The cross-country skiing world cup opening ended in Ruka on Sunday 29th of November. The last competition was women’s 10 kilometers and men’s 15 kilometers in freestyle pursuit. The winners do not surprise anyone, as Norwegians Johannes Hösflot Kläbo and Therese Johaug were predominant skiers in today’s competition. 


Outstanding performance from Kläbo 

Johannes Hösflot Kläbo was again number one on the podium and no major surprises were found after the Norwegian. On second place came Aleksandr Bolshunov from Russia and on third place was Emil Iversen from Norway. The most positive surprise was from Norwegian Hans Christer Holund, who was tenth in Saturday’s competition. On Sunday Holund battled and skied himself to the fourth place.

Johannes Hösflot Kläbo was again number one on the podium.
Johannes Hösflot Kläbo was again number one on the podium.

Kläbo and Bolshunov were especially strong as expected throughout the whole weekend. Right from the start, the World Cup’s pre-favorites showed off their skiing skills. The battle will be fierce between the two in the season that has begun.


Johaug invincible again on women’s pursuit at Ruka

Norway’s Therese Johaug was the first to kick off the ski track on Sunday. Next up to the ski track with 16 seconds apart was Sweden’s Frida Karlsson and Russia’s Natalia Nepryaeva. After 2.5 kilometers the time difference had already grown to almost 20 second. The Norwegian got to ski all by herself to the end of competition achieving triple victory in Ruka.

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– It was very fun to win the competition here in Ruka. That was one of my main goals this year. I tried to focus on my own cross-country skiing and not think about the other competitors behind me. I think Ruka has done a really good job in considering the current situation, says Johaug.

The toughest battle for second place was with a total of seven skiers. At the end, Russian Tatiana Sorina became second with a strong sprint. Swedish Ebba Andersson fought herself as third. During the last round at the long downhill some of the top group skiers crashed which affected the battle to second place.


Original text by Erasmus Envall & Henri Honkala

English text by Ida Konttila

Photos by Miika Venäläinen

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