WUSOC 2022 is off to a good start – with two distances remaining

Photo: Tomas Bubela

On February 22, two years after the last FISU event, the races finally started in Jáchymov, Czech Republic. After the second day and two events, sprint and pursuit, the championships are now halfway through.

Jørgen Baklid of Norway won both gold medals in the men’s category. On the women’s side, two Russian students, Olesia Riazanova and Marina Viatkina exchanged places on the podium, each winning a silver and a gold medal. Both races took place on demanding terrain in the vicinity of the Eduard ski and iathlon area. Enough snow, challenging courses, good weather and excellent athlete performances are the best way to describe the races so far.

The course prepared by the father and son duo Mareček was very technical, with difficult choices between fast skating tracks and shorter dotted tracks. Of course we can say that we saw fantastic performances from all the riders.

IOF President Leho Haldna with Organizing Committee Chairman and Board Member Dusan Vystavel (photo by Jan Picek)

IOF President Leho Haldna visited the championships today and was pleased with the venue:

“It’s a really good arena – compact, not too big, a few wide runs but lots of possibilities of a narrow snowmobile run. I’m glad we met on site at this event; the cooperation with FISU is very important for the IOF,” said Leno Haldna.

On Friday, February 25, after a day of rest, the athletes will continue the championships in another arena called Jahodova louka. On Saturday, the athletes will return to the Eduard Arena for the middle distance, starting with a mass start.

Medal table after day 2:

Nation Gold Money Bronze
1. Russian Federation 2 2 0
2. Norway 2 0 2
3. Sweden 0 2 0
4. Switzerland 0 0 2

Follow Friday’s sprint relay and Saturday’s middle distance via the WUSOC live page.

By: WUSOC Team, Dušan Vystavěl and Julianna Király

Dino J. Dotson