STRONG PERFORMANCE COUPLED WITH SOME BAD LUCK
Redster poster child Falk had qualified as fourth out of 107 athletes for the knockout rounds and had moved to the finals with some effort, to be defeated at the end by 15 hundredths in the forceful final sprint. The 27-year-old Swedish lady fell a bit behind expectations over the 10km in Classic. Kathrine Rolsted Harsem (NOR) achieved rank 13 in the Sprint after a seventh best time in the qualifications.
U23 world champion and Redster future hope Victoria Carl was struck by bad luck in the Skiathlon over 2 x 7.5 km in the Classical and Freestyle Technique. The 21-year-old German fell after only a few hundred meters breaking her pole. Relegated to rank 39, she started a great catch-up hunt and catapulted herself to rank 15 with the eighth best skating time.