JAN 14, 2020
Serial world champion on roller skis, Redster-Swede Linn Soemskar demonstrates her power on snow: in the cross-country World Cup in Dresden she finished 5th in the individual and 3rd in the team sprint. The weekend also saw strong World Cup performances of the Atomic Nordic Combined athletes in Val di Fiemme and of biathlete Simon Eder in Oberhof.
On tarmac she’s a star: Linn Soemskar has won eight gold, one silver and two bronze medals in roller ski world championships. Racing on snow is a different story, though, and the beginning of her cross-country season did not go according to plan. But the Swede, known for being quick off the mark, got a second chance in the sprint World Cup; she seized the opportunity, coming in 5th in the individual final and 3rd in the team sprint.
“Highspeed courses like the one in Dresden are ideal for Linn.”
In Val di Fiemme the Redster Combined athletes demonstrated their strong form, too: Fabian Rießle finished 4th in both individual races and 2nd in the team sprint, while Lukas Greiderer came in 6th in the first individual race and 3rd in the team sprint. The fact that none of the competitions was held on the large hill due to a snowmaking mishap in the landing area did not help Franz-Josef Rehrl; however, his 6th place showed that he is continually getting back into shape after a lingering infection.
Biathlete Simon Eder put a conciliatory end to his World Cup weekend, achieving an 11th place in the last race in Oberhof, the 15k mass start.