ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage skier Kikkan Randall finished third place in a World Cup sprint race, despite a fall early in the finals.
After winning both her quarterfinal and semifinal heats, Randall's fall caused a 10-meter deficit early on. Randall was able to ski back into the lead, until being edged out in the final straight.
"Today was a very important race in the overall. I was happy to gain some points on my closest competitors now that the skate sprints will be done and it will be three classic sprints now. It's a real thrill to be leading the sprint cup and I want to defend the red bib all the way to Stockholm," said Randall.
The next classic sprint is scheduled for Saturday, February 18th.