Nordic Programs

Randall 12th in Oslo 30k

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2014-03-09 09:53
 

OSLO, Norway (March 9) – World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) put forth a solid race effort Sunday, earning a career-best 12th in the 30k classic World Cup at Holmenkollen. Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) also posted a career-best 30k result in 14th. Norwegian Marit Bjoergen sped to victory with an astounding one minute, 41-second lead over second-place finisher Therese Johaug of Norway. Next, the cross country athletes head to World Cup Finals in Falun beginning Friday Mar. 14 with classic sprints.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) put forth a solid race effort Sunday, earning a career-best 12th in the 30k classic World Cup at Holmenkollen.
  • Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) also posted a career-best 30k result in 14th, while Liz Stephen (East Montpelier, VT), Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) and Caitlin Gregg (Minneapolis, MN) went 32nd, 35th and 39th respectively.
  • Norwegian Marit Bjoergen sped to victory with an astounding one minute, 41-second lead over second-place finisher Therese Johaug of Norway. It was Bjoergen’s 100th career World Cup podium and the fourth time she has won at her home Holmenkollen venue. Kerttu Niskanen of Finland took the third spot.
  • Next, the cross country athletes head to World Cup Finals in Falun beginning Friday Mar. 14 with classic sprints.
  • The mini-tour in Falun, Sweden also doubles as a test-event for the 2015 World Ski Championships.

QUOTES
Kikkan Randall
Holmenkollen is a super fun place to race. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, out on course knows your name. The cheering is super loud and you just get a sense that you're racing on one of the most historic courses in ski racing.

My classic skiing has been all over the place this season. I’ve had some really good results and some tough ones. It is still something I really need to work on but today's result is encouraging.

Sadie Bjornsen
Today was probably the most fun race of the season. The vibe that Holmenkollen has is very special. With so many fans screaming on every inch of the course, you get to experience one of the most special venues for our sport.

I was really pleased with my race today. I have been struggling to stay healthy these past few months, so I was more than excited to be able to pull together a 30k for one of my best races of the season. 

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