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Nordic Skiing/Biathlon Thread

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Franziska Preuss is sick and will not start the individual, so she can‘t win the discipline globe there. Typical.

She probably wouldn't have finished ahead of all of Vittozzi, Voigt and Häcki-Groß anyway, and Simon could also have leapfrogged her with a victory or podium, but it's of course still a shame that we'll never know now. And she would also have been in the mix for the overall podium, if she had been able to avoid sickness alltogether.
 
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She probably wouldn't have finished ahead of all of Vittozzi, Voigt and Häcki-Groß anyway, and Simon could also have leapfrogged her with a victory or podium, but it's of course still a shame that we'll never know now. And she would also have been in the mix for the overall podium, if she had been able to avoid sickness alltogether.
I see we have a comedian in our midst.
 
Only one miss for Tandrevold today, and that won't matter when the others do worse. I still think it's wrong that the World Championships no longer count for for the World Cup, but you can't deny that it'd be a great story if she gets her revenge here and takes her first victory on home soil.
 
Once again, why are team sprints a thing and even assign medals at the big events? They should be replaced by mixed relays asap...
Been saying that ever since the event was incepted, it's a dreadful event. Kept copping flak for saying that but still stand by it. Its best function is becoming, given the repeated short efforts with short breaks in between, to scout who might become potential biathlon converts in the midfield runners.
 
Nice bump up of form for the Finns on home turf, lol
It's distance Classic which the Finns tend to prefer because praise be to Finland, the skis are often quite conditions dependent and the Finns will have most experience of dealing with the conditions on home snow, and many of them are fresher because they have not bothered with the North American leg because the schedule out there was sprint- and skate-heavy.
 
It's distance Classic which the Finns tend to prefer because praise be to Finland, the skis are often quite conditions dependent and the Finns will have most experience of dealing with the conditions on home snow, and many of them are fresher because they have not bothered with the North American leg because the schedule out there was sprint- and skate-heavy.
Pretty much this. Krista looks very fresh to me; the break helped her obviously. Diggins paying for staying in NA and doing the Birkie.. Flora Dolci didn't even start today for example.
 
Going to be tight, Pärmäkoski lost 10" to Matintalo in the last couple of k - but Vicky Carl has been strong throughout and seems to be going backwards as against Krista's time in the last part... less than 2 seconds in it. Good contest!

So maybe it's that Matintalo finished super well than that Pärmäkoski finished badly?
 
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Going to be tight, Pärmäkoski lost 10" to Matintalo in the last couple of k - but Vicky Carl has been strong throughout and seems to be going backwards as against Krista's time in the last part... less than 2 seconds in it. Good contest!

So maybe it's that Matintalo finished super well than that Pärmäkoski finished badly?
If I was the ruler of the world every distance race would be an individual start; this race wouldn't have been nearly as good as a mass start imho. Great battle! Huge gaps, some due to a solid course, some will be wax, some will be fatigue from the North American leg. I like Matintalo, great result for her today, always have a soft spot for the skiers who are almost but not quite tippy-top of the heap. Entertaining today.
 

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