Thursday, March 30th, 2017

zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Default)
The cross-country season has been an absolute dream as a fan. I'm sure you're already aware of that, after my zillions of posts on the topic. However, there was one thing still missing: Seeing Johannes and Didrik win something together. Much of the time they're not even competing in the same races, as they have totally different race skills and styles, but for example in the national championships the possibility is there, as they both represent the same club team.

Well, earlier in the season they were both in Byåsen's relay team for the first part of the national championship. They were even being mentioned among the favourites to win, but then the third person on the team had some trouble during his part of the race... and so he lost a lot of time that the other two couldn't make up for, and they ended in 8th place there. Needless to say, they weren't the main subjects of attention after that race.

Today, the second part of the national championship started, though. For some reason, the races aren't gonna be on TV until tomorrow, so today's team sprint happened sort of quietly... and I got info and photos only after it was finished. I'm still madly happy about it, though, because...

... BYÅSEN, WITH DIDRIK AND JOHANNES ON THE TEAM TOGETHER, GOT THE GOLD MEDAL!!!

Have a couple of photos:


From one of the exchanges today. Just because I want to have the only photo I found from the actual race somewhere, too.


And the best photo so far: Smiling national champions showing off their medals. I'm also extremely happy about having them both on the same picture, as I'm sure you can imagine.


From the podium. It's so wonderful to see them on top of the podium together... but this is also an inspirational pic for other reasons. Look at how they're standing here, for example - Didrik with this closed, almost dangerous look, and Johannes kind of looking down a little bit. I mean - I'm dreaming, right? This pic actually exists? Yes, it does, as you can see!

Anyway - I'm SO HAPPY for them both!

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