UPDATED - Oestberg gets first of season victory in Davos
Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg of Norway has won her first FIS Cross-Country World Cup of the season in the 15 km free technique in Davos, Switzerland. For Oestberg it was also her first win at the 15 km distance in her career. Her teammate Heidi Weng was second place and remains the Overall World Cup leader by 70 points ahead of Oestberg. Finland's Krista Parmakoski took third place for only her second ever podium in free technique of her 9 total career top 3 finishes. Today's podium matches the Overall Distance standings. Marit Bjoergen (NOR) was the distance World Cup leader after the Lillehammer mini tour but is not competing in Davos and has fallen to 4th in the standings.
Ingvild Flugstad Oestberb (NOR)
There has been a lot of training for several years to win today. This is my first victory in a race longer than 10 km. I am surprised and happy. My plan was to start little bit slow. I knew Krista and Heidi would speed up so I needed to keep my pace. Davos has been great for me. I had my first sprint World Cup win and now the longest win.
Heidi Weng (NOR)
It was very hard from the beginning. I opened little bit slow and I hoped I could get faster as everybody else would get tired. It feels really good to be on the podium today.
Krista Parmakoski (FIN)
I’m very satisfied with 3rd place. This is my second podium in the free technique competition. I am so happy I could step on the podium. Before the race I was little bit nervous, because this was the second skate race of the season for me. After first lap I felt better and better.
LADIES - 15 km F interval start
1. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad 1990 NOR 37:44.4
2. WENG Heidi 1991 NOR +7.9
3. PARMAKOSKI Krista 1990 FIN +16.7
4. DIGGINS Jessica 1991 USA +54.3
5. TCHEKALEVA Yulia 1984 RUS +1:00.5
Complete results are available HERE.
Distance World Cup Standings
1. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR 233 pts
2. WENG Heidi NOR 229
3. PARMAKOSKI Krista FIN 224
4. BJOERGEN Marit NOR 177
5. TCHEKALEVA Yulia RUS 136
Complete distance standings available HERE.
Overall World Cup Standings
1. WENG Heidi NOR 539
2. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR 469
3. PARMAKOSKI Krista FIN 417
4. BJOERGEN Marit NOR 333
5. NILSSON Stina SWE 286
Complete overall standings available HERE.