SOCHI 2014

Dec 31 Simi Hamilton Wins Tour De Ski Stage

By Associated Press | Dec. 31, 2013, 3:37 p.m. (ET)
Simi Hamilton competes in the cross-country skiing sprint freestyle during day the Winter Games NZ at Snow Farm on Aug. 14, 2011 in Wanaka, New Zealand.

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland -- American cross-country skier Simeon Hamilton announced himself as a possible medal contender for the Sochi Olympics by winning a men's freestyle sprint Tuesday for his first career Tour de Ski stage victory.

Hamilton held off Canada's Alex Harvey and Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway on the final straight for his first podium finish in any World Cup event.

"I didn't think I had it until I was like five feet across the line. I just focused on skiing through the finish," Hamilton said. "It turned out well, so I'm psyched."

Harvey still leads the overall Tour standings with four races remaining.

In the women's sprint, Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg beat fellow Norwegian Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen to take the overall Tour lead from their countrywoman Marit Bjoergen, who was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

"It was an amazing day for me," Oestberg said. "I had a good feeling (and) in the end I was the strongest, and it's a great feeling."

Denise Herrmann of Germany was third.

The Tour de Ski is part of the overall World Cup and features seven stages in three countries. It ends Jan. 5 in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

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