Norwegian golden girls

Nerves were on edge in Holmenkollen at the women’s relay on Friday. In the end, the Norwegian women’s team grasped victory to wild cheers from a jubilant crowd.

–I can’t believe it! Today we knew we were as good as gold, and it’s an incredible feeling. I’ve never experienced anything better, exclaimed Norway’s anchor Marte Olsbu after the race.

Germany was the odds-on favourite in what became a breakneck women’s relay in Holmenkollen Friday. It was the Norwegian, French and German teams who battled it out for victory.

This is one of the most exciting biathlon races I have ever seen!, NRK’s commentator exclaimed during the final lap.

Norway’s anchor Marte Olsbu missed twice at her final session at the shooting range, but was nevertheless in the lead ahead of Dorin Habert from France. It was Norway and France who were contenders during the final round. At the finish line the French girl was just six seconds adrift of Olsbu.

–I didn’t do well at the shooting range, and I had to hit the target with the extra shots. I’m incredibly happy that I did and hung onto the lead,” Olsbu told NRK.

The Norwegian women’s team took their last relay gold medal in 2004, and expectations at home were high before today’s competition. The Norwegian team was made up by Synnøve Solemdal, Fanny Horn Birkeland, Tiril Eckhoff and Marte Olsbu.

Foto: Eirin Roseneng

Foto: Eirin Roseneng