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USA’s Caitlin Gregg Wins Prologue at OPA Cup FInals in Austria – Hannah Halvorsen 2nd in U20s

by John Symon

March 17, 2017 (Seefeld, Austria) – US skier Caitlin Gregg (Loppet Nordic Racing) won the women’s 2.5km Prologue Freestyle at at the final round 6 of the FIS OPA Continental Cup 2016/17 held this morning in Seefeld, Austria with a time of 6:23.7.

Caitlin Gregg (USA) is all smiles winning the OPA Cup Prologue at the final round [P] courtesy of Caitlin Gregg
It was a double podium day for the USA skiers as Hannah Halvorsen (APU Nordic Ski Center) finished second in the women’s U20 category behind Germany’s Antonia Fraebel

Gregg was followed by German skier Elisabeth Schicho with a gap of 1.5 seconds while Sofie Krehl also from Germany was third. Fellow American Anne Hart (Stratton Mountain School) finished 14th.

Among U20 women skiers was Lauren Jortberg (Dartmouth Ski Team) in 20th followed by Maddie Donovan (Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) in 33rd.

Logan Hanneman (APU Nordic Ski Center) led the Americans in the men’s 3.3km race finishing 15th behind winner Jean Tiberghien (FRA). In the men’s U20 race Ben Ogden (Stratton Mountain school) placed 25th as Janosch Brugger (GER) took the win.

No Canadians were officially present but Canadian-born Heidi Widmer, competing for a Swiss team, finished 25h the women’s race.

Events continue over the weekend with Individual classic races on Saturday and Pursuit