JAN 15, 2018
Perfect timing! The closer the Olympic cross-country competitions get, the more the Redster Nordic unit is gaining momentum. After Simen Hegstad Krueger’s win in Toblach Hanna Falk is now also showing top form and won the skating sprint in Dresden. With the world-record as it were for the longest patience in World Cup history.
Otepää 2010, Dresden 2018: Eight podium places in eight years and also a long lean period without a win in between. 2,918 days to be exact. No other cross-country skier has managed to get back onto the top of the podium after such a long time. That is until Hanna Falk. In front of 30 fans from her hometown of Urlicehamm the 28 year old managed to qualify after nearly a one month break from the World-Cup. “My friends helped me a lot. I slightly lost my focus in the semi-final.” Actually Hanna Falk only managed to get into the final as a lucky loser via the time rules. But then everything went smoothly for the Swede, as two team colleagues collided behind her. In the end Hanna Falk sprinted over the finishing line 23 hundredths in the lead, securing her 3rd World Cup win and the second one for Atomic this winter. This will surely put her back into the extended favourites for Pyeongchang, even if the sprint will be in classic style. That Hanna’s in great shape, worthy of the Olympics, she also proved in the team sprint, where she came in second with Stina Nilsson at her side and just missed the next win by 16 hundredths of a second.
The strongest Norwegians didn’t start in Dresden, as they were busy with their national championships in Vang. The Redster aces shone there again with one Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively: Simen Hegstad Krueger came 1st in the 15 km skating 33 seconds in the lead; Kathrine Rolsted Harsem came in second in the classic sprint just ahead of Silje Oeyre Slind.
The Atomic aces just missed the podium in the Ski Classic long distance race. In the 60 km mass start in Seefeld, also known as the Kaiser-Maximilan-Race, Emil Vokuev (RUS) won the sprint from a 10 man pursuit group, came in fourth and now leads the youth men ranking, Anders Moelmen Hoest NOR) came in three seconds behind in 13th place.