Randall, Bjornsen finish second in sprint relay
Sunday, December 4, 2011
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A day after a World Cup cross country ski race victory in Germany, Alaska's Kikkan Randall was back on the podium Sunday in an event that made U.S. history for the sport.
Randall and Sadie Bjornsen of Winthrop, Wash., finished second in a sprint relay at Dusseldorf.
It's the first time U.S women have won medals in a sprint relay.
The U.S. Ski Association says the previous best for U.S. women was a fourth-place finish in a January 2009 Olympic test event at Whistler Olympic Park.
Randall says in the team announcement that the relay medal topped her individual victory. Bjornsen says she now understands why skiers come back year after year.
Norway's Mari Eide and Maiken Caspersen Falla edged the U.S. team by 1.6 seconds