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      January 11, 2020

      Race Highlights:

      DRESDEN, Ger.—
      Canada’s Dahria Beatty will take a lot of positives from a crash and a 29th place finish in a Saturday’s World Cup skate-ski sprint race on the streets of Dresden, Germany.
      “It was disappointing to crash in my quarter-final heat, but that is part of the game,” said Beatty, who was 16th in Dresden one year ago. “I wasn’t sure how I would feel after traveling to Europe just two days ago, but it worked out well today. I was really happy to get into the heats again.”
      The Whitehorse Olympian set out in the 2019-20 season with a goal to be more consistent, and she is definitely doing that.
      The 25-year-old qualified for the head-to-head heats with the top-30 athletes for the third straight time after clocking the 22nd quickest time after her two trips around the 650-metre track covered in artificial snow through the German city.
      “My qualifier was pretty solid. I felt better on the second lap and was able to finish strong,” added Beatty, who was the lone Canadian to punch a ticket for the head-to-head clash. The top-two athletes in each heat move on to the next round.
      Feeling strong and confident, Beatty’s day came to an end early in the round of 30.
      “I just caught an edge and fell on the first corner after the downhill,” said Beatty. “Once I got up, I was out of contention. It is not what I was hoping for today. The atmosphere in Dresden is so great. I was still feeling good  and I always enjoy racing here. But I will take those good feelings into tomorrow’s team sprint and focus on staying on my feet.”
      Sweden’s Linn Svahn won the women’s race. Slovenia’s Anamarija Lampic was second. Maja Dahlqvist, also of Sweden, snagged the bronze medal.
      Maya MacIsaac-Jones, of Athabasca, Alta., was 37th in her first World Cup start of the season. British Columbia’s Katie Weaver was 53rd.
      In the men’s skate-sprint race, Canada’s Bob Thompson, of Thunder Bay, Ont., finished just outside the top-30 in 34th place. Graham Ritchie, of Parry Sound, Ont., was 46th; Antoine Cyr, of Gatineau, Que., placed 51st; and Ottawa’s Pierre Grall-Johnson was 66th.
      Lucas Chanavat, of France, celebrated the gold medal. Norway’s Sindre Bjoernestad Skar was second and Sweden’s Johan Haeggstroem skied to the bronze medal step of the podium.
      The World Cup continues on Sunday in Dresden with the team sprint races.
      Complete World Cup Sprint Results: https://www.fis-ski.com/en/cross-country
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