Jacobsen returns to World Cup with victory in Rybinsk
Norway’s Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen returns to World Cup and records first victory of the season in Rybinsk 10 km F interval start in a time of 28:12.5. In second place was Liz Stephen of the USA +14.4 seconds back of Jacobsen and in third was Germany’s Steffi Boehler +36.4.
- First ever World Cup podium for Stephen
- Best ever World Cup distance result for US female for Stephen. Previous best was Kikkan Randall 3rd in Gallivare 2012.
- Jacobsen won her first ever World Cup in Rybinsk in 2007
- Boehler now has two career World Cup podiums and both are from Rybinsk (3rd place 10 km F mass start in 2009).
Astrid Jacobsen NOR
I have had to be very patient this year. My body has not handled training as it should since August. So I am very happy to have such a result today. This is the place where I won my first World Cup in 2007, so it is nice to be back with a win here again today. It is a difficult course with challenging conditions today so I was cautious on the first lap and I think that helped very much. I have Norwegian Championships coming next week, which will decide the team for the World Championships so this result is good for my confidence.
Liz Stephen USA
For me today is amazing. I didn’t realize right away but this is not only my first World Cup podium but also the best ever distance result for a US female. I really can’t believe it. It’s great to be here. I like racing in Rybinsk. It is a hard course with long climbs, which suits me very well.
Steffi Boehler GER
This is a great result. My only other podium on World Cup was here in 2009 so I am really happy to be back on the podium here again. I always like coming here. The courses are hard, the people are so friendly and there are many spectators. It’s just really nice to be here in Rybinsk. I will do all the competitions this weekend because to travel this far I think you need to race everything.
10 km F interval start
1. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen NOR 28:12.5
2. Liz Stephen USA +14.4
3. Steffi Boehler GER +36.4
OVERALL WORLD CUP STANDINGS
1. Marit Bjoergen NOR 1588 pts
2. Therese Johaug NOR 1138 pts
3. Heidi Weng NOR 1017 pts
OVERALL DISTANCE STANDINGS
1. Marit Bjoergen NOR 638 pts
2. Therese Johaug NOR 612 pts
3. Heidi Weng NOR 419 pts
OVERALL U23 STANDINGS
1. Stina Nilsson SWE 322 pts
2. Teresa Stadlober AUT 222 pts
3. Nathalie Von Siebenthal SUI 110 pts
Complete results can be found at: http://data.fis-ski.com/cross-country/results.html