"Did you know" 10/15 km Pursuit Quebec City
19 March 2017 13:30
Women's 10km Free Pursuit
- The final stage of the World Cup Final Tour will be a 10km pursuit stage in free technique in Quebec. Heidi Weng is leading overall, 1,0 seconds ahead of Marit Bjørgen. Ingvild Flugstad Østberg is third, 28,8 seconds behind, with Maiken Caspersen Falla in fourth 31,9 seconds behind. The best non-Norwegian is Ida Ingemarsdotter in fifth, 44,2 second behind.
- Weng has won both previous Tours this season and could become the second woman to win all three Tours in the same season. Therese Johaug did the same last season.
- Weng could become the second woman to win three consecutive World Cup Tours, joining Johaug. Marit Bjørgen has won two consecutive Tours on five occasions.
- Norwegian women have won the last 11 World Cup Tours, since Justyna Kowalczyk won the Tour de Ski in 2013.
- Norway is holding the top-four positions ahead of the final race. The last time Norway finished first, second, third and fourth was the Tour de Ski in 2015.
- Ahead of this final race of the season, Heidi Weng (1826 points) has already claimed the overall World Cup. Krista Pärmäkoski (1498) and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (1422) are battling for second place.
- Weng is the sixth Norwegian female athlete to win the overall World Cup.
- Norway has won the overall World Cup for the fourth consecutive season, equalling Soviet Union’s record run of four wins in a row from 1989-1992.
- Krista Pärmäkoski could become the first non-Norwegian athlete to reach the overall World Cup podium in four seasons.
- Pärmakoski has never finished on the podium in the overall World Cup and could become the first Finnish skier to achieve this since Aino-Kaisa Saarinen in 2008/09. The last Finnish overall winner was Virpi Kuitunen in 2007/08.
- The 17 individual distance races (not including overall Tour standings) held in the World Cup so far this season have seen seven different winners. Marit Bjørgen has claimed most victories with six. Stina Nilsson has claimed three wins. Heidi Weng, Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, and Jessica Diggins have won two races each. Krista Pärmäkoski and Justyna Kowalczyk have one win.
Men's 15km Free Pursuit
- The last stage of the World Cup Final Tour is a 15km pursuit in free technique. Johannes Høsflot Klæbo is leading the Tour, 22,8 seconds ahead of Niklas Dyrhaug and 23,3 seconds ahead of Alex Harvey.
- Klæbo was second in the first Tour of the season, the 3-Day Tour in Lillehammer. If the Norwegian wins here, he will become the youngest winner of a World Cup Tour (man or woman), 20 years 148 days old. Charlotte Kalla was 20 years 168 days old when she won the Tour de Ski in 2008. The youngest men’s Tour-winner is Dario Cologna, winning the Tour de Ski in 2009, 22 years 299 days old.
- Alex Harvey won the first stage of the Tour in Quebec, winning the sprint on Friday. This was Harvey's sixth World Cup victory, surpassing Bill Koch (5 victories) as the overseas-athlete with the most World Cup victories.
- Harvey has never won a World Cup Tour, finishing second in the World Cup Final Tour in 2014.
- No athlete from outside Europe (including Russia) has ever won a World Cup Tour. If Harvey wins for Canada, it will be the seventh country to win a men’s World Cup Tour. Norway has won 14 of the previous 26 World Cup Tours held, Switzerland has five wins, Russia three, Czech Republic two, France and Germany one victory each.
- Harvey is currently third in the overall World Cup and could finish on the podium of the overall World Cup for the second time - He was third in 2014 as well. His fellow countryman Devon Kershaw finished second in 2012.
- American Bill Koch also finished on the overall podium on two occasions, winning in 1982 and finishing third in 1983.
- Martin Johnsrud Sundby has won the overall World Cup ahead of this race with his 1626 points. Sergey Ustiugov (1176) is second and Alex Harvey is third on 934 points, Matti Heikkinen (842) is fourth. The top-five in the overall World Cup at the moment are representing five different countries, in contrast to last season when Norway took all the three podium spots.
- Sundby is the first athlete to successfully defend his overall World Cup title since Dario Cologna in 2012.