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Cross-Country: Randall and Joenssen take Quebec city-sprint, USA and Kazakhstan win team sprint
After a two-year break, the FIS Cross-Country World Cup has returned to Canada. On 7th- 8th December, free technique team and individual sprints were held in Quebec City in front of a total of 60’000 on-site spectators over the weekend.
In the individual competition on 8th December, Kikkan Randall (USA) and Emil Joensson (SWE) were on fire as they powered to their first individual sprint World Cup victories of the season. Randall was strong throughout the competition and claimed a decisive win ahead of Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR) and Ida Ingemarsdotter (SWE).
On the men’s side, Emil Joensson (SWE) remained unbeatable. With the fastest qualification time, he led all the way through to the finals. Teodor Petterson (SWE) claimed second place while Alexey Petukhov of Russia landed third.
In the team event, Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins made US ski team history, taking the first ever American team event win. “We always felt deep down that if we trained hard enough and wanted it bad enough we could be on the top of the podium. It took many years and many small steps to get to that point and now we're starting to really believe and have good confidence,” Kikkan Randall concluded after her victories.
In a photo finish, Kazhakstan took the men's victory with Denis Volotka and Nikolay Chebotko winning their first ever World Cup and podium finish. They caught the Russian team (Nikita Kruikov, Alexey Petukhov) in the final meters of the race.
The tour will now move on to Canmore (CAN) where mass start distance competitions in classical technique and a free technique sprint on 16th December will conclude the pre-Christmas competition period.
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