STOCKHOLM, Sweden (March 17) - Less than a week after landing on the World Cup podium, Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) again led her team, finishing 15th during a sprint in Sweden on Wednesday.
Randall's finish comes on the heels of her third appearance on a World Cup podium, finishing second in a hunt for the win in Oslo, Norway that put her high enough in the World Cup standings to compete at the season's final events.
Sweden's Anna Olsson brought in the women's win for her home country. Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk was second and Marit Bjoergen of Norway was third.
In the men's race Andy Newell (Shaftsburry, VT) led the way for the U.S., qualifying for finals before going out in the first round like teammate Randall. He finished 22nd.
Russia's Nikita Kriukov won the race, followed in second by Petter Northug of Norway and Sweden's Emil Joensson in third.
The World Cup action continues in Falun, Sweden with races March 19-21.
2010 CROSS COUNTRY WORLD CUP
Stockholm, Sweden - March 17, 2010
1. Nikita Kriukov, Russia
2. Petter Northug, Norway
3. Emil Joensson, Sweden
4. Mats Larsson, Sweden
5. Jesper Modin, Sweden
22. Andy Newell, Shaftsburry, VT
56. Brian Gregg, Winthrop, WA
1. Anna Olsson, Sweden
2. Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland
3. Marit Bjoergen, Norway
4. Ida Ingemarsdotter, Sweden
5. Katerina Smutna, Austria
15. Kikkan Randall, Anchorage