python said:perhaps it's few hours too early to tell...marit bjørgen certainly did not look at her best. as for northug, i thought he placed as expected in a short time trial and is still very much a contender. finnish girls were impressive as were russian men. emil looked good too.
a slight surprise was randall's lack of speed but she's not a classic lover...
My gut feeling is that the USA had vaxing problems. IIRC Randall is great in double polling. Her weakness is in diagonal.
The Norwegian commentators were nervous about Emils nerves. He was not as relaxed as he is in regular races.
Most of the Norwegian girls said they handled the start of the hill badly. All except Falla. So I'm not too bothered about Marit not placing higher in the prologue.
I think this still looks open for both genders. The course seems to be well suited to the specialist sprinters as well as the others.