Ida Ingemarsdotter, Emma Wikén, Anna Haag und Charlotte Kalla (SWE) (l-r)
Charlotte Kalla (SWE), Krista Lähteenmäki (FIN), Denise Herrmann (GER) (l-r)
Anne Kyllönen, Aino Kaisa Saarinen, Kerttu Niskanen und Krista Lähteenmäki (FIN) (l-r)
Nicole Fessel, Steffi Böhler, Claudia Nystad und Denise Herrmann (GER) (l-r)
SURPRISE IN WOMEN'S RELAY: SWEDEN CAPTURES FIRST OLYMPIC GOLD FOR 54 YEARS
Surprisingly Swedish cross-country ladies composed of Ida Ingemarsdotter, Emma Wikén, Anna Haag und Charlotte Kalla (all SWE) celebrated Olympic title ahead of Finland and Germany.
Sweden captures historic title
Norway without gold medal in women's relay? Ans then even without any medal? If you placed a bet then you would have made a lot of money. Already at the beginning the Norwegians suffered with problems, neither Heidi Weng nor Therese Johaug, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen or Marit Bjørgen (all NOR) were able to ski at their best and even dropped off the leading group before the second exchange. The pace was made mearly during the whole race by the Finns but their first skier Anne Kyllönen paid for her high speed she skied just after the start. She dropped back before the exchange and Aino Kaisa Saarinen had to close the gap first. Already before the second exchange the Finns consisting of Anne Kyllönen, Aino Kaisa Saarinen, Kerttu Niskanen and Krista Lähteenmäki (all FIN) followed by the Germans including Nicole Fessel, Steffi Böhler, Claudia Nystad and Denise Herrmann as well as the Swedes esacped from the group. This strong pace Swedens third skier Anna Haag wasn't able to follow for a long time - she dropped back 25 seconds which anchorwoman had to close during the last five kilometres. The Swede did it and the final decision was made out of the group of three with winning Charlotte Kalla despite her energy-sapping catch-up followed by Lähteenmäki and Herrmann for Finland and Germany. This means the first Swedish Olympic triumph in women's relay since the Olympic Games in Squaw Valley in 1960. Fourth even went to team France ahead of disappointed Norwegians.