Caldwell, Kern Fifth in Dresden Team Sprint
Sophie Caldwell and Julia Kern teamed up to finish fifth at the FIS Cross Country World Cup team sprint in Dresden, Germany, Sunday.
The 10 teams of the women’s finals represented seven nations with Sweden 1 taking the victory ahead of Switzerland 1 in second and Sweden 2 in third. Throughout the final, Sweden 1 and Norway 1 alternated the lead but were constantly being chased by the athletes from Switzerland 1 as Julia and Sophie bounced between sixth and ninth in the tight field.
USA and Germany slowly made their way to leading positions with the hope to ensure a good position for the deciding final stretch of the 12 lap race that included an exchange on every lap. But fifth was as close as Sophie could get on the final lap, just 3.34 seconds off of the podium.
In the men’s race, Kevin Bolger and JC Schoonmaker, who scored his first World Cup points in his first World Cup start in Saturday’s sprint, teamed up to finish 11th in the second semi-final race, but did not advance to the finals, finishing 21st overall.
Up next, the FIS Cross Country World Cup tour moves on to Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, Jan. 18-19 for individual freestyle and classic pursuit races.
HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
Monday, Jan. 13
1:00 a.m. - Men and women’s freestyle team sprint, Dresden, GER - NBCSN**