CANMORE, AB (Feb. 5) –Caitlin Compton (Minneapolis, MN) marked a career best Friday, finishing 14th during a World Cup 10K freestyle event in Canmore, just one week before she heads to the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Compton's results topped U.S. performances in the race, which was won by Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla. Justyna Kowalcyk of Poland was second and Russia's Irina Khazova Was third. Italy’s Giorgio Di Centa won the men's race.
Morgan Arritola (Ketchum, ID) finished 23rd to mark her best individual result on the circuit. It was also an exciting day for Holly Brooks (Anchorage) who marked her first World Cup finishing 24th.
Kris Freeman (Andover, NH) was the top male U.S. finisher, posting a solid 20th place.
The World Cup action continues in Canmore on Saturday with men's and women's classic sprints. From there, some of the U.S. athletes will be Vancouver Bound, ready to compete for their country.
Canmore, AB - Feb. 5, 2010
1. Giorgio Di Centa, Italy, 34:08.00
2. Pietro Piller Cottrer, Italy, 34:13.10
3. Dario Cologna, Switzerland, 34:19.90
4. Toni Livers, Switzerland, 34:23.00
5. Axel Teichmann, Germany, 34:30.40
20. Kris Freeman, Andover, NH, 35:17.20
29. Matther Liebsch, Plymouth, MN, 35:35,60
33. Garrott Kuzzy, Minneapolis, MN, 35:43.80
35. James Southam, Anchorage, AK, 35:48.00
39. Mike Hinckley, Anchorage, AK, 36:05.50
41. Bryan Cook, Marquette, MI, 36:13.10
42. Noah Hoffman, Aspen, CO, 36:13.90
50. Brenton Knight, Anchorage, AK, 36:38.20
56. Leif Orin Zimmermann, Bozeman, MT, 36:54.10
57. Tad Elliot, Durango, CO, 36:54.20
68. Brian Gregg, Winthrop, WA, 37:42.90
1. Charlotte Kalla, Sweden, 25:00.60
2. Justyna Kowalcyk, Poland, 25:10.30
3. Irina Khazova, Russia, 25:17.10
4. Valentina Shevchenko, Ukraine, 25:29.30
5. Anna Haag, Sweden, 25:39.40
14. Caitlin Compton, Minneapolis, MN, 26:19.40
23. Morgan Arritola, Ketchum, ID, 26:41.00
24. Holly Brooks, Anchorage, AK, 26:43.60
36. Elizabeth Stephen, East Mountpelier, VT, 27:03.30
44. Kikkan Randall, Anchorage, AK, 27:27.70
48. Kristina Trygstad-Saari, Bozeman, MT, 27:47.40
52. Nicole Deyong, Ketchum, ID, 28:18.10
55. Rebecca Rorabaugh, Anchorage, AK, 28:45.90
58. Laura Valaas, Anchorage, AK, 29:30.80