Swiss skier Dario Cologna took home the gold in the 15k x 15k freestyle race on Sunday, with Marcus Hellner of Sweden following close behind with silver, and Martin Johnsrud Sundby taking the bronze. Aspen, Colorado native, Noah Hoffman took the top spot for the USA, documenting 35th in the Olympic skiathlon at the Laura Cross Country Ski Center. Though Hoffman was doing well through the classic portion, he lost his spot when he came around a 180-degree corner into the stadium and crashed, breaking a pole.
“Therace today was definitely a little disappointing. I was really happy with the way it started. I was sitting in a very good position and feeling comfortable. The pace was fast and the pack was stringing out. Coming into the stadium after three of four classic laps I got tangled in the loose snow around the sharp corner. I broke a pole in the fall. It was not a good place to break a pole because the entire stadium is a no coaching zone.” -Noah Hoffman (USA)