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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:

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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:

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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.

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