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Outstanding atmosphere at Oslo 201-FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011 in Oslo (NOR) have now reached Competition Day 7 of 11.
Despite varying weather conditions including days with thick fog and snowfall, the stadiums and trail sides have been full of enthusiastic supporters creating an atmosphere second to none.
Since with the opening ceremony at the University Square last Wednesday evening where an estimated 50'000 people celebrated the beginning of the championships, tens of thousands of spectators have attended the daily competitions and evening medal ceremonies alike.
Thanks to Norwegian home team success, led by the three gold medals won by Marit Bjoergen in three events, the fans have also been able to rejoice with their local stars.
After 14 of the 21 medal events, Norway leads the medals table with a total of 12 medals (4 each), followed by Austria with four golds, and one silver & bronze each. Sweden currently ranks 3rd while Germany is in 4th place with six medals. A total of 11 nations have won medals, of which seven have won gold.
The Austrians have especially shown excellent performances on the Midstuen jumping hill garnering all three Ski Jumping titles through Daniela Iraschko in the ladies' competition and through Thomas Morgenstern and Team Ski Austria in the men's events.
Oslo 2011 will conclude with the men's 50km Cross-Country competition followed by the official closing ceremony on Sunday.
For more information visit www.oslo2011.no
21. August 64
FRANK UIJLENBROEK WORLDSPORTPICS