Oberstdorf is a happy place for Slovenian ski jumping and cross-country skiing.
We hoped for good results at the World Nordic Skiing Championships, but did not expect so many medals in the shape of snowflakes at the very beginning of the Championship!
Already on the first day the cross-country skier Anamarija Lampič brought us joy by winning a bronze medal in the sprint. This is a discipline in which competitors have to run with their skis very quickly on a very short track.
With Eva Urevc she then sprinted to bronze in the doubles race. At the last handover of the relay, Anamarija did not fully believe in herself, but still caught the leader, overtook the Russian on the finish line and together with Eva took third place.
The ski jumpers also impressed. Ema Klinec became the world champion, and together with Nika Križnar, Špela Rogelj and Urša Bogataj she also won silver in the team competition.
Anže Lanišek won a bronze medal at the world championships.
A look at history alone shows how rare medals are at the world championships [for Slovenia]. Franci Petek won it after 60 years from the start of ski jumping in Planica, 14 years later Rok Benkovič won a medal, then came two by Peter Prevc and now one for Lanišek.
For Slovenian women’s ski jumping, Ema’s gold is the first medal in a major competition.
Today is a day off at the Nordic World Championships, but we believe that snowboarders, who are starting the World Championships in Rogla, will also put us in a good mood!
Points to Consider
- What kind of cross-country skiing is skiathlon?
- How many medals from world championships does Slovenia have in cross-country skiing?
- Why do ski jumpers land in the telemark?
The original version of this article was published on March 1st.