Bjoergen strikes gold in Finland
Fri, 25 Nov 12:43:00 2011
Marit Bjoergen, the most successful cross-country skier of all time, has continued her irrepressible form by claiming her 49th FIS World Cup victory in Kuusamo, Finland.
The 31-year-old, who claimed three gold medals at last year’s Vancouver Olympics, stormed to victory in the sprint competition in Finland for her second World Cup win of the season and is now just one short of an historic half-century.
Having won the season opener in Sjusjoen last time out, Bjoergen, who won four World Championship gold medals last year, saw her winning streak continue, coming home 2.1 seconds ahead of Swedish rival Charlotte Kalla.
Bjoergen’s Norwegian Vikebe Skofterud completed the podium but there was no stopping the world number one.
“I was a little bit surprised with how I went out there because I didn’t really know how I would get on in the sprint,” said Bjoergen.
“But as the rounds were going I just felt stronger and stronger and the final went really well for me.”
Meanwhile, in the men’s event, Sweden’s Teodor Peterson claimed his first ever FIS World Cup win at the 21st time of asking.
Peterson proved strongest in the tightest of finishes, coming home just 0.5 seconds ahead of Russia’s Olympic champion Nikita Kriukov.