Tuesday, November 30

New Beitostølen race in danger: – The stadium looks like a battlefield

BEITOSTØLEN (VG) The storm creates strong challenges for the national opening in cross-country skiing.

DIFFERENT DAY: Friday was not as Emil Iversen and Sindre Bjørnestad Skar envisioned.

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– We have lost ten centimeters of snow. Now the stadium looks like a battlefield. There is a tree in the trail, says Terje Lund, event manager at the Norwegian Ski Association.

So far, the organizer has not dared to send people out on the trail to clean up due to the strong wind.

Friday’s sprint race in cross-country skiing was canceled due to strong winds. There have been gusts of around 30 m / s. The wind has been blowing all day, at the same time as it has been mild and during periods of precipitation. The ski stadium has been closed all day.

– Now it is very demanding down at the stadium. There is not much stadium left, says Lund.

The big question now is whether Saturday’s race (10 and 15 kilometers classic) can go as planned. A lot of wind is also reported on Saturday, but less than it has been on Friday. The jury will have a meeting early Saturday morning.

CONCERNED: The jury by Marte Aagesen Trondsen, race leader Torbjørn Broks Pettersen and event manager Terje Lund.

– I always believe that it will be a ski race, says race leader Torbjørn Broks Pettersen to VG.

It is uncertain how the snow on the trail will be on Saturday after the mild weather.

– If there is no race on Saturday, we will make a new assessment of how the program will be on Sunday, because then we know that the weather will be good, says Terje Lund, event manager at the Norwegian Ski Association.

From Friday night and beyond Saturday, it is reported around zero degrees.

– We aim for a race on Saturday. A very windy race, but within the limits of what goes on, says Norconsult coach Ola Kvisle.

– I guess the biggest challenge will be how the trail’s condition is. I have a bad feeling, but I hope there will be cross-country skiing both Saturday and Sunday, says women’s national team coach Ole Morten Iversen.

On Sunday, when it is 10 and 15 kilometers free on the program, the weather forecast is good.

– It may have some consequences for some of those who may be relevant for Ruka (World Cup opening next weekend). There is only one place available, and that may mean that I have to choose a little in volume, says men’s coach Eirik Myhr Nossum about any cancellation on Saturday.

The organizer and the cross-country committee of the Norwegian Ski Association have invited to stone picking on Friday afternoon at the stadium in an attempt to save the rest of the weekend’s program. There will also be pair races and combined races this weekend.


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