FIS NORDIC WORLDCUP PREMIER, GALLIVARE SWEDEN Nov. 20-21
The 2010-2011 FIS Nordic WorldCup gets underway in Gällivare Sweden this weekend. 10km and 15km freestyle races Saturday and 4*5km and 4*10km mixed relays Sunday.
Athletes who entrust their racing dreams to Salomon equipment will, as usual, be candidates for victory.
Justyna Kowalczyk, a Salomon boots & binding athlete from Poland and the reigning WorldCup champion looks prepared to start this season just as she finished last season, on top. Justyna had a 22 second margin victory in the preseason classic race in Muonio Finland last weekend.
Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, a Salomon Complete Athlete from Germany, showed good form in the preseason Muonio events with 6th and 4th place finishes. “The preparation has gone great for me. I had no health problems and I am again motivated for another season. In Gällivare I will certainly not be in top shape, but I'm feeling good and will of course try to have a good kick off in the new season” she said.
Arianna Follis, Salomon Boots Bindings, was quickest in the Mounio Freestyle event The Italian called it an excellent "trial run".
Rikka Sarasoja, Salomon Complete Athlete from Finland will lead the Finnish team.
Charlotte Kalla, Salomon boots and Bindings won her season opener freestyle race in Bruskvallarna.
Masako Ishida, a Salomon Complete Athlete, is excited to get the season underway. Masako is usually stronger in tough classic events but rearing to get goin wit the 10km freestyle Saturday.
American Kikkan Randall, Salomon Boots Bindings, won the preseason sprint in Finland over a very strong field but is unlikly to be a contendor in these distance events.
Therese Johaug, Salomon Boots and Bindings, dominated her national season opener in Beitostoelen Norway as she won the 10 km Free race with a clear margin.
Kristin Størmer Steira, Salomon Boots Bindings might havelost to Johaug in the Beitostoelen freestyle opener but she is pleased with their performance after returning from leg injuries she has battles since the spring.
For the Men:
Olympic Champion, Marcus Hellner, Salomon Boots and Bindings,left no doubts that he is in good shape in Bruskvallarna with an easy victory in the Beitostoelen freestyle opener. Racing at home should increase the likelihood of his success.
Canadian’s Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey both on Salomon Boot and Bindings placed 4 & 5 to Hellner in the NOR 15km freestyle preseason event and are ready to get the WorldCup season underway.
Salomon Complete athlete Ivan Babikov will join his Canadian teammates in Sweden. Babikov, one of the best skaters on the WorldCup, has yet to test his form but should be in the running for a top result. The Canadian Men’s team should also be strong in Sunday’s relay.
Emil Jonsson,Swedish Worldcup Sprint Cup Champion, Salomon Boots and Bindings won the Bruksvallarna sprint. But should not be an overall contender for the 15km.
Mathias Fredrickson, Salomon Complete Athlete, did not have the strongest finish last weekend but should have great motivation compete in his home countries WorldCup opener.