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Sweden Wins but Norwegian Women take Next 4 Spots in Pursuit

FIS Junior World Ski Championships

Fri, Mar  16, 2007 - By FIS

Charlotta Kalla (SWE) fended off a strong Norwegian attack in the ladies' pursuit race at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships at Tarvisio (ITA) Friday. She took the title, her second at this year's Junior Worlds, with an impressive margin of almost 41 seconds. The young Norwegian talents then dominated the ranks 2nd-5th, led by Marte Monrad-Hansen, Therese Johaug, Astrid Jacobsen and Marthe Kristoffersen.

In the men's pursuit race, Eirik Kurland-Olsen sprinted to take the gold for Norway. Just 1.2 second behind, today's silver medal went to Ondrej Horyna (CZE) ahead of Kurland-Olsen's teammate Sjur Roethe while Alex Harvey of Canada, bronze medallist in the individual start race on Wednesday, took 4th. The top 5 finished within 10 seconds from each other.

Top US finishers: Women Liz Stephen and Alexa Turzian finished 16th and 19th overall while Matthew Phillip Gelso was top US male in 31st place.

In the Nordic Combined team event, Team Austria celebrated the World Championship title whilst Germany took silver and Norway bronze. Team Finland that led after jumping fell to 6th place.