STOCKHOLM (March 21) – Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT), capping his best season of World Cup racing, was 13th Wednesday in a sprint around the royal palace – the final World Cup sprint of the season, lifting him into sixth place in sprint standings.
Newell finished no lower than 14th in any of the eight sprints this winter, giving him the highest sprint standing of any U.S. skier since the sprints were added to the World Cup in the 1996 season.
Russian Mickail Deviatiarov won the sprint, edging Emil Joensson of Sweden. Torin Koos (Leavenworth, WA) finished 29th and was 19th for the season.
In the women's race, Slovenian Petra Majdic won with World Cup champion Virpi Kuitunen of Finland second. Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) was 30th, finishing the season 12th in sprint points.
The final World Cup cross country races are Saturday – the men's 30K (15+15) and the women's 20K (10+10) – during the Swedish Ski Games in Falun.
VIESSMANN CROSS COUNTRY WORLD CUP
Stockholm – March 21, 2007
Men's 1K CL Sprint
1. Mickail Deviatiarov, Russia
2. Emil Joensson, Sweden
3. Matts Larsson, Sweden
4. Ola Vigen Hattestad, Norway
5. Peter Van Almen, Switzerland
13. Andy Newell, Shaftsbury, VT
29. Torin Koos, Leavenworth, WA
50. Chris Cook, Rhinelander, WI
Women's 1K CL Sprint
1. Petra Majdic, Slovenia
2. Virpi Kuitunen, Finland
3 Anna Dahlberg, Sweden
4. Astrid Jacobsen, Norway
5. Pirjo Manninen, Finland
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