It is a bit of a blur, but as we entered the rolling hills before the giant 'B' hill Tad made a move and shot off the front of the group. Shortly after Matt moved over and crashed into Lars, breaking his own pole.
It started with a 6:00 AM phone call from Jim Meyer, who with his partner Nick Johnson, had started at 1:00 AM and had just then completed one full loop of the race course...without pulling a grooming device!
Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) led three Americans into the points in a World Cup skiathlon event Saturday in Lahti. Randall was 12th followed by Jessie Diggins (Afton, MN) in 18th and Liz Stephen in 21st.
There will be a race! As a contingency plan, if it is snowing hard at the start, we will hold off the start 30-60 minutes to give Jim Meyer a head start so we do not run him down and he will be grooming in front on the lead pack.