Haywood RACE Report: Hicks and Shields 31st in Otepaa

    January 30, 2011

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    Annika Hicks and Andy Shields led the Canadian team with a pair of 31st place finishes in the pursuit race at the World Juniors today.

    It was a great day for racing, just below zero as the pursuit races got underway in Otepaa. In the women's race Annika Hicks was the top Canadian in 31st followed by Janelle Greer in 36th, Heather Mehain in 43rd and Heidi Widmer in 47th.

    Heidi Weng of Norway was first followed by teammate Martine Hagen and Germany's Helene Jakob.  Jessica Diggins of the US continued her strong racing with a 12th place result despite breaking a pole near the start of the race.

    Final Women's Results:
    http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/CC/2140/2011CC2140RL.pdf

    Unofficially Germany's Markus Weeger won the men's 20k pursuit, with Andy Shields moving up on the skating leg from 38th to finish 31st. Russell Kennedy was 42nd, Jordan Cascagnette 70th and Patrick Stewart-Jones did not finish.

    Final Men's Results:
    http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/CC/2141/2011CC2141RL.pdf

    A CCC press release to follow later in the day.

    Monday will be the final day of racing from Otepaa with the Junior relays and the U23 pursuit races.  Alex Harvey will be a favourite in the men's pursuit which is expected to be shown on Eurosport2 and Estonian television (see links under Haywood LIVE on the CCC noticeboard). Race time is 14.25 local time, which is expected to convert to 7:25AM Eastern time.

    Press Reports:

    Norwegian double victory
     
    30.01.2011

    Heidi Weng and Martine Ek Hagen claimed Norwegian double in Junior 5+5 km Pursuit. Weng spurted over Hagen in the home straight and claimed long awaited Gold medal. Helene Jakob of Germany, who is one year younger then the both Norwegians, surprisingly took bronze medal.

    Weng and Hagen are neighbors, have been in the same class at school and today were far the strongest in the pursuit. Start field remained compact after two 2.5 km classic laps. After the ski exchange Weng lost a bit when Elena Soboleva and Anna Scherbinina pushed hard and created a gap. Weng came back in the second uphill. Hagen moved in front and accelerated in the last lap. Heidi Weng seemed to have problems to follow but stick on Hagen and the Norwegian duo came together in the stadium. In the finish straight Weng had more left in the tank and sprinted over Hagen to gold.

    Germany’s Helene Jakob took bronze medal. Jakob was sixth after the classic part and was in contact with the leading group. In the free technique part she got rid of the Russian girls and in second fastest time in the free technique part claimed the bronze medal.

    For Weng it was the second medal this year at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships after being third in the 5 km individual start competition.

    Weather: -0,6°C, windy
    Snow: fresh, packed

    Quotes:

    Heidi Weng (NOR)
    Everything was fantastic today and everything went as I planned. In the last lap I got really tired and I was very close to let Martine go. I thought about the gold medal in this race but I didn’t believe I could win it.

    Martine Ek Hagen (NOR)
    The race was fun. I had a very good feeling through the whole race and I enjoyed it a lot. I didn’t expect two Norwegians to be on the podium. I expected only Heidi to win but not me. She is in a very good shape.

    Helene Jakob (GER)
    The race was very good. In the morning my feeling was not so great, but before the race it changed. My skis were very good and classical style went very well. Being in the top ten was what I dreamed about. I am very happy to get the medal; it is a very positive surprise for me.

    Men's FIS Release:
    http://www.fiscrosscountry.com/news/markus-weeger-romps-for-junior-world-champion-title-20-pursuit,1874.html