|DUSSELDORF, Germany (Oct. 27) - The 2008 Viessmann FIS Cross Country World Cup season opened Saturday with exciting head-to-head sprints before upwards of 100,000 spectators along the Rhine River.|
Natalia Matveeva of Russia won the women's sprint. No U.S. women competed.
Opening weekend concludes Sunday with two-skier sprint relays; one skier races over the loop and tags his or her partner until each has completed six laps. Live timing is available, beginning at 8 a.m. ET via http://www.livetiming.com.
2008 VIESSMANN FIS CROSS COUNTRY WORLD CUP
Dusseldorf, GER - Oct. 27, 2007 (Season opener)
Women's 800-meter FR Sprint
1. Natalia Matveeva, Russia
2. Marit Bjoergen, Norway
3. Anna Dahlberg, Sweden
4. Arianna Follis, Italy
5. Seraina Mischol, Switzerland
6. Pirjo Muranen, Finland
(No U.S. women competed)
For complete results:
photos Janos Schmidt