Russians Nab Two of Top Three Qualifying Spots in Madison

Alex KochonFebruary 19, 2012
Russia's Dmitriy Ozerskiy en route to winning the SuperTour freestyle sprint qualifier on Sunday.

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MADISON, Wis. — As Dmitriy Ozerskiy patiently awaited his turn to take a look at the result board, his Russian teammate, Maxim Fadeev, approached him.

Fadeev had just heard the news that Ozerskiy won the SuperTour freestyle sprint qualifier, 0.06 seconds ahead of Jari Joutsen of Finland. Fadeev was the third fastest around the 1 k loop, 34 seconds behind Ozerskiy’s winning time of 1:45.89.

“Really?” Ozerskiy said as he walked away from the board on the sidewalk in downtown Madison.

He didn’t speak much English and did not hear the results announced a few minutes earlier.

“Unbelievable,” Fadeev said.

“We skied perfect and that is why we took a good place in the qualification,” Fadeev said. “Yesterday, we skied bad. We chose not the correct skis; we choose a classic ski and other sportsmen choose skate ski.”

Ozerskiy did not make Saturday’s heats and Fadeev was eliminated in the quarterfinals. On Sunday morning, they were among the first athletes warming up on the course.

“We discuss strategy, we tested the skis a lot and we choose the right ski and wax,” Fadeev said. “We did the right warm up. We have a long time for a warm up and that’s good for our results.”

Joutsen, who won Saturday’s classic sprint, said he would be switching his skis to adapt to the softening conditions on the 30-plus degree morning. Heats would start after noon.

“The course was perfect even better than yesterday,” he said. “Very fast snow.”

Despite sleeping 10 hours Saturday night, Joutsen said he felt a bit lethargic Sunday morning.

“I felt that I was slow in the morning in the start, but I did OK,” he said.

Among some of the race favorites that did not qualify in the top 16 were Sam Naney (Methow) in 17th, Lars Amund Toftegaard (NOR) in 18th, and Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess (Bend) in 19th.

Madison SuperTour men's 1 k freestyle sprint qualifier results




Alex Kochon

Alex Kochon ( is a former FasterSkier editor and roving reporter who never really lost touch with the nordic scene. A freelance writer, editor, and outdoor-loving mom of two, she lives in northeastern New York and enjoys adventuring in the Adirondacks. She shares her passion for sports and recreation as the co-founder of "Ride On! Mountain Bike Trail Guide" and a sales and content contributor at When she's not skiing or chasing her kids around, Alex assists authors as a production and marketing coordinator for iPub Global Connection.

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