CROSS COUNTRY Preview: Lillehammer hosts Nordic World Cup Festival

Much of the Nordic Ski world will converge on Lillehammer (NOR) for a weekend of FIS World Cup action, including Cross Country skiing, Nordic Combined and women’s Ski Jumping. The Cross Country schedule:

Friday: Men’s and Women’s Freestyle Sprint
Saturday: Men’s 15 km Freestyle and Women’s 10 km Freestyle
Sunday: Men’s 15 km Classical Pursuit and Women’s 10 km Classical Pursuit

The season opened last week in Ruka (FIN) with a Sprint and Classical-style races. Russia’s Alexander Bolshunov won both men’s events; Russia’s Yulia Belorukova won the women’s Classical Sprint and Norway’s Therese Johaung returned from a doping suspension to take the women’s 10 km Classical race.

Norway dominated last year’s races in Lillehammer, with Johannes Klaebo winning both the men’s Classical Sprint and the 30 km Skiathlon. Eventual seasonal Sprint champ Maiken Caspersen Falla won the women’s Classical Sprint, while Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla took the 15 km Skiathlon. In the four races combined, Norwegian skiers took seven of the 12 medals on offer; American Sadie Bjornsen scored a bronze in the Classical Sprint.

Look for results here.