Saturday, December 8, 2007 - LatestNews
Renner 38th, Kershaw 35th in Davos

In her first international race since becoming a mother, Sara Renner marked her return to the World Cup by finishing a very promising 38th in today's 10km classic.  The Olympic and World Championship medalist had originally planned to wait for the World Cup to visit her home town of Canmore in late January, but due to her quick return to top form, it was decided that Renner would make her debut as an international racing mother a few weeks earlier. 

The women's race was won by last years overall World Champion, Virpi Kuitunen of Finland. She was followed by two Norwegian's, Vibeke Skofterud and Kristin Steira. 

Chandra Crawford, the only other Canadian women competing, finished 57th.  American racer Kikkan Randall was the top North American in 37th. 

The men's race was won by German star, Axel Teichmann, who has now been on the podium in all three World Cup distance races, winning two of them and finishing third last weekend in Kuusamo.  Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset of Norway was 2nd, with Finland's Sami Jauhojaervi in 3rd. 

Canadian Devon kershaw was the top North American finisher in 35th.  For the Canadians, George Grey followed in 56th, Drew Goldsack in 65th and Sean Crooks in 75th.  American Kris Freeman was unable to replicate his 5th place finish from the week before, finishing 50th.  Other US competitors included Lars Flora in 70th, Andrew Newell in 73rd and Chris Cook in 74th.   

Conditions were difficult for team technicians, with klister tracks turning to snow and hardwax during the competition.      

Racing continues tomorrow with traditional relays.

For full results - http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?event_id=23349&cal_suchsector=CC
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