NORDIC MASTERS WORLD CUP 2017
3rd – 10th March 2017
All Photos by Dawna Mueller
29 Countries at Nordic Masters in Klosters
This week has been an exciting one for Nordic ski lovers.
From 3rd – 10th March the Nordic Masters World Cup is back in Switzerland for the second time since 1999 when it was hosted in Grindelwald. This event has brought 1,185 competitors from 29 countries to Klosters, Graubünden, to participate in both classic and freestyle Nordic skiing. Switzerland has the largest number of participants with 202, followed by the US with 173, Russia with 164 and Germany with 105, just to name a few.
The Masters World Cup is open to anyone born before 1986; former professional athletes and experienced hobby skiers can all compete and choose from short, middle and long distance races, as well as relay races in either classic or freestyle skiing.
Fresh Snow in Klosters
I spent a few days in Klosters earlier this week photographing the races and it was wonderful to see the village buzzing with the electricity of the athletes, hundreds of hardworking volunteers, and enthusiastic spectators. The athletes have endured everything from snow, freezing rain to glaring sun, but they have performed with vigour and enthusiasm. The fresh snow that arrived earlier this week has turned Klosters into a magical wonderland.
And a few impressions from the last days:
The men’s 10km Classic AG07 category was an intense race all the way to the finish line with the top three contenders neck to neck. Gianpaolo Englaro (7004) from Italy won Gold, Heikki Ruokonen (7001) from Finland won Silver, and Silvano Berlanda (7126) from Italy won Bronze.
The men’s 10km Free Style is 100 metres to the finish line and the race is close. The last seconds of this last lap were intense as Michal Jurco (3045) from Slovakia literally over took the front runners in the last metres winning Gold, while Dmitrii Lokhanov (3007) from Russia won Silver and Michele Vescovi (3005) from Italy won Bronze.
The women’s 10km Freestyle starts with a bang with Annette Ammann (408) in the lead and Liudmila Udalova (401) not far behind.
The three medal winners from the women’s 10km Freestyle race in the AG04 category are Liudmila Udalova (401) from Russia taking home Gold, Seraina Stecher (421) from Klosters taking Silver, and Annette Ammann (408) from Germany taking home Bronze.
The Nordic Masters World Cup continues until 10th March 2017.
For more information please visit the official Nordic Masters World Cup website here.
Article written and all photos taken by Dawna Mueller
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