took third.
Russia’s powerhouse Alexander Legkov became the best distance skier of the season as the domination of Sweden’s sprinters continued. Emil Joensson took the sprint title for the third time in his career.
In the Nations’ Cup, Norway took the honors 5078 points ahead of Russia. Sweden finished third, 7856 points behind the winning team. Russians defended the team cup on the men’s side. The team including Alexander Legkov, Maxim Vylegzhanin, Nikolay Morilov and Ilia Chernousov claimed victory 199 points ahead of Norway. On the ladies side, the trophy went to Norway. All in all, 13 different nations made it onto the Cross-Country podium this season and ten of them even to the top spot.