NOVE MESTO, Czech Republic (Jan. 12) – Andy Newell (Shaftsbury, VT) anchored an impressive team effort with Simi Hamilton (Aspen, CO) to break into the top five in the FIS World Cup classic team sprint Sunday in Nove Mesto. The Russia 1 team took the team victory. Sophie Caldwell (Peru, VT) teamed up with Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT) to take sixth in the women’s sprint behind the winning team, Norway 1. The athletes head to Poland next for freestyle sprints and a 15k/10k classic race in Szklarska Poreba.
Andy Newell chases Emil Joensson of team Sweden 2. Newell and Simi Hamilton went on to finish fifth in the team sprints Sunday in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. (Getty Images/AFP/Michal Cizek)
Chris Grover, Head Cross Country Coach
Great skiing by the U.S. men and women today. I can't remember the last time our men were as high as fifth in this event. But this has been a target event for the men, so it’s nice to see it's coming together. Next stop Sochi.
Both Simi and Andy skied really strong legs all day and skied super heads-up to avoid some crashes. Simi twice dodged having his pole broken by another competitor. We have a little work to do to get to the podium level right now but we have the potential to get there.
Great skiing by the ladies as well and especially by Sophie, who picked up a placing or two on every round. Both teams avoided the crashes and kept the USA in the mix until the very end of the finals.