JAN 22, 2018
The Redster Nordic line up for Pyeongchang is getting into even better shape. Particularly impressive is the quality. After Simen Hegstad Krueger (winner in Toblach), Hanna Falk (winner in Dresden), Kathrine Rolsted Harsem is now also under suspicion of being a possible “medal winner” after her 2nd place in the classic sprint in Planica.
After her win at the Norwegian championships the 28 year old Norwegian came to Slovenia with lots of self-confidence. After 2nd place in the quarter final (11 hundredths behind team colleague Hanna Falk) and a convincing win in the semi-final, she qualified for the 4th time in her career for the final. But different to previous races she dictated the pace from the front, overpowered her national colleague Caspersen Falla at the finish and came in 1.27 seconds down in 2nd place, her first World Cup podium place. “After all the ups and downs in my career this was an unbelievable, very emotional moment for me. The feeling after winning the qualifying, of actually being able to win, was completely new to me and it’s changed my attitude and will give me the final boost I need for the Olympics” Harsem shed a few tears of happiness. Spurred on by the sprint coup, she delivered a strong performance over the 10 km skating event, despite having to pay the price for her high speed at the beginning (2nd after 1.9km), but still managed a strong 9th place.
Hanna Falk had to be content with 4th place in the sprint in the slower semi-final and came in eighth. In the 10 km classic the Swede came in 18th behind her compatriot Emma Wiken (15th), as the third-best Redster athlete. In the men’s sprint Sondre Turvoll Fossli, who came in 6th twice this winter, was unlucky with a collision in the semi-final and was classified as 12th. Over 15km classic Andreas Katz managed to get his best World Cup placing in the last two years. The key to his success: optimum pacing throughout the race, which led the German from 22nd place at the half-way mark to 14th place.
In the ski classic races the Atomic aces were also close to the front. In the traditional La Diagonela, which could be held for the first time on the 65 km long original course with the start and finish in Zuoz (SUI), Anders Moelmen Hoest (NOR) came in 8th and Emil Vokuev (RUS) was 12th. At the Biathlon World Cup in Antholz Benjamin Weger (SUI) missed the Top 10 by only three seconds after three misses and came in 13th place on the 15 km mass start.