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Randall wins World Cup nordic freestyle sprint in Finland

Winner Kikkan Randall from the US, centre, wins the Women's Cross-Country sprint in the FIS World Cup Ski Games in Lahti, Finland on Saturday March 1, 2014. At left is third placed Sophie Caldwell from the US and at right fourth placed Gaia Vueruch from Italy.(AP Photo/LEHTIKUVA / Heikki Saukkomaa) FINLAND OUT
Heikki Saukkomaa
Winner Kikkan Randall of the US, centre, with second placed Katja Visnar of Slovenia, right, and third placed Sophie Caldwell after the Women's Cross-Country sprint in the FIS World Cup Ski Games in Lahti, Finland on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Randall, of Anchorage, found out March 5 that she had clinched her third-straight women's World Cup sprint championship.
Heikki Saukkomaa

Coming off a disappointing Olympics, two-time World Cup nordic sprint ski champion Kikkan Randall of Anchorage returned to familiar form Saturday when she won the World Cup freestyle sprint in Lahti, Finland.

Randall's victory and the third-place finish of teammate Sophie Caldwell earned the U.S. its first double-podium performance in history.

Randall's victory also put her atop the World Cup sprint standings.

"It was super fun to share the podium with my teammate today,'' Randall said in a U.S. Ski Team news release. "Sophie is having an incredible breakthrough season and it's so fun to head to the start with your teammate.''

Caldwell's lunge at the line won her a photo finish over fourth-place Gaia Vuerich of Italy.

Holly Brooks of Anchorage finished 66th.

Randall, who is ranked No. 5 overall in the world, has won three World Cup sprint races this season.


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