微博果粒missHaga of Norway crowned in women's 10km cross
"I have trained a lot on the 10km free this year and I got a feeling that I had a good start in terms of speed. I know I have to do better than I have previously to follow the others from the start. I got feedback during the race that said I had not dropped to many seconds and I had not used too much energy, and I felt it could be a good one. But I was frightened of Kalla on the last round, "added Haga.
Parmakoski said: "Marit is one of my idols when I was a young girl, so it's nice to be fighting together with her, it's a feeling that is so amazing."
Norway's legendary skier Mart Bjoergen and Krista Parmakoski of Finland tied for third with 25 minutes and 32.4 seconds.
PYEONGCHANG, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Ragnhild Haga of Norway snatched the gold of the women's 10km cross-country free skiing of 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia cross-country center here on Thursday.
The 37-year-old Bjoergen has won 12 Winter Olympic medals, moving her into a tie with compatriot Bjoern Daehlie for the most Olympic cross-country medals of all-time. She is one medal shy of matching the all-time record of 13, held by Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.
Haga clocked a time of 25 minutes and 00.5 seconds for her first Olympic gold, while Sweden's Charlotte Kalla won her second medal at the Winter Olympics by finishing second in 25:20.8.
Ragnhild Haga from Norway crosses finishing line of women's 10KM free event of country skiing at Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre, PyeongChang, South Korea, Feb. 15, 2018. Ragnhild Haga claimed champion in a time of 25:00.5. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)
Haga said: "When I started the last downhill, I was thinking that it is the most important course of my career. I gave it all I had because I feared that Kalla would go even faster in the end of her race. The way that I grabbed this opportunity. Sure, I am very pleased with myself."微博果粒miss