World Cup Finals in Falun this weekend

12 March 2014 08:58
Yellow bib battle in Falun 2014
Yellow bib battle in Falun 2014 -
Thomas Zipfel

Spring time weather but lots of hard work should make for a great World Cup finals in Falun. Challenging snow conditions have struck many FIS Cross-Country World Cup organizers this season and the host of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup Final in Falun is not an exception.

Challenging weather conditions
Except for the competition courses there is no snow in the FIS Nordic World Championships 2015 venue. “Last weekend we had strong wind and almost +12°C,” Chief of Competition Tomas Jons said to FIS Cross-Country News.

Despite the warm weather the Organizing Committee has prepared a 3.75 km loop, which was already skiable on Tuesday for athletes arriving from Oslo. The OC has collected snow from the ski jumps nearby the Lugnet Cross-Country stadium where FIS Ski jumping World Cup and Nordic Combined Continental Cup took place in the last weeks.

“We will get approx. 700m3 of snow from the ski jumps, additionally we are bringing snow from the alpine slopes,” Tomas Jons confirmed. The extra snow will be used on various spots on the competition course that have been most struck with melting and needed to be fixed.

“We appreciate the hard work of the OC in Falun, we had challenging snow conditions in many World Cup resorts this winter. I am sure we will have very good course in Falun and we are looking forward to the great World Cup Final,” FIS Cross-Country Race Director Pierre Mignerey said.

Competition program
The competition program has a format of a “mini-tour” and starts on Friday with classic technique sprints. Skiathlon competitions over 15 km for ladies and 30 km for the men are scheduled on Saturday. The World Cup Finals will be concluded with pursuits on Sunday, 10 km free for ladies and 15 km for men.

World Cup Globes
Before the World Cup Final the Overall and Distance World Cup globes were already secured by Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby. On the ladies’ side the fight for the big crystal globe is still open between Therese Johaug and Marit Bjørgen who are separated only by 39 points. For the Distance World Cup win Therese Johaug leads Bjørgen by 41 points with 50 left to be distributed in Saturday’s skiathlon. Kikkan Randall of the USA conquered for the third consecutive time the Sprint World Cup overall title. On the men's side heading into the last sprint of the season, Ola Vigen Hattestad is in the lead with 41 points over Eirik Brandsdal.

Timetable for competitions:

Friday, March 14 2014
Sprint Classic ladies/men 14:30 CET quarterfinals

Saturday, March 15 2014
Ladies 15 km skiathlon 10:30 CET
Men 30 km skiathlon 13:15 CET

Sunday, March 16 2014
Ladies 10 km free pursuit 13:30 CET
Men 15 km free pursuit 16:00 CET