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Four cross-country skiers from Anchorage score World Cup points in Sweden

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 9
  • Published February 9

Four Anchorage skiers picked up World Cup points during two days of cross-country racing this weekend in Falun, Sweden.

Sadie Maubet Bjornsen scored points in both of the women’s races, placing 17th in Saturday’s classic sprint and 21st in Sunday’s 10-kilometer freestyle.

David Norris posted his best individual result of the season by placing 24th Sunday in the men’s 15K freestyle; Hailey Swirbul collected the first points of her career in a classic sprint by placing 25th Saturday; and Rosie Brennan continued a solid season by finishing 23rd in Sunday’s 10K.

All four skiers train with the Alaska Pacific University nordic program.

“I felt strong,” Norris said in a release from US Skiing and Snowboarding. “Lap three and four were so painful, but I luckily pulled it back together for the last two laps.”

Skiers raced on a 2.5-kilometer loop that Brennan said didn’t have many climbs but also didn’t have many places to rest. Warm weather and falling rain didn’t help, she said.

Conditions were difficult the whole weekend.

“Unfortunately Falun hasn’t gotten snow all winter,” Bjornsen said Saturday by email, “so we are racing on a small ribbon of snow spread across the course.”

The Falun races marked the end of the World Cup’s third period of racing, with two more to go. Heading into the fourth period, Bjornsen and Brennan are among four American women who rank in the top 20 of the overall standings — Jessie Diggins of Minnesota is fifth, Bjornsen is seventh, Brennan 18th and Sophie Caldwell of Vermont is 19th.