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Fast-paced individual finals at the start of the Ski World Cup Dresden

News - 12.01.2019

The 2nd Ski World Cup Dresden has started and right at the beginning it became clear why Dresden is the fastest course of the FIS Cross Country World Cup: Exciting finals with hard duels and even spectacular crashes while battling each other provided the 2,400 cheering spectators of the robotron Ski Arena and the 7,000 spectators on the course with a gigantic winter sports atmosphere in front of the Dresden city silhouette.

"It was a chaotic final and I didn't even notice that the French crashed behind me. As I drove in front all the time, it was a bit calmer for me. Not easy, but at least calm," rejoiced the surprising winner of the individual race, Sindre Bjoernestad SKAR from Norway. Second place went to the Russian Gleb RETIVYKH ahead of the Norwegian Erik VALNES (NOR). "Running three minutes on a flat track is harder than three minutes with ascent and descent, because you can never rest here," said winner Skar about the track.

The women's race was won by Olympic sprint champion Stina NILSSON (SWE), who fought so hard on the tough course that she raced to the hot waffles with raspberries in the press centre: "It was a great day for me: Race good, waffle good! Last year I wasn't so happy, that was a real redemption to be able to fight all the way to the end. 

The best German was Sandra Ringwald in seventh place: "I felt great in the heats, it's a shame that I didn't make it to the finals... The atmosphere and atmosphere here are simply great. I've heard from many international voices that a lot of them liked the World Cup last year". Sebastian Eisenlauer achieved the best German result in the men's singles in 16th place. 

Highspeed kings: Crossing the finish line this year sets new records  

Thanks to SAP, we can present speed values from the track at the Ski World Cup Dresden. A novelty in cross-country skiing! Who reaches the top speed on the course, who wins the "mountain classification" on our small "Mount Dresden" ascent and who takes the fastest spurt on the last 50 meters?

For the measurements, a 100 gram lightweight GPS chip is hidden in the athlete's jersey - thanks to SAP, the data is then rapidly evaluated. 

Highspeed-QueenKatja VISNAR (SLO)40,68 km/hJonna SUNDLING (SWE)39,60 km/h
Mountain-QueenIda INGEMARSDOTTER30,60 km/hElisabeth SCHICHO (GER)29,88 km/h
Finish-QueenKatja VISNAR (SLO)40,68 km/hHanna FALK (SWE)33,84 km/h
Highspeed-KingRenaud JAY (FRA)43,56 km/hSimeon HAMILTON (USA)44,64 km/h
Mountain-KingSindre SKAR (NOR)34,92km/hFederico PELLEGRINO (ITA)34,20 km/h
Finish-KingRenaud JAY (FRA)43,56 km/hRichard JOUVE (FRA)36,36 km/h


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