Norway on top in Toblach with Bjoergen and Hattestad sprint victories

02 February 2014 13:03
Ola Vigen Hattestad NOR
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Norway and Germany filled the sprint podiums today in Toblach.  With 4 Norwegians and 2 Germans taking up all 6 places between the men's and ladies' competitions. 

Norway's Marit Bjoergen and Ola Vigen Hattestad led 4 Norwegians in today's free technique sprint podium in Toblach, Italy.  Bjoergen was joined on the podium by Overall World Cup sprint leader Denise Herrmann of Germany and her teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg.

In the men's competition Norway went 1-2 with Hattestad in first and Eirik Brandsdal in second.  In third place was Germany's Joseph Wenzl.  With third place today, Wenzl has taken over the World Cup sprint leaders bib ahead of Italy's Federico Pellegrino. 

ATHLETE QUOTES

Marit Bjoergen NOR

I think my legs were a little bit tired after yesterday and the training camp in Seiser Alm.  I didn't feel very fast in the qualification.  But each heat I felt a little bit better and was able to advance each time.  I was able to get myself into good position off the downhill in the final to be able to get the win today.  

Denise Herrmann GER

It has become one of my goals now to win the Overall World Cup sprint title, but I know it will be tough against Kikkan (Randall) and Ingvild.  It was really great today to be on the podium again, but also in my quarterfinal I was with Elisabeth Schicho who just won the U23 World Championships from Germany.  We are from the same training team and it is really great to see her ski so well. 

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg NOR

I had a really good training period in Seiser Alm to get ready for the Olympics and I know my shape is good.  Marit and Denise were really smart in the finals and were in the right place coming into the homestretch.  I was a little bit caught on the inside and fought as hard as I could to be on the podium today.  It was great racing.  I am happy with my result and excited for Sochi.

Ola Vigen Hattestad NOR

This was a really great victory for me today.  I knew I had strong legs and excellent skis so I am happy to win.  I was told after Norwegian Championships that I wasn't ready for Sochi but I think today I showed that I am.  In the quarter and semi finals I wanted to be in second coming down the hill into the stadium, but in the finals I knew I was strong enough to lead.  

Eirik Brandsdal NOR

I am really happy with today.  Ola was very strong but I did my best.  I was lucky loser in my semi final so I wanted to take advantage of my chance to be in the final.  I think my shape is where it should be and it feels good heading to Sochi.  

Joseph Wenzl 

This was a really great result for me today.  I have been quite strong this season and I am glad that it continues.  Sochi will be difficult.  It will be a much harder course than today so we will see what happens.  But today was great.  

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Ladies' 1.3 km sprint F

1. Marit Bjoergen NOR 2:59.80

2. Denise Herrmann GER +0.43

3. Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg +1.46

OVERALL SPRINT WORLD CUP STANDINGS

1. Denise Herrmann GER 442 pts

2. Kikkan Randall USA 382 pts

3. Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg NOR 301 pts

OVERALL WORLD CUP STANDINGS

1. Therese Johaug NOR 1082 pts

2. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen NOR 895 pts

3. Marit Bjoergen NOR 876 pts

Men's 1.3 km sprint F

1. Ola Vigen Hattestad NOR 2:44.89

2. Eirik Brandsdal NOR +0.69

3. Joseph Wenzl GER +0.94

OVERALL SPRINT WORLD CUP STANDINGS

1. Joseph Wenzl GER 256

2. Federico Pellegrino ITA 243

3. Eirik Brandsdal NOR 232

OVERALL WORLD CUP STANDINGS

1. Martin Johnsrud Sundby NOR 1027

2. Chris Andre Jespersen NOR 739

3. Alexander Legkov RUS 626