Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - Cross Country - Women’s 15km Pursuit  » Sport  »
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  • It's somewhat of a marathon, and I'm not a big marathon fan

    • by Orrymain

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      The 15km Pursuit in Cross Country during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics was much more exciting than I had thought it would be. It’s somewhat of a marathon, and I’m not a big marathon fan. The difference is that this race is on skis, with beautiful scenery. Unlike some other cross country events, the TV coverage is such that you can actually see more than just a couple of spots.

      America wasn’t really in this competition, our best finish being in the high thirties, so I totally don’t have any vested interests

      in who wins or loses. For me, going in, it was just a matter of watching and seeing if anyone captured my rooting soul or whether I’d just enjoy the event. I also like the way the event is set up, that being in two parts. The classic is like the long climb up and very straight, but the second half of the event, which occurs after a change in skis, is freestyle and has more ups and downs. I love that variety.

      Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla fell, kept losing seconds at ...

      • the end of the halfway point, but had a great transition in changing skis. She ultimately finished a disappointing eighth.

        Norway’s Kristin Størmer Steira was the one to watch for much of the race, but she felt heartbreak, coming in fourth, thanks to a photo finish. This was part of a great battle for the silver and gold between skiers from three countries — Poland, Norway, and Sweden. It was Anna Haag, who had been the last of those three who made a push to the front on the last stretch and

        held on for the silver. Then it came down to the camera, with Stormer Steira losing out to Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland. What exhilaration and thrill of sport was present in these last moments of the pursuit. Awesome, even for a novice watcher.

        The gold was won easily by Marit Bjorgen of Norway. She was out front by quite a bit before even entering the stadium, so not much mystery there.

        It was an exciting event to watch with some great moves. This is the kind of marathon I do enjoy.

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