MILAN, Italy – The Swedish duo of Hanna Brodin and Ida Ingemarsdotter won the final team sprint of the 2012 season, skiing to a clear victory on the tight Milan course.
The win gave Ingemarsdotter two wins in two days after she took the top spot in Saturday’s individual sprint.
American Kikkan Randall ended the weekend with similar consistency, placing second in both events, today with partner Jessie Diggins.
With the Canadian team of Perianne Jones and Chandra Crawford placing third, it was an historic day in Italy for North America.
While research assistants have yet to confirm, it is possible that today marked the first time in cross-country World Cup history that Americans and Canadians shared the podium.
The Americans overcame several crashes with World Cup newcomer Diggins skiing an excellent final lap to set up Randall for what she does best—skate sprinting. She showed no ill-effects from the effort to catch the pack after a fall by Diggins in the second-to-last exchange, but was unable to find an answer for Ingemarsdotter.
The Canadians were able to avoid drama, staying relatively clear of trouble before Crawford brought the team home.
The day marked the first World Cup podiums for both Jones and Diggins.
Norway I with Mari Eide and Maiken Caspersen Falla, placed 4th.