Article Courtesy of AUSXC.com
Note: Visit AUSXC.com for race reports after each event
The first races are the women’s 5km and 10km qualification races. Athletes without one race under 120 FIS points (women) or 90 FIS points (men) need to finish in the top 10 in order to qualify for all championship distance races. Australia has two women (Anna Trnka and Casey Wright) and two men (Jackson Bursill and Mark Pollock) vying to make it through from a field of forty-five women and sixty-nine men.
Australia will field a full contingent of four men and four women in the Classic Sprint. Other big days will include the Skiathlon on Saturday (with 5-7 starters depending on the qualification race), the Team Sprints on Sunday (men’s and women’s teams), and one very significant milestone on Thursday February 26: the first Australian women’s World Championship relay team since 1993 (which was the last time the World Championships were in Falun). Starting a men’s relay team will be contingent on the form of athletes in the first week of competition.
With a support team of eight people (six coaches/wax technicans, a manager and a physiotherapist) this is also the largest ever Australian World Championship support team. Another first for Australia, the team has a waxing truck (lined up through the local Falun-Borlange Ski Club).
The events can be followed live via FIS timing and will be broadcast on Eurosport Australia. Live results and video can also be viewed via the World Championship apps (search for Falun 2015), using the latest interactive technology.
Aimee Watson (NSW, Cooma Ski Club)
Anna Trnka (VIC, Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club)
Casey Wright (VIC, Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club)
Esther Bottomley (VIC, Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club)
Jessica Yeaton (WA, APU Ski Club)
Xanthea Dewez (VIC, Wangaratta Ski Club)
Callum Watson (NSW, Cooma Ski Club)
Jackson Bursill (NSW, NSW XC Ski Team)
Mark Pollock (NSW, Wangaratta Ski Club)
Paul Kovacs (VIC, Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club)
Phillip Bellingham (VIC, Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club)
Events (Visit AUSXC.com for race reports after each event)
18 February – Women 5km & Men 10km Freestyle Qualification Race
19 February – Women & Men Classic Sprint
21 February – Women 15km & Men 30km Skiathlon
22 February – Women & Men Freestyle Team Sprint
24 February – Women 10km Freestyle
25 February – Men 15km Freestyle
26 February – Women 4 x 5km Relay
27 February – Men 4 x 10km Relay
28 February – Women 30km Classic Mass Start
1 March – Men 50km Classic Mass Start