Took off his skis – and won!

Posted on | February 17, 2013 | Category: Arena

In the middle of the last leg the Norwegian Hans Jørgen Kvåle just took of his skis and ran as fast as he could up a steep hill. And that decided the battle for gold.

“I felt that Andrei Lamov (Russia) was a bit stronger than me, and that the route choice of running up a hill about 150 metres long was better than the long way round on skis. So I did it”, he says.

He was right, it was faster, and the Norwegian was again in front as he had started the leg and had also gained around 20 seconds. “This good choice gave me more power for the last half of the course”, he says. The Russian couldn’t get back, and the Norwegian men won their first victory in an international championship since 2003.

Hans Jørgen Kvåle won five medals in all in Latvia, a medal in every race. “I haven’t really taken it in yet”, he says.

At the first two changeovers it was Norway in front. Ove Sætra was on first leg. Lars Hol Moholdt was just behind Sweden, but they had been disqualified on the first leg and the last leg runner didn’t start.

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