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Nordic Worlds: Norway takes men’s relay


The Norwegian men’s cross country team defended their 2007 title today, winning the gold medals in the 4×10 km relay at the 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. Norway finished with a team time of 1:41:50.6, beating second-place Germany by 2.6 seconds. Finland was 43.9 seconds back to claim the bronze medals.

The U.S. team finished 13th, represented by Kris Freeman, Chris Cook, James Southam and Andrew Newell. Freeman was the first American to race, finishing the classic leg in fourth place.

“Freeman got off to a great start. Cook, who has mostly been training for sprint, skied really well despite the training he’s doing, so we’re going to make some changes there this year. James was our third skier and then Andy, and both those guys faded,” said U.S. cross country head coach Pete Vordenberg.

The cross country action in Liberec continues tomorrow with the women’s 30K relay.

Check out UniversalSports.com for all the highlights form Liberec presented by High Sierra.


The Norwegian men’s cross country team defended their 2007 title today, winning the gold medals in the 4×10 km relay at the 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. Norway finished with a team time of 1:41:50.6, beating second-place Germany by 2.6 seconds. Finland was 43.9 seconds back to claim the bronze medals.

The U.S. team finished 13th, represented by Kris Freeman, Chris Cook, James Southam and Andrew Newell. Freeman was the first American to race, finishing the classic leg in fourth place.

“Freeman got off to a great start. Cook, who has mostly been training for sprint, skied really well despite the training he’s doing, so we’re going to make some changes there this year. James was our third skier and then Andy, and both those guys faded,” said U.S. cross country head coach Pete Vordenberg.

The cross country action in Liberec continues tomorrow with the women’s 30K relay.

Check out UniversalSports.com for all the highlights form Liberec presented by High Sierra.


Rank Bib Name   Nation Time FIS Points
 1 NORWAY      NOR 1:41:50.6
    ROENNING Eldar       26:28.3  
    HJELMESET Odd-Bjoern       26:12.7  
    HOFSTAD Tore Ruud       24:40.7  
    NORTHUG Petter       24:28.9  
 2 GERMANY      GER 1:41:53.2
    FILBRICH Jens       26:03.4  
    ANGERER Tobias       26:13.7  
    GOERING Franz       24:50.1  
    TEICHMANN Axel       24:46.0  
 3 FINLAND      FIN 1:42:34.5
    HEIKKINEN Matti       26:22.4  
    JAUHOJAERVI Sami       25:55.3  
    KATTILAKOSKI Teemu       25:31.2  
    NOUSIAINEN Ville       24:45.6  
 4 ITALY      ITA 1:43:13.0
    CLARA Roland       26:56.5  
    CHECCHI Valerio       27:17.9  
    PILLER COTTRER Pietro       24:29.7  
    DI CENTA Giorgio       24:28.9  
 5 CANADA      CAN 1:43:21.9
    KERSHAW Devon       26:03.9  
    GREY George       27:26.6  
    BABIKOV Ivan       24:55.3  
    HARVEY Alex       24:56.1  
 6 SWEDEN      SWE 1:44:03.7
    RICKARDSSON Daniel       27:13.5  
    OLSSON Johan       26:21.5  
    FREDRIKSSON Mathias       25:09.6  
    HELLNER Marcus       25:19.1  
 7 SWITZERLAND      SUI 1:44:34.4
    PERL Curdin       27:19.2  
    COLOGNA Dario       26:16.2  
    FISCHER Remo       25:18.1  
    LIVERS Toni       25:40.9  
 8 ESTONIA      EST 1:44:34.4
    MAE Jaak       26:16.3  
    VEERPALU Andrus       26:14.0  
    KOKK Kaspar       26:47.7  
    REHEMAA Aivar       25:16.4  
 9 FRANCE      FRA 1:45:00.3
    ROUSSELET Alexandre       28:16.2  
    GAILLARD Jean Marc       27:26.8  
    VITTOZ Vincent       24:55.1  
    JONNIER Emmanuel       24:22.2  
 10 KAZAKHSTAN      KAZ 1:45:35.4
    CHEREPANOV Sergey       27:12.2  
    POLTARANIN Alexey       26:49.3  
    VELICHKO Yevgeniy       25:20.4  
    CHEBOTKO Nikolay       26:13.5  
 11 RUSSIA      RUS 1:45:55.2
    NOVIKOV Serguei       27:15.2  
    ROTCHEV Vassili       27:32.2  
    LEGKOV Alexander       24:52.7  
    DEMENTIEV Eugeni       26:15.1  
 12 CZECH REPUBLIC      CZE 1:46:52.3
    JAKS Martin       28:24.1  
    BAUER Lukas       27:20.9  
    MAGAL Jiri       25:48.5  
    KOUKAL Martin       25:18.8  
 13 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA      USA 1:47:25.5
    FREEMAN Kris       26:20.2  
    COOK Chris       27:47.6  
    SOUTHAM James       26:19.2  
    NEWELL Andrew       26:58.5  
 14 AUSTRALIA      AUS  
    SIM Ben       29:14.9  
    WATSON Callum       29:55.6  
    MOCK Andrew         
    VAN DER PLOEG Mark         
 15 GREAT BRITAIN      GBR  
    MUSGRAVE Andrew       29:03.3  
    STANDEN Alexander         
    YOUNG Andrew         
    PLATT Simon James         


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