Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Charlotte Kalla (SWE)
Kikkan Randall (USA)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
Petter Northug (NOR)
Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)
Marcus Hellner (SWE)

BJOERGEN AND NORTHUG CARE FOR NORWEGIAN VICTORIES AT MÖRDARBACKEN

22.03.2013
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Marit Bjoergen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) defeated her success from 2012 in prologue at World Cup final in Falun. The Norwegian succeeded ahead of Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) and Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer). Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer) secured another victory in men's prologue at Mördarbacken in Falun and enlarged his lead in World Cup final ranking. Paal Golberg (NOR) and Anders Gloeersen (NOR, Fischer) cared for a pure Norwegian podium.
Many discussions last evening - Bjoergen wins again
After long discussions in the evening about missing safety of the new descent the courses were modified a bit: A short loop before the Mördarbacken uphill which wasn't skied up to the bottom and then with less speed than during the training sessions down to the finish. As last year Marit Bjoergen made another victory in 2.5k free race. "It was a good day. I like these kind of races. My legs felt well. I wasn't that fast in the downhill and increased the pace on my way to the finish", Bjoergen stated. "In mass start I will try to enlarge my advantage in World Cup final and try to shorten my gap in the Overall ranking. I am still in a good shape." After the uphill the Norwegian was 1.8 seconds ahead of Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) who fancied with abandonment in the late evening. So the Pole played it safe in the unloved descent and finished fifth, 10.8 seocnds back. Charlotte Kalla made her first podium since last year's prologue and was just 4.4 seconds behind Bjoergen in front of her home crowd. Kikkan Randall acting in her role as athlete representative yesterday evening was able to finish third. Celine Brun-Lie (NOR, Fischer) came in ninth.

Course modification played to Northug & Co.
Especially Petter Northug might have been pleased about the decided shortening of men's course to 2.5 kilometres (same as women's new course). This shortening played to the Norwegian who staged the potential athlete boycott along with his team mates and approached athlete representatives Kikkan Randall and Emil Jönsson (SWE, Fischer skis and boots). At the highest point of today's course Northug was just in sixth position and regained lost time up to the finished so he crossed the line 2.1 and 2.9 seconds faster than his compatriots Paal Golberg and Anders Gloeersen. Calle Halfvarsson (SWE, Fischer) shortly missed the podium by half an second and sent another three Norwegians Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis and boots), Finn Haagen Krogh (NOR, Fischer) and sprint specialist Eirik Brandsdal (NOR, Fischer) to spots five to seven. Marcus Hellner (SWE, Fischer) came in eighth, Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ, Fischer skis and boots) finished tenth. Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer skis and boots) regained positions in the downhill and was ranked at least twelfth.
2,5km Freistil Prolog Damen, Falun (SWE):
1. Marit Bjørgen
NOR 00.06.03,20
2. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.06.07,60
3. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.06.09,80
4. Astrid Jacobsen
NOR 00.06.10,30
5. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.06.14,00
6. Heidi Weng
NOR 00.06.14,40
7. Holly Brooks
USA 00.06.15,50
8. Jessica Diggins
USA 00.06.17,40
9. Celine Brun-Lie
NOR 00.06.18,10
10. Ingvild Flugstad Östberg
NOR 00.06.20,20
11. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.06.20,70
12. Riikka Sarasoja
FIN 00.06.21,00
13. Kerttu Niskanen
FIN 00.06.21,10
14. Aurore Jean
FRA 00.06.21,20
15. Katrin Zeller
GER 00.06.21,60
2,5km Freistil Prolog Herren, Falun (SWE):
1. Petter jr Northug
NOR 00.05.20,70
2. Paal Golberg
NOR 00.05.22,80
3. Anders Gløersen
NOR 00.05.23,60
4. Calle Halfvarsson
SWE 00.05.24,10
5. Martin Johnsrud Sundby
NOR 00.05.24,70
6. Finn Haagen Krogh
NOR 00.05.26,40
7. Eirik Brandsdal
NOR 00.05.27,50
8. Marcus Hellner
SWE 00.05.29,00
9. Alexander Legkov
RUS 00.05.29,50
10. Alexey Poltoranin
KAZ 00.05.29,90
11. Dario Cologna
SUI 00.05.30,50
12. Emil Jönsson
SWE 00.05.31,00
13. David Hofer
ITA 00.05.31,20
13. Petter Eliassen
NOR 00.05.31,20
15. Roland Clara
ITA 00.05.31,70