Krasnaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Norwegian cross country skiers Marit Bjoergen, Maiken Caspersen Falla, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg all advanced Tuesday to the semifinals in the women's sprint free competition.
The top two finishers in each quarterfinal heat advanced to the next round, while a pair of lucky losers were also awarded spots in the semifinals after finishing with the two fastest times of skiers who did not place first or second in their heat.
Falla finished with the quickest time in the quarterfinals, crossing the finish line in 2 minutes, 33.23 seconds, just ahead of Sweden's Stina Nilsson.
Jacobsen and Oestberg won the second and third heats while Bjoergen, who won this event at the Vancouver Olympics and claimed gold in the 15-kilometer skiathlon on Saturday, finished second in the final heat.
American Sophie Caldwell claimed a spot in the semis by finishing second behind Slovakia's Katja Visnar in the fourth heat.
France's Aurore Jean completed the course in 2:35.55 to secure the first lucky loser spot, while Italy's Gaia Vuerich claimed the other with a time of 2:35.65.
American Kikkan Randall fell just short of the second lucky loser spot after crossing the finish line in 2:35.70.