Traditional long distance on Holmenkollen (NOR)
Only two weeks after the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the cradle of Nordic skiing – the Holmenkollen – is ready to host the Nordic family.
From 8th March – 9th March, the athletes from the three Nordic disciplines will return to Oslo. For the Cross-Country skiers, mass start competitions over 30 km for ladies and 50 km for men in classic technique are on the schedule.
On Saturday, the focus will be on the men’s 50 km where thanks to the intermediate bonus sprints, a large number of World Cup points can be won (six intermediate sprints yield 190 points). Olympic champion Alexander Legkov (RUS) will look to defend his title from last year.
The ladies’ competition will take place on Sunday and the distance specialists will fight for a total of 160 World Cup points (four intermediate sprints). It should be a hard fight among the top three of Bjoergen, Kowalczyk and Johaug.
Despite the mild weather in Oslo there are no problems for the Organizing Committee to keep the tracks and hill in Holmenkollen prepared. The spectators are looking forward to several possible revenges from the Olympic Games, and there is expected a crowd of 100,000 over the two days.
New OC chief
In December Kristin Vestgren Sæterøy was appointed the new chief of the Organizing Committee. “Holmenkollen is iconic, we will continue to defend and develop its role. For me it is a very exciting challenge to be the leader of the World Cup Nordic festival in Holmenkollen, “ Kristin Vestgren Sæterøy said.
Saturday, 8th March 2014
Men 50 km mass start classic 12:00 CET
Sunday, 9th March 2014
Ladies 30 km mass start classic 12:00 CET
Ladies 30 km mass start free
1. Therese Johaug NOR
2. Justyna Kowalczyk POL
3. Yulia Tchekaleva RUS
Men 50 km mass start free
1. Alexander Legkov RUS
2. Martin Johnsrud Sundby NOR
3. Ilia Chernousov RUS