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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, February 11, 2010

Winter Olympics: Cross-country skiing capsule outlook


By Chris Kuc
Chicago Tribune

Cross-country skiing
Whistler Olympic Park
FEB 15-28

Best of the U.S.: Three-time Olympian Kikkan Randall became the first U.S. female medalist at a major championship when she placed second at the 2009 World Championships in individual sprint. Andy Newell has participated in four World Championships and is one of the top U.S. hopes for a medal in the 1.5-kilometer sprint.
Best of the rest: Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland won two golds and a bronze at the 2009 World Championships. Norwayís Petter Northug and the Czech Republicís Lukas Bauer figure to battle it out for individual supremacy in the menís 15 kilometer. Lukas Bauer of the Czech Republic took home a silver medal in the 15-kilometer classical in Turin. Polandís Justyna Kowalczyk has eight career World Cup titles in that event.
Predictions
Womenís 10km: 1. Kowalczyk, Poland. 2. Charlotte Kalla, Sweden. 3. Marit Bjoergen, Norway.
Menís 15km: 1. Bauer, Czech Republic. 2. Northug, Norway. 3. Matti Heikkenen, Finland.
Menís individual sprint 1.5km: 1. Emil Joensson, Sweden. 2. Ola Vigen Hattestad, Norway. 3. John Kristian Dahl, Norway.
Womenís individual sprint 1.5 km: 1. Petra Majdic, Slovenia. 2. Kowalczyk, Poland. 3. Alena Prochazkova, Russia.
Menís 2x15km: 1. Northug, Norway. 2. Bauer, Czech Republic. 3. Dario Cologna, Switzerland.
Womenís 2x7.5km: 1. Kowalczyk, Poland. 2. Bjoergen, Norway. 3. Evgenia Medvedeva, Russia.
Menís team sprint: Sweden. 2. Russia. 3. Norway.
Womenís team sprint: 1. Sweden. 2. Norway. 3. Russia.
Menís relay: 1. Norway. 2. Russia. 3. Sweden.
Womenís relay: 1. Norway. 2. Russia. 3. Finland.
Menís 50 km: 1. Tobias Angerer, Germany. 2. Maxim Vylegzhanin, Russia. 3. Jens Arne Svartedal, Norway.
Womenís 30 km: 1. Majdic, Slovenia. 2. Virpi Kuitunen, Finland. 3. Saarinen, Finland.