Over 35,000 spectators came out over the weekend to watch two days of sprint racing by the steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol building, tripling the number of spectators of the past three years.
â€œWe worked hard towards building a strong spectator base and that was our goal this year. An incredible amount of people all along the race course was a good measurement that we are working in the right directionâ€ commented Yuriy Gusev, Event Director.
On Saturday Team Rossignol won the both the men's and women's Team Sprint competitions. Karin Camenisch, fresh off her first World Cup points in Canmore, teamed with Martina Sturasova to win the women's event. US Ski Team athletes Lindesy Dehlin and Lindsay Williams took second with CXC's Kristina Owen and Johanna Winters in third.
James Southam and Anders Haugen made it a double victory for Rossignol, besting the Factory Team's Andre Golovko and Lars Flora. Brian Gregg and Garrott Kuzzy took third for CXC. Five of the six men and three of six women on the podium, skied the Canmore World Cups.
Racing continued on Sunday with a classic individual sprint. The CXC Elite Team took first and second with Garrott Kuzzy winning the men’s classic sprint, his teammate Brian Gregg (USA) coming in second and Anders Haugen of Team Rossignol taking third in an exciting photo finish with Barton Dengel.
Kristina Stranberg (SWE) of Factory Team won the women’s classic sprint with Lindsey Dehlin of US Ski Team coming in second and Emily Nishikawa (CAN) finishing in third place.
CXC's Garrott Kuzzy and Brian Gregg take the top two spots on Saturday