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Cross Country Skiing, 10 km boys: Antti Ojansivu from Finland wins
Monday February 14 2011 02:30 PM
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A hot pace was set in the ten-kilometre long course, with the Northerners taking the reigns again and making the Russians leave empty-handed once more.

The race recorded no major surprises as the two athletes to step up to the winners’ rostrum are among the top ten juniors based on the FIS points rankings. The gold medal goes to Finland thanks to Antti Ojansivu, who had no equal, while amazingly enough, Magnus Stensas, starting only as number 35, finished second. Norway won its fourth medal with the bronze of Mathias Borgnes, who lost 20.9 seconds to the winner.

The starting line-up opened with 85 athletes, including a Czech trio as well as Andreas Veerpalu, who will not, at least for the time being, follow in the footsteps of his famous father Andurs, as today he finished 25th, right after Karel Píč. The best Czech, Petr Knop, came in 16th place.

By the time the race had finished the Result List had shrunk because two skiers did not finish the race and one was taken away on a stretcher to hospital. The sad hero of today’s race day was Mark Klinar, who, despite having broken a ski, managed to finish the race a decent 60th out of 84.


Interview with Antti Ojansivu
(1. místo, Individual – classic, 10 km, FIN)
Did you expect such a good result?
Absolutely not. It’s really big surprise, because I specialize in free technique.
So you will start on the race in free technique, too. Do you expect again that kind of result?
I think, free technique will be stronger for me. But I don’t know, how strong will be my rivals.

Interview with Magnus Stensas
(2nd place, Individual – classic, 10 km, NOR)
What age did you start with Cross Country Skiing at?
Since I have been a child. I was maybe only 3 years old.
Do you have any medals from world competitions? How many?
Yes, we had Nordic championship last week. So I won two gold medals there.
What do you do in your free time?
Oh, usually, I have training, training and training. And when I don’t have a training, I like relaxing or watching films on TV.

Interview with Mathias Borgnes
(3rd place, Individual – classic, 10 km, NOR)
How do you feel after the race?
I felt very good right from the start. From the third lap, we went together with my team coleague Magnus Stensas and helped each other. I am in a good shape this time and I was looking forward to this competition for a long time, so I am very satisfied with my third place at all.
What would you say about the track? Did you like it?
In the morning, after the arrival to venue, I thought it would be an easy track. Definitely it wasn´t as easy as I thought,  but for me the track was quite good.


Antti Ojansivu FIN 27.38.7
Magnus Stensas NOR 27.57.3
Mathius Borgnes NOR 27.59.6