Estonian town Otepää is set to host the latest leg of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Cross-Country World Cup this weekend as Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Heidi Weng look to increase their advantages in the men’s and women’s overall standings respectively.
Free technique sprint competitions are due to take place tomorrow, followed by the 10 and 15 kilometres interval start classic competitions on Sunday (February 19).
Both events are the same formats that will be seen at the 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Finnish city Lahti, where action is due to begin on Wednesday (February 22).
Final team selections for the Championships will be submitted within 24 hours of the completion of competitions in Otepää.
Sundby goes into the event with 344-point lead over nearest challenger Sergey Ustiugov of Russia in the men’s overall standings.
Among those also confirmed on their national team’s roster is Finland’s Matti Heikkinen, who trails Sundby by 556 points in third.
Weng, meanwhile, has 1,531 points at the top of the overall women’s standings, 316 more than second-placed Krista Parmakoski of Finland.
Fellow Norwegian Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg is third, 332 off the pace.