Lahti #12

A few more Lahti favorites, all from the men’s 50-k, the last event in the competition. Below, Canada’s Alex Harvey, en route to winning the race, and after.

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Lahti #11

Favorites from Friday’s men’s 4-by-10-kilometer relay and today’s women’s 30-k at the World Nordic Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland. Long story short, as the two fans above indicate, the Norwegians won them both. They are the people in red and blue. Click here for stories, more photos.

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Lahti #10: Favorites

Favorites from today in Lahti: East Montpelier, VT’s, Liz Stephen, above, charging up the big hills as part of the US women’s 4-by 5-k relay team. Liz hammered the hills to help bring the team to within about 30 seconds of a bronze medal. Other favorites, below: Norway’s Marit Bjorgen waving the flag (again) after Norway won the relay; the Swedish relay team, on camera for the ski press after finishing second; the Canadian team, looking wholesomely Canadian after finishing tenth in a field of sixteen; and Sadie Bjornsen leading the US skiers out of the finish area. Click here for details at FasterSkier.com.

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Lahti #9: Iivo!

Iivo! Iivo! Iivo! screamed thousands of Finns as Iivo Niskanen (that’s Eee-voh) sprinted the last hundred meters of the 15-K interval-start world championship race yesterday here in Lahti, Finland. Denied gold in the team sprint on Sunday when he collided with Norway’s Emil Iversen, Niskanen would not be denied again. And he instantly became the most shouted-about man in Finland. The U.S.’s Erik Bjornsen, below, skied to 18th, his best individual finish in World Cup racing. Below that, Niskanen and his wife after the race, and the crowds, plus Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby, who finished second. Click here for details and more photos.


 

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Lahti #8

I don’t know what it’s like to fly, but ski jumpers do. One of the nordic combined jumpers flies after taking off from the 130-meter ski jump at the world championships in Lahti yesterday.

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Lahti #7a

One from yesterday: Norway’s Marit Bjorgen, en route to her 16th World Championship medal, first place in the 10-K interval start at Lahti. For details and more photos click here.

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Lahti #7

 

 

 

One of a group of Finns dressed as part of a Suomi ski team from the 1950s at the World Nordic Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland.

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Lahti #6

More high drama at the Lahti World Ski Championships in Finland yesterday: Americans Jessie Diggins and Sadie Bjornsen, wearing the US women’s team’s trademark striped socks, took third in the Team Sprint, above: Diggins collapsed after outsprinting Sweden’s Stina Nilsson (photo below). Norway’s  Emil Iversen lost first place for himself and his teammate Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo after breaking a pole in a collision with 200 meters to go. His crash with Finn Ivo Niskanen as Niskanen was passing him in front of tens of thousands of roaring home-crowd fans brought a collective sigh of despair from the crowd and opened the way for Russia’s Sergey Ustiugov, below, to win. Niskanen got up and took the bronze. Iversen skied in with his broken pole, below. Click here for details at FasterSkier.com.    

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Lahti #5

Men’s and women’s skiathlon yesterday: Racers ski the first section of the race on classic skis and the second on skate skis: 15 kilometers for the women, 30 kilometers for the men on a grueling, hilly course. Also local color, above, and Norway’s Marit Bjorgen, below, with her son after winning the women’s race. The lone skier with the big TV screen in the background is Norwegian Martin Johnsrud Sundby finishing second after breaking a pole trying to get by winner Sergey Ustigov on the final hill. Also below, in red, Canada’s Alex Harvey, finishing fifth. Click here for full stories and updates.

  

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Lahti #4

A few from today’s Nordic Combined (ski jumping and cross-country ski racing): top, Germany’s Johannes Rydzek celebrates the win; below, American Bryan Fletcher leads a pack near the start of the race. Skiers start based on the their performance in ski jumping, which results in groups starting at nearly the same time. Fletcher eventually finished 14th. Bottom, Austria’s Bernhard Gruber leads another group.

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