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Weier Tops U.S. in 10K; Czech Defends Title

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

Tue, Feb  27, 2007 - By US Ski Team

SAPPORO, Japan (Feb. 27) - Czech Katerina Neumannova won her second consecutive 10K freestyle world championships Tuesday as the 2007 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships resumed after a day off. Top American was Northern Michigan University senior Lindsey Weier (Mahtomedi, MN) in 52nd place.

Neumannova, the Olympic 30K FR champion in addition to her 10K world title from 2005, led from start to finish in posting a gold-medal time of 23:58.4. Olga Savialova of Russia took silver (24.24.9) and Italy's Arianna Follis was bronze medalist with a time of 24:28.6 in the 32-degree overcast weather.

Weier, a two-time Olympian, but skiing in her first World Championships, had a time of 27:08.0 with Sarah Konrad (Laramie, WY) 55th and Caitlin Compton (Minneapolis) 60th in her first race at the championships after battling the onset of a cold.

The next women's cross country race is the 4x5K mixed relay Thursday. Starting time is 1 a.m. ET with live interval timing available at http://livetiming.usskiteam.com.

Multimedia:
Photos from Sapporo are available at http://ussa.smugmug.com.

Audio of Weier, Compton and Konrad from the women's 10K freestyle is available at www.ussamedia.com.

2007 FIS NORDIC WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
Shirahata
Sapporo, JPN - Feb. 27, 2007
Women's 10K Freestyle
1. Katerina Neumannova, Czech Republic, 23:58.4
2. Olga Savialova, Russia, 24:24.9
3. Arianna Follis, Italy, 24:28.6
4. Kristin Stoermer Steira, Norway, 24:33.9
5. Charlotte Kalla, Sweden, 24:41.9
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52. Lindsey Weier, Mahtomedi, MN, 27:08.0
55. Sarah Konrad, Laramie, WY, 27:36.3
60. Caitlin Compton, Minneapolis, 28:05.3

For complete results:
www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?cal_suchsector=CC&event_id=22246