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World Cup Final in Sweden

Fri, Mar  6, 2009 - By FIS

Sweden is hosting this year's Cross-Country World Cup Final with the Svensk Skidspelen in Stockholm and Falun. The World Cup Final, which is a competition series over four stages, is taking place in Sweden for the first time and for the second time altogether after the premiere in 2008 in St. Caterina (ITA)   

It will start on 18th March in Stockholm with a Sprint in the classical technique around the famous castle and will continue until 20th-22nd in Falun, with the challenge to become the "Queen and King of Mördarbacken" being held on Friday over a distance from 2,5 km for ladies and 3,3 km for men in free technique, the short pursuit races over 5 km + 5 km (ladies) and 10 km + 10 km for men  on Saturday and the exciting finish with handicap start in free technique (10 km ladies/15 km men) taking place on Sunday.

The overall World Cup winner will be announced on Sunday 22nd after the last competition of the World Cup Final - it will be an interesting Final with a lot of World Cup points to win. In total the best male and female can earn 400 points during the World Cup Final, 200 for the overall victory of the World Cup Final and for each single event 50 points which will be awarded for the daily victory. According to the rules, the racers have to finish the World Cup Final to get the World Cup points for each stage.

The experienced organizers of the Svenka Skidspelen are already well prepared for all the sports activity along with various side events and looking forward to the Final weekend - come and join us in Stockholm and Falun!
More information: http://www.skidspelen.se

Starting times:

Wednesday, 18th March

Sprint C ladies/men Qualification 14.00h*
Sprint Cladies/ men Finals 15.45h*

Friday, 20th March
2,5 km F Prologue, Interval start ladies - Queen of Mördarbacken 12.30h*
3,3 km  F Prologue,  Interval start men -  King of Mördarbacken 14.00h*

Saturday, 21st March
Pursuit 5km+5km ladies 15.00h*
Pursuit 10 km + 10 km men 13.15h*

Sunday, 22nd March
10 km handicap start F ladies 14.15h*
15 km handicap start F men 12.15h*
*local time

Top three at the World Cup Final in 2008 in Bormio/St. Caterina (3-stage-event)

Ladies                                          
1. Virpi Kuitunen (FIN)               
2. Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)       
3. Claudia Nystad(GER)             

Men
1. Vincent Vittoz (FRA)
2. Lukas Bauer (CZE)
3. Giorgio Di Centa (ITA)