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Solli and Paredi overall Roller Skiing champions
The winners of the overall FIS Roller Skiing World Cup standings remained unclear until the very last race of the season last weekend in Oroslavje (CRO). Norway's Guro Stroem Solli (NOR) and Italy's Simone Paredi (ITA) ultimately won the crystal globes for the season rankings.
The FIS Roller Skiing World Cup 2011 including the FIS Roller Skiing World Championships featured nineteen races in four countries. The FIS Roller Skiing World Championships took place in Norway for the first time. The World Cup team sprint and sprint in the free technique last weekend concluded the successful 2011 season.
Solli (28), who was once a member of the Norwegian Cross-Country team, secured her second consecutive crystal globe in the last race of the season. Hanna Seppas of Sweden was in the lead before the last race but failed to qualify for the sprint quarter-finals and hence Solli took the overall victory with a second place in the final race. She collected 822 points while runner-up Seppas had 775 points. Sweden also took third place overall with Nina Lintzen (604 points).
Italy's Simone Paredi proved to be the best roller skier in the world again, and brought home his third consecutive crystal globe. Paredi took it easy in the last race of the season and finished only 14th. However he dominated the whole FIS Roller Skiing World Cup season with 719 points. The Russian roller skiing specialists took second and third place overall, with Alexander Denisov second (595 points) and Vladimir Fedulov third (549 points). In the final race in Croatia, the Italian men absolutely dominated. Emanuele Sbabo beat Folco Pizzutto for the win, while the third place went to Mirko Ceolan.
Contributed by Michal Lamplot