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U-23s: Mannix Fastest Skate Leg in Pursuit

FIS Junior World Ski Championships

Sun, Mar  18, 2007 - By US Ski Team

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.

Ioulia Tchekaleva 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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