Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR), Kikkan Randall (USA) (l-r)
Kikkan Randall (USA), Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR), Celine Brun-Lie (NOR) (l-r)
Anders Gloersen (NOR), Emil Jönsson (SWE), Nikita Kriukov (RUS) (l-r)
JÖNSSON AND FALLA SECURE VICTORIES IN FREE SPRINTS IN CANMORE
Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR, Fischer) and Emil Jönsson (SWE, Fischer) scored victories in individual free sprint in Canmore.
Falla beats Randall
Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer) was beaten in individual sprint by her opponent Maiken Caspersen Falla. The American was a bit behind after a stumble at start and she skied behind three Norwegians who tried to take over the whole place. In the uphill Randall overtook them at the outside and increased the pace so only Maiken Caspersen Falla was able to follow. Both opened a gao and fighted for victory at the final stretch. The Norwegian secured victory qithout many problems out of the slipstream. "I had to fight hard but I also had a good position in the slipstream. I am glad that everything went so well. For my compatriot and me it was great to be in the final threesome. I knew it was an advantage for me to be in the slipstream and I have succeeded", Falla smiled. Third went to Celine Brun-Lie (NOR, Fischer) ahead of Denise Herrmann (GER, Fischer). Canmores local hero Chandra Crawford (CAN, Fischer skis and boots) who wanted to reach a podium finished sixth. Ida Sargent (USA, Fischer) was ranked tenth followed by Perianne Jones (CAN, Fischer) and Anne Kyllönen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots).
Jönsson celebrates second victory in a row
After his success in Quebec-City Emil Jönsson secured victory in Canmore individual sprint, too. The Swede took the lead early in the final heat, went into the slipstream in the last downhill and succeeded in the final stretch ahead of Anders Gloersen (NOR, Fischer). Tim Tscharnke (GER, Fischer) came in fourth followed by Andy Newell (USA, Fischer). "My tactics went well but I expected a harder final", Jönsson smiled during the winner's interview. "You have to ski from behind to take the speed out of the slipstream on this track. Over christmas I will have a rest and the pack will be reshuffled at Tour de Ski." Lenny Valjas (CAN, Fischer skis and boots) who skied without his finger splint after his fracture for the first time finished seventh ahead of Harals Wurm (AUT, Fischer) and Jesse Cockney (CAN, Fischer) from national canadian group. Mikhail Devjatiarov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) came in tenth, twelfth went to Bernhard Tritscher (AUT, Fischer skis and boots) who fell in the last corner.