Kikkan Randall, of Anchorage, Alaska, skates to a FIS World Cup win with teammate Jessie Diggins in the first ever U.S. team sprint victory on Friday in Quebec. (photo: Reese Brown)

Randall, Diggins Make Cross-Country Ski Racing History in Quebec

Quebec City (QC), Canada - Anchorage, Alaska’s Kikkan Randall, and Jessie Diggins, of Afton, Minn., made U.S. Ski Team history on the streets of Quebec City on Friday, taking the first ever American team event win.

“We just wanted to go out and execute a nice smooth race plan, build our way up through the field, stay out of trouble and I think we executed it just like we wanted to today,” said Randall. “It’s nice to make that happen.”

Diggins skied a masterful final lap , coming from behind on her third and final leg to put the USA into the lead, handing off to Randall, who held off a hard-charging pack and threats from Germany and Norway on the anchor leg for the win.

Kikkan Randall, of Anchorage, Alaska, skates to a FIS World Cup win with teammate Jessie Diggins in the first ever U.S. team sprint victory on Friday in Quebec. (photo: Reese Brown)

Kikkan Randall, of Anchorage, Alaska, skates to a FIS World Cup win with teammate Jessie Diggins in the first ever U.S. team sprint victory on Friday in Quebec. (photo: Reese Brown)

“It was overwhelmingly awesome to be here and win with a crowd so close to home and to be sprinting with the girl who has been my mentor and who I’ve looked up to my entire life,” said Diggins. “All of the wax techs and coaches did their job perfectly and that made us do our jobs perfectly! I’m happy I stayed on my feet!”

Last January, Randall and Diggins teamed up to finish a then record second in a freestyle team sprint in Milan.

“It’s a great reward to be able to win in front of friends and family. Everyone traveled really far to come out and support us today so we wanted to go out and do our job and put on a good show and the atmosphere here was fantastic today,” added Randall. “It’s so cool for us to see the American flag and hear our names called out. I’m glad we put in a good performance.”

Kazhakstan took the men’s victory, with USA Team 1 placing 12th and Team 2 24th. Women’s Team USA 2 with Ida Sargent, of Orleans, Vt., and Anchorage’s Holly Brooks qualified for the finals and finished ninth.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
FIS Cross Country World Cup
Quebec City (QC), Canada – Dec. 7, 2012

Women’s Team Sprint

Rank Bib Name Nation Time
 1 UNITED STATES I USA 21:49.5
DIGGINS Jessica
RANDALL Kikkan
 2 GERMANY GER 21:50.4
KOLB Hanna
HERRMANN Denise
 3 NORWAY I NOR 21:50.6
BRUN-LIE Celine
FALLA Maiken Caspersen
 4 RUSSIA II RUS 21:50.9
SHAPOVALOVA Evgenia
NIKOLAEVA Svetlana
 5 FINLAND FIN 21:51.0
MALVALEHTO Mona-Lisa
KYLLOENEN Anne
 6 SLOVENIA I SLO 21:58.7
VISNAR Katja
FABJAN Vesna
 7 RUSSIA I RUS 22:00.3
DOTSENKO Anastasia
KOROSTELEVA Natalia
 8 SWEDEN II SWE 22:08.1
PAJALA Magdalena
SOEMSKAR Linn
 9 UNITED STATES II USA 22:25.5
SARGENT Ida
BROOKS Holly
 10 NORWAY II NOR 22:38.6
GJEITNES Kari Vikhagen
OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad

Men’s Team Sprint

Rank Bib Name Nation Time FIS Points
 1 KAZAKHSTAN I KAZ 19:25.1
VOLOTKA Denis
CHEBOTKO Nikolay
 2 RUSSIA I RUS 19:25.2
KRIUKOV Nikita
PETUKHOV Alexey
 3 NORWAY I NOR 19:26.2
GLOEERSEN Anders
BRANDSDAL Eirik
 4 NORWAY II NOR 19:26.4
DAHL John Kristian
GOLBERG Paal
 5 Canada I CAN 19:27.0
KERSHAW Devon
HARVEY Alex
 6 ITALY II ITA 19:28.9
PASINI Fabio
SCOLA Fulvio
 7 SWEDEN I SWE 19:29.2
PETERSON Teodor
JOENSSON Emil
 8 RUSSIA II RUS 19:30.5
RETIVYKH Gleb
MORILOV Nikolay
 9 SWEDEN II SWE 19:31.3
BRYNTESSON Robin
PERSSON Simon
 10 CANADA II CAN 20:04.9
COCKNEY Jesse
VALJAS Len


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