The US Ski Team qualified three skiers into the quarterfinals of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Unfortunately, today the opening classic sprints got the best of the USA, and none of the team’s competitors advanced.
Russia’s Nikita Kruikuv and Norway’s Marit Bjoergen took gold, and Canadian Alex Harvey took bronze.
Kikkan Randall, World Cup sprint leader, of Anchorage, finished 19th. She was sluggish in her heat, but made a strategic and risky move on a 180-degree turn about 400 meters from the finish to move into third, but wasn’t fast enough down the stretch.
“I wanted more out of today, for sure.” Said Randall. “I’m happy with the way I skied that last round. I think I skied with what I had today.”
Sophie Caldwell of Peru, VT took 20th in her World Championships debut, and Andy Newell of Shaftsbury, VT took 21st. “I’m really happy,” said Caldwell, “I just look at this as I can only go up from 30th place. I fight for every spot I can.”
The competition continues Friday with nordic combined and women’s ski jumping, with cross-country back Saturday with skiathalon.