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      March 1, 2011

      OSLO, Nor—Ivan Babikov was the lone Canadian to squeak into the top-30 in the men’s 15-kilometre classic cross-country ski race on Tuesday in Oslo, Norway.


      The 30-year-old Babikov, of Canmore, Alta., battled through fog, high humidity and soft snow to post a time of 40 minutes, 42.9 seconds.


      “This wasn’t a great result, but I’ll take it,” said Babikov. “The conditions were really tough for classic. I have two races to go and looking for some energy.”


      The team made a strategic decision to rest Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey for the team sprint relay on Wednesday.


      “We decided to save Devon and Alex one more day and give some of the other guys a shot in a distance race,” said Justin Wadsworth, head coach, Canadian Cross-Country Ski Team. “Ivan had some great energy, and it was good experience for Len <Valjas>, but it was a tough day for wax. The fog brought in humidity, which made things difficult. We are looking forward to tomorrow.”


      Toronto’s Valjas finished 48th at 41:45.9, while Stefan Kuhn, of Canmore, Alta., was 52nd (42:10.9), and George Grey, of Rossland, B.C., finished 57th (42:42.3).


      Finland’s Matti Heikkinen set the time to beat at 38:14.7. Norway’s Eldar Roenning won the silver medal after clocking-in at 38:28.0, while Norways’ Martin Johnsrud Sundby claimed the bronze with a time of 38:46.6.


      Meanwhile, Daria Gaiazova, of Banff, Alta. was the top Canuck in the women’s 10-kilometre classic-ski race on Monday. Gaizova finished 37th with a time of 30:28.8. Perianne Jones, of Almonte, Ont., had another strong outing, placing in 39th at 30:44.6.


      Chandra Crawford, of Canmore, Alta., was 52nd (31:22.7), while Calgary’s Brooke Gosling was 56h (32:27.7).


      Norway’s Marit Bjoergen mounted the top of the women’s podium with a golden time of 27:39.3. Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk skied to the silver medal at 27:43.4, while Finland’s Aino-Kaisa Saarinen locked up the bronze with a time of 27:49.0.


      The Nordic World Ski Championships continue on Monday in Oslo with the women’s 10-kilometre classic-ski race.


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      Complete World Cup Results: www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=CC&raceid=17535

      Top-Five Men’s and Canadian Results:

      1. Matti Heikkinen, FIN, 38:14.7; 2. Eldar Ronning, NOR, 38:28.0; 3. Martin Johnsrud Sundby, NOR, 38:46.6; 4. Stanislav Volzhentsev, RUS, 38:51.3; 5. Sami Jauhojaervi, FIN, 38:58.9.

      Canadian Results:

      30. Ivan Babikov, Canmore, Alta., 40:42.9; 48. Len Valjas, Toronto, 41:45.9; 52. Stefan Kuhn, Canmore, Alta., 42:10.9; 57. George Grey, Rossland, B.C., 42:42.3



      Top-Five Women’s Results and Canadian Results:

      1.Marit Bjoergen, NOR, 27:39.3; 2. Justyna Kowalczyk, POL, 27:43.4; 3. Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, FIN, 27:49.0; 4. Therese Johaug, NOR, 28:03.0; 5. Krista Lahteenmaki, FIN, 28:03.2.

      Canadian Results:

      37. Daria Gaiazova, Banff, Alta., 30:38.8; 39. Perianne Jones, Almonte, Ont., 30:44.6; 52. Chandra Crawford, Canmore, Alta., 31:22.7; 56. Brooke Gosling, Calgary, 32:27.7.





      Chris Dornan

      Media and Public Relations

      Cross Country Canada

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