Cross country World Cup racing doesn’t get more exciting than this

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 18, 2010 6:21 am

Yesterday’s cross-country World Cup sprint in Estonia was crazy. Superstar Petra Majdic of Slovenia was leading the 1.2 kilometer race, as expected, when all of a sudden, Sweden’s Hanna Falk came up from behind her and took the victory with .1 seconds to spare! Majdic couldn’t even process what had happened until hours after the podium ceremony.

Falk’s finishing time was 3 minutes, 6.8 seconds. This is why sprint races are so awesome.

In third was Finland’s Aino Kaisa Saarinen, .9 seconds back.

The podium for the men’s 1.4K race looked like this: Emil Jonsson of Sweden in first (3:16.7), Ola Vigen Hattestad of Norway in second (clocked the same time but his skis were marginally behind Jonsson’s across the finish line), and Russia’s Nikita Kriukov in third, .2 seconds back.