RacingWorld CupNorweigans Show Depth in FIS Sprint in Beitostolen

FasterSkier FasterSkierNovember 17, 2007

The top skiers in Norway gathered in Beitostolen, Norway for several days of racing. Bœrre Naess, winner of last year's World Cup sprint in Drammen, Norway took home the victory with Anders Gloersen and Eldar Ronning rounding out the top three. Gloersen was the surprise of the day, defeating World Cup veteran Ronning and 4th-6th place finished, John Kristian Dahl, Tor Arne Hetland, and Johan Kjolstad, all of whom raced the World Cup opener in Dusseldorf. The 21 year-old Gloersen has one World Cup start under his belt (a 36th in Drammen last year), but was 3rd in the sprint at the World Junior Championships in 2006. Naess, a classic sprint specialist, was clearly happy to be back on his classic skis after a 51st in the World Cup freestyle sprint in Dusseldorf last month. Dahl finished 3rd in that event, leading the Norweigan men's team.

The top non-Norweigan finisher was Switzerland's Peter Von Allmen in 19th.

The women's event featured a much stronger international field though Norway still took the top two places with Marit Bjoergen edging Astrid Jacobsen for the victory. Jacobsen dominated the qualification round, posting the fastest time by over a second.

Seraina Mischol of Switzerland finished third after posting a strong 5th at the World Cup opening sprint in Dusseldorf. Italians Magda Genuin and World Cup veteran Arianna Folis finished 6th and 9th respectively.

Complete Men's Results

Complete Women's Results

Contributing Source: FIS

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