FIS Newsflash articles 2012-2013
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FIS World Cup Highlights
While the Alpine World Ski Championships continued in Schladming and Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding held their test events in Sochi, Cross-Country and Ski Jumping “warmed up” for their highlight event by holding the final World Cup competitions prior to the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme (ITA).
In Davos, Switzerland, Sweden's Johan Olsson won the men's 15km free technique Cross-Country competition on 17th February by relegating local favourite Dario Cologna (SUI) to second place. Traditionally not strong on his home tracks, Cologna managed to keep his podium streak alive: the Swiss has been on the podium in every World Cup race since - and including - the Tour de Ski. Therese Johaug of Norway captured the ladies’ victory in the 10km free technique individual start to claim her first individual start World Cup win.
In the finals of the FIS Team Tour in Oberstdorf (GER) on 17th February, Team Norway showed an extremely strong performance and defeated the favourites from Slovenia by clinching the victory ahead of Teams Austria and Slovenia. Anders Bardal, Tom Hilde, Andreas Stjernen and Anders Jacobsen won the tour with a margin of 11.2 points.
Slovenia's Jaka Hvala, the newly crowned Junior World Champion, took his first win in the individual event at the World Cup in Klingenthal (AUT) on 13th February.
Sara Takanashi from Japan was again unbeatable in the ladies competition in Ljubno (SLO) on 16th and 17th February. By claiming her seventh and eight victories this season she also set a benchmark by becoming the youngest overall World Cup champion in history. With two more competitions to go in Trondheim and Oslo (both NOR), nobody can take the crystal globe away from her anymore as she is leading 290 points ahead of Sarah Hendrickson (USA).