Wednesday, December 14, 2011

NorAm sprint win to Sinnott in Canada

Kikkan Randall a winner at Davos

Assuming a crouched Tim Tebow pose after the finish, Ketchum cross-country skier Mike Sinnott, 26, won the first NorAm Cup men's sprint race of the season Saturday at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre in Vernon, British Columbia.

Sinnott nipped Canadian Brent McMurtry at the finish of the 1.4-kilometer Teck Sprints Men's A Final.

Earning the $300 first-place prize and capturing his first-ever victory in Canada, Sinnott dropped to one knee, put his elbow on the other knee and rested his head on his fist—a spoofed "Tebowing" salute to the Denver Broncos quarterback, according to Alex Matthews of

The current SuperTour sprint leader, Sinnott placed third of 86 men in the qualifying round but found a favorable lane in the finals to push past No. 2 qualifier, McMurtry of Canada's Pierre Harvey National Training Center. Sinnott will now aim for the U.S. Nationals Jan. 2 at Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine.

In Sunday's classic racing at Sovereign Lake, Sinnott's Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation teammate Matt Gelso, 23, finished fourth of 79 finishers in the men's 15k classic race. The first-time winner was Alberta World Cup Academy racer Kevin Sandau, 23 at 41:32. Gelso was at 42:07.

Jessie Diggins, 20, of the Central Cross Country team led 57 women in Sunday's women's 10k classic in 31:38. SVSEF skier Morgan Arritola, 25, was sixth in 33:03, one week after winning the XTERRA Trail Run 13.1-mile World Championship in Hawaii.

Also on Sunday, last winter's SuperTour women's queen Kikkan Randall, 29, of the U.S. Ski Team won her second straight FIS Cross Country World Cup sprint in the Swiss resort of Davos. With her fifth World Cup victory, Randall moved into third place in the FIS World Cup overall standings. Randall leads the sprint standings by 46 points.

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