Norwegian sports fans were jubilant once again heading into the weekend, after their men’s relay team won over Russia and France to grab yet another gold medal at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Austria. The Norwegian women’s relay team didn’t do quite as well, placing second behind Sweden the day before.
The men’s team formed another super-star line-up on Friday afternoon, anchored by the young comet Johannes Høsflot Klæbo who’s already won gold at the World Championships that end on Sunday. Klæbo got ahead of Russia’s Sergej Ustugov and ended up sailing over the finish line and into the arms of teammates Emil Iversen, Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Sjur Røthe who’d skied the three earlier laps.
Sweden’s women, meanwhile, had finally interrupted the Norwegians’ winning streak on Thursday, when their own dream team that included veteran Charlotte Kalla, the new Swedish star Frida Karlsson plus Stina Nilsson and Ebba Andersson beat Norwegians Heidi Weng, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen and Therese Johaug. The Russians took the bronze.