November 18th, 2011
— Start lists are posted for the first World Cup of the season in Sjusjøen, Norway: 10/15 k freestyle. The first female goes off on Saturday, November 19 at 5:30 am EST, and the men at 7:15 am EST. Inquire within for details on how to watch the races in real time from North America.
Men’s start list | Women’s start list
@FISCrossCountry will also typically tweet updates throughout races.
— The Norway-Sweden Northug-Hellner rivalry is already heating up in the Scandinavian media. “Should Sweden win the relay, they must at least replace the anchor man [read: Hellner],” said Petter Northug.
Marcus Hellner’s response was pretty tame—”We’ll see what we can do in the track,” he said at the Swedish team’s press conference.
— The Canadian women, who were planning on sitting out the Sjusjøen World Cup to do the Rovaniemi, Finland FIS races instead, won’t be racing at all this weekend, as Rovaniemi was cancelled due to insufficient snow. They will continue to train in Ostersund, Sweden.
— Check out the new suits from around the world on the FIS website to keep track of everyone out there tomorrow. Italy will be decked out in blue for the Azzurri look, Norway in the king’s red as per usual, and France will probably be the easiest to spot in their black/neon yellow stripy getup, courtesy of One Way.