OlympicsRacingXC Continues Sat. with Women's Relay

FasterSkier FasterSkierFebruary 17, 2006

Olympic cross country skiing continues Saturday with the Women's Relay in Pragelato.

Slated to ski for the U.S. is Rebecca Dussault (Gunnison, CO), Sarah Konrad (Laramie, WY), Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) and Wendy Wagner (Park City, UT).

Dussault, Randall and Wagner have already skied during these Games, while Konrad is making her first cross country Olympic start after competing in biathlon earlier in the week.

Dussault kicked off her first Olympic campaign Sunday as the top American finisher (38th) in the
pursuit.

Randall and Wagner teamed to advance to the finals and finish 10th in Tuesday's team sprint, while Wagner posted the top U.S. finish (50th) in Thursday's 10km classical race.

This should be a tightly contested race, and there are at least 5 teams that could possibly win, depending on who races for each nation (start lists have not yet been announced). The Germans are the defending Olympic champions, while Norway is the current World Champion. The Finns won the most recent World Cup relay, ahead of Russia. The Canadians could also be strong, if all four of their top women race. In a long week of racing, it is always hard to anticipate who will start and who will save their engery for later races. The skiers must pick their battles.

Startlist has not been posted yet, but try:
http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=CC&raceid=10697
http://www.torino2006.org/ENG/IDF/X05_20060218.html

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