JAN 29, 2018
In the last World Cup races before the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang the Redster Nordic unit confirmed their high performance from the last few weeks. Especially the Sprint ladies Rolsted Harsem (NOR) and Soemskar (SWE) inspired with their 4th and 5th place performance in Seefeld. The podium places should follow in South Korea in February.
In the absence of Hanna Falk (SWE), the winner in Dresden, the Redster athletes delivered a really strong performance in the skating sprint at the venue for the World Championships in 2019. Eight athletes survived the qualifying, five of them got into the top 16; and two of them managed it into the final, Kathrine Rolsted Harsem, who came in a great second place in Planica recently and the surprise finalist Linn Soemskar. The Swede won her quarter final completely unexpectedly and was one of the “lucky losers” in the semi-final who then moved into the final, where she managed fifth place. Her second best World Cup result since Toblach (4th) in 2015. Only one place down on Kathrine Rolsted Harsem, who in 4th place, impressively confirmed her great result in Planica. After the semi-final she won, in the end she was only 1.34 seconds off the winning time. With Tiril Udnes Weng (NOR), who produced her best World Cup result in 11th place, and Victoria Carl (GER / 12th) another two Redster cross-country athletes also managed to reach the semi-final.
In the Men’s sprint Sondre Turvoll Fossli was unlucky. Norwegian’s champion had to admit defeat to two subsequent finalists in a competitive quarter final, missed the last 12 by only two tenths of a second and came in 15th place. In the 15 km skating mass start Toblach winner Simen Hegstad Krueger also showed his Olympic winning form and came in a strong 6th place 7.7 seconds down on the winner Cologna. The Frenchman Damien Tarantola (26) delivered his second best World Cup result to-date in 21st place, only 6 seconds down on the Top 10. In the Ladies (10 km skating / mass start) Maria Nordstroem (SWE) was 17th.
In the ski classics in Val di Fiemme Emil Vokuev also achieved a top ranking. Over the 70 km classic in Marcialonga the 25 year old Russian came in 7th, only 22.6 seconds down on the winning time. At the Steiralauf in Bad Mittendorf the Atomic athlete Matthias Fugger (26) won the 50 km skating after 2 hrs 52 seconds (2:00:52) with a 12.4 second lead.