By Vegard Lilleas
Norwegian winter sports athletes have had an amazing start to the new season thus far.
The land of the midnight sun has a proud winter sports legacy, and it won’t seem to stop just yet. In cross country, biathlon, alpine skiing and Nordic combined, the Norwegians have almost made a clean sweep the first two weeks of competition.
32-year old Marit Bjoergen has toyed with the competition in both Gällivare (Sweden) and Kuusamo (Finland), winning all five individual races and one relay.
There’s a massive breadth in the Norwegian girls team. Usually at least four, and as many as seven, athletes are in the top ten after a race.
The Norwegian guys have also proved their worth this season. Martin Johnsrud Sundby was the big name in Gällivare last weekend, as he won the individual 15k, as well as being a part of the Norwegian relay team who comfortably won in the Swedish cross-country metropolis. Superstar Petter Northug claimed the Ruka Triple (mini tour with three races during the weekend) as he beat russian Maxim Vylegzhanin in a nerve wrecking sprint Sunday.
In biathlon, Tora Berger has won three out of three races, adding to her already impressive list of achievements, which includes one Olympic gold medal and four world championships.
Alpine skiing-superstar Aksel Lund Svindal has had an impressive run in the start of the season as he leads the world cup after six races, winning two and claiming two second places so far. Fellow countryman Kjetil Jansrud currently holds third place in the overall competition.
Nordic combined athlete, Magnus Moan, has made the Norwegian domination near total after winning two of four competitions so far.
The Norwegians have also been a certain influence in both ski jumping and speed skating, making several podium finishes.