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Spectating the Tour de Ski: Oberhof

2.Jan.2013 by Susan Dunklee

After competing in Schalke, I traveled to Oberhof, Germany, site of our next World Cup biathlon races and also a stop on the cross country Tour de Ski circuit. I arrived in town on December 30th, about an hour before the Tour de Ski classic pursuit race was scheduled to start. Perfect! I put on some warm clothes and joined the stream of people walking up to the stadium. Every now and then it is a lot of fun to be a spectator.

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I saw one American flag in the entire stadium.

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I was curious who owned it, so I introduced myself and made friends with Meiko, Antje and Johanna, a German family. Meiko spent a few years living and ski racing in Salt Lake and they are big fans of the US Ski Team.

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Kikkan ready to start

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Holly and Liz started near each other and stayed together the entire race- awesome teamwork!

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Jessie across the finish

We watched the men’s race from the famous Bergsteig climb.

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The lack of snow made it very difficult to see over the sponsor banners, so we had so build ourselves a rock platform to watch from while little Johanna got to watch ski boots fly by at eye level.

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Norwegian fans living it up at the top of the Bergsteig

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Noah

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Andy

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Kris

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Hanging out with Holly and Liz for a few moments post race. They had a long night of recovering, packing and driving ahead of them to get to the next Tour stop. What a rare treat to watch and cheer for the XC team! Our paths almost never cross during the winter race season.