KUUSAMO, Finland (Dec. 1) – Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT), sidestepping high-speed trouble, picked off his first World Cup top-5 of the season Saturday, finishing fourth in a 1.2K classic technique sprint.
“I'm happy, but it was just one of those days where I felt good enough and should have been on the podium. It's one thing to get fourth and you feel you could've been 15th, but today I should've been on the podium,” the no-excuses Vermonter said.
2nd place Emil Joensson (SWE)(Photo Credit: Fischer Skis)
Torin Koos (Leavenworth, WA), coming back from a cold which slowed him throughout the week, was 22nd.
Petra Majdic of Slovenia won the women's sprint ahead of Astrid Jacobsen, Norway's sprint world champion. Kikkan Randall (Anchorage, AK) was 16th.
“I was running in the today’s race for my aunt Maria,” said Majdic. “She passed away two days ago — I dedicate this victory to her. It was a perfect race for me. The qualification didn’t go well, it was very slippery. But afterwards I started to wake up and raced better and better during the heats. In the Final I used the same tactics as last year – I started behind and I didn’t push too hard before the final climb – then I attacked.”
2nd place Astrid Jacobsen (NOR) (Photo Credit: Fischer Skis)
“It was a pretty good day,” Head Coach Pete Vordenberg said. “Andy got stuck behind a couple of dudes at a key moment on that last uphill, but he skied well. Kikkan skied well, too, and for being sick most of the week, Torin skied 98 percent of really well and then died. But Torin laid it out there, and for someone only a little while out of bed, it was an outstanding effort.”
The men have a 15K CL race Sunday while the women face a 10K event.
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Sources: USSA, FIS, Fischer Skis