On Friday in Norway athletes gathered for a double-header day of rollerski races at the Toppidrettsveka festival. First up was a 25-kilometer skate race for both the men and women that concluded with a 1.5 k classic sprint in Aure. Below are the sprint race results.
The U.S. Ski Team’s (USST) Sadie Bjornsen placed seventh overall, while Sophie Caldwell (USST) was 13th. Katie Feldman of the SVSEF Gold Team placed 27th overall.
In the men’s sprint, after qualifying in third, Norway’s Johannes Hoesflot Klæbo took the win. Simi Hamilton (USST) was the only U.S. skier advancing to the heats. Andy Newell (Salomon) was 44th, Erik Bjornsen (USST) 46th, and Kevin Bolger (USST) 48th. Also from the U.S., Peter Holmes (SVSEF Gold Team) was 58th, and Sam Woods (SVSEF Gold Team) placed 78th.
Saturday featured a 12 k (four times around a 3 k loop) women’s classic pursuit race in Trondheim. Norway’s Tiril Udnes Weng won in a time of 33:53.6 minutes. Sadie Bjornsen was 5th in Saturday’s stage (+26.9), Caldwell placed 13th (+39.7), Feldman was 31st (+4:43.2)
For the women’s winner of the day results, Sweden’s Frida Karlsson had the fastest time of 33:12.5. Bjornsen was second in 33:17.5, while Caldwell had the seventh fastest time of day.
For the men, Russia’s Alexander Bolshunov won the 15 k classic pursuit (five laps of the 3 k course) in a time of 37:29.4 minutes. Klæbo placed second (+2.1).
For the U.S., Hamilton was 10th overall (+10.3), Bornsen 22nd (+26.7), Bolger 23rd (+27.2), Newell 40th (+54.2), Holmes 43rd (+1:13.2), and Wood 89th (+4:25.6).
Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier of Canada was 32nd (+39.8).
In the winner of the day category, Hamilton posted the fourth fastest time, while Bolger and Bjornsen raced the 11th and 13th fastest times respectively.