Kris Freeman, Kikkan Randall Win Spring Series Sprint

FasterSkierMarch 24, 2006

Slow, slushy conditions at TAMC Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle for Thursday night's individual skate sprints played into the hands of some of the strongest all-around distance skiers. Qualification started around 4pm, with recently-arrived Anders Haugen (Rossignol) posting the fastest men's time of 2:01.8 ahead of Canadian speedster Phil Widmer and Steve Scott of the Maine Winter Sports Center, who had been focused on this event for months.

Right behind these sprinters however were well-known distance skiers not often seen near the top of the qualification times: Chad Giese (4th in qualifying), Kris Freeman (5th), David Chamberlain (6th), and several others. On the women's side, Canadian superwoman Dasha Gaiazova continued to show top form at Spring Series, posting the fastest qualifying time of 2:24.5, 2.4 seconds ahead of Kikkan Randall (APU.) Canadian Christine Bisson had the third-fastest run at 2:28.2, while Alice Nelson (2:28.9), Kate Underwood (2:31.1) and Annelies Cook (2:32.0) took the next three spots.
But with 30 women and 30 men moving on to the heats, there was plenty of potential for some serious re-shuffling of the rankings. At 6pm the first women's quarterfinal got underway and the show was on for real.

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