Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR)
Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR), Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR), Vesna Fabjan (SLO) (l-r)
Teodor Peterson (SWE), Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR), Emil Jönsson (SWE) (l-r)
Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR)
NORWEGIANS WIN IN CURIOUS SPRINT RACES: OLYMPIC TITLE WENT TO FALLA AND HATTESTAD
Many crashes and favourites have fallen like dominoes: Nobody can complain about too little action. Olympic victories were caught by Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR) and Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR).
Bjørgen, Randall and Herrmann didn't make the cup, Falla succeeded
Bjørgen (NOR), Randall (USA), Herrmann (GER)- the favourite roles were clearly defined. But everything went different... Kikkan Randall didn't make the cup after a bad final sprint finishing fourth in her quarter final, Marit Bjørgen and Denise Herrmann dropped out in their semi final. Thus three other Norwegians met a Swede, Slovenian and a US-girl in the final heat. The race was controlled by Maiken Caspersen Falla from start to finish while Vesna Fabjan (SLO) was close on Falla's heels. The Slovenian didn't have many significant results during the last two years but in Sochi she was fit to the point. After the uphill at the Olympic rings Falla, Fabjan and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) opened a gap against the others. Indeed Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR) tried to close the gap but she wasn't able to reach them all the way to finish line. Maiken Caspersen Falla captured the Olympic title, in duel for silver medal Østberg edged out the Slovenian on the last metre after Fabjan tumbled on the last step. Ida Ingemarsdotter (SWE) came in fifth, Sophie Caldwell (USA) finished sixth after falling in the uphill.
Chaotic men's final - Hattestad triumphated
Men's Olympic sprint final can be certainly called the most chaotic sprint final ever. Teodor Peterson (SWE) and topfavourite Ola Vigen Hattestad controlled the pace from start to finish. Very early Emil Jönsson (SWE) had to notice that no medal was reachable for him today - the Swede seemed to be powerless and dropped back early in the uphill. Anders Gløersen (NOR), Marcus Hellner (SWE) and Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) crashed in a difficult curve lying on spot three to five. Because Hellner suffered with pain and resigned the pursuit and the Russian first had to change his pole to way to bronce medal seemed to be free for Anders Gløersen but suddenly Emil Jönsson was back agains. With a good pace he overtook the crash victims and closed the gap against Gløersen on his way to the stadium. To everyone's surprise - mostly for himself - Jönsson captured bronce medal. Before that Ola Vigen Hattestad outsprinted Peterson for gold. Fourth went to Anders Gløersen, Sergey Ustiugov was ranked fifth and Marcus Hellner finished sixth.