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Holly Brooks wins close American Birkebeiner 50k

According to numerous sources, Anchorage's Holly Brooks has tidied up some unfinished business by winning the women's freestyle event at the American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race, the nation's largest, on Saturday.

In 2009's Birkebeiner, Brooks came in second on a photo finish, and her win in 2012 was no less exciting.

"I definitely had flashbacks of three years ago and just kind of kept my head up," Brooks told

After more than two hours of toil in the 50-kilometer race, Brooks edged out Caitlin Gregg in a sprint to the finish line by half a second.

Read more about the race at FasterSkier, here, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, here, and the home-town report from the Anchorage Daily News, here.

Craig Medred

Craig Medred is a former writer for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch and Alaska Dispatch News. He left the ADN in 2015.