In the second week of World Cup racing in Davos, Switzerland, Marit Bjørgen won the 10 k freestyle with relative ease. Cruising to a time of 24:57.4 the Norwegian earned yet another victory this season to extend her lead in the World Cup standings. Following Bjørgen to the podium was Nicole Fessel (+19.9) of Germany. The second place finish was her third World Cup podium. In third was Norwegian Heidi Weng (+26.7).
The women’s top ten had more international representation than in previous weeks, with four nations (Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Finland) having at least two members from each country.
Liz Stephen (+1:00.8) finished her day with a season-best 12th, while teammates Jessie Diggins (+1:30.2) and Sadie Bjornsen (+1:35.5) also placed in the points in 27th and 29th positions. Canada’s Emily Nishikawa finished 49th and American Caitlin Gregg finished 54th (of 55 skiers.)
In the men’s race, Anders Gløersen of Norway skied a dominant race to win the 15 k freestyle with a time of 34:27.9. It was the Norwegian’s first distance victory on the Wolrd Cup. Teammates Petter Northug (+4.8) and Chris Andre Jespersen (+10.4) completed the podium for another Norwegian sweep.
Canadian Ivan Babikow was the first North American, finishing 34th and +1:18.4 back from Gløersen. Following Babikov were Alex Harvey in 38th, Devon Kershaw in 52nd, Graeme Killick in 54th, Erik Bjornsen in 56th, and Kevin Sandau in 70th.