(Planica, Slovenia) After six podiums in 10 km classic competitions Finland's Krista Parmakoski has finally got her win with a victory in the 10 km classic event in Planica, Slovenia. Parmakoski trailed Sweden's Charlotte Kalla by 1.0 seconds at 6.9 km and 0.9 seconds at 8.9 km but at the finish line it was a 3.6 second margin of victory. In third place was the Overall World Cup leader Heidi Weng of Norway +33.5. Austria's Teresa Stadlober put in another impressive performance in 4th place just 4.5 seconds off the podium. She was followed in 5th by the Swedish youngster Ebba Andersson +48.6 behind Parmakoski.
Heidi Weng NOR
It was a tough race but I had fun racing it. The profile didn't suit me with the long gradual hills. My plan was to start slower and then speed up. I tried my best and to push over the top of the hills. Its good to be on the podium with the other ladies today
Charlotte Kalla SWE
It was a great race. It's nice to be back on World Cup. It was exciting to have the battle with Krista today and for sure I would like to have won but it's also nice to see her get her first win. I will go to Seiser Alm now to get ready for Korea.
Krista Parmakoski FIN
We had a training camp here in the summer and when I saw the competition tracks here I said to my coach that I will have a good race in Planica this winter. It has happened and it feels great to finally have my first win. I wanted to get faster as the race went and when I saw that I was battling with Charlotte I really pushed hard over the final kilometer.
LADIES 10 km Classic
1. PARMAKOSKI Krista 1990 FIN 27:08.7
2. KALLA Charlotte 1987 SWE +3.6
3. WENG Heidi 1991 NOR +33.5
4. STADLOBER Teresa 1993 AUT +39.0
5. ANDERSSON Ebba 1997 SWE +48.6
OVERALL WORLD CUP STANDINGS
1. WENG Heidi NOR 1254 pts
2. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR 1087
3. DIGGINS Jessica USA 852