Randall 20th in classic sprint; Chythlook-Sifsof 24th in snowboardcross

Anchorage's Kikkan Randall had a disappointing day Saturday in Asiago, Italy, where the reigning World Cup sprint champion placed 20th in a classic sprint to slip to third place in this season's sprint standings.

The performance came on an otherwise good day for the Americans -- Randall was one of four women to advance from the preliminaries into the quarterfinals.

Ida Sargent of Vermont led the U.S. Ski Team in 10th place, the only American to advance beyond the quarterfinals. Anchorage's Sadie Bjornsen was 16th and Vermont's Sophie Caldwell was 24th. Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk won the race.

"I'm not happy with the result today. I wanted more," Randall said in an email. "But I tried hard with what I had in the body today and it just wasn't quite enough.

"With classic for me, there is a certain zone both with intensity and body position. If I get in that zone I am really strong but if I sit just below it I struggle. Today I was just below that optimal zone."

Randall's forte is skating but she has made gains recently in classic skiing. She will compete again Sunday in the team sprint, where the U.S. is among the medal favorites. Randall, Sargant, Bjornsen and Caldwell will be divided into two teams for the race. Anchorage's Holly Brooks is taking the weekend off.

24th for Chythlook-Sifsof

Girdwood's Callan Chythlook-Sifsof placed 24th at a World Cup snowboardcross race in Lake Louise, Alberta.

Faring much better was the teammate who shared a silver medal with Chythlook-Sifsof in a World Cup team event earlier this month. Lindsey Jacobellis of Vermont, competing in an individual race for the first time in nearly two years due to a knee injury, claimed gold for her 27th World Cup victory.

The win should assure Jacobellis a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, though no one has been officially named to the team.

Chythlook-Sifsof was the third American, trailing Jacobellis and seventh-place Faye Gulini of Salt Lake City.

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