|Freeman and Wagner Dominate Silver Star Classic Race|
Kris Freeman and Wendy Wagner posted dominating wins in today's Continental Cup classic race in Silver Star, BC. Snow has been scarce in western Canada as warm weather has plagued that area for the past two weeks, but to the bane of all coaches the snow once again arrived the morning of the classic race to complicate waxing. Fortunately no substantial accumulations meant that conditions were not difficult.
Kris Freeman quickly closed the 30 seconds gap to his older brother Justin Freeman, in under 6km of the 15km race. The two then stuck together to the end of the race, building a substantial lead on the rest of the field. Andrew Johnson finished 3rd just under a minute behind the winner. David Chamberlain and Carl Swenson finished 4th and 5th.
In the women's race, Wendy Wagner put in an equally impressive performance as her countryman, also winning by over 30 seconds. Canadian Dasha Gaiazova, who is still a junior, finished second, followed by Junior National teammate Colleen Mortimer in third. Tasha Betcherman and Erin Quinn-Hurst rounded out the top five.
Action continues tomorrow with night-sprint racing at Sovereign Lakes ski club. In a slightly abnormal format, the top 32 qualifiers will contest the elimination round.
Complete results will be available at http://www.sovereignlake.com/race_results/index.html when posted.
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