Sweden took the victory

21 November 2009 23:00

Sweden took the victory

In the 4 x 5 km ladies competition, the Swedish team with Anna Olsson, Sara Lindborg, Anna Haag and Charlotte Kalla took the victory 16,7 seconds ahead of the favourites from Norway I (Vibeke Skofterud, Therese Johaug, Kristin Steira and Marit Bjoergen). The third place went to Finland (Pirjo Muranen, Virpi Kuitunen, Riitta-Liisa Roponen and Aino Kaisa Saarinen) with a gap of 22 seconds to the winning team. 

It was an exciting competition in ideal winter conditionn with fresh snow. On the last round, the top three teams were very close together but then Charlotte Kalla attacked and managed to make a gap to Norway and Finland.

For the Swedish ladies it was since February 2007 in Davos the first victory in the World Cup relay.

Anna Haag (SWE):
"It has been a great weekend for me. Yesterday third and today on the top. A relay victory is always something special and I'm just really, really happy. It is as well a good sign that we all trained well this summer and that we are on the right way to the Olympic 2010. Now we are going back this evening for the first time with our new airplane, the "Ski Force Nr. 1". We will be already at 19.00h in Oestersund and can have a great relaxing time before the next World Cup.

Kristin Steira (NOR):
"To be here in Beitostoelen on the podiums is always good. We are happy to finish on the second place and could show that we are in shape. For me, I felt very good during the race and have as well to say that the course was in a good condition. I'm looking forward to the next races."

Virpi Kuitunen (FIN):
"We are statisfied with our results here in the relay. It was good to breath the World Cup air again. Yesterday was a normal skating race for me where I have mostly some difficulties and today it was a good race. I'm looking forward to the World Cup in Kuusamo where I would liket to fight for the victory."