The World Cup returns to Oberstdorf, the site of last years World Championship this weekend. Canadian and US skiers will race in both the pursuit and classic sprint.
The upcoming World Cup races are important Olympic preparation races. It’s a great chance for Olympians to race the best, adjust their training based upon how they feel and their results.
Many nations also use these races as Olympic team qualification races. The following weekend (January 28 and 29) is an â€œoffâ€ week from the World Cup before the final World Cup races before the Olympics in Davos on February 4th and 5th (Freestyle sprint and 10/15-kilometer classic).
Beckie Scott and Sara Renner skied very well in last weekend’s World Cup relay in Val di Fiemme and are expected to race both the 15-k pursuit and the classic sprint. Canadian men will race in both the 30-k pursuit and in the sprint as well.
Carl Swenson, Kris Freeman and Andrew Johnson are scheduled to race the men’s pursuit for the US team, while Torin Koos and Andy Newell will race the sprint.
This weekend’s World Cup schedule in Oberstdorf, Germany:
Saturday 21: 15/30-k Pursuit
Sunday 22: Classic sprint