The kick-off of the Cross-Country season took place in Gällivare (SWE). Norway I (Skofterud, Johaug, Hagen, Bjoergen) won the women's 4x5km relay. Sweden I (Ingemarsdotter, Bleckur, Larsen, Kalla) took the second place and team USA (Brooks, Randall, Stephen, Diggins) signed the first women’s relay podium for the country. It’s the Fifth victory for team Norway I in the relays in Gällivare (2004. 2006, 2008, 2010).
1 - Norway I: Martine Ek Hagen, first World Cup podium
2 - Sweden I: Ida Ingemarsdotter
3 - USA : Liz Stephens, first World Cup podium
Liz Stephens (USA):"I have always looked at the TV and seen people crying after big races. I didn't understand that feeling until today.”
As the girls, Norway I won the 4x7.5 km relay with Roenning, Sundby, Roethe and Northug Jr. After a sprint finish Sweden I (Joensson, Olsson, Richardsson, Hellner) took second place ahead of Russia I (Belov, Vylegzhanin, Legkov, Chernousov).
1 - Norway I: Eldar Roenning
3 – Russia I: Ilya Chernousov and Alexander Legkov
Eldar Roenning (NOR): “I was ill last week and could not compete at the national opening in Beitostoelen. I am happy I was in a good shape at the first World Cup of the season. We did a great job on the first three legs and for the first time since a long time Petter (Northug) did not have to sprint for the victory. “
llya Chernousov (RUS):“It's really important for us to be in the top three. Everybody did a good job. For me it was quite hard today, I didn't feel fresh. I tried to do my best but Marcus was stronger. Congratulations to Sweden.”
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