Musgrave beats the Norse at their own speciality

Published: 18/01/2014

North-east skier Andrew Musgrave stunned a nation that has 96 Olympic cross-country medals to its name by claiming a famous victory in the Norwegian cross-country champion-ships in Lillehammer yesterday.

The 23-year-old from Oyne, near Insch, described his unlikely win in the freestyle sprint as “easily the best thing I’ve done” after beating rivals who were competing for places on Norway’s ultra-competitive Winter Olympic roster. Musgrave broke away from the field in the final stages and his triumph caused widespread dis- belief in Norway.

Musgrave said: “Winning the Norwegian championships just a few weeks before I go to the Olympics in Sochi is easily the best thing I’ve done. It’s always good fun beating the Norwegians at their own sport. I live in Norway and go to university here, so it almost feels like a home victory.

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