Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Therese Johaug (NOR), Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Kristin Steira (NOR) (l-r)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Therese Johaug (NOR)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Therese Johaug (NOR) (l-r)
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Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Charlotte Kalla (SWE), Therese Johaug (NOR), Heidi Weng (NOR)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)

MARIT BJØRGEN CELEBRATES GOLD MEDAL IN 30K MASS START FOLLOWED BY THERESE JOHAUG

22.02.2014
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With todays gold Marit Bjørgen (NOR) crowned herself to the best Olympic cross-country skier ever. Today she secured her third Sochi gold medal ahead of Therese Johaug (NOR) and Kristin Størmer Steira (NOR).
Norwegians dominate mass start
In last women's cross-country race, the 30k free mass start, two different 5k-loops were skied. Not in shape was today's medal favourite Charlotte Kalla (SWE) who already lost the contact to the chasing group after eleven kilometres and collapsed. Thus she fighted until the end finishing 34th with more than five minutes disadvantage. In opposite to her Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) resigned the race after 16 kilometres. Shortly before the second stadium passage the three Norwegians made a pre-decision with an attacke in the uphill and they were able to open a small gap in the downhill into the stadium. This advantage they were able to enlarge more and more up a comfortable lead with one minute. Thus the Norwegians were able to concentrate on spreading the medals. Still two kilometres before finish the two favourites were watching each other while Steira give up hope for Olympic title on bottom of the last uphill. Marit Bjørgen attacked and overtook her compatriot Johaug who conceded defeat for gold. However Therese Johaug celebrated winning silver ahead of the "eternal" fourth-placed Kristin Størmer Steira.

Kerttu Niskanen wins sprint out of chasing group
Behind the medal winners after round about 15 kilometres a large chasing group was built. At the last uphill with the Czech Eva Vrabkova-Nyvltova (CZE), Kerttu Niskanen (FIN), Aurore Jean (FRA) and Coraline Hugue (FRA) four athletes were able to escape. The Finn succeeded in the final sprint and came in fourth ahead of the strong skiing Czech - both belonged to the very few athletes eho used the opportunity of changing skis. Frenchwomen Jean and Hugue finished strong sixth and seventh. Shortly behind them Emma Wikén (SWE) was ranked eighth followed by the Swiss Seraina Boner (SUI) and Spaniard Laura Orgue (ESP) who usually participates in continental cup.
Women 30 km FT Mass Start:
1. Marit Bjoergen
NOR 1:11:05.2
2. Therese Johaug
NOR 1:11:07.8
3. Kristin Stoermer Steira
NOR 1:11:28.8
4. Kerttu Niskanen
FIN 1:12:26.9
5. Eva Vrabcova - Nyvltova
CZE 1:12:27.1
6. Aurore Jean
FRA 1:12:27.5
7. Coraline Hugue
FRA 1:12:29.5
8. Emma Wiken
SWE 1:12:31.6
9. Seraina Boner
SUI 1:12:35.0
10. Laura Orgue
SPA 1:12:37.3
11. Anna Haag
SWE 1:12:40.1
12. Katrin Zeller
GER 1:12:41.4
13. Elisa Brocard
ITA 1:12:42.0
14. Valentina Shevchenko
UKR 1:12:42.6
15. Natalia Zhukova
RUS 1:12:56.7