Anna Dyvik of Sweden takes gold in the women’s U23 classic sprint Tuesday at Soldier Hollow. (U.S. Ski Team-Steven Earl)
SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah (Jan. 31, 2017) - The USANA FIS U23 Cross Country Championships opened Tuesday at Soldier Hollow, with Scandinavian countries taking the lion’s share of medals.
Norway’s Fredrik Riseth won gold in the men’s classic sprint, with Swede Anna Dyvik victorious for the women. It was the second straight day of sunshine on the 2002 Olympic venue, with temperatures warming up above freezing for the first time during the Championships.
Riseth won by 1.05 seconds over Russia’s Alexander Bolshunov, who took silver. Norway’s Joachim Aurland won bronze. Riseth, the Junior World Champion from two years ago in classic sprint, qualified fourth and won each of his three heats.
Norway’s Fredrik Riseth took the gold in the men’s classic sprint Tuesday at Soldier Hollow. (U.S. Ski Team-Steven Earl)
Dyvik took more than a three second margin over silver medalist Thea Kroka Murud of Norway, with her teammate Maja Dahlqvist of Sweden bronze. Dyvik was the fastest qualifier but lost out to Dahlqvist in both the quarterfinal and semifinal heats. It was Dyvik’s first U23 medal after winning a relay gold and skiathlon bronze at the 2014 Junior World Championships.
The USA qualified three of four men and all four women into the heats. Cole Morgan finished ninth to lead the men with Jesse Knori the top U.S. woman in 15th.
Wednesday it’s back to Junior Worlds with a 10k freestyle for men and 5k for women on the Olympic trails at Soldier Hollow.
Norway and Sweden took five of six medals as the U23 Cross Country World Championships opened with a classic sprint.
Norway’s Fredrik Riseth, the Junior World Champion from two years ago in classic sprint, won gold.
Sweden’s Anna Dyvik was fastest qualifier and took gold.
Wednesday will be back to Junior Worlds with a 10k freestyle for men and 5k for women.
MEDALISTS Men’s Classic Sprint Gold - Fredrik Riseth, Norway Silver - Alexander Bolshunov, Russia Browne -Joachim Aurland, Norway
Women’s Classic Sprint Gold - Anna Dyvik, Sweden Silver - Thea Kroka Murud, Norway Bronze - Maja Dahlqvist, Sweden
AMERICAN FINISHERS Men 9 - Cole Morgan 18 - Patrick Caldwell 28- John Hegman 31 - Callan Deline
Women (all four U.S. women qualified for heats) 15 - Jesse Knori 16 - Kelsey Phinney 18 - Nichole Bathe 22 - Corey Stock