Anchorage — Anchorage's Kikkan Randall delivered another podium finish Friday on the World Cup nordic ski circuit, finishing third in a 2.5-kilometer freestyle prologue that marked the second stage of a four-stage mini-tour in Falun, Sweden.
Randall, a three-time Olympian, led a strong day by Americans -- Anchorage's Holly Brooks finished seventh and Jessie Diggins claimed eighth. Also, Rosie Brennan, who like Randall and Brooks trains with the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center, finished 46th.
Marit Bjoergen of Norway won the prologue in 6 minutes, 3.2 seconds. Randall clocked 6:09.8, Brooks followed in 6:15.5 and Diggins clocked 6:17.4.
Randall's third-place finish earned her a five-second time bonus heading into Saturday's 10-K classic race, the third of the four stages.
"The times were really tight out there and I'm happy to be on the podium,'' Randall said in an email. "I think we had great skis today and I'm really psyched for our performance as a team.''
After skiers previewed the course Thursday, they were concerned a twisting downhill section was unsafe. After athletes met with the jury, the course was altered to remove the top part of the hill.
Through two of four stages, Randall sits in ninth on the mini-tour and Brooks, an Olympian, is 17th. Brennan is 47th.
Randall, who earlier this month locked up her second straight World Cup sprint championship, is third in the overall World Cup standings. Brooks is 33rd.
The mini-tour wraps the World Cup season.