This year’s winter sports season has just come to an end. We are proud of the medals brought home by our amazing Norwegian sportswomen and sportsmen.
Here are some highlights from the incredible efforts by our Norwegian ski athletes this season.
Showing off biathlon power
Last weekend in Holmenkollen, Tiril Eckhoff showed off her strength by finishing the last race of the season on top of the podium. Despite a slow start to the season, Eckhoff won gold medal in sprint in Kontiolahti earlier in March, and came in first in the overall standings of the Biathlon World Cup 2016. Truly impressive.
One world record after another
At this year’s Raw Air Tournament in ski jumping and ski flying, world records were broken. Not only once, but twice. In Norway’s Vikersund Hill, one of the largest in the world, Norwegian ski jumper Robert Johansson set a new world record when he flew 252 meters. That only lasted for about half an hour, when Austrian Stefan Kraft beat the record by 1,5 meters as he jumped 253,5 meters. Indeed, an eventful tournament that left the crowds gasping.
Also in alpine sports, Norway has fared well. Kjetil Jansrud has dominated the season and won the Super-G World Cup, and also came in second in the Downhill World Cup. After many years of skiing for Norway, Leif Kristian Haugen finally surprised us this season. Haugen howled with joy as he deservingly won the silver medal and bronze medal in the St Moritz World Championship in slalom and giant slalom, respectively.
Outstanding cross-country achievements
During the World Championship in Lahti in February, Norway made a clean sweep as the best nation overall. The women team was the first in history to win all six gold medals possible to win, with Marit Bjørgen coming home with four of them. In the men’s 4×10 km cross-country ski relay, Norway managed to keep Russia away from first place. Later on, in the World Cup in Quebec, Johannes Klæbø won gold in men’s 15 km, and Bjørgen came first on women’s 10 km, just before Heidi Weng winning silver. Martin Johnsrud Sundby also won the World Cup title in cross-country skiing after beating everyone on the 50 km classical race in Holmenkollen in March.
It has been an historic winter sports season, and we congratulate all the astonishing athletes on their achievements.
Photo: Billy Bonkers / Norges Skiskytterforbund via Wikimedia Commons