I got a good finish on the XC Norwegian championship relay (3*5 km), with a seventh place, 2 min behind winning team Heming. I skied the last leg, and skied from the 13th to the 7th position on the 6th best time, 40 sec behind the best time of Astrid Urenholt Jacobsen. Kjersti Bø skied the first leg, Magnhild Roe the second.
Results can be fond here: results NM Stokke.
Marte Reenaas, Wing OK
Maren Haverstad, Lierbygda OL (middle distance and relay)
Barbro Kvåle, Hadeland OL (middle distance and relay)
Hans Jørgen Kvåle, Hadeland OL
Lars Moholdt, Wing OK
Eivind Tonna, Lillomarka OL
Øyvind Watterdal, Tønsberg og omegn
Marte Reenaas, Wing
Sindre Haverstad, Lierbygda
Hans Jørgen Kvåle, Hadeland
Lars Moholdt, Wing
Ove Sætra, Asker
Eivind Tonna, Lillomarka
Øyvind Watterdal, Tønsberg
All in all, the first world cup round has been disappointing. I had much higher hopes than what I could perform here in St.Petersburg and really hope to improve my performances the next world cup rounds. I am really looking forward to the next rounds. (Picture: Sindre Haverstad)
Results: Long distance
The first world cup round has so far been a big disappointment. The middle distance mass start was a disaster, I did a mistake already to the first control, had problems to pass skiers to advance in the field, got really stressed and later did a major mistake on the second round (3-4 min!). It is embarrassing to ski like this in the world cup and I just want to forget the whole race. Winner was Natalia Tomilova from Russia. Results: Middle distance.
The sprint to day (Saturday) was much better, I had to start early due to my bad result Friday, but skied pretty well, to slow in the beginning then faster, with no other mistakes than passing a crossing in to high speed, so that I had to turn (I guess 15 sec). I finished as number 8th, 29 sec behind winner Olga Novikova and 15 sec behind the podium. Although my hopes were higher for these individual competitions I am really happy to be back orienteering technically.
In the afternoon sprint relay was on the program, I skied with Marianne Mellby Larsen. We finished as fifth team, 1 min 20 sec behind the winning team, Sweden I. We each skied three legs of approximately 7 minutes. Both of us did pretty well and I think this was an optimal result for our team, so we are happy about the result. Sprint relay is new in the world cup this year, and as I see it a success. It was great fun, high speed and action all the way. Results: Sprint relay.
I will try to keep the good feeling and flow from to days race and prepare well for the long distance. It is embarrassing to open the world cup like this, and I really hope to do a much better race monday.
Results from the NC competition can be found here: Lierbygda OL.
And really good photos from the competitions, taken by Ivar Gilså, can be found here (Ivar has also taken the picure abow): Photos Ivar Gilså