Thursday, January 31, 2002 - Results
Scott 2nd at International Grand Prix

Sun Valley, Idaho - Beckie Scott and her Canadian teammates had a particularly good day of pre-Olympic training today, with strong finishes in the Idaho International Grand Prix competition, made up of various other 2002 Olympic medal contenders.

Scott led two of her teammates into the top ten while finishing second in the 5km classic style race to Italian great Stephania Belomondo. Canmore's Sara Renner finished fifth, and Edmonton's Amanda Fortier was tenth.

"Things felt really good out there," said Scott. "I'm pleased with how things are going," she said, referring to her final pre-Olympic preparations.

Belmondo won today's event in a time of 15:55.1. Scott was just seconds behind in 16:10.4, narrowly beating out the Ukraine's Valentina Schevchenko who finished third in 16:10.5, just one tenth of a second behind Scott. Sweden's Jennifer Olsen was fourth in 16:28.9, less than one second ahead of Renner who finished in 16:29.8. Fortier finished in 17:22.5, followed by Milaine Theriault from St. Quentin, New Brunswick in 17:27.3. Jaime Fortier from Edmonton finished 14th in 17:34.1

Donald Farley, Canada's only male 2002 Olympic Cross Country skier raced a competitive 10km skating style event against a strong international field. Spaniard Johan Mulehegg finished first in a time of 26:21.9, followed by Lichtenstien's Markus Hestler and Stephan Kunz in second and third place. Their times were 26:58.8 and 27:29.6 respectively. Oregon's Justin Wadsworth was the top North American finishing fourth in 27:30.4. Farley earned a 12th place finish with his time of 29:34.0

The Canadian Olympic Cross Country ski team is currently training at altitude in Sun Valley, along with Nordic powerhouse teams like Sweden, Norway and Italy.

Complete results will be posted when available.

News Source: Cross Country Canada.

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