Denise Herrmann (GER), Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) (l-r)
Eirik Brandsdal (NOR), Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR), Josef Wenzl (GER) (l-r)
Final Sprint
Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR)


Marit Bjørgen (NOR) was able to secure another victory in the last skate sprint before the Olympics. After yesterday's success she won ahead of Denise Herrmann (GER) and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR). In men's sprint Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR) and Eirik Brandsdal (NOR) celebrated an double success followed by Josef Wenzl (GER) who took the sprint World Cup lead.
Marit Bjørgen wins, Denise Herrmann runner-up again
A World Cup sprint final without Denise Herrmann? No more possible this winter. The Saxon made it to the final in each sprint race this season, up to once even a podium each race. The German is the only girl who is a a that good shape this year. Thus she deserved it to wear the red bib as the best season's sprinter and with today's result she managed it to consolidate it. Due to the track character in Dobbiaco men's and women's favourites were able to keep it calm in the first loop of each heat and attack out of the slipstream in the second half of the heat. So Marit Bjørgen and Denise Herrmann did it as well and increased both in the semifinal and in the final after the uphill above the multifunctional building. While the Norwegian took the lead from Kikkan Randall (USA) the German dropped back a little at the last uphill. With her great skis she was able to increas again in the downhill while Randall was jammed in the last corner and she had to reduce her speed to avaoid a fall. In the final stretch Denise Herrmann wasn't able to catch up Dobbiaco double winner but she jubilated about her anew podium finish. "Today I felt very slow, later it worked better and better. In the uphill I was able to increase my speed", winning Bjørgen told who wasn't sure why she didn't shake a leg that good in each heat. Ingvild Flugstad Østberg came in third followed by her team mate Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR). Kikkan Randall dropped back to fifth spot after her problems in the last corner, Katja Visnar (SLO) finished sixth.

Josef Wenzl took the red sprint bib
With Josef Wenzl another German was able to capture the red bib for sprint World Cup leading before the Olympic World Cup break. Therefore the Bavarian is able to wear a bib without number for the first time since his World Cup win in Düsseldorf 2007 - at that time he took the yellow bib for one race. In today's sprint the 29-year-old acted were tactical as usual: He produzed one by one false starts to disturb the other's concentration and skied at the end of the group for a long time. After the two last uphills above the building and in the woods and these downhills he increased to third spot behind the leading Norwegians and was able to hold his position through the tight curve and in the final sprint. Today's victory went to Norwegian's Ola Vigen Hattestad who captured his Sochi ticket just last weekend after beeing second in national sprint championship beaten by Andy Musgrave (GBR). His team mate Eirik Brandsdal finished second today and with Pål Golberg (NOR) another Norwegian finished within top four. Sweden's Teodor Peterson (SWE) came in fifth followed by fastest qualifier Jovian Hediger (SUI) who fell in the last uphill.

Sprint F Men, Dobbiaco (ITA):
1. Ola Vigen Hattestad
NOR 00.02.44,92
2. Eirik Brandsdal
NOR 00.02.45,61
3. Josef Wenzl
GER 00.02.45,86
4. Pål Golberg
NOR 00.02.46,37
5. Teodor Peterson
SWE 00.02.46,44
6. Jovian Hediger
SUI 00.03.16,81
Sprint F Women, Dobbiaco (ITA):
1. Marit Bjørgen
NOR 00.02.59,83
2. Denise Herrmann
GER 00.03.00,25
3. Ingvild Flugstad Østberg
NOR 00.03.01,28
4. Maiken Caspersen Falla
NOR 00.03.01,95
5. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.03.02,48
6. Katja Visnar
SLO 00.03.02,83