It’s not everyday you get to see World Cup skiers battling it out with historic European architecture as the backdrop. That, however, is just what happened yesterday in Stockholm, Sweden as classical sprints were contested on the snow-c0vered streets around the Swedish palace.
Kikkan Randall (USA, 10th place) during qualification.
Swedish fans watch the action on the big screen.
Skiing alongside the red carpet.
Alex Havey (CAN, 14th place) on his way to the 15th fastest qualifying time.
Devon Kershaw (CAN, 27th place) during qualification.
Aino- Kaisa Saarinen (FIN, 8th place) leads her heat past the Swedish palace.
Kikkan Randall (USA) during the heats would finish tenth on the day.
The men getting after their double-pole during the quarterfinals.
The view from the crowd.
The finish stretch.
The big screen.
Alex Harvey (CAN, 14th place) chases down Dario Cologna (SUI, 11th place) during the heats.
The ladies’ podium: Marit Bjoergen (NOR, 2nd place) Petra Majdic (SLO, 1st place) and Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR, 3rd place).
The men’s podium: Petter Northug (NOR, 2nd place), Emil Jönsson (SWE, 1st place) and Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR, 3rd place).
The course officials and Swedish fans watch the action.
Holly Brooks (USA) 44th place during qualification.
Kris Freeman (USA) getting his sprint on during qualification.
Andy Newell on his way to a season-best fifth place in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo: Kellen MacFadyen)
Lars Flora (USA) during qualification.
Descending along the Swedish palace.
The ladies’ final comes to the line behind Petra Majdic (SLO).
Emil Jönsson (SWE) charges to victory.