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Alaskan skier wins U.S. Cross Country

1/8/2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Local favorite Kikkan Randall won the
women's 1.2-kilometer sprint Thursday to close out the U.S. Cross
Country Ski Championships in Anchorage.

Kris Freeman took the men's competition in a championship event
that featured four days of canceled races because of subzero
temperatures.

Randall finished in 3 minutes, 54 seconds. She edged out Laura
Valaas (3:56.6), also of Anchorage, and Lindsey Dehlin, of
Marquette, Mich., (4:00.7).

Freeman, of Thornton, N.H., won the final heat of the men's
1.4-kilometer race in 3:38. He defeated Mike Hinckley, of
Anchorage, by 1 second and Chris Cook, of Rhinelander, Wis., who
finished in 3:40.

Weekend races and competition Tuesday and Wednesday were
canceled because of temperatures below minus-4, the minimum needed
to compete. Temperatures at times reached 15 below zero.