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Cross-Country Skiing: Wrap-up for World Cup Period One
Period One of the 2012/13 World Cup season came to a close this past weekend in Canmore, Canada from 13th to 16th December. A beautiful landscape of Rocky Mountains and great snow conditions welcomed the participants of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup.
It was at the races in Canmore that Cross-Country fans saw the overall World Cup leader bibs in both the men’s and ladies category change shoulders. With Petter Northug and Marit Bjoergen – the previous leaders – choosing to skip the Canadian World Cup stops, it allowed Sweden’s Emil Joensson and Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk to move past them in the overall standings.
Three competitions were held in Canmore, a mass start classic, a free technique sprint and a skiathlon. Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) has found the winning momentum and clearly skied to victory both in 10 km mass start classic and 15 km Skiathlon.
The surprise of the weekend was Anne Kyllönen from Finland. The young athlete scored her first World Cup podiums as she landed second twice. Norway’s sprint specialist Maiken Caspersen Falla claimed first place in the free technique sprint.
Team Germany also left Canmore with great memories. It was Tim Tscharnke who led the squad to success scoring his first World Cup win in 15 km classic on his birthday. The men’s sprints were under clear command of Emil Joensson (SWE). Meanwhile, Sunday’s skiathlon offered unforgettable moments. Maurice Manificat of France delivered an outstanding and technically perfect competition and on the homestretch grabbed victory from Roland Clara of Italy.
The FIS Cross-Country World Cup will continue with its first stage of the 7th edition of the Tour de Ski from 29th to 30th December in Oberhof (GER).
To stay tuned, visit fiscrosscountry.com