Source: FIS press release
The 31-year-old Beckie Scott is the winner of the last women's Pursuit Cross-Country World Cup race at the FIS Nordic Pre-World Ski Championships in Sapporo. The athlete from Canada finished the course 1,8 seconds ahead of Kristin Steira from Norway. The third place took the German Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, 29,9 seconds behind Scott.
Scott's opponent for the World Cup trophy, Marit Bjoergen (Norway) finished fourth and repeat with that result her overall World cup victory from last year. The distance World Cup was won by the Russian Julija Tchepalova who was today on the 11th position.
Marit Bjoergen. Photo from langrenn.com
Mathias Fredriksson, the brother of yesterday's winner Thobias Fredriksson, won the today's Pursuit race of the men. It was the first podium place in this season for Fredriksson. The second place took the junior skier Petter Northug from Norway, 3,8 seconds behind the winner. Fredriksson's team-mate, Anders Soedergren finished third.
Tobias Angerer (Germany), the overall and distance World Cup winner, took today the 11th place. For Germany it was the third time winning the World Cup trophy of the men in a row (03/04: RenÃ© Sommerfeldt, 04/05: Axel Teichmann, 05/06: Tobias Angerer). The Nation Cup was won by the Norway.
Weather: partly cloudy , +4Â°C
Snow conditions: wet
Quotes of the athletes:
Beckie Scott, CAN: “It was my last World Cup race and now I have mixed emotions, I'm happy but also sad. It is a good time to retire with a victory. For sure it would be also very nice to retire with winning a World Cup trophy but Marit was better. I did my best but it was not enough. This evening I will go to eat sushi and afterwards we celebrate all together at the “Sayonara-Party”. At the moment I don't know what's following after my athletes career.”
Kristin Steira, NOR: “I was a tough race today but I'm very satisfied. The snow was very deep and soft, but we had all the same conditions. At the end of the race I had not the power to follow Beckie, I was fighting hard but it was not enough. This evening we will celebrate our Nation Cup victory.”
Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, GER: “For me the season could continue. I'm in a very good shape. As a review of the World Cup season I would say that it was a good season for me, except the Olympics, that was a for me a total chaos. The last two week were very tough but because of my good and hard training I felt also today very good.”
Marit Bjoergen, NOR: “It is an amazing day for me. To win the World Cup trophy after such a season that is a pleasure. After Christmas I got ill and at the Olympics I had big problems and couldn't realize my expectations. The fight with Beckie for the World Cup trophy was very tough but every time fair.”
Matthias Fredriksson, SWE: “I'm very happy that I could manage a World Cup victory in this season. It was a very tough and difficult race today. Anders (Soedergren) was really strong today and he done most of the job. My goal was it to be just as close as possible and than I saw my chance at the last long uphill. Tonight, we will celebrate my victory and the end of the season.”
Petter Northug, NOR: ” I tried to push hard and to get the contact to the leading group and that was not so easy at the beginning because I had the bib number 16 and stood behind at the start. In the free style part of the race I got the contact but I got than cramps. So I tried to control Anders (Soedergren) and attacked again on the last 50 meters. My goal for the next year is to qualify me for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships here in Sapporo.
Anders Soedergren, SWE: “I tried to split the race during the classical part and it works. But at the end of the free style part, my team-mate, Mathias Fredriksson and Petter Northug were better. After my sickness before Christmas, my shape got better and better and I'm satisfied with this season. Only at the Olympics I was not very lucky. Now we have some days off and than we have six races in the national swedish championships.”
Women's Pursuit Results: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2006/CC/2520/2006CC2520RL.pdf
Women's Overall World Cup Final Standings: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2006/CC/2520/2006CC2520WCOV.pdf
Men's Pursuit Results: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2006/CC/2521/2006CC2521RL.pdf
Men's Overall World Cup Final Standings: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2006/CC/2521/2006CC2521WCOV.pdf