Wadsworth 22nd, Scott 15th in Davos Skate Race

FasterSkierDecember 9, 2002

In World Cup racing action today in Davos, Switzerland, Justin
Wadsworth finished the 15K freestyle race in 22nd place. Mathias Fredriksson
(SWE) won in 36:05. He was followed by Vincent Vittoz (FRA – 36:07), who
takes over the Overall World Cup lead – becoming the first Frenchman to
do so, and Fulvio Valbusa (ITA – 36:14). Justin's time of 37:21 was impressive
considering that he had to raise his own money to get there, traveled on
his own, took the train from the airport to Davos, has no coaching staff,
and had to borrow wax support from the Canadian team. He finished
ahead of big names like Cristian Zorzi (ITA – 37:33) and Thomas Alsgaard
(NOR – 37:46).
15K Results

Picture from Davos sent to us by Justin Wadsworth

Canadian Beckie Scott finished the 10K Free in 15th place, just under a minute
behind winner Bente Skari of Norway. Kristina Smigun (EST) was second (three
seconds back) and Gabriella Paruzzi (ITA) was third (22 seconds back). Skari
is usually known for her dominance in classic skiing, so this win in skating
could be a bad sign for other skiers hoping to challenge her for the Overall
World Cup title.

Beckie's time was
less than a second from 12th, and 30 seconds from top five. Canadian Sara Renner
also scored World Cup point finishing 29th, about 40 seconds behind Beckie.
10K Free Results


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