Merino Muster

Jessie Diggins collects her 4th victory at Merino Muster

Merino Muster 2019

Accompanied by sunshine and clear, calm weather conditions the Merino Muster took place last night. New Zealand’s representative in the Worldloppet organization, concluded the summer trio with its 25th anniversary. The sympathetic US-Olympic-Gold-Medalist Jessie Diggins celebrates her 4th victory in a row, while the men’s competition was won by a Japanese.

Before the start of today’s events over 42 km, 21 km or 10 km, the international starting field was motivated in a traditional New Zealand way: A Maori Welcome.

After that 286 races started their journey over the hills of Snow Farm. 19 different nations, among them skiers from Thailand, Malaysia, Lithuania, Canada, USA… Many of them just have skied the Kangaroo Hoppet in Australia, one week earlier.

Jessie Diggins repeats her victory at Merino for the 4th time

The great start in 2019 is the same as in 2018, 2017 & 2016. Her name is Jessie Diggins. The US-skier, who is Olympic Gold Medalist, meanwhile is a well-known “skiing tourist” in Wanaka. Today she won the Merino Muster for the 4th time in a row. In total, she finished on the 6th position. Behind her Jialin Bayani (CHN) & Talidawubieke Dinaer (CHN) are standing on the podium.

Just trying to hang onto the boys and ski like them. It was fun and so cool to see so many skiers from around the world.

Jessie Diggins, USA, Merino Muster Champion 2016, 17, 18 & 19

The men’s winner is coming from Japan: Sato Tomoki arrived in the finish 1:17 minutes ahead of Kristian Bjune Sveen from Norway. Another 18 seconds later the 3rd man crossed the finish line: Hikari Fujinoki, also from Japan.

The funny part of Merino Muster

Some skiers thought it was too boring, to just ski 42, 21 or 10 km, so they decided to dress up. So it came that a cow, Santa Clause, unicorns, a panda and others have been sliding over the well-prepared tracks of Snow Farm. Special respect goes to those two ladies who decided to ski their race on tandem-skies!

At the moment, the skiers, volunteers, organizers and spectators are celebrating a great Merino Muster 2019 at the after-race party.

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