Brennan 8th; World Cup Best For Schumacher
Rosie Brennan hit the gas on the second of two 5k laps to finish eighth and lead the Davis U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in the second race Saturday at the Ruka Triple three-day FIS Cross Country World Cup in Ruka, Finland.
“I tried to start comfortably and work my way into the race today,” Rosie said after moving up to 11th overall following Saturday’s 10k classic. “This strategy worked quite well and I was able to pick things up a bit the second time around. I felt like I was skiing strong, but still, I feel like I have one more gear to find racing.”
Norway’s Therese Johaug took the victory, followed by Sweden’s Frida Karlsson in second and Ebba Andersson in third. Jessie Diggins finished 22nd and moved up to 21st in the overall standings. Hailey Swirbul was 40th, followed by Caitlin Patterson in 50th, Katharine Ogden 56th, Sophie Caldwell Hamilton in 58th, and Julia Kern in 62nd.
In the men’s 15k classic, Junior World Champion Gus Schumacher posted a career-best World Cup result, finishing 39th while mixing it up among some of the best skiers in the world. He also posted the third-fastest U23 time. Scott Patterson proved his form is starting to return, finishing 53rd. Simi Hamilton was 55th, followed by Kevin Bolger in 62nd, Logan Hanneman in 66th, and JC Schoonmaker in 75th.
"I felt alright and paced it pretty well, which was my main focus," Gus said. "Definitely not in my best race shape, but it’s going in the right direction. It was fun to have a little bit of time skiing with a few of the top guys out there."
Norway’s Johannes Klaebo took the victory, followed by Russia’s Alexander Bolshunov in second, and Emil Iversen or Norway in third. With the victory, Klaebo moved into the overall lead heading onto Sunday’s final stage, a 15k freestyle pursuit.
Heading into Sunday’s 10k freestyle pursuit, Rosie sits just outside the top-10 overall and she will be looking for that next gear to move up on the overall standings. “The times were tight (Saturday), so tomorrow should be a good battle for the overall,” she said. “I'm looking forward to putting my skating to the test!”