Welcome to the 30th edition of the FIS Cross-Country News. The 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships are now history and we are looking forward to the last period of the Cross-Country season which is traditionally held in Scandinavia. Have fun reading our current news!
Lahti is preparing for the Salpausselänkisat ... more Trondheim back in the Cross-Country World Cup ... more World Cup Final in Sweden ... more
World Cup Final rules in brief ... more Exciting and challenging last World Cup period ... more 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec are history ... more
Lahti is preparing for the Salpausselänkisat
Right after the 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec the Lahti Ski Games (Salpausselänkisat) will be held for the 84th time with a full Nordic World Cup program (Cross-Country, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined). The event will take place from 6th to 8th March. Within the Viessmann FIS World Cup Cross-Country, the athletes will compete in a free technique Sprint on Saturday and race an interval start race over 10 km (ladies) and 15 km (men) in the same technique on Sunday.The courses for the sprint were reviewed and increased in length. This year, the female athletes will race on a 1,4 km course while the men will fight for the victory on a 1,6 km course.
In Lahti, Finland's seventh-largest city, everything is prepared for the World Cup circus. The snow conditions on the courses are good and the tracks are well prepared. Beside the sports program, several side-events will be offered for all target groups by the organizer of the Lahti Ski Games. A great weekend is waiting for you!
More information: http://www.lahtiskigames.com
Saturday, 7th March
Sunday, 8th March
Sprint F ladies Sprint F men
Interval start C ladies Interval start C men
Trondheim back in the Cross-Country World Cup
For the first time since February 2004 the Cross-Country World Cup is making a stopover in Trondheim (NOR) from 12th to 14th March. Due to the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011 in Oslo and the related reconstruction of the Holmenkollen Ski Stadium, the Norwegian Ski Federation applied last spring to hold the traditional March Cross-Country events in Trondheim.
Trondheim hosted the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1997 and is located in the middle of Norway in the province Sør-Trøndelag. It is the third biggest city of Norway after Oslo and Bergen.
On 12th March, a classical sprint is on the schedule in the Granåsen ski stadium where the athletes will fight for the victory on challenging 1,4km (ladies) and 1,6 km (men) courses. On Saturday, 14th March, the traditional 30km and 50km mass start races in the classical style will take place. For the first time in Cross-Country history, intermediate sprint points will be distributed during a long distance competition, where the top three racers crossing these points will be awarded World Cup points (15 -10 -5 points). The ladies will have 3 times the chance to win World Cup points at intermediate sprints during the race while for the men it will be 5 times. At the end of the race, the winners will be awarded the normal 100 World Cup points. It will surely become an interesting fight for the World Cup points in which also team tactics can help to be successful.
More information: http://www.wctrondheim.org//index.php?groupid=68
Saturday, 14th March
World Cup Final in Sweden
Sweden is hosting this year's Cross-Country World Cup Final with the Svensk Skidspelen in Stockholm and Falun. The World Cup Final, which is a competition series over four stages, is taking place in Sweden for the first time and for the second time altogether after the premiere in 2008 in St. Caterina (ITA)
It will start on 18th March in Stockholm with a Sprint in the classical technique around the famous castle and will continue until 20th-22nd in Falun, with the challenge to become the "Queen and King of Mördarbacken" being held on Friday over a distance from 2,5 km for ladies and 3,3 km for men in free technique, the short pursuit races over 5 km + 5 km (ladies) and 10 km + 10 km for men on Saturday and the exciting finish with handicap start in free technique (10 km ladies/15 km men) taking place on Sunday.
The overall World Cup winner will be announced on Sunday 22nd after the last competition of the World Cup Final - it will be an interesting Final with a lot of World Cup points to win. In total the best male and female can earn 400 points during the World Cup Final, 200 for the overall victory of the World Cup Final and for each single event 50 points which will be awarded for the daily victory. According to the rules, the racers have to finish the World Cup Final to get the World Cup points for each stage.
The experienced organizers of the Svenka Skidspelen are already well prepared for all the sports activity along with various side events and looking forward to the Final weekend - come and join us in Stockholm and Falun!
More information: http://www.skidspelen.se
Wednesday, 18th March
Friday, 20th March
Saturday, 21st March
Sunday, 22nd March
Top three at the World Cup Final in 2008 in Bormio/St. Caterina (3-stage-event)
World Cup Final rules in brief
Exciting and challenging last World Cup period
The last period of the World Cup will be really exciting. On the men's side, there are still 875 World Cup points to be awarded if somebody would win everything from now on (3 x 100 points, 175 points at the 50 km race in Trondheim and 400 points at the World Cup Final). Due to this, the overall World Cup victory is still open, but the best chances belong to the current overall World Cup leader from Switzerland Dario Cologna, who will turn 23 on 11th March. He is leading with an advantage of 203 points ahead of the king of Liberec Petter Northug (NOR) who is in a great shape which the three gold medals from Liberec showed us. For both it would be the first overall World Cup victory, and for Switzerland it would be the first ever one if Cologna can confirm his performances of this season.
