Norgren & Eliassen are the Champions of Marcialonga 2019
7500 skiing enthusiasts made the Marcialonga 2019 again a special one. The elite group was dominated by Sweden and Norway.
Today 7500 skiing enthusiasts packed their skiers and poles very early in the morning to be on the starting line of Marcialonga in Val die Fiemme & Fassa, Italy. Among them, very famous names of the elite marathon skiing scene Visma Ski Classics. Here are some voices of today’s best skiers.
Petter Eliassen, winner of Marcialonga
“I have been training at a high altitude for the last ten days, I just came here on Thursday. I tried to save some energy for this race, I ate a lot of food and tried to stay focused. When I noticed the team behind me coming closer in the last kilometres I just pushed even harder. Last year I did not compete, I was concentrating on my studies as a physiotherapist and working at the hospital at the same time, it would have been too much if I had also competed. I do not really train that much, more or less five hours in a week. I really wanted this and the result is unbelievable.”
Andreas Nygaard, 2nd place
“I am super happy arriving second today, this is my best Marcialonga ever. My team and I tried to have somehow a tactic but at the end what we followed was a pretty simple scheme: try to hold on to Eliassen because he was so strong.”
Oskar Kardin, 3rd place
“I feel good, I am really satisfied with my result, just one step until I reach the top. I kept trying to keep Eliassen’s pace all race long, he was the strongest. He was strong as well during the Cascata uphill. The condition on the track was nice, the track itself perfect. I really like Marcialonga with its route passing through many little villages.”
Britta Johannsson Norgren, ladie’s winner of Marcialonga 2019
Today was amazing, I felt really strong. Thanks to our team work we managed to do well, still it was hard as always but I am very satisfied with the result and I have enjoyed myself. My tactic was a bit back and forth, for example, I was trying to be as fast as possible when the first group reached me then I just took it easy waiting for another one, it was hard to run alone but waiting for another group of men to approach I managed to stay strong all race long, still the others have been strong. They were just behind me.
Lina Korsgren, ladies 2nd place
“Moonlight training works, today I had a really good body shape and I am satisfied with the result. It is amazing to take part in this event: there are a lot of competitors and a lot of supporters. I trained for this between other races but managed anyway to get proper preparation.”
Astrid Slind, ladies 3rd place
“It has been really tough at the beginning but in the end, I was feeling really strong, all in all, I am satisfied but I wish I had been a bit stronger. I had a lot of fun during this race, a lot of people supporting and a route across the little villages. During the race, I tried to stay hydrated.”