You should ask Gustav Bergmann for an opinion about going your own way on the last long leg. I wonder if the course planner saw his route choice as a possible option when setting the leg!
I couldn't quite work out what Gustav was trying to do - he seemed to change his mind mid-leg (maybe the green was worse than mapped?), then there seemed to be no plausible reason why you'd contour along the slope rather than run through the yellow on top of the spur.
Didn't see the Carter-Davies route as an option at the time, but in hindsight I think it's a realistic option if you execute properly, and if road/track running speed is your relative strength.
I've got a certain amount of practice with creative thinking towards the back end of mass start/relay races, because of my weakness in a sprint finish.
Yep was awesome to watch online, probably the best relay course setting I’ve seen I reckon. The splitting spreading to the 3 gullies over the hill was fantastic!!
I was surprised by how many good orienteers got sucked in to following the wrong pack. The splitting out of control 4 - in the womens 1st leg most of the teams with the E split just blindly followed the pack towards D! All you had to do was leave 4 either to the left or the right of the lake/pond and probably 10 runners were unable to execute what was a blindly obvious route choice out of the control. Shows the pressure of a relay.
There were a couple of MPs in the MTBO relay from riders also blindly following and not checking control codes. The first leg Japanese rider managed to do it twice.
And to add to the excitement there were actually nine teams more or less together before the final route choice leg. Gustav Bergman was only 27 seconds behind the lead at that point before executing his somewhat creative route through the green slope.
He explained later that he took a chance since he knew he wouldn´t be able to outsprint eight teams for the gold. He ended up losing 2½ minutes but he may not have been strong enough even for a podium finish unless he had taken Daehlis route.