Eurosport - Sun, 14 Mar 19:23:00 2010
Norway's Marit Bjoergen and Anders Gloeersen completed a dream weekend for the home nation on the cross country track as the duo won sprint golds at the World Cup in Oslo.
The home crowd had been given plenty to cheer about on Saturday with Bjoergen leading home a Norwegian 1-2-3 in the women's 30km mass start and Petter Northug racing to victory in the men's 50km mass start.
And Bjoergen and Gloeersen continued the celebrations on Sunday with two impressive wins.
In the absence of Czech rival Lukas Bauer, Northug was guaranteed his first career overall crystal globe and opted to miss the sprint event after his lung-busting victory on Saturday.
Gloeersen seized the chance to take centre stage at Holmenkollen, setting the fastest time in qualifying before romping through to the final and edging out Russia's Alexey Petukhov and Sweden's Marcus Hellner to gold.
And the Norwegian admitted the home support made a vital difference as he collected his first win of the season.
It was an excellent race today, said Gloeersen. Everything just went well from the beginning.
The crowds here were so important and the cheering on the course and stadium helped me so much.
It is an honour for me to win at Holmenkollen in front of my home crowd.
Sweden's Emil Joenssen failed to make the final in Oslo, but his seventh place confirmed victory in the World Cup sprint standings with just next week's World Cup Final in his home country remaining.
Meanwhile, Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk had already defended her overall crystal globe but sealed the World Cup sprint title with a fourth place in Oslo.
Home-favourite Bjoergen, who was Norway's golden girl at the Winter Olympics last month, had no chance of catching the Pole in the rankings having missed a large portion of the season to focus on Vancouver.
But the 29-year old was desperate to impress her home crowd and after scraping through qualifying and the knock-out stages, cranked up her speed to win the final her fourth victory in four World Cup events since Vancouver.
USA's Kikkan Randall followed Bjoergen home in silver for her first World Cup medal since 2007 while Russia's Natalia Korosteleva struck bronze.
The cross country World Cup Final starts with the classical-technique sprint competition in Stockholm on March 17.