STRYN, Norway (Feb. 9) — Kazakhstan was the surprise men's winnerÂ in a close battle Sunday with Germany in the 4x10K relay on the final day of the World Nordic Junior Championships while Russian women skied off with a 21-second victory in the 4x5K relay. U.S. men were 17th and U.S. women finished 10th.
The Kazakhs had a winning time of 1:44.09.8 with Germany taking silver in 1:44.11.7. Russia was the bronze-medal team. The Canadian men’s team – David Nighbor, of North Bay, Ont., Jesse Heckrodt, of Salmon Arm, B.C., Christopher Werrell, of Kelowna, B.C., and Casey Dyck, of Calgary – finished with a time of 1:52:41.6. U.S. skiers Tim Damrow (St. Paul, MN/Saukko Ski Club/University of Colorado), Mike Sinnott (Sun Valley, ID/Dartmouth College), Tyson Flaharty (Fairbanks, AK/Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks) and Bret Bedard (Cheshire, MA/Stratton Mountain School) finished in 1:54.10.4.
In the women's race, Russia's gold-medal time was 58:44.3 with the Czechs second in 59:05.8 and Germany third. U.S. women Lindsay Williams (Hastings, MN/Northern Michigan University), Lindsey Weier (Mahtomedi, MN/NMU/U.S. Development Team), Katie Ronsse (Anchorage, AK/Alaska Winter Stars) and Morgan Smyth (Vernon, VT/NMU) were timed in 1:02.30.2.
Four Canadian women – Crystin Jaques, of Edmonton, Amada Ammar, of St. Alberta, Alta., Perianne Jones, of Almonte, Ont., and Claire Rennie, of Ottawa – teamed up to post a combined time of one hour three minutes 49.9 seconds.
Source: USST, CCC