Saturday, November 23, 2002 - Results
Beckie Scott 4th in Kiruna World Cup

Kiruna, Sweden, November 23, 2002

National Cross Country ski team member Beckie Scott skied a blistering fast 5km skate race at the second World Cup competition of the year in Kiruna, Sweden this morning, placing her in fourth place and a mere 1.9 seconds from first.

Using her bronze medal winning skis from the pursuit race at last year’s Salt Lake City Olympics, Scott was surprised, but pleased no less from the day’s results.

“I had no expectations for today at all,” says Scott.  “Really I hadn’t been getting too much sleep since we arrived, so I was totally surprised.”

Scott’s time was 13:41.6 and only four tenths of a second from third place German finisher, Claudia Kuenzel.  Kuenzel’s teammate, Eve Sachenbacher, tied for gold with Estonian Kristina Smigun in a time of 13:39.71.  

Scott’s Canadian teammate, Sara Renner, who was recovering from being sick all week, also skied a speedy race coming in 41st place.  Her time was 14:38.0, which was only eight seconds from the top 30.

“I think it’s a good start for me,” says Renner.  “I think my body is still adjusting and recovering, but I am confident the results will only improve as the season moves on.”

Top male racers were French skier Vincent Vittoz in first, Italian Pietro Piller Cottrer in second, and Italian Fulvio Valbusa in third.  There are currently no male Canadians on the circuit.

Scott and Renner will travel to Kuusamo, Finland on Monday in preparation for the next World Cup race on Saturday.

Source: CCC

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