Charlotte Kalla (SWE) skied to an impressive 24.4 second victory over Norweigan Marit Bjoergen in the women's 10km freestyle in Gaellivare, Sweden. Finn Aino Kaisa Saarinen claimed third +32 seconds.
In the men's 15km event, Marcus Hellner gave Sweden two victories in two races, edging Italian Pietro Piller Cottrer by 1.4 seconds. Petter Northug (NOR) claimed third, +6.9.
The only American in the race, Kris Freeman, got his season off to a solid start, finishing 20th, +45.8. Freeman was less than 20 seconds out of the top ten.
Devon Kershaw represented Canada, finishing 28th, +57.9.
A full report of the races will follow later today.
You can watch both races this afternoon on Universal Sports!
Sat. Nov. 22 — Women's 10K FS, Gallivare, Sweden — 12:00 p.m. ET
Sat. Nov. 22 — Men's 15K FS, Gallivare, Sweden — 2:00 p.m. ET