Kikkan Randall continued to ski strong in Canmore to take second in the FIS Cross Country World Cup sprint event. She lost narrowly to Norway’s Maiken Kaspersen Falla. On the men’s side, Andy Newell lead with a fifth place finish behind Sweden’s Emil Joensson who won the day.
Saturday’s podium finish propelled Randall to second in the overall World Cup standings, and solidifies her lead in the sprint discipline.
Randall described her sprint performance, saying, “I wasn'
t quite sure how the strategy was going to play out with that downhill being so decisive with the draft. So I kind of went into the final not really sure what my strategy was going to be, but I wanted to get near the front and decided to just try to make a break over the top and see if I could break it up a bit. I think it worked mostly the way I wanted it to. I had a little bobble just as we ended the lanes and I just wish I would have stayed a little bit taller but overall I'm super happy with it.”
She went on to say, “The quarterfinal actually felt the worst for me. I think for me I need to get in and ski that hard pace the whole way. Just kind of playing with a little bit lower pace early on makes the top of the hill just that much harder. Overall I felt strong through the rounds and felt just like I wanted to in the final.”
In all, six Americans made the heats including Ida Sargent with a career best tenth and Skyler Davis with career best 24th.