LAHTI, Finland (March 10) - Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, WA) came back with a second straight career best World Cup day, finishing 18th in the 10k classic at the Lahti Ski Games. Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland extended her World Cup lead with the win. Kris Freeman (Andover, NH) led the U.S. men in 25th in the 15k with Norway's Petter Northug taking the win.
Sadie Bjornsen (shown here skiing at World Championships) raced to 18th in the 10k classic at Lahti for a career best distance finish. (U.S. Ski Team - Sarah Brunson)
Today was an exciting race purely because of the unknown factors of an individual start race. I have only done one other this year, and that was at nationals. It was fun to go out there and ski my own race - pushing where I felt like I could and making up time where I felt like others may forget to. My skis were great, my energy was great, and I went out there with a mission. It is exciting to be able to put together a weekend of personal bests after World Championships where I never felt like I hit my potential.