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The norwegian girls win gold!
Posted March 3rd, 2011 No Comments
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ladies_relayGratulerer jenter!!

Team Norway with Vibeke Skofterud, Therese Johaug, Kristin Steira and Marit Bjørgen won another fantastic gold medal with a clear margin of +36.1 sec ahead of Sweden.

What a fantastic performance it was by the 4 power girls with a 100,000+ crowd along the track cheering them on. There was never any doubt in my mind that the girls wouldn’t pull this off. Throughout the entire season they’ve proven that they are the best overall cross-country relay team in the world!

Today they were rewarded with a fantastic (and much deserved I must say) gold medal!A little breakdown of the race
Soon after start Skofterud, Muranen, Ingemarsdotter and Longa formed a powerful quartet and led the start field. In the second part of the first leg Longa and Ingemarsdotter attacked and broke away from Norway and Finland.

The 2nd leg was all about Therese Johaug. Aino Kaisa Saarinen and Therese Johaug caught the Italian Antonella Confortolla Wyat early and now the hunt was on for leading Anna Haag of Sweden.

“I felt like I could go and go and I had so much power today,” Johaug said of her race. Her plan all along was to attack coming back through the stadium, and she executed perfectly. Johaug took over the initiative, shook off Haag and brought in the stadium and for Kristin Stoermer Steira a margin of almost 9 seconds on Sweden and 14 seconds on Finland.

Kristin Steira had full control over the race and even increased the gap to +24 seconds at 3.5 km of her leg and before the stadium she gained another ten seconds on Sweden and Finland.In the last leg Marit Bjoergen had a comfortable margin of 34 seconds. She came first in the stadium and with the Norwegian flag in her hand she could enjoy last meters of the relay.

Marit Bjørgen said this after the race -

“All of the girls did a fantastic job today, so I had no reason to worry.  Crossing the finish line waving the norwegian flag was a dream come true.  In front of this audience, it’s just incredible.  I want to thank the girls on my team.”

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