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Halvorsen Career-Best Seventh in Dresden World Cup Sprint

By Tom Horrocks
December, 18 2021
Hannah Halvorsen
Hannah Halvorsen (left), chases Jasmin Kahara and Jonna Sundling during the quarterfinal heat in Dresden, Germany, Sunday. (Tumashov/NordicFocus)

Hannah Halvorsen posted a career-best World Cup result, finishing seventh, to lead six Davis U.S. Cross Country Team athletes into the top 30 at the FIS Cross Country World Cup freestyle sprint in Dresden, Germany, Saturday. 

"I’m still a little in shock," Halvorsen said of her result. "It was surreal and exciting to make my first semis. The best part of the day was the confidence I gained by skiing in a semi and feeling like I was in the mix. I am grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait for more."

Jessie Diggins was eighth, Hailey Swirbul was 16th, and Julia Kern was 22nd. In the men’s freestyle sprint, JC Schoonmaker was ninth, and Logan Hanneman finished 30th.

Sweden’s Maja Dahlqvist won her fourth-consecutive World Cup sprint of the season, while her teammate Jonna Sundling was second, followed by Slovenia’s Anamarija Lampic in third. In the men’s race, Norway’s Haavard Solaas Taugboel posted the fastest qualifying time and went on to win his first career World Cup race. Italy’s Federico Pelligrino was second, followed by Lucas Chanavat of France in third. 

Halvorsen qualified 25th and advanced to the semifinals after dodging some second-turn carnage caused by Norway’s Magni Smedaas. With Smedaas, Swiss Laurien van der Graaff, and Germany’s Sofie Krehl sprawled out on the snow, Halvorsen skied to the inside and finished second in her quarterfinal heat.

Meanwhile, Diggins finished third in her quarterfinal heat and advanced to the semifinals as one of two Lucky Losers. In the semifinals, Halvorsen and Diggins just missed advancing to the finals, finishing third and fourth respectively on the tight, fast Dresden track.

Up next, Dresden hosts a freestyle team sprint Sunday. 

Women’s freestyle sprint
freestyle sprint

Women’s World Cup overall
Men’s World Cup overall
Women’s World Cup sprint
Men’s World Cup sprint

All times EST

Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021
6:00 a.m. FIS Cross Country World Cup Men's and Women's Team Freestyle Sprint - LIVE, Dresden, GER, Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock