The sun highlights skiers in the freestyle team sprint in Liberec. (Getty Images/AFP-Michal Cizek)
LIBEREC, Czech Republic (Jan 13) - Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) and Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT) combined to lead the U.S. Ski Team finishing seventh in a freestyle team sprint in Liberec. Norway's Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg and Maiken Caspersen Falla picked up the women's win while Russia dominated the men's with Nikolay Morilov and Mikhail Devjatiarov taking the win. The World Cup now heads to La Clusaz, France where the full U.S. Ski Team World Cup squad will regain after Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) and others took a break after the Tour de Ski.
Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) and Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT) finished seventh in a freestyle team sprint World Cup in Liberec.
Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT), who was sixth in the indivdual classic sprint Saturday, paired with Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) to finish 13th in the men's event.
The World Cup now heads to La Clusaz, France next weekend.
Today was very exciting for Ida and I. Last year we teamed up for a team sprint at this same time in Milan and finished 14th. This year we were able to ski in the mix and spend a large portion of time in the front of the back. 95% of the race we were skiing around third and fourth place, so it is a huge day for Ida and, of course, U.S. Ski Team depth without Kikkan, Jessie, Liz and Holly here. The course was quick and tough, with little recovery between tag-off's, so it was a day to dig deep and work hard.
It was a fun day on a short but hard 850 meter course. Laps were taking less than two minutes so it was fast and exciting racing. A year ago in Milan, Sadie and I raced together and barely hung on the back of our semifinal heat. So it was a big improvement to make the final despite a broken pole and then to hang with the leaders for most of the race. I didn't have much left for the finishing sprint but otherwise a great day. Sadie skied super well all day and it was awesome to race with her.