|Norway Dominates Davos Relays|
Norway, the powerhouse nation in cross-country skiing, won both the Menís 4x10 km and Womenís 4x5 km relay events held this morning in Davos, Switzerland.
On the womenís side, the gold medal was easily won after Bente Skari, yesterdayís gold medalist in the 10 km freestyle event, pulled her team ahead by over 40 seconds in the second stage of the race.† Russian Nina Gavriljuk brought in the final leg for her team in a team time of 54:52.7, a full 21 seconds behind the Norwegians.† The bronze medal went to the Germans, anchored by Claudia Kuenzel, who won the bronze medal in the 5 km freestyle world cup in Kiruna, Sweden, in late November.
There was no full Canadian relay team competing today, though Sara Renner and Milaine Theriault raced on a mixed team with French skier Florence Poirot and Italian Kristina Kelder.† The mixed team came in 13th out of the 17 groups in a time of 58:15.2.
In the menís 4x10 km, the race finished with all the expected drama, as the final sprint went down to the wire with Norway (2), Italy and Norway (1) in a fierce head-to-head battle for gold.† Thomas Alsgaard, notorious for out-sprinting the competition in the final 100 meters, barely edged out Italian sprinting specialist Christian Zorzi and Norwegian teammate Espen Bjervig.† The final times were Norway (2) 1:38:57.8, Italy 1:38:58.2, and Norway (1) 1:39:03.2.
The World Cup series continues later this week in Italy, with a sprint race in Clussone, and a classical mass start in Cogne.† The Canadian team, composed of Beckie Scott, Sara Renner, and Milaine Theriault, will travel to Clussone on Tuesday.
For complete race results: http://www.fis-ski.com/crosscountry
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