Weng did his best against Kollen-femmila – I think the 'tours' belong to the ski classics

Weng did his best against Kollen-femmila – I think the 'tours' belong to the ski classics

Touring race, victory Heidi WongAnd leave it hanging in the air.

Then he continued:

Ski classics can be done when you go to ski classics. This is the World Cup, so you can make it shorter.

The 32-year-old, who has taken 111 World Cup podium places, finished eighth in the 20km classic. Now she is talking about what will happen next Saturday.

Historically: Ragnhild Haga cried with joy after winning the five-mile race in Köln.

Photo: Terry Bendixby/NTB

For the second time in history, women will walk five miles in Holmenkollen. Ragnhild Haga made history when she won the top prize last year.

you do not want that

Within a year, training for the women's championship program will be conducted for the first time during the World Championships in Trondheim. Thérèse Gohough seems so hot that she's working on a potential comeback, specifically to assert herself in this race.

But not everyone is equally enthusiastic.

He says: I don't think any of that Heidi Wong.

You don't really want five miles in Cullen?


Not in the toilet either?


She's not the only one in the Lahti interview area who thinks so.

This is something that was decided a couple of years ago, but personally I think it could still be a three-mile distance, as has been the case for some time before. I've also heard that others think so, but I don't know what will happen in the future, she says.

Three miles is far enough

While women skiers have been fighting for years to be allowed to jump big hills, there has never been a similar fight among the world's best cross-country skiers to be allowed to jump five miles. In a 2018 survey, only 8.1 percent of female World Cup runners said they wanted to cover the same distances as men.

However, in 2022, the International Ski Federation (FIS) decided that women and men must cover the same distances – and one of those distances should be 50 km.

Cross-country skiing, FIS World Cup, Lahti, women's team sprint

I agree with Wing: Mathilde Myhrvold believes that only a few women at the World Cup want to walk five miles.

Photo: Kale Parkin / BILDBYRÅN

It's actually a bit strange. Some may be in favor of this, but many of the people I spoke to do not, says Myhrvold, who believes the FIS should reconsider the matter.

Maybe someone can take over, if something can be done about it in the future. Girls can walk five miles, but the differences may be greater. Three miles is hard enough, she says.

Al Suwaidi adds that three miles is enough distance, and walking five miles would be almost twice the distance Jonah Sandling.

She has long been one of the best runners in the world, but this season also brought her first win over the distance. But she's never walked five miles, and she's not sure when the first one will come.

Fear of decreased participation

Sandling has not yet decided whether she will start in Holmenkollen, and she is not the only one in the thinking box.

Last year, just 32 took part in the five-mile race in Holmenkollen, including Norway's national quota. This means that 12 out of the 32 starters were Norwegian.

For me, there would probably be no beginning there,” says Al Suwaidi Maja Dahlqvist About the race next weekend.

Cross-country skiing, FIS World Cup, Minneapolis, women's 10K

READY FOR FIVE MILES: Frida Carlsson is looking forward to walking her first five miles in the Cullen.

Photo: Dustin Satloff/BILDBYRÅN

She's not opposed to setting aside five miles for women, but is concerned that a longer distance leads to lower participation.

“If there were 30 runners starting, I think maybe… I think there would be a lot more who wanted to participate and a lot of them on the start line,” she says.

Among the “few” Mathilde Myhrvold spoke of who actually want five thousand is Frieda Carlsson.

I've never walked five miles before, so I thought it would be great to try, the Swedish endurance runner tells NRK.

He doesn't see his way back

Despite her doubts, Heidi Wong also got started.

“I'm usually happy with most skating, so I go with what I get,” she says.

Cross-country skiing, Islamic Salvation Front World Cup, press conference

It's too late to turn around: Race director Michael Lamblott believes the women's five-mile distance is here to stay.

Photo: Johan Wallen / BILDBYRÅN

The signal from the Islamic Salvation Front is that the women's five-mile distance is here to stay.

Equal distances were adopted two years ago, and 50 kilometers is one of these distances. This has been confirmed by the FIS Board (FIS Governing Board) and the IOC (International Olympic Committee), so I don't see a way back, race director Michael Lamblott tells NRK.

However, he shares concern about low gender participation.

– Having five miles on two weekends in a row, i.e. in Holmenkollen on the weekend after the tournament, we see that has a negative impact on participation. That's not the case this year, Lamblott says, so it will be interesting to see how many people participate.

It is reported that so far, 49 women and 74 men have registered for the five-mile race in Holmenkollen this year, but that does not mean that everyone is already starting.

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