The distance World Cup is quite open as well. At the moment several athletes maintain good chances. Currently the ranking is led by Axel Teichmann (GER) 1 point ahead of Dario Cologna and 6 points ahead of Pietro Piller Cottrer (ITA). In the sprint World Cup there is only a theoretical chance left to beat Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR), the defender of the last year's sprint title. The Norwegian has an advantage of 245 points over Tor Arne Hetland and only max. 250 points can be won in the last period.
On the ladies side there is a really tight fight for the overall World Cup trophy. Aino-Kaisa Saarinen (FIN) is leading 26 points ahead of Petra Majdic (SLO), while Justyna Kowalczyk also has chances (109 points behind) and we should never forget the title defender Virpi Kuitunen (FIN, 181 points behind). In the last period the maximum World Cup points available amount to 845 points (3x 100 points, 145 points at the 30 km in Trondheim, 400 points at the World Cup Final).
The ladies' distance World Cup is also open: Double World Champion Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) is in the lead 31 points over Saarinen and 127 points over Marianna Longa (ITA).
In the sprint World Cup the decision is already taken. Petra Majdic defended her title from last year. She has raced in an outstanding manner at all Sprint competitions and has now an uncatchable lead ahead of Pirjo Muranen (FIN) and Arianna Follis (ITA).
The overview of the current standings can be seen below. Please remember that since last year the top 6 of the World Cup ranking and also the Rookie of the Year - the best U23 athlete - will receive prize money for their great performances during the entire season. In total 180'000 CHF will be distributed, 90'000 CHF per gender. The overall winner will get 31'500 CHF.
Overall ranking ladies
Distance ranking ladies
Sprint ranking ladies
Team Cup ladies
Overall ranking men
Distance ranking men
Sprint ranking men
Team Cup men
Nations Cup (ladies & men)
2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec are history
From 18th February -1st March the 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships took place in Liberec 2009. As noted by FIS President Gian Franco Kasper, these Championships in the region of Bohemia in the Czech Republic "marked a milestone in the history of FIS Nordic Championships". Altogether, 20 medal events were on schedule in Liberec. Of those, Cross-Country had twelve (six female and six male) events in Vesec, plus - for the first time - the qualification race for the individual start competition for competitors with less than 120 FIS points (for the ladies) or 90 FIS points (for the men).
Also a premiere was the mass start race which included for the first time the chance to change the skis. The ladies had two ossibilities to change their skis in the stadium while for the men the chance was offered 4 times. "I changed my skies twice and I think it's a very good thing. Most girls used this opportunity", said Valentina Shevchenko, the bronze medalist in the 30 km race, who was satisfied with the new rule.
In the end the spectators and TV viewers saw great races in the Cross-Country Stadium Vesec. The weather was not always optimal but the thanks to the great job of a lot of volunteers under the lead of Michal Lamplot, Sports Manager and Peter Mach, Chief of Competition the conditions were good and allowed fair competitions.
The Queen of this World Championships is 28-year-old Aino-Kaisa Saarinen from Finland, who was able to win three gold medals and a bronze medal. Justyna Kowalczyk, the strong Polish skier, showed equally great performance and is now double World Champion with an additional bronze medal. As well notable is the first medal for an US-American female skier in the history of the World Championships. Kikkan Randall from Anchorage, Alaska made the surprise silver medal in the sprint competition. In her sixth World Championships the Ukrainian Valentina Shevchenko was able to finally take a medal at a big event, the bronze medal in the 30 km mass start race. It was also the second medal at World Championships ever for a Ukrainian skier after the bronze medal of Irina Terelia in 1999 in Ramsau (AUT).
On the men's side, 23-year-old Petter Northug from Norway was the hero of Liberec. The five-time Junior World Champion has now also three gold medals from the 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. His finish on the last few hundred meters is unique and makes him really dangerous for the other distance racers. The Finnish men also delivered great performances and made their first medals since 1999 in a World Championships competition with the bronze medal of Matti Heikkinen in the 15 km Interval start, bronze in the team sprint for Sami Jauhojärvi and Ville Nousiainen and team bronze medal in the relay.
The medal table of the Cross-Country events in Liberec was won by Norway with five gold medals and two silver medals followed by Finland (3-0-5) and Poland (2-0-1).
For more information visit www.liberec2009.com
World Champions from Liberec (CZE)
7th- 8th March FIS World Cup Cross-Country in Lahti (FIN)
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