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
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
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
52. Lindsey Weier, Mahtomedi, MN, 27:08.0
55. Sarah Konrad, Laramie, WY, 27:36.3
60. Caitlin Compton, Minneapolis, 28:05.3
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