NORTHUG (NOR) looking to become first to retain 50km title
22 February 2014 07:03
KRASNAYA POLYANA - Petter NORTHUG (NOR) could become the first man to win the 50km in two consecutive Olympic Winter Games when the event is held at the Laura Cross Country Ski and Biathlon Centre on Sunday 23 February.
- NORTHUG won the 50km classic style in Vancouver 2010. If he wins this event in Sochi, he will be the first man to win the 50km in two consecutive Olympic Winter Games. He will also be the first athlete to win the 50km in both classic style and freestyle.
- Only two men have previously won the 50km event twice: Bjorn DAEHLIE (NOR), who won in freestyle at the Albertville 1992 and Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games, and Sixten JERNBERG (SWE), who was victorious in the classic style at Cortina D'Ampezzo 1956 and Innsbruck 1964.
- DAEHLIE is the only Norwegian to win a medal in freestyle in the 50km event. Twelve of Norway’s 14 medals in this event have been won in classic style.
- Norway and Sweden are tied on seven gold medals in the 50km event. Finland, in third, has won this event three times.
- Norway, Sweden and Finland have won 44 of the 63 medals handed out in the 50km event.
- Dario COLOGNA (SUI) can win his third gold medal at the Sochi Games. He can become the first Swiss athlete to achieve this feat in a single winter Games.
- He can win his fourth gold medal in total. That would tie win with ski jumper Simon AMMANN (SUI) on the most medals by a Swiss athlete at the winter Games.