Friday, March 17th, 2017


Friday, March 17th, 2017 08:33
zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Sports - JHK artistic hand to jaw)
A couple of nice quotes from a long article yesterday:

If your father is one of the best cross country skiers of all time - a winner of the total World Cup and a Tour de Ski champion twice - it might be natural for you to look up to him and be inspired by his achievements. However, that's not how it works for the children of Czech legend Lukáš Bauer.

"My 13 year old son and my 10 year old daughter have just one idol," Bauer admits. "They think about Johannes Klæbo only!"

And Johannes' reaction when asked about this: "I'm surprised if I'm an idol for Czech kids, but it's nice to hear that. I hope to be a good one, at least."

Also, this comment from a certain Niklas Dyrhaug: "Johannes is the future of this sport, and he can become as good as it's possible to be. It's fun that he has fans in the Czech Republic as well. We need new Czech stars in this sport, and if Czech kids grow up having Norwegian idols, then that's cool."

Just one word about this: <3.
zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Default)
I'm not sure I can keep this updated throughout the race today, but I'll try to update at least a little bit.

19:00: Qualification was good for Johannes. He won that, 3.43 seconds ahead of Finn Hågen Krogh. This is a crazy margin of victory, as there is often just a few tenths of a second between even the best skiers in the qualification stage. Or in the sprint in general, really. Either way, winning the qualification doesn't decide anything, but it's positive.

19:55: Johannes to semi. This also means that he will win the total sprint cup! Pellegrino cannot catch up anymore!!!

20:10: Emil Iversen out after making a mess of his quarterfinal. Sounded almost drunk in his post-race interview, too, but probably just tired. I feel sorry for him in a way. Niklas Dyrhaug to semi, though. He's doing the sprint only because this is a mini-tour, and he still qualifies for the semi. Impressive, really.

20:27: Krogh and Frenchman Chanavat to the final. Pellegrino and Johannes must wait for the second semi to see if they can get through on time. Nervous!

20:33: Knocked out in the semi unfortunately. Gotta root for Krogh in the final, then. I'm a bit sad that Johannes cannot fight for the win today, but HE WON THE SPRINT CUP, do you hear me? I'm so proud of him for that!

20:42: Stina Nilsson wins the women's final ahead of Maiken Caspersen Falla. Maiken gets the women's sprint cup trophy, though.

20:53: Home favourite Alex Harvey wins. Krogh second.

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