Winning the race? Krehl is a sprinter and Veronika let her go out and picked her off. This is a fairly easy course and she is a 5km specialist - it's not dissimilar to the job she did in Lillehammer. For Germany the legs were too short for three legs and too long for the last one, but that's the decision you have to make in picking the team.What is Stepanova doing???
What a pity for Krista. She should have attacked or at least pushed the pace at some point. Sundling survived the last 1,5km. I thought she’d have a harder time.
Wow the Germans have rockets unser their feet.
I absolutely don't get the finnish lineup. The course was not hard enough to come back. They should have put the two classic queens where they belong. That would have brought them a medal at least.
Now we will have to read and listen to another cascade of Schlickenrieder interviews for at least another four years.
"This is why we need shorter and flatter races, not more traditional stuff"Now we will have to read and listen to another cascade of Schlickenrieder interviews for at least another four years.
Easy 2x2.5km relay courses don't really work for Johaug. In addition I think she was feeling the effects of the previous races, and also started a tiny bit too fast. I'm pretty sure the Norwegian skis were more than decent. Good race by the rest, without the fall they probably would have taken a medal.There skis can't have been great either. As Johaug did very little.
Bad call from Finland to put Niskanen in the third leg, if she had been in the second leg they coumd have been with Germany in the second exchange and the third athlete would probably have still put Parmakoski at better position.
Germany's silver was impressive even with their great skis but Stepanova was brilliant in the end. The only team that could have beaten Russia today was Norway if they had Weng but although Norway actually did a decent race but with Tiril Weng and Haga both in the relay the medals were very difficult (I really don't think Tiril's fall cost them a medal).
I hope Finland goes with Niskanen-Parmakoski, Germany with Henning and Carl and Norway with Johaug in the team sprint. It should make for a very exciting race.