Denise Herrmann (GER), Stina Nilsson (SWE)
Hannes Dotzler (GER), Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR)
Emil Jönsson (SWE, Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS)
TEAM SPRINT TITLES GOES TO NORWAY AND FINLAND
Olympic victories in classical team sprint came to Noway's Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Marit Bjørgen (NOR) and also to Finland's Iivo Niskanen and Sami Jauhojärvi (FIN) who benefitted of a crash of the leading duo Hannes Dotzler and Tim Tscharnke (GER).
Norway beats strong Finnish ladies
In a race with much lower temperatures just above zero degrees and 30 centimetres of fresh snow over night Norway's Ingvild Flugstad Østberg and Marit Bjørgen were in their element again, last week's waxing problems were a thing of the past. After they contained theirself in the semi final, at least Marit Bjørgen played up in her three rotations and extended her lead in each lap by a few seconds. Her compatriot Ingvild Flugstad Østberg lost a few seconds in each rotation compared to husky Aino Kaisa Saarinen but she wasn't able to prevent Noway's success. The bronce medal behind the Finns Saarinen/Kyllönen secured Sweden's Ida Ingemarsdotter and Stina Nilsson. After the Swedish last skier didn't seem to be that strong in her first laps than in her semi final she speeded up in her last rotation, closed a five seconds disadvantage against Denise Herrmann (GER) and outsprinted the German in the final stretch - it was the last defeat for the sprint World Cup leader who represented Germany along with Steffi Böhler (GER). Fifth went to team Poland along with Sylwia Jaskowiec and Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) followed by in the final heat disappointing local heroes Anastasia Dotsenko und Julia Ivanova (RUS).
Misfortune to crash: Sturzpech: Brought about downfall by Olympic Champion Jauhojärvi!
In a during the first laps tactical men's race the pace was forced shortly before the pre-last exchange. Initiator of all things was Petter Northug (NOR) whose team partner Hattestad (NOR) had to fight with problems during all rotations. Northug used a pole change above the stadium for an attack but already in the stadium he turned around to his opponents and took a look. During the pre-last loop five athletes were able to escape and after another attack of Vylegzhanin (RUS) two more athletes dropped back. So Russia, Germany and Finland change their athletes with a small advantage. In the last lap sprint specialist Nikita Kriukov (RUS) fighted against loosing the contact while Tim Tscharnke was in the lead of his way downhill into the stadium. In the hairpin turn the Thuringia took the outer line, Sami Jauhojärvi overtook on the inside and cut Tscharnke's way with heavily touching the German's ski. That made Tscharnke fall and he nearly brought about Kriukov's downfall. Indeed the Russian was able to avoid a fall he lost his speed and wasn't able to catch the Finn. Totally frustrated Tim Tscharnke came towards the finish very slowly so that the bronce medal went to Sweden's Emil Jönsson and Teodor Peterson (SWE). Team Norway finished fourth followed by Cologna brother (SUI), USA (Hamilton/Bjornsen) and Germany.