Source: Langrenn.com Translated by Anders Haugen
Here are some comments from the Junior World’s pursuit champions.
Petter Northug Jr. is Norway’s undisputed champion in the oldest junior class. During the junior Norwegian Championships he won every race there was and at Junior Worlds he has started in much the same fashion by winning the pursuit.
In an earlier interview he stated that if he managed to hang with the leaders till the skating portion there would be no one that could hang with him from there. The 19 year old followed up on these comments today.
-They tried to pull away from me several times and I thought a few times I would have to let them go. Luckily I was able to just tough it out and hang with. In the final stretch I got out front and managed to glide in the last 10 meters. It was huge. There might even have been some tears of happiness, says the Norwegian.
World Champion Marte Elden. Photo: Erland Lundby
The Norwegian girls dominated from the start in today’s double pursuit in Rovaniemi. Four among the top six is testimony to this.
-In the classic portion there were four of us Norwegians each with our own track, so everyone else was just forced to ski behind us. In the skate portion there was a Russian who wanted to get up front and pull, this was fine with me. I had no problem staying back and saving energy. When there was two kilometers left I managed to pull away from her. I had great glide so I just pushed it, says Elden.
When she crossed the finish line she was 4.5 seconds ahead of Russia’s Olga Tiagai.
-When I pulled away I felt I had control on taking a medal. The fact that it became a gold is something beyond words. Today was my best chance for doing well and it feels great to have used that chance, says the Norwegian.