The sprint specialist Kahtrine Rolsted Harsem delivered the best performance. The 28 year old came in 8th in the qualifying, didn’t leave anything to chance in the quarter and semi-finals where she came in second place for the classic technique, to finish 5th in the final only 3.5 seconds down. With her third best result in her career Harsem left all the other Norwegian favourites behind her, who mostly failed to make it through the qualifying rounds. Hanna Falk, the Redster sure bet for success last season, came in 2nd place in the qualifying round and proved she is in great shape early in the season. But then she was unlucky in the quarter final heat where she came in third and then had to be content with 13th place.