Canmore Short Individual to Johannes Thingnes Boe
Johannes Thingnes Boe of Norway won the first-ever World Cup 15K short individual with clean shooting overwhelming the field in 35:27.9. His teammate Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen, with one penalty finished second, 2:10.2 back. Russia’s Alexander Loginov finished third, with two penalties, 2:41 back.
Win Number 12
Johannes admitted this win; number 12 for the season was a bit different than the others. “This has been quite different week from other World Cups because of the cold. This was the first day I was in race mode. It was fun to get back on the tracks to compete.” As for the temperatures, “It was not so bad compared to earlier in in the week; It was more like a normal winter day in Norway.
As the winner of the first World Cup short individual Johannes endorsed this new format. “I really liked it; I think it is a better race; more tight and fun to watch for the spectators…I think this is the last year for the 20K.”
Norway’s Lars Helge Birkeland finished fourth, with one penalty, 2:51.3 back. Fifth went to Italy’s Dominik Windisch, with two penalties, 2:56.3 back, while Austria’s Simon Eder finished sixth, with two penalties, 2:57.3 back.
Leading From Start
Johannes as his now trademarked style led right from the start on the tracks; then confidently shooting clean in the first prone. Behind him, Arnd Peiffer, Bjöntegaard, Desthieux and Lesser matched, but were well behind.
The first standing immediately juggled the standings except at the top, where Johannes again cleaned with ease, leaving with almost a minute on the field. Number 35 Desthieux, matched to move into the second slot, with Lesser less than a second back. Late starter Peppe Femling made a run at cracking the top group with two clean stages, putting him in fourth.
The second prone cut the number of clean shooters dramatically. At the top of the leader board, Johannes was there with three zeroes, moving ever farther ahead of the field, 1:21.9 ahead of the also clean Lesser, now up to the second spot. Christiansen, moving well on the tracks was just.4 behind the German after three stages. Desthieux picked up one penalty to fall back over two minutes back.
Johannes basically had sealed the win before he ever set foot on the mat for his last standing stage, with 1:20 lead. He wasted no time in the last stage; downing the five targets with ease very quickly. Christiansen matched, leaving in second. Loginov with penalties in the first two stages, made a big comeback, cleaning the second prone and last standing to jump into jump into fourth position leaving the range just eight second out the last podium spot. Femling left the last standing in third, but fell completely out of contention in the last loop.
The lead lengthened in the last loop for the Yellow Bib, adding another wire-to-wire win to his resume. Christiansen held on for the second spot, while the Russian had a strong last loop to grab the third podium place.
Feeling in the Stomach
Christiansen, with his second podium this season had the same feeling as his teammate after some days being tourists. “When I woke up this morning I could feel it in my stomach that it was a race day.” with three Norwegians in the top three, he admitted the key was simple. “I think we had better skis than the others.”
Loginov is a fan of the individual. “I am happy to be back on the podium in a race that I like; especially in these conditions (cold) that I really like.”