The Swedish trio of Maja Dahlqvist, Lin Svan and Johanna Hagström ended up in the positions behind the Norwegian winner.
– She was very funny. It's been a long time since I've been at the top now, so it's been fun, she told Viaplay after the win.
I blew a kiss to the Swedes as I crossed the finish line.
– I thought it was nice. “It came in the heat of the game,” the 25-year-old continued.
The final field was exceptionally slow on the course. It suited Stavås Skistad's good running skills perfectly.
– You've got the service, commented Viaplay commentator Jurgen Klemm.
– It solved the problem perfectly, exclaimed Viaplay commentator Niklas Dierhaug.
Tiril Udnes Weng ended up in last place in the final qualifiers. World Cup leader Jessie Diggins finished fifth.
Linn Svahn has been dominant in the sprint this season. The 24-year-old had reeled off four successive World Cup wins heading into Saturday's competition.
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Apart from Svahn, only Stavås Skistad has won the freestyle race in the World Cup this season. On Saturday, she achieved her second victory.
Stavås Skistad is the only Norwegian women's cross country player to win the World Cup this season.
All Norwegians do too
All the Norwegian women came from the front. However, Anne-Kirstie Calva, Lotta Odnes Wong and Heidi Wong failed in the quarter-finals.
Mathilde Myhrvold was unable to reach the finals and was eliminated in the semi-finals. Norway thus had two athletes in the final.
On Sunday, the cross-country competition will feature a combined start over 20 kilometers in classic style.
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