JAN 30, 2017
Bad luck for Atomic’s podium hunter Hanna Falk at the World Cup in her adopted home Falun. In the Skating Sprint competition, the 27-year-old had qualified second for the knockout round, winning her quarter-final with six tenths of a second in the lead before she was abruptly stopped in the semifinals by Jessica Diggins. The American crashed right in front of Hanna so the Swede could no longer evade and had to bury her hopes for her fourth final in a row and finished with eleventh place in the end. The World Cup starter had finished the prior three sprint competitions in third place, and is now in fourth place in the overall sprint ranking. With her colleague Maria Nordström (15th) and the Norwegian Kathrine Rolsted Harsem (17th), two other Atomic athletes landed in the top 20.
In the Distance Race on Sunday of 15 km (classic technique), Marthe Kristoffersen ranked herself 16th, only 28 seconds behind seventh place. The German Victoria Carl was 25.
The cross-country World Cup will be continued this weekend with the Olympic rehearsal in Pyeongchang. A Classic Sprint, a Ski Athlon and a Team Sprint for both men and women are on the agenda.