World Cup in Norway – McKinstry, Taylor, Visnick and coach Ty Upson represent the USA
World Cup Finals – Geilo, Norway
Wednesday, March 6, Classic
Today’s results for the USA from Geilo: Tanner Visnick: 24th, Zoë Taylor 14th and Madi McKinstry 12th.
Women’s Podium: 1 Amelie Reymond (SUI), 2 Sigrid Rykhus (NOR), 3 Lisa Englund (SWE) With one more race tomorrow to determine the Women’s WC Overall this season, Sigrid Rykhus leads Amelie Reymond by 120 points, so it looks like Sigrid has made her comeback this season.
Men’s Podium: 1 Tobias Mueller (GER), Mattias Wagenius (SWE), Jonas Schmid (GER). Phil Lau leads Mattias Wagenius by only 32 points. Anything can happen in the Parallel Sprint tomorrow!
Women’s Results Men’s Results
World Cup – Rjukan, Norway
Saturday, March 2 – Team Parallel
In the world’s first Team Parallel competition, Team USA gave the Swiss a run for their money in the first round of competition. Madi McKinstry put the team ahead 2-1 by beating her opponent in the first run. Tanner Visnick won his match too. However, Zoë Taylor was paired against a Swiss man and though she wore her “man pants” she was defeated. Team USA lost 2-1 in the first round. Norway, France, Germany and Switzerland move on to the semi-finals.
Congrats to Zoë Taylor, Madi McKinstry, and Tanner Visnick for their team performance!
Thursday/Friday, February 28/March 1 – Parallel Sprint
World Cup in Rjukan this week is all about the Parallel Sprint races. Thursday and Friday were both individual Parallel Sprints, with qualifiying rounds the day before. From the US, Madi McKinstry was the only racer to make the final rounds of Parallel, head-to-head racing. Tomorrow is the first running of a new, Team Parallel Sprint. Three racers comprise a team, usually 2 men and a women. The organizers and TD have made an exception for the USA and we will have 2 women and one man compete because that is what we have in Rjukan for this event. Following is Madi’s report about the last couple of days.