Bjørgen and Rønning won on-snow race in Vågå
Published: Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:00 AM MDT

The Norwegian national team finished their camp at Sognefjellet last week with an on-snow sprint race in the town of Vågå. Marit Bjørgen and Eldar Rønning were the winners. Check out the photos.

1. Eldar Rønning
2. Simen Østensen
3. Øystein Pettersen
4. Tor Arne Hetland

1. Marit Bjørgen
2. Guro Strøm Solli
3. Ella Gjømle
4. Astrid Uhrenholt Jacobsen

The race included prologue, heats and c, b and a-finals.

- It’s always good to compete. We appreciate that and that’s why we often end a camp with a competition, said national team Chief Åge Skinstad.

He liked what he observed at the camp and many of the athletes showed that the summer training is going well.

- Marit was very impressive today. She was in a class by herself, said Skinstad.
The competition among the men was a lot tighter and Rønning edged Østensen and Pettersen in a photo finish.

Skinnstad said that the camp was very successful and that he had never experienced better skiing conditions in June at Sognefjellet.

- That includes abroad. The skiing was incredible except for on Thursday, said Åge Skinstad.
Next up before “summer vacation” for the national team is a dryland camp in Kragerø and Oslo for the women’s team while the men’s team will do a camp in Petter Northug’s hometown Mosvik.

Photos from the June 16.

Oppland/ Thore Berntsen
Big discussion regarding who really won the men’s race, but the judges gave it to Eldar Rønning

Guro, Marit and Ella on the podium with their victory checks.

Victory interview with Eldar

World Cup organizer have something to learn from these local organizers – The course held up like concrete despite temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius in the shade.

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