Tandrevold Anchors Norway to Women’s Relay Victory

Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold’s perfect shooting highlighted her anchor leg that brought the Norwegian women their first relay victory of the season, taking the Ruhpolding women’s 4 X 6 km competition in 1:08:17.2. Tandrevold and teammate Karoline Offigstad Knotten, Ragnhild Femsteinevik and Marte Olsbu Roeiseland used six spare rounds in a win keyed by Olsbu Roeiseland’s leg that put the Norwegians in the lead.

„Unglaublicher Teamgeist“

Tandrevold war glücklich, dass sie nach Rang drei in Kontiolahti und fünf in Hochfilzen ihre Teamkameradinnen ganz oben aufs Treppchen hatte führen können. „Ich bin so froh, nach dem zweiten Platz in Kontiolahti nun ganz oben zu stehen. Das ist fantastisch. Das ganze Team hatte tolle Skier und einen unglaublichen Teamgeist. Die Trainer haben uns zugejubelt. Es war ein perfekter Tag.“

„Selbst die Deutschen haben mich angefeuert“

Über die Zuschauermassen in der Chiemgau Arena sagte sie: „Es war fantastisch. Ich habe alle norwegischen Fans gehört und es fühlte sich so an, als würden selbst die Deutschen mich anfeuern. Es war ein unglaubliches Gefühl. Ich wusste, meine Mutter und mein Vater waren im Stadion. Ich habe ihre Freude fast gehört!“

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“Good energy makes for good racing”

Regarding the Norwegian team spirit, leadoff leg Knotten added “We have always said we win together, and we lose together. Now we have the whole team together and tried to get as many waxmen and coaches to join us. It is going to be like this in the next relay; it is working…Good energy makes for good racing.”

Germany, with ten spares, came back from 12th at the first exchange to finish second, 15.3 seconds back. Italy, with the best shooting of the day, just four spare rounds, finished third, 33.5 seconds back.

Switzerland with a brilliant anchor leg by Lena Haecki-Gross, finished in a season best fourth place with ten spares, 36.3 seconds back. Czech Republic, with seven spares finished fifth, 57.6 seconds back. France, after leading for the first half of the competition, finished sixth, with two penalties and nine spares, 1:20.9 back.

Jeanmonnot Puts France in Front

The nineteen women’s relay teams faced a repeat of yesterday: a warm 4C, overcast skies, some wind on the shooting range and a raucous 15,000-person strong crowd cheering them on. Eight teams led by Norway cruised through the first prone stage unscathed, separated by just 10 seconds. Amy Baserga, Lou Jeanmonnot, Knotten and Austrian Dunja Zdouc all cleaned standing simultaneously, heading out of the range in a pack, almost 10 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Jeanmonnot pulled away from the field, tagging Chloe Chevalier 4.5 seconds ahead of Aita Gasparin and another 10 seconds before Norway. Chevalier cleaned in five shots and was gone before anyone else fired a single shot. Lisa Vittozzi matched, leaving 28 seconds with Gasparin and Femsteinevik third and fourth. Chevalier was fast and clean again in standing; Vittozzi needed two spares to clean, putting her 30.5 seconds back.

Voigt, from 12th to 4th

Second leg Vanessa Voigt’s two clean stages jumped Germany up from 12th to fourth, prompting her to say, “I am really happy with my performance in the track and also in the shooting range. It was such a great race. My starting position was not the best one, but I tried to focus on myself, push really hard from the first meters.”

French Lead Disappears

Chevalier gave Sophie Chauveau a comfortable 27-second lead over Italy at the exchange; Norway and Germany trailed at 46.8 and 57.2 seconds back. The big French lead disappeared with three spare rounds; Olsbu Roeiseland shot clean in prone, moving to 1.8 seconds back, quickly taking the lead before the standing stage where she shot blazingly fast and clean. Rebecca Passler also cleaned, moving Italy into second.

Olsbu Roeiseland added to the lead over her last 2 km loop, tagging Tandrevold 29.2 seconds ahead of Wierer and 39.7 seconds before Herrmann-Wick after Sophia Schneider’s comeback last loop.

Die alte Marte

Olsbu Roeiseland freute sich, wieder ganz die alte Marte zu sein. Sie schaute ihre Medaille an und sagte: „Ich sollte sie jetzt jeden Tag tragen. Ich bin überglücklich… Ich fühle mich wieder wie ich selbst. Es war schwierig, erst in Pokljuka in die Saison zu starten. Die 15 km (diese Woche) waren etwas besser und heute lief es super. Wie in alten Zeiten. Es hat Spaß gemacht, im Team zu laufen… Heute war es eine Teamleistung. Damit meine ich nicht nur die Athletinnen, sondern auch die Trainer und die Wachstechniker… Es war ein toller Tag für Norwegen.“

Anchor leg Tandrevold blew through her prone targets. Wierer did the same, retaining second 34 seconds back. Herrmann-Wick used a spare, losing 10 seconds to Wierer. Tandrevold’s big smile told it all when she went to 10-for-10, cementing the Norwegian victory. Wierer and her German rival both used a spare round with the Italian leaving 1.5 seconds ahead of the devastatingly fast Herrmann-Wick, who promptly buried Wierer, settling into second, a dozen seconds ahead of the Italian.

“Did it in front of our home crowd”

Herrmann-Wick called the competition, and her battle with the fast-shooting Italian, “an amazing fight, especially with Doro. When you are together with her on the shooting range; most of that time you are not looking so good against her. The girls in front of me did a great job and put me in touch of the other relays…We did it in front of our home crowd which is amazing.”

Tandrevold did her little finish line jump, celebrating the win; Germany and Italy followed in second and third.

Photos: IBU/Christian Manzoni, Igor Stančík

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