Finland and Norway win team sprints

22 December 2013 12:19
Ladies team sprint podium in Asiago
Ladies team sprint podium in Asiago -
NordicFocus

It was an exciting day of competition in Asiago Italy with the team sprint event.  Firm conditions made for many close finishes.  However in the ladies' competition it was the Finnish team (Saarinen, Kyllønen) that skied away from the field to win by ten seconds over Norway I (Oestberg, Falla) in second and just behind them for third was Germany I (Zeller, Herrmann)

The men's competition it came down to a photo finished between Norway I (Rønning, Hattestad) and Kazakhstan I (Chebotko, Poltoranin), with Norway taking the victory.  In third was Norway II (Pettersen, Brandsdal).  

ATHLETE QUOTES

Aino Kaisa Saarinen (FIN)
It is great to be back on the top of the World Cup podium. It’s been a great day not for only for me but for Finland. Anne was very strong today. The course was in a better shape than yesterday.

Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR I)
It was a hard competition, especially the final. Finland was very strong but hopefully in February we can be stronger. It is my first podium this year. The conditions were better today it was great fun to compete with Maiken.

Kathrin Zeller (GER)
I am very happy with the podium today. We were lucky that Denise was so strong. We were a good team together and it is a great team achievement.

Eldar Rønning (NOR I)
Conditions were much better today, it was no problem to double pole. It is always nice to get victory even by just a few centimetres

Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ I)
I was quite tired after yesterday but our physiotherapist did a great job and I recovered well. Ola Vigen Hattestad is a very strong sprinter but I think if we were not double poling in the finals I would have had a chance to beat him.

Øeystein Pettersen (NOR II)
It was a difficult competition today. It is the best result of the season and I am very happy for that. We had a crash in the second lap but luckily we could get back. Team sprint is never easy.

 

Ladies' Team Sprint final

1. FINLAND FIN 19:15.72
2. NORWAY I NOR 19:25.40
3. GERMANY I GER 19:25.74
4. NORWAY II NOR 19:27.25
5. UNITED STATES I USA 19:34.20
6. RUSSIA II RUS 19:34.39
7. SWITZERLAND I SUI 19:34.97
8. UNITED STATES II USA 19:36.28
9. RUSSIA I RUS 19:40.74
10. SWEDEN II SWE 19:44.33

Men's Team Sprint final

1. NORWAY I NOR 24:47.40
2. KAZAKHSTAN I KAZ 24:47.42
3. NORWAY II NOR 24:49.59
4. RUSSIA I RUS 24:50.03
5. RUSSIA II RUS 24:50.05
6. SWEDEN I SWE 25:00.33
7. JAPAN JPN 25:11.15
8. POLAND I POL 25:18.40
9. CZECH REPUBLIC I CZE 25:18.98
10. FINLAND I FIN 25:19.48

Complete results available

HERE