The medal riot of the Finnish national team covered everything in the finish area of the Oberstdorf ski stadium.
Sweden won the women's double message, Norway celebrated the victory of the men's competition somewhere, but the gold festival was left at the feet of a loud Finnish fuss.
- Dear guys, the voice of 193-cent national team coach Mikko Virtanen roared at the top when Joni Mäki had crossed the finish line after Norwegian anchor Johannes Hösflot Kläbo.
Mäki was second in Finland in the wake of Norway. Photo: Emmi Korhonen / Lehtikuva
Mäki and Hakola (right) celebrate World Championship silver in the finish. Photo: KAI PFAFFENBACH / Reuters
Heroes were congratulated in the finish area. Photo: Emmi Korhonen / Lehtikuva
The Finnish shouts of joy continued as the medal duo toured the congratulatory area from one congratulatory lap to another.
- This is a big deal for the whole team, Virtanen assured the Finnish media a moment later.
- Even with this medal, the coach can easily increase by 10-20 cents more in length.
The joy of coaching was increased by the fact that the competition progressed largely as the Finns had predicted.
Hakola survived with his share of Lucas Chanavat of France and Francesco de Fabian of Italy, and Mäki attacked Russian anchor Gleb Retiv in Kläbo's suction.
Iivo Niskanen rushed against the silver heroes. Photo: Emmi Korhonen / Lehtikuva
Kläbo escaped to gold, but Mäki passed Russia.
- A little had to jump and roar over that hill.
Even such a calmer man got excited when the men got a long-chased team medal, head coach Teemu Pasanen told about his mood.
The drama was underlined by the fact that the duo had to be eliminated from the final when Mäki crashed in the last leg of the first round.
- It just happened to me.
Apparently something hit Joni's rod when it came in a strange position and in front of his own ski, Pasanen said of the stumbling.
- Joni's skiing had looked good until then.
Coldly and quickly, he took care of the crash as well as the team’s time comparison.
Head coach Teemu Pasanen aired Finland's great success. Photo: Emmi Korhonen / Lehtikuva
The medal required success for the entire team.
The coaching anticipated the development of the competition well, the maintenance did top-class work again, and the soft track was an advantage for the Finns.
- The game book was successful, because we had an idea of how this competition would develop, Pasanen stated.
- The luck must also be in place.
Now, fortunately, Retivih was a little loose, and Kläbon was forced to catch him.
And we knew Joni was strong at the end of the race.
Olympic winner Iivo Niskanen also took part in the Finnish medal riot, congratulating the medal duo in the interview area.
After that, Niskanen was left waiting for Mäki and Hakola with a hair clipper.
You know what's happening now, Niskanen shouted when Mäki showed up.
Niskanen arrived at the party with a hair clipper in his hand. Photo: Emmi Korhonen / Lehtikuva
The threat frightened Mäki with a sharp push towards the service area, and he was rescued from the running leg for at least a moment by Niskane and the mower.
Hakola said a little earlier that he had asked Niskanen, who had cut his own hair out, for mercy.
Hakolaki was still holding his hair.