U.S. Cross Country Team skiers strong in Norway

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 14, 2009 12:30 pm

The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team is off to a strong start following two days of competition in Norway. “It was a really good start for the year,” said Head Coach Pete Vordenberg. “It was our first competition racing of the season. Our expectations were only to have a good training outing and that is what we got.”

The series of FIS races launched Friday with a classic sprint. U.S. Ski Team star Kikkan Randall led her teammates, making it through to the second round. ”I definitely have some good endorphins flowing after a hard effort yesterday” said Randall. “Pushing the body through a whole race is definitely a shock, but I am feeling good.”

Saturday’s men’s 15K freestyle race was big for the American men, as U.S. Ski Team athlete Kris Freeman captured two podium spots and finished fifth overall. ”The race went really well today. I’ve been feeling really good the last couple weeks before coming over here, so it’s not a big surprise,” Freeman said. “It’s very nice to have my legs healthy and my body healthy and just go out and show what I can do.”

For Vordenberg Freeman’s fifth was wonderful. ”I’d say it was his best early season result. We weren’t looking to have great results so early, but he nailed it and I was really pleased with it,” Vordenberg said.

The racing continues Sunday with a women’s 5K and men’s 10K classic, along with a women’s 12.5K and men’s 15K mass start.

“I really don’t know what to expect going into tomorrow, but I am looking forward to going out, skiing a 5K and having fun,” Randall said.