An update on the Marit vs Justyna rivalry

You’ll recall that recently this rivalry has been fairly one sided, no matter how much Justyna’s fans want to believe otherwise. The previous two season simply saw Marit winning far more of their head to head match-ups. At the start of the season, things looked even worse for the Justyna camp, as she struggled quite a bit in the early races.

But Justyna may have simply been using those as training for the Tour, as she fared much better last week against Marit. Let’s take a look at how their complete history stand as of now:

So these are just the distance races, measured in difference in percent back. Values above zero mean Marit won and vice versa. Marit had the better of this match-up for two straight seasons, with the occasional lapse. This season, you can see the early group of really poor races for Justyna, and then during the Tour things were more tilted towards Justyna, though the margins weren’t terribly large, for the most part.

As for sprinting:

Marit is still ahead on this score, though we’ve only had a handful of sprint races thus far.

So my question is: will Justyna, having clearly peaked for the Tour, slide back again to being mostly beaten by Marit? Or will she be able to sustain this level of fitness through the rest of the season?

Related posts:

  1. Bjoern Daehlie vs Thomas Alsgaard
  2. Head-to-Head: Marit vs Justyna
  3. Victims & Nemeses: Marit and Justyna Edition
  4. Was Bjørgen vs Kowalczyk Really An Issue This Season?
  5. Whether She Has 46 Or 52 WC Wins, Marit Bjørgen Is Very Fast

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2 Responses to “An update on the Marit vs Justyna rivalry”
  1. Lars says:

    I think Bjørgen will be the best for the remaining of the season. The tour is in many ways her worst event due to the fact tthat she struggles with recovery between races. And she was also sick in front of the tour and that probebly reduced her form a little.

  2. Lloyd Christmas says:

    Yeah, and what would you have said had Bjoergen won the tour Lars? I think Kowalczyk will be even better in the second half of the season. If her knee holds up, she should be giving Bjoergen all she can handle. This rivalry has been relatively one sided the last two seasons, but things could be changing with the result of this tour. Kowalczyk has done very well in comparison to Bjoergen, especially given she started skiing and competing pretty late for an elite skier, hasn’t even had 10% of the back-up Bjoergen has each and every race, doesn’t have anybody to train with and somebody she can push and somebody she can be pushed by. Bjoergen might have the superior career thus far, but Kowalzcyk, if she can keep this going and even improve in some areas of her skiing, could very well equal or surpass Bjoergen.

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