OSLO, Norway (March 9) – World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) put forth a solid race effort Sunday, earning a career-best 12th in the 30k classic World Cup at Holmenkollen. Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) also posted a career-best 30k result in 14th. Norwegian Marit Bjoergen sped to victory with an astounding one minute, 41-second lead over second-place finisher Therese Johaug of Norway. Next, the cross country athletes head to World Cup Finals in Falun beginning Friday Mar. 14 with classic sprints.
Kikkan Randall, seen here with Norway’s Marit Bjoergen at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, skied to a career-best 12th in the 30k classic World Cup at Holmenkollen Sunday. (Getty Images/AFP/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
Holmenkollen is a super fun place to race. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, out on course knows your name. The cheering is super loud and you just get a sense that you're racing on one of the most historic courses in ski racing.
My classic skiing has been all over the place this season. I’ve had some really good results and some tough ones. It is still something I really need to work on but today's result is encouraging.
Today was probably the most fun race of the season. The vibe that Holmenkollen has is very special. With so many fans screaming on every inch of the course, you get to experience one of the most special venues for our sport.
I was really pleased with my race today. I have been struggling to stay healthy these past few months, so I was more than excited to be able to pull together a 30k for one of my best races of the season.