To be fair, you can't properly judge ski technique in skiathlons. Because you need boots fitted for both classic and skate, the boots are designed as a happy medium. This means that the ankle flexibility is severely reduced for the classic style, but it's not as stiff for skate.Kokoso said:Don't take me wrong but I think smug grin might be just product of your perception, or imagination. I don't see any. I find him likable.
So maybe Darja's style isn't that efficient, when Tora could outski her?
I'd say Marit is better in skate, last time it was well visible in skiathlon, where Charlotte could only be faster thanks to higher frequency uphill. On the flat it was clear who's superior.
Kalla seems to be the strongest on slight inclines though, where she can utilize her one-skate superbly. I agree with Libertine though about the difference between Marit and Charlotte. It's even clearly seen in the physique of these athletes.