Emphatic win for Norwegian juniors

Posted on | February 17, 2013 | Category: Arena

EM skiorienteringMadona i LatviaStafett Søndag 17. februar 2013Andrine Benjaminsen, Anna Ulvensøen, Marta Ulvensøen

Photo: Erik Borg

Two twins, and a daughter of one of the best ever ski orienteers, put together a terrific victory in the Junior World SkiO Championships (JWSOC) women’s race.

“The others must have made a mistake on the first control”, Marta Ulvensøen says. She had the first leg for Norway’s junior girls and was alone at the first punch, and just went on at high speed, setting up a bigger and bigger gap with her race of the week. Marta handed over to her two minutes older sister Anna with a gap of 91 seconds to Estonia in second place. “This was my best performance at JWSOC”, she says.

Anna, who also won gold in the relay two years ago, was just one second from a medal earlier in the week. In the relay the gap grew during her leg.

On the last leg it was time for Andrine Benjaminsen, who won bronze in the Sprint and is the daughter of Anne and Vidar Benjaminsen. Her mother did very well in ski orienteering and her father has fifteen WSOC medals, four of them gold.

At the beginning of the championships her father was present. One piece of advice he gave to his daughter was to see and read all the tracks on the way to the first control. Andrine listened and is doing well. After her Sprint success, she was also the fastest of all on the relay. “But I went carefully”, she says.

– And checked the control numbers?

“Yes, I did that also at the last control!”

– How is it for twins to win together, Anna and Marta?

“Maybe a little bit something extra, but we are not thinking about being in the same team any longer. We are so used to it. One good thing with it is, that we know that if one of us is not doing so well, the other one won’t be angry”, the 19-year-old girls say.

In the JWSOC relay they made no mistakes at all. Sweden was second, beaten by 5.02 minutes. The last leg for the Swedish team was skied by Frida Sandberg, who won three golds and a silver during the Championships.

Among the men it was a bit tighter, but Finland with two individual champions in the team was 41 seconds faster than the Russian team.

Unusually, the Russians didn’t get any individual medals at JWSOC, but in the relay they got medals in both classes. The Russian bronze-medal women’s team consisted entirely of first-year juniors.

Next year, JWSOC is in Russia.

EM skiorientering Madona i Latvia Stafett  Søndag 17. februar 2013

Photo: Erik Borg

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