RUKA, Finland (Nov.29) - Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT) skied to a fifth place finish in the cross country classic sprint World Cup opener Saturday, earning a career best individual finish. Norway’s Marit Bjoergen won her 67th career World Cup, finishing just ahead of Kajta Visnar (SLO) and Maiken Caspersen Fall (NOR.) In the men’s competition Eirik Brandsdal (NOR) took the win. Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) was the top US Men’s finisher in 26th place. Sunday the men and women will race a 15k/10k individual classic event.
Ida Sargent 5th in Kuusamo Classic Sprint. Photo Noah Hoffman
It was a fun day out there but a hard day. I’m grateful to start off the season with a strong result. The best part was that all my teammates were in the stadium waiting for me to finish.
Conditions were really tricky, glazed and blown out but over the tops of the hill they were really powdery. There was not really any perfect wax. You had to make it work. But overall our techs did a really good job.
Jason Cork, Coach
It was cooling off as the day went on. It was a mix of klister, klister covered, hairies. The skis were tricky. –
It was a good start to the year. We were happy with the way it worked out. You always have to clean up the skis at the end of the day, but getting five in the rounds in the first big competition makes that much easier!
We’re looking forward to seeing what the whole crew can do tomorrow in the distance races. Noah (Hoffman) hasn’t had a big competition yet so that will be fun to watch. Sadie (Bjornsen) finished well here last year so it’s exciting to watch her.