World Cup cross country sprint results

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 7, 2009 5:24 am

Russia, Italy and Sweden all have reasons to smile today due to their cross country ski teams’ impressive showings over the weekend at the Cross Country World Cup Freestyle Sprint races. Norway and Slovenia also made the podium. Here are the results for both individual and team racing:
1. Alexey Petukhov, Russia
2. Anders Gloeersen, Norway
3. Eirik Brandsdal, Norway
4. John Kristian Dahl, Norway
5. Olga Vigen Hattestad, Norway

1. Hanna Falk, Sweden
2. Natalia Korosteleva, Russia
3. Vesna Fabjan, Slovenia
4. Ida Ingemarsdotter, Sweden
5. Celine Brun-Lie, Norway

Team sprint – Dec. 6, 2009

1. Russia 1 (Morilov, Petukhov)
2. Norway 1 (Brandsdal, Gloeersen)
3. Sweden 2 (Bryntesson, Lind)
4. Switzerland 1 (Tambornino, Eigenmann)
5. Russia 2 (Devjatiarov, Kriukov)

1. Italy 1 (Genuin, Follis)
2. Sweden1 (Ingemarsdotter, Falk)
3. Norway 1 (Brun-Lie, Falla)
4. Slovenia (Majdic, Fabjan)
5. Germany 1 (Sachenbacher Stehle, Nystad)

The U.S. team did well up through the semifinals, but a crash took Andy Newell out of the race, so he and Torin Koos ended up coming in at sixth place during the team races. Here are some comments from U.S. Cross Country Ski Team Coach Chris Grover about Newell and Koos:
“They were good. They were third in their semifinal and the top three advance. They skied a really smart race there. It was a little touch and go there just to get into that final because of the crash,” Grover said. “They had to fight hard to get caught up, then they made their way back to second and third. It was a really close final. It was a clean race and everyone was very close. The pack didn’t break up at all until that last lap.
“I’m really happy with both of those guys because they’re both in great shape,” Grover said. “When you’re at this level, there are maybe 20 other guys at the same level and sometimes it’s your day and other days you aren’t able to.”