Victims & Nemeses: Marit and Justyna Edition
Earlier this week I described the notion of victims and nemeses, and showed you who Petter Northug’s were for the 2009-2010 season. You can check back at that link for a description of victims/nemeses. The basic idea is to count up the number of times you beat someone by a narrow margin (they become a victim) or are beaten by someone by a narrow margin (they become a nemesis).
This time let’s look at two of the fastest women around today: Norwegian Marit Bjoergen and Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk. Only this time, instead of limiting ourselves to just a single season, let’s look over their entire careers.
First Justyna’s victims and nemeses:
|Justyna Kowalczyk's Victims||Value|
|STEIRA Kristin Stoermer||10|
|Justyna Kowalczyk's Nemeses||Value|
Marit Bjoergen actually isn’t in the lead here in either case. Instead it’s Kristin Stoermer Steira who’s been edged out by Kowalczyk the most. Interestingly, it’s Finnish skier Aino-Kaisa Saarinen who ends up being Justyna’s biggest nemesis, not Bjoergen, although just by a hair.
Next up Marit Bjoergen’s victims and nemeses:
|Marit Bjoergen's Victims||Value|
|STEIRA Kristin Stoermer||14|
|PEDERSEN Hilde G.||13|
|HAAG (HANSSON) Anna||10|
|Marit Bjoergen's Nemeses||Value|
Once again Kristin Stoermer Steira gets the win in the victims category. For some reason I wasn’t expecting Petra Majdic to pop up as Bjoergen’s top nemesis, but there she is.