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Crawford, Gloersen win freestyle sprint

By  Unsigned,   Monday, 03 March 2008

Canadian Chandra Crawford has won the women's free technique sprint competitions at the Lahti Ski Games.

The 2006 Olympic champion finished ahead of Russia's Natalia Matveeva, while Germany's Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle claimed bronze - her first podium win this season.

Crawford won her first World Cup gold medal earlier this year in Canada.

"It feels awesome to win again. I am so relaxed, comfortable, happy and psyched about what this does for our programme," said Crawford.

"For me getting into a pack of girls on skate skis and racing for one kilometre to get to the finish line first is my idea of fun."

On the men's side, 21-year-old Norwegian Anders Gloersen won the free technique sprint competitions, beating Andrew Newell from the US into second place. Fellow Norwegian Ola-Vigen Hattestad came third.

Sunday's success was Gloersen's second career win after a resounding win in Rybinsk, Russia.