Brooks 20th in World Cup 10-K

Anchorage's Holly Brooks and the rest of the U.S. Ski Team looked sharp Sunday in their final race before the Nordic World Championships, which begin Wednesday in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

Brooks was among three American in the top 20 of a World Cup 10-kilometer freestyle race in Davos, Switzerland. It was the final World Cup race before the world championships.

Brooks placed 20th to join teammates Jessie Diggins of Afton, Minn., who was 14th, and Liz Stephen of E. Montpelier, Vt., who was 15th, in the top 20. Norway's Therese Johaug won and Anchorage's Kikkan Randall did not race.

The race was the second consecutive solid showing in Davos for Brooks, a 2010 Olympian who advanced to the quarterfinals of Saturday's sprint race.

"For Holly, this weekend has been a double confirmation that she has overcome a flat post-Tour de Ski period and is ready to launch another bid for the top in Val di Fiemme," U.S. Ski Team coach Matt Whitcomb said.

Brooks and Randall are among four Alaskans who will compete in the world championships. The others are Sadie Bjornsen and Erik Bjornsen, siblings from Winthrop, Wash., who train at Alaska Pacific University along with Brooks and Randall.

Randall is among the favorites to earn a medal at the world championships.


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