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Kalla and Bauer lead prize money rankings

Fri, Feb  22, 2008 - By FIS

Charlotte Kalla (SWE)The two Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski winners Charlotte Kalla (SWE) and Lukas Bauer (CZE) lead the season's prize money rankings as only 8 competitions (the World Cup Final counts as one event) are left.

Thanks to her Tour de Ski victory, five victories and three podium places, Charlotte Kalla is in the lead of the prize money list with netto winnings of 186,750 CHF (1 Swiss franc = 0.910001 U.S. dollars). The current leader of the World Cup ranking on the ladies' side, Virpi Kuitunen has earned only 19,000 CHF less than Kalla, by being second at the Tour and by having five World Cup victories and four podium places.

On the men's side, the gap is bigger between the first two. He has won 5 individual competitions, one with his team and has had additional 3 podium places. The runner-up is the second place finisher on the Lukas Bauer, who is building his own house at the moment, is the dominator of this season and is in the lead of the prize money ranking with netto earnings of 219,500 CHF.Tour and also 2nd ranked in the current World Cup standings, René Sommerfeldt (GER). A good friend of Lukas Bauer, Sommerfeldt has earned so far 119,000 CHF this season.

Ladies, in CHF
1. Charlotte Kalla (SWE) 186,750 (about $170,000)
2. Virpi Kuitunen (FIN) 167,250
3. Astrid Jacobsen (NOR) 92,750
4. Arianna Follis (ITA) 75,250
5. Valentina Shevchenko (UKR) 64,500

Men, in CHF
1. Lukas Bauer (CZE) 219,000 (about $200,000)
2. René Sommerfeldt (GER) 119,000
3. Giorgio Di Centa (ITA) 67,750
4. Tor Arne Hetland (NOR) 49,000
5. Axel Teichmann (GER) 44,500