Swedish, Norwegian teams win sprint relays in Dusseldorf

Swedish, Norwegian teams win sprint relays in Dusseldorf{mosimage}The Norwegian team of Marit Bjoergen and Hilde Pedersen won the women’s event and Sweden’s Thobias Fredriksson and Joergen Brink took the men’s team sprint on Sunday in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The opening weekend of the FIS cross-country World Cup season took place in front of huge crowds on a short course created with manmade snow along the Rhine River in Dusseldorf.

German teams finished second in both the men’s and women’s events. The women’s team was Uschi Disl and Claudia Kuenzel, and the men’s runner-up team — just 1.8 seconds off the winning time — was Axel Teichmann and Tobias Angerer.

No American or Canadian teams competed.

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