World Cup season opens in Ruka, Finland this week
ANNECY, France (Nov. 21, 2018) —With the FIS opening World Cup competitions of the 2018-2019 Nordic ski season set for this weekend in Ruka, Finland, Salomon is excited to welcome a number of new athletes to the team in cross-country skiing and Nordic combined. In Ruka, more than 20 Salomon athletes representing over 10 nations have been selected to compete for their respective countries.
In cross-country skiing, Frenchman Richard Jouve joins Salomon. The bronze medalist from Pyeongchang will be focused on Saturday’s sprint. He’ll be joined by three other new faces as well: Norway’s Johan Hoel, Switzerland’s experienced Toni Liversand Ilia Poroshkinof Russia.
On the women’s side, American Sophie Caldwell will now use Salomon skis, boots and bindings. She finished third in the World Cup overall rankings in sprint in 2018, and also won the World Cup race in Seefeld, Austria last season on the same track that will host the World Championship in February. Watch a video of Sophie’s first visit to the Salomon Annecy Design Center here.
Another new member of the Salomon team is Kari Øyre Slindof Norway. She looks to be in good form to start the new season after finishing third last week in the 10km classic race at Beitostolen, the Norwegian team’s final tune-up before Ruk
Fellow Norwegian Marte Maelhum Johansen will also use Salomon ski, boots and bindings this winter. The 21-year-old was crowned Junior World Champion at Soldier Hollow in the U.S. in skiathlon in 2017. Finally, Russia’s Tatiana Aleshina will also rely on Salomon equipment this season.
“Obviously, a lot of excitement comes with the start of each new season, but we are welcoming a number of new athletes with great potential on Salomon products.” said Patrice Frison-Roche, who manages Salomon’s International Cross-Country Ski Racing Services. “It shows how far the Salomon offering of skis, boots and bindings has come in recent years. To have skiers like Richard, Sophie and Kari choose to join us, along with a young talent like Marte, really validates the products at the World Cup level. And that is in addition to stars like Jessie Diggins, Alex Harvey and Maurice Manificat who are already using Salomon equipment.”
In Nordic Combined, rising young star Eero Hirvonen of Finland comes to Salomon for the new season. Hirvonen, age 22, was on the podium five times podium last season and finished 6thin the overall World Cup ranking. Fellow competitor Magnus Krog of Norway will also use Salomon products for the upcoming Nordic Combined season.
Last week in both Sweden and Norway, a number of Salomon team members had their final tune-up for Ruka with strong performances across several disciplines in the first FIS races of the new winter season.
In Bruksvalarna, Sweden last week, Salomon athletes Jens Burman and Karl Johan Westberg tied for victory in the 10km skate race.
In Beitostolen, Norway, where the Norwegian team was getting in their last tune-up race before Ruka, two Salomon athletes looked ready for the World Cup opener as well. In addition to Slind’s third place finish in the women’s 10 km race, Sjur Roethe won the 15km skate and finished third in the 15km classic men’s race.
About Salomon: Born in the French Alps in 1947, Salomon is committed to pushing the boundaries of mountain sports through the creation of innovative equipment that allows people to play, progress and challenge themselves in their chosen outdoor sports. The company produces and sells premium footwear, winter sports and mountaineering equipment, hiking equipment, and apparel specifically designed for all of those disciplines. Products are developed in the company’s Annecy Design Center, where engineers, designers and athletes collaborate to create innovative solutions that continually improve the outdoor experiences of those who see nature as a vast playground.
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