Marit Bjoergen opens the FIS Cross-Country World Cup season with victory. UPDATED
Just like last season ended the new one started. Marit Bjoergen took victory and celebrates 47th World Cup win in her career.
Marit Bjoergen was the biggest favorite in today’s FIS Cross-Country World Cup season opener in Sjusjoen over 10 km Free Individual start. Marit Bjoergen started strong from first meters of the race and was the quickest at all intermediate points and controlled the race.
More than 10.000 spectators in the stadium and along the course witnessed Bjoergen’s decisive victory. Runner up Charlotte Kalla of Sweden lost on the Queen of the World Ski Championships in Oslo +27.1 sec. Bjoergen’s compatriot Vibeke Skofterud delivered a strong performance today and can celebrate third place. Skofterud reached the individual podium for the first time since Kuusamo 2009 when she finished third in 10 km Classic. For the third time Charlotte Kalla finished second at the World Cup opener.
With her victory today Marit Bjoergen gets over Cross-Country skiing legend Bjoern Daehlie in number of World Cup victories. Bjoern Daehli collected 46 wins, Marit Bjoergen won in Sjusjoen for 47th time.
Defending FIS Cross-Country World Cup winner from last season Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland lost +1:12.3 sec and closed in top 10.
Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
I’m really with my race today. I was nervous before the start. I did not know how my shape was. The track fit me very well. I kept very good speed all the way. I also had a good last lap. Conditions in Sjusjoen were very good. They have done a very good job.
Charlotte Kalla (SWE)
I had a plan to have the race under control and then to increase my speed. I felt very good in the first big uphill in the first lap and I felt OK during the whole race. I felt I had endurance to keep good technique. I was a bit nervous before the race. I did not know in which shape Iwas. I had to believe that the feeling from Bruksvallarna was good.
Vibeke Skofterud (NOR)
I made small changes in my summer training. I focused more on the intensity. Slow trainings got slower and hard trainings were harder. We have done really good job from April until now. We are really strong team. There were seven girls in top 10. There was a good atmosphere. They have done a really good job in Sjusjoen.