Last Sunday the 12 day Nordic World Ski Championships came to an end in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
The Championships were dominated by Norway winning 8 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals. France and Russia followed in second and third places respectively.
The Swedish XC-skier Johan Olson won the glorious ski marathon race, which was the last race and grand finale of the games. Our ONE WAY athelete, Dario Cologna, finished the 50km marathon in second place BUT as a result of winning the 30km race a few days before, has claimed the title of World Champion. Well done to Dario and to ONE WAY!
The most successful individual participant was Marit Björgen. The Norwegian Ski star won four gold medals across the cross country-competitions.
In the ski jumping events the Austrian Team dominated and achieved the glory (which we are particularly thrilled about). Germany did well and came in second, with Poland coming in with third place.
As for the Australian cross country ski team, they competed well and gave their best but were no threat to the superior European Nations. (They also looked great decked out in their ONE WAY apparel). And as all good sports is about - it’s the taking part, courage, determination and effort that counts.
We are proud of our Aussies – well done to:
Mark van der Ploeg
Mark van der Ploeg, 30km Skiathlon
To view more photos of our Aussies in action – go to the official Australian XC-Skiing website: http:// ausxc.com/