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Bjornsen Podiums in OPA Finals Prologue

Two days after sprinting in the Drammen World Cup heats, Sadie Bjornsen (USA) was back in a race bib at OPA Cup Finals in Toblach, Italy, on Friday. She led a sizable American contingent there with a third-place finish in the women’s 2.5 k freestyle prologue, 5.4 seconds behind Christa Jaeger’s (SUI) winning mark with a time of 8:07.2.

Bjornsen’s Alaska Pacific University teammate Kate Fitzgerald was behind her in 12th (+17.3). Erika Flowers (SMS T2) was 22nd (+27.8), Caitlin Patterson (CGRP) finished 24th (+28.3), Becca Rorabaugh (APU) took 26th (+32.9), Lauren Fritz (APU) was 34th (+50.0) and Anna Van Der Rhee (MWSC) took 37th (+1:14.9).

In the men’s 3.3 k prologue, Mike Sinnott (SVSEF) led the way for the U.S. in 29th place, 19.4 seconds back from Loris Frasnelli’s (ITA) top time at 8:28.4. Erik Bjornsen (APU/USST) was 36th (+22.2), Pat Johnson took 39th (+23.7) and Matt Gelso tied with an Italian for 48th (+29.9).

College skiers Sam Tarling (Dartmouth) and David Norris (Montana State University) made the trip back over to Europe after NCAAs to compete as well; Tarling was 54th (+32.0) and Norris took 62nd (+44.6).

In the men’s junior division, Paddy Caldwell (SMS) posted the top U.S. result with a 17th-place finish, 21.3 seconds off the winning time from Switzerland’s Livio Bieler. Kevin Bolger (SVSEF) tied for 19th (+24.5).

Women’s 2.5 k Free Results

Junior men’s 3.3 k Free Results

Senior men’s 3.3 k Free Results


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