DEC 18, 2017
An early Christmas present for the Redster Nordic Department! Simen Hegstad Krüger, who has been in excellent form since the beginning of the season, celebrated his first World Cup win in Toblach (South Tyrol) on Saturday in the 15 kilometre freestyle. Exactly two months before the Olympic Games competition for the same distance!
The 24 year old has already been on the World Cup podium twice, eleven and a half months ago in Oberstdorf and Toblach, both times in third place. That it was good enough for his first win this time, even surprised Hegstad Krüger himself: “I knew that I was in good form and the material was working excellently. But still something felt a bit unreal. I didn’t even trust myself to cheer until the last athlete had crossed the finishing line.” The Norwegian TV moderator duo raved on about the “self-confidence that Hegstad Krüger radiated over this distance.” After two fourth places this season and the 36th individual race of his career he pounced exactly two months before the Olympic Games competition for 15km skating in Pyeongchang.
In Toblach it took time for the turbo to kick in for the Redster rocket, 9th place after 2.1 km, Hegstad Krüger only took over the lead after 10 km to finally cross the finishing line as the winner with a clear lead of 10.6 seconds. In the 15 km classic pursuit the skating specialist held the lead for two thirds of the race, but was then overtaken at the end to end up in 10th place. In the World Cup interim results the Norwegian is now in 3rd place. In the Ladies Kathrine Rolsted Harsem also knew how to assert herself and came in 13th in the pursuit. The World Cup is heading to Lenzerheide (Switzerland) for the New Year where the 1st stage of the Tour de Ski will be held. Skating sprints (30.12) as well as two 10 or 15 km classic / freestyle events will be held on (31.12 / 1.1).
The biathlete Benjamin Weger also skated on the track to success. In the World Cup in Le-Grand-Bonnard (France) the Swiss athlete demonstrated great potential after an 11th and 16th place in the sprint and in the 15 km mass start pursuit. After one miss in the standing position the 28 year old was only 25.8 seconds down at the end. On the track Weger, with his successful 5th place, was only 5 seconds down on the winner Martin Fourcade (FRA).