February 17, 2013 (Davos, Switzerland) – Johan Olsson laid down a stellar run to claim the Men’s Individual 15km FR in Davos, the final race before the 2013 FIS Nordic World Championships only days away in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
It was a suprisingly lacklustre day for many stars including Petter Northug (NOR) in 14th, Lukas Bauer (CZE) in 15th and Marcus Hellner (SWE) in 18th. Meanwhile Axel Teichmann showed some mettle taking 4th while Finland’s Matti Heikkinen was 5th and Maurice Manificat (FRA) also had a good run in 6th.
The top North American was the USA’s Noah Hoffman in 33rd with his teammate Kris Freeman in 50th, now back in the mix following training at home.
Is this cause for worry… ? Not according to Canadian head coach Justin Wadsworth who noted in a team release, “The guys are coming off of altitude so their bodies are not quite responding during this transition time.
“Today wasn’t great result-wise but it was good for them to have one final race before next week’s World Championships where I have no doubt they will be ready to go. This is the event we have been focused on all year.”