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Østberg, Krogh Lead Norwegian Sweep in Davos Sprint

Ingvild Østberg dominated Sunday’s World Cup freestyle sprint in Davos, Switzerland to lead Norway in a podium sweep. In her first win of the season, Østberg placed first in the qualifier and often led her heats by large margins. Ultimately she crossed the finish line of the women’s final with a time of 2:33.72. In second was Maiken Falla, who was the only finisher close to Østberg, finishing 0.57 seconds back. Celine Brun-Lie claimed third after losing a pole in the semifinal round. She finished 2.37 seconds behind Østberg.

Norwegians Marit Bjørgen (+3.16) and Heidi Weng (+3.79) placed fifth and sixth, while Stina Nilsson (+11.0) of Sweden finished sixth after losing her pole.

Three American’s raced in the quarterfinals, with Ida Sargent eventually finishing in 16th, Kikkan Randall in 20th, and Sophie Caldwell in 22nd.

Much like Østberg, Finn Krogh seemed untouchable in the men’s freestyle sprint. Throughout the day, the Norwegian’s only competition came from Federico Pellegrino, but after the Italian stumbled in the semifinals Krogh had a clear path to the win. In the final, the sprint leader crossed the line with a time of 2:18.16. Completing the Norwegian sweep were Anders Gløersen (+0.62) and Eirik Brandsdal (+1.07).

Alexey Petukhov of Russia was fourth (+1.35), Calle Halfvarsson of Sweden was fifth (+2.06), and Tomas Northug was sixth (+2.29).

The top North American finish of the day come from the Canada’s Lenny Valjas who finished 13th after qualifying 10th. USST’s Andy Newell was the only other North American to make the heats and ended his day in 15th.

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Sundby Bumps Tønseth by 6.6 Seconds for Davos 15 k Classic Win

Didrik Tønseth probably felt pretty good about himself after bumping Switzerland’s Dario Cologna from the leader’s chair on Saturday in the 15-kilometer classic individual start at the Davos World Cup. He might not have been the Swiss fans’ favorite at the time, but it was quite a feat to top Cologna by 0.7 seconds. At the same time, Tønseth probably knew what was coming — his Norwegian teammate Martin Johnsrud Sundby, who ended up topping him by 6.6 seconds for his sixth individual World Cup win in 39:39.7. “My plan was to ski 3 even laps. I tried to keep the same pace,” Tønseth told FIS after the race. “I thought that the course here would not fit me because I like steeper uphills. Last year I also started last season strong, but after the Christmas it was not good. I hope I can keep the good shape until the World…

Johaug Destroys Field in Davos 10 k Classic, Bjørgen 42 Seconds Back

Therese Johaug did it again, beating Norwegian teammate Marit Bjørgen by more than 42 seconds — 42.5 to be exact — in the women’s World Cup 10-kilometer classic individual start on Saturday in Davos, Switzerland. Johaug started a minute ahead of Bjørgen and consistently posted the fastest times through each passing checkpoint on the two-lap course. At 2 k, Bjørgen was just over a second back in second, and by 5 k, she was 11 seconds down to Johaug. That gap grew to 20 seconds by 7.8 k, and over the last two kilometers, Johaug hammered for the win in 28:30.8. Finland’s Kerttu Niskanen placed third, 58.5 seconds behind Johaug, and Sweden’s Anna Haag was 8.6 seconds off the podium in fourth. Sweden took fifth as well with Sofia Bleckur (+1:16.4), Norway’s Heidi Weng was sixth (+1:21), and Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk finished 0.7 seconds after Weng in seventh. Finland’s Anne…

La Clusaz World Cup Canceled, Search For Replacement Ongoing

The FIS Cross Country World Cup competitions scheduled for December 20th and 21st in La Clusaz, France, have been canceled due to lack of snow. FIS released a statement saying that they are searching for another venue to host the weekend of racing, and will issue a decision by the end of the workday on Saturday, December 13th. Like most of central Europe, French ski resorts are generally struggling to hold snow and open trails. The Southern Alps have the most snow.

Bjørgen, Sundby Earn Lillehammer Mini Tour Titles After 10/15 k Pursuit

Martin Sundby of Norway executed what appeared to be a flawless plan in Sunday’s 15 k classic pursuit in Lillehammer, Norway. Starting with a 20-second deficit on fellow Norwegian Finn Krogh, Sundby held back in the first lap of the race. Making his move, the 2014 Overall World Cup Champion caught Krogh and ultimately passed him to win the final stage of the Lillehammer World Cup mini tour with a time of 39:48.2. Krogh who attempted to stay with Sundby for much of the last two thirds of the race, finished second (+16.6). Three more Norwegians claimed third through fifth with Sjur Røthe (+36.5), Pål Golberg (+37.5), and Dedrik Tønseth (+43.7) finishing within 10 seconds of each other. Tønseth earned the fastest time of the day. Canadian Alex Harvey was the top North American finisher in 10th, with teammate Ivan Babikov placing 29th after both skiers clocked the seventh and 10th…

Norway Sweeps Podium in Lillehammer 10 k freestyle

Martin Sundby demonstrated that he’s in the hunt for his second World Cup overall title with a win in Saturday’s 10 k freestyle individual start in Lillehammer, Norway. With a time of 22:55.8 Sundby finished ahead of teammates Finn Krogh (+2.2) and Sjur Rothe (+6.4) to make it a Norwegian sweep on the podium. Alex Harvey was the first North American in 33rd and finished 54.6 seconds back from Sundby. Teammates Ivan Babikov, Len Valjas, and Devon Kershaw followed in 43rd, 57th and 58th positions. Other Canadians who raced Saturday were Jessie Cockney in 77th and Graeme Killick in 94th. Erik Bornsen was the top US men’s finisher, placing 51st and finishing 1:13.2 back from the lead. Simi Hamilton, Andy Newell, and Reese Hanneman trailed their teammate, placing 74th, 103rd, and 108th. Saturday’s race marks the second of three races in the Lillehammer World Cup mini tour. After yesterday’s sprint…

Johaug Bests Bjørgen by 0.3 Seconds; Norway Takes 6 of Top 7

Therese Johaug pulled out a 0.3-second win over Norwegian teammate Marit Bjørgen on Saturday in the second day of the Lillehammer World Cup mini tour in Norway. Johaug posted the winning time of 12:33.7, and another, Norwegian Heidi Weng, was 10.9 seconds back in third for the second-straight day to put her in second behind Bjørgen in the mini-tour standings. Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla missed the podium by just 0.4 seconds in fourth on Saturday, and Norway occupied six of the top seven. While Weng currently trails Bjørgen by 19.9 seconds, Johaug improved from 14th to third, 32.1 seconds off the lead heading into Sunday’s final 10 k classic pursuit. Johaug won last week’s 10 k classic by 42 seconds over Bjørgen. “It was very close between me and Marit,” Johaug told FIS after Saturday’s 5 k. “I was nervous sitting in the leader’s chair. Last weekend I had one of my best performances in…

Norway Gets Back-to-Back Lillehammer Sprint Wins with Bjørgen, Golberg

At least Pål Golberg‘s victory in the men’s 1.5-kilometer freestyle sprint on Friday was a little bit of a nail biter. The 24-year-old Norwegian sat tight and timed his attack perfectly to overtake and outsprint Russia’s Alexey Petukhov and Norway’s Finn Hågen Krogh before the finish of the World Cup final in Lillehammer, Norway. Skiing in the back three until the final massive climb up toward the stadium, Golberg and the chase group caught the leaders by the base, where Golberg rode his momentum and attacked through the top to move to second behind Krogh. He ended up holding off Petukhov and nipping Krogh for the win in 3:20.51. Petukhov was second, 0.24 seconds back, and Krogh settled for third, just five-hundredths of a second behind the Russian. Finland’s Juho Mikkonen charged hard late for fourth (+0.56), and Canada’s Alex Harvey slipped from third on the last climb to fifth at the finish (+1.13)….

Bjørgen and Ustiugov on Top in Lillehammer Qualifier

Norway claimed the five top qualification spots in Friday’s freestyle sprint in Lillehammer, Norway. Not only that, 13 of the nation’s skiers placed in the top 30, meaning that anyone watching today’s sprint finals will be seeing a lot of red. Marit Bjørgen won the women’s qualifier with a time of 2:57.5. She was followed by teammates Igvild Østberg (+2.08) and Maiken Falla (+2.62) in second and third. Rounding out the top five were fellow Norwegians Celine Brun-Lei and Heidi Weng. Germany’s Denise Hermann was the first non-Norwegian in sixth. She was followed by Norway’s Kathrine Harsem Sweden’s Hanna Falk, Slovenia’s Alenka Cebasek, and Finland’s Kista Parmakoski to round out the top ten. American Sadie Bjornsen was the only North American to qualify in 16 position, +8.72. Following her were Canadians Perianne Jones in 33rd and Emily Nishikawa in 76th. For the rest of the Americans, Kikkan Randall finished in 43rd, Ida Sargent…

Davos Word Cup Set to Continue with Shorter Distances

Although there may be limited snow, the World Cup in Davos, Switzerland will still take place Dec. 13-14. The weekend’s races will begin Saturday with a 10/15 k classic, which was originally scheduled as a 15/30 k. Sunday’s sprints will continue as scheduled. Check out an FIS press release regarding the changes to the event below. (press release) Swiss Ski together with the International Ski Federation (FIS) has confirmed that the FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Davos will take place as planned with the following changes: Due to lack of snow the competition distance on Saturday, 13th December has been changed to ladies’ 10 km C and men’s 15 km C interval start A 5 km loop will be prepared by the LOC The starting time of the men’s 15 km C has changed to 14:30 CET Start of the ladies 10 km C remains unchanged at 11:15 CET Competition program and starting…