Norway has become accustomed to success in the great country of skiing.
Norwegian athletes have already won 17 medals in all sports, including all sports, at the current World Championships in Oberstdorf.
There are eight medals for cross-country skiers alone - and more can be expected with good reason.
Medal expectations are high in Norway on virtually every World Championship ski trip.
That’s why Sunday’s women’s pair sprint offered a little surprise: Norwegian duo Tiril Udnes Weng and Maiken Caspersen’s Falla finished “only” sixth in the final.
It was enough to describe the performance of Norwegian women as a fiasco in Aftonbladet and a failure in the VG, for example.
Maiken Caspersen Falla, for his part, drew his own conclusions from sixth place and ended up apologizing to the Norwegian people.
- It was a nightmare.
I apologize to Norway, Caspersen Falla, 30, said Aftonbladet in an interview.
Caspersen Falla won a personal silver sprint in Oberstdorf.
He said, however, he would have preferred to have achieved success from the pair print.
According to Caspersen Falla, Sunday's race was very difficult for him.
According to Norwegian VG ski expert Mikael Gunnulfsen, it was Caspersen's Falla who was the Norwegian team's "weak link" in the pair sprint.
Maiken Caspersen’s Falla achieved a personal silver sprint from Oberstdorf.
However, after a difficult pair sprint, he decided to suspend the competition and return to Norway. Photo: Odd Andersen / AFP / Lehtikuva
As a result of the “fiasco” in sixth place, the Norwegian star decided to suspend the World Cup on his own behalf and travel back to Norway now.
So he is not with the Norwegian team, for example, in Thursday's post.
- There are others who deserve a place (on the messaging team).
I sit in front of the TV, Caspersen Falla commenting on his decision.
The Finnish couple Krista Pärmäkoski – Jasmi Joensuu placed seventh behind Norway in the pair sprint.
The World Championship went to Sweden for Maja Dahlqvist and Jonna Sundling.
Swiss Laurien van der Graaff and Nadine Fähndrich took a surprise silver and a bronze letter from Slovenia's Eva Urevc and Anamarija Lampic.
In the men’s doubles sprint, Norway took over as Erik Valnes and Johannes Hösflot Kläbo poked gold.
Suomen Ristomatti Hakola and Joni Mäki took joyful silver before Aleksandr Bolshunov and Gleb Retivyh from Russia.
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