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Norway’s Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen wins his first biathlon World Cup event at Soldier Hollow

On Friday afternoon, Christiansen won his first-ever world cup event at the BMW Biathlon World Cup stop here. The 26-year-old took gold in the men’s 10k sprint event, beating France’s Simon Desthieux and Germany’s Roman Rees. Christiansen finished second in the men’s individual event last weekend in Canada.

“Of course it’s unbelievable for me,” Christiansen said. “A lot of emotions. I’ve been doing biathlon since I was 6 years old, so you could say I waited 20 years for this moment. It’s been a lot of ups and downs on the way, but when I stand here as a winner, I forgot all the downs.