Hattestad and Falla are golden in Olympic sprint competition
KRASNAYA POLYANA – Ola Vigen HATTESTAD (NOR) added to the gold medal Norway won moments earlier in the women's sprint event by emerging victorious in the men's event. Norway becomes the first NOC to complete this double in the Olympic Winter Games. Maiken Caspersen FALLA (NOR) won Norway's 100th medal in cross country at the Olympic Winter Games, finishing first in the ladies sprint at the Laura Cross Country Ski and Biathlon Centre on Tuesday 11 February.
- HATTESTAD (NOR) became the second cross country skier from Norway to win this event. Tor Arne HETLAND (NOR) won it in Salt Lake City in 2002.
- Norway became the first NOC to win this event twice.
- Norway extended its lead in gold medals in Olympic cross country skiing to 38. This is the most gold medals won by any NOC in any sport at the Winter Games.
- Sweden completed a set of medals in this event as Teodor PETERSON (SWE) took the silver.
- Swedes had won gold and bronze in 2006. Sweden is the only NOC that has won gold, silver and bronze in this event.
- Emil JOENSSON (SWE) made it two Swedes on the podium for the first time at the Olympic Games since 2010, when two Swedes took medals in cross country skiing's men's skiathlon.
- Norway is the second NOC to win at least 100 medals in a specific sport at the Winter Games after Austria's 107 in alpine skiing.
- This was FALLA's first Olympic medal.
- Ingvild Flugstad OESTBERG (NOR) took silver, her first Olympic medal.
- This was Norway's first gold-silver combination in a women's event at winter or summer Games.
- Vesna FABJAN (SLO) took bronze, her first Olympic medal.
- This was the first event at the Olympic Winter Games in which Slovenia has won multiple medals. Petra MAJDIC (SLO) took bronze in this event in 2010.
- All 12 medals in all ladies' sprint events now have been won by different athletes.
Maiken Caspersen FALLA (NOR) - gold
On her win:
It's just unbelievable. I can't believe what I just did. I've been dreaming of this since I was 3 years old."
On the support she receives and her gold medal performance in the final:
"There are so many people who believe in me and have faith in me to do well. This season hasn't been my best so far, it's just so good to have the best day of the season today."
Ingvild Flugstad OESTBERG (NOR) - silver
On winning silver:
"It means everything. It's been a goal for sure this year, but also for four years now. It's unbelievable that I got a medal, and silver - that's like gold for me."
On who she wants to dedicate the medal to:
"I want to dedicate it to my cousin that I lost in the tragedy in Norway in 2011. He was a great person and I try to live like him."
Vesna FABJAN (SLO) - bronze
On winning bronze:
"It's everything. It's 20 years of training. My dreams have come true. I give this medal to my nephew - he's 2 years old today. I was racing today for him."
"I wanted this medal so much. In the last curve I was still in second. I said to myself this should be my best finish ever and in the end, I got a medal."
Ola Vigen HATTESTAD (NOR) - gold
On winning gold:
"I can't believe what I just did. I just tried to do the same as I did in the semifinal. I didn't realise there was a crash there, so I was at the top of the hill and I looked behind and I just saw (Teodor) PETERSON (SWE). It was a weird feeling."
On his strategy for the men's sprint final:
"My tactic all day was to be at the front of the field, especially before the last uphill, so I could control it and have power in the end."
On all the skiers apart from Teodor PETERSON (SWE) falling during the race:
"I didn't see them fall. I thought it was a little bit weird that no one attacked me on the uphill because I was skiing quite slowly, then I came to the top and I heard the Swedish coach scream to Teodor that we had a gap."
"Then I realised it was just Teodor and me fighting for the gold, so I knew I had a medal, at least, but I know Teodor is one of the fastest guys, so I was really focused on the last curve to get a lot of power."
Complete results for both sprint events HERE.