Congtratulations to CNOCs Niamh who had plenty to cheer about in Grannasen ski-centre Norway. Both Niamh and Nick Simminon (Cork)were Irelands two Long distance finalists at WOC both had great runs in front of the thousands of spectators.
Niamh finished in a fantastic 34th place in her race. She put all her Trondheim training to good use and ran a clean and strong race, coming through the arena with a very tough last loop of 1.5km she was in good shape and continued hard right to the end finishing in style to the delight of all her supporters.
The 9.9km womens race was won by the unstoppable Swiss runner Simone Niggli who captured her 17th World champs gold medal.
Then it was the mens turn with Nick one of the earlier starters we could follow his progress through the forest with the excellent television and tracking coverage. Nick too had a strong race and performed admirably in what will surely be the first of many World champ finals for him, coming home in 39th position.
The home favorite Olav Lundanes was eventual mens winner, the 23 year olds first gold.
I had to pikie this from the IOA website as all my reporters have gone to ground somewhere in the northern forests, maybe there is no web or mobile signals if this is not the case there will have to be a good explination as all the fans left at home have been checking google and Skype to see if anyone puts their head up.
WE NEED PHOTOS PICTURES ARE BETTER THAN WORDS ??????????????