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Kern Fifth in Les Rousses Classic Sprint

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
January, 28 2023
Classic Sprint
Julia Kern (right) leads Mathilde Myhrvold or Norway, Moa Lundgren from Sweden, and Finland's Anne Kyllonen in the quarterfinal heat of Saturday's FIS World Cup Cross Country Classic sprint in Les Rousses, France (Thibaut/NordicFocus)

Julia Kern advanced to the finals for the second consecutive weekend, finishing fifth in the FIS Cross Country World Cup classic sprint in Les Rousses, France Saturday.

After struggling to advance through the semifinals earlier this season, Kern seems to have hit her sprinting stride. Last weekend in Livigno, Italy, Kern was sixth in the individual freestyle sprint, then she partnered with Rosie Brennan to finish third in the team sprint. 

Saturday in Les Rousses, Kern was 10th in qualifying, then took commanding wins in her quarterfinal and semifinal heats. In the finals, she was well-placed midway through the race before Norway’s Kristine Stavaas Skistad, the day’s top qualifier, turned on the gas and skied away with the victory. Sweden’s Emma Ribom was second and Majam Dahlqvist was third.

Competing in her first World Cup sprint this season, Hailey Swirbul finished 12th after advancing to the semifinals as a Lucky Loser. Rosie Brennan was 17th. Jessie Diggins overcooked a corner in qualifying, went off course, and recovered, but missed qualifying in the top 30.

In the men’s race, Ben Ogden was seventh-fastest in qualifying. He won his opening quarterfinal but was not able to advance through the semifinals and finished 11th overall. 

World Cup racing continues Sunday in Les Rousses with a 20k classic mass start. The women race at 6:45 a.m. EST, and the men race at 8:45 a.m. EST. Both races will stream live on

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Women’s World Cup sprint
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Women’s World Cup overall
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