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Anchorage's Bjornsen 18th in Olympic 10-K to lead US women

Germany's Nicole Fessel, left, and United States' Sadie Bjornsen ski on the finish straight during the women's 10K classical-style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Matthias Schrader
United States' Sadie Bjornsen skis in the finish area after completing the women's 10K classical-style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Gregorio Borgia
United States' Sadie Bjornsen skis in the finish area after completing the women's 10K classical-style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Gregorio Borgia
United States' Sadie Bjornsen competes during the women's 10K classical-style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Jae C. Hong

 

Anchorage's Sadie Bjornsen cracked the top 20 in the women's 10-kilometer classic cross-country ski race Thursday at the Winter Olympics.

Bjornsen placed 18th to lead the Americans. All four U.S. skiers finished in the top 35.

Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk, skiing on a broken foot, captured the gold medal in 28 minutes, 17.8 seconds. Charlotte Kalla of Sweden earned silver (28:36.2) and Therese Johaug of Norway took bronze (28:46.1).

Bjornsen placed 18th in 29:59.7. 

The other three Americans were separated by eight seconds. Vermont's Sophie Caldwell, who placed sixth in Tuesday's freestyle sprint, was 32nd (31:11.4), Vermont's Ida Sargent was 34th (31:15.1) and Anchorage's Holly Brooks was 35th (31:19.1).

 



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