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Cross-country: Americans fall short in Davos

Norwigen Ola Vigen Hattestad and Slovenia’s Petra Majdic both claimed their second World Cup sprint wins of the young season Sunday in Davos, Switzerland.Norwigen Ola Vigen Hattestad and Slovenia’s Petra Majdic both claimed their second World Cup sprint wins of the young season Sunday in Davos, Switzerland.

Americans Andy Newell and Kikkan Randall both crashed in their quarterfinal heats to finish 26th. Newell’s result was particularly disappointing after having the third fastest qualifying run. His fall came just before the finish line, when he was in second place.

Randall fell after getting tangled with Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla during her quarterfinal lap.

Since only the top two skiers advance to the finals, both skiers were eliminated.

Chris Cook and Torin Koos did not qualify for the finals.

The sprinters now head to Dusseldorf, Germany for sprints Saturday, Dec. 20, and a team sprint on Sunday, Dec. 21.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
2009 VIESSMANN CROSS COUNTRY FIS WORLD CUP
Davos, Switzerland – Dec. 14, 2008

Men’s Freestyle Sprint
1. Ola Vigen Hattestad, Norway
2. Johan Kjoelstad, Norway
3. Renato Pasini, Italy
4. Dario Cologna, Switzerland
5. Dusan Kozisek, Czech Republic

26. Andy Newell, Shaftsbury, VT
-(Top 30 qualify)
41. Torin Koos, Leavenworth, WA
59. Chris Cook, Rhinelander, WI

Women’s Freestyle Sprint
1. Petra Majdic, Slovenia
2. Celine Brun-Lie, Norway
3. Marit Bjoergen, Norway
4. Arianna Follis, Italy
5. Magda Genuin, Italy

26. Kikkan Randall, Anchorage

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