LYGNA, Norway - U.S. Adaptive Cross Country's Chris Klebl (Heber City, UT) started the World Cup season with a bang, landing on the podium in the long distance 15km sit ski race in Lygna. Belarus' Aliaksandr Davidovich won the race with Norway's Trygve Larsen trailing in second.
Davidovich took the win in the first World Cup of the season. Larsen landed in second followed by Klebl, the top American, in third. Andrew Soule (Pearland, TX) had a solid performance finishing the day in seventh.
Aside from the top three finishes, the results were close. A second was the only separation between fourth and eighth place. Results were even closer between fifth place and seventh place, separated by a mere 20 seconds.
The USA's only two racers ended the day in the top ten. With positive results from Wednesday, the U.S. is confident heading into Thursday.
"Great day in Norway," exclaimed U.S. Adaptive Cross Country Head Coach Greg Rawlings.
Lygna will host its second World Cup, the 10km sit ski, Thursday.
December 16, 2009
Men's Long Distance 15km Sit Ski
1. Aliaksandr Davidovich, Belarus, 58.42
2. Trygve S. Larsen, Norway, 59.35
3. Chris Klebl, Heber City, UT, 1:01.32
4. Iurii Kostiuk, Ukraine, 1:02.34
5. Enzo Masiello, Italy, 1:02.50
7. Andrew Soule, Pearland, TX, 1:03.16