47th Marcialonga: the challenge between Dario Cologna and Petter Northug

On January 26th, 7500 athletes at the start, amongst them many well-known names

The 70km competition with the two champions will take place on 26th January in Val di Fiemme and Fassa. The Swiss Italian skier Dario Cologna, also called “SuperDario”, will compete against the Norwegian Petter Northug, also called “Jantelov” or “Thug”. Two great champions, two cross-country skiing legends, have chosen Marcialonga of Fiemme and Fassa to compete once again against each other, the first wearing the colours of Team COOP Norway, the second as “Marcialonga Ambassador” together with the Visma Ski Classics champions that usually take part in long-distance races. Cologna will leave the FIS Cross-Country World Cup on that weekend, while Northug is sweating to get in good shape after he retired. After retiring from the World Cup races (84 World Cup podiums, 13 world gold medals, 2 Olympic gold medals), the most talked-about champion of the cross-country skiing world will be back in the spotlight, taking part in the next Marcialonga of Fiemme and Fassa. He said that he had two goals this year, Marcialonga and Vasaloppet. He will be a Marcialonga Ambassador thanks to the good relations with COOP Norway, Marcialonga’s main commercial partner.

The 34-year-old Norwegian had participated in the Marcialonga in 2012 finishing tenth, and his presence will be a “blessing” for the journalists and the media which are overwhelmed by his “pearls” almost every day.

Also Dario Cologna has had an incredible career (four Olympic gold medals, one world gold medal, four World Cup globes and even four Tour de Ski, a feat that Northug has never achieved). Rather than finding out who will triumph between the two, it will be interesting to have two world-class athletes at the start of Marcialonga of Fiemme and Fassa, confirming this race among the most coveted races by the best athletes in the world, even by those who have made and are still making history in cross-country skiing.

In the meantime, the organisers are completing the last kilometres of the course thanks to the snow-making systems, but they’re waiting for some snow to have a snowy landscape.

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