Perfectly ground Atomic Worldcup Skate Featherlight skis under his feet and reflective aviator sunglasses over his eyes were the ingredients in Tord Asle Gjerdalen's recipe for Bronze success at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme. The Norwegian only found out that he would be participating hours before the race and took third place in the 15 kilometer freestyle as a replacement for his sick teammate.
"The conditions were extreme and it became increasingly warmer during the race - the right grind was therefore particularly decisive. My thanks go to the Atomic team, who selected the right ski for me," said Tord Asle Gjedalen (29), whose trademark is his reflective sunglasses ("cross-country skiing is like poker: the eyes reveal everything"), after bronze in Italy. The medical student from Oslo, who took gold with the Norwegian team and bronze in the individual 50 kilometers at the World Championships in his home town in 2011, thanked his teammate Martin Johnsrud Sundby, who had to miss the 15 kilometer race due to a sore throat: "Thanks, Martin, it means a lot that I could start in your place. Norway has a lot of fast skiers who can win medals. You have to take every chance."
BRONZE FOR THE US TEAM WITH DEMONG AND FLETCHER
On Sunday, Atomic athletes Bill Demong and Taylor Fletcher took bronze in the Nordic Combined Team event behind France and Norway. It was the first team podium finish at a World Championships for Olympic champion Demong and his US teammates.