CANMORE, Alberta — Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Falla hung in for the long haul on Saturday, leading the Alberta World Cup 1.3-kilometer freestyle sprint final from the start with teammate Celine Brun-Lie before sticking tight with Kikkan Randall and outsprinting the American to the finish.
Falla edged Randall by 0.6 seconds at the finish, and Brun-Lie came through in third ahead of Denise Herrmann (GER) in fourth, Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) in fifth and Chandra Crawford (CAN) in sixth. Randall attacked about two-thirds of the way up the long climb out of the stadium, and continued to push to create a gap on the Norwegians. Falla stuck with her and caught her draft before passing her in the final stretch.
Crawford had been in fourth behind Randall up the hill, but lost contact when Randall pushed over the top. The Canadian crowd favorite of the day, sixth was Crawford’s best individual World Cup result since placing fifth in a classic sprint in March in Drammen, Norway.
Ida Sargent of the U.S. Ski Team was 10th for her best World Cup skate sprint result, and Perianne Jones (CAN) had a career best in 11th. Dasha Gaiazova (CAN) was 20th, and Americans Sadie Bjornsen and Sophie Caldwell placed 22nd and 23rd, respectively.
Other North American results: 34. Widmer (CAN), 39. Brennan (USA), 41. Dupont (CAN), 43. Marshall (CAN), 44. Rorabaugh (USA), 47. Brennan (CAN), 48. Nishikawa (CAN), 51. Stock (USA), 55. Beatty (CAN), 57. Kromm (CAN), 61. Thomas (CAN), 62. Reid (CAN), 63. MacIsaac-Jones (CAN), 64. Fritz (USA), 65. Tribe (CAN), 66. Patterson (USA), 67. Roy (CAN)