Last January at FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Nové Město na Moravě the Russian skier Alexander Bolshunov and Norwegian Therese Johaug shined when in Vysočina Arena dominated in both races and afterwards also in overall World Cup standings.
Bolshunov won the 15 km free technique as well as classic race after that, the Norwegian skier reached the same result in 10 km free and later confirmed her form in classic technique. Both ski racers should be defending their victories in spring in NMNM.
Johaug is the queen of women‘s cross-country skiing, in last season she dominated the whole World Cup for the third time in her career and also reigned in Nové Město na Moravě. In free 10 km she ran to her rivals so that the second one was +32 sec behind and in classic pursuit she even doubled her margin.
Czech skier Kateřina Razýmová also raced very successfully because she felt deeply supported by amazing home atmosphere in Vysočina Arena. The fans pushed her towards the 10th place in 10 km free and she also increased her result in pursuit to 8th place.
Another Czech skier Kateřina Janatová arranged a surprise last year because she reached her life best in WC by 13th place in 10 km free. In pursuit she finished 16th. "The atmosphere was fantastic. The fans pushed me forwards. It’s not a coincidence that this result happened right at home," Janatová was enjoying her succes that time.
A bigger part of the Czech national skiing team was fighting with cold. It concerned also Petra Nováková who suffered in races or Czech male number one Michal Novák – he even had to miss the races. Adam Fellner or Petr Knop finished at the end of 4th tens.
Men in Nové Město were dominated by a Russian skier Bolshunov who in 15 km free won for 24 sec and in pursuit he was for even 47 sec faster. That time it was a stepping stone to overall victory in the World Cup. After that he won four more races and finally beat a Norwegian four led by Johannes Klaebo.