TARVISIO, Italy (March 17) - Taz Mannix (Anchorage, AK/Alaska Winter
Stars/Alaska Pacific U. Nordic/U.S. B Team) had the fastest skating leg
Saturday to finish ninth in the women's 15K (7.5+7.5) pursuit that
concluded the FIS U-23 World Championships.
had the second-fastest time in each stage of the mass start race, which
begins with 7.5 kilometers of classic technique and then 7.5 Ks of
freestyle (skating). Her gold-medal time was 41:53.8 as she out-skied
Coraline Hugue of France, who was 6.4 seconds back. Czech Ivana
Janeckova was the bronze medalist.
Mannix was 23rd in the classic phase but she tore through the field in
the freestyle to move up 14 places and finish ninth in the field of 43
with a time of 42:38.0. Morgan Arritola (Fairfield, ID/Sun Valley Ski
Education Foundation/U.S. B Team) was 23rd, moving up 19 spots as she
turned-in the 13th-fastest freestyle loop.
In the men's 30K (15K+15K), Dario Cologna took his second gold, this
time in 1:21.50.4 while teammate Curdin Perl and Russian Stanislav
Volzhentsev tied for the silver, each finishing 1.6 seconds back of
Cologna. Top U.S. result came from Ben True (Hanover, NH/Dartmouth
College), who finished 36th in the field of 74.
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