Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR) (l-r)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR), Stina Nilsson (SWE) (l-r)
Paal Golberg (NOR), Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR) (l-r)
Paal Golberg (NOR), Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR), Maicol Rastelli (ITA) (l-r)
Emil Jönsson (SWE) (r.) wins semi final
OLYMPIC CHAMPIONS WIN ALSO CLASSICAL SPRINTS IN DRAMMEN
Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) secured her first World Cup win this winter. The Norwegian sent her compatriot Marit Bjørgen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) and the Swede Stina Nilsson (SWE, Fischer) to the following spots. In men's race Olympic Champion Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR, Fischer) came out on top as well.
Falla one step ahead
With the deciding step across the line Maiken Caspersen Falla captured her first season's win in a World Cup race. In the long uphill towards the finish first Bjørgen and then also Falla overtook their until then leading compatriot Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) - Falla impressed as well in quarter- and semi final with a very strong finish. On the last relative flat metre before crossing the line the Olympia Champion made a large step which Marit Bjørgen abstained from. The young Swede Stina Nilsson celebrated third place - her lifetime's best in her young carreer. Katja Visnar (SLO, Fischer skis and boots) lost the contact to her opponents very early and was ranked sixth.
Hattestad benefitted of a fall
As well in men's race the local heroes from Norway represented by Ola Vigen Hattestad and Pål Golberg (NOR) were able to celebrate a double success. Both controlled the final heat first until Emil Jönsson(SWE, Fischer) increased in the descent spot by spot. The Swede had dominated his quarter- and semi final due to his extremely strong finish in the uphill and seemed to be even stronger than the Norwegians - that's why last year's winner started top favourite into the final. But in the tight curves between descent and uphill he fell from the lead and obstructed the Norwegians who were nevertheless able to take the lead. A photo finish decided about today's win as in semi final - this time Olympic Champion Hattestad was very shortly ahead. Emil Jönsson came in fifth ahead of Matias Strandvall (FIN, Fischer) who crossed the line far behind after the crash with Jönsson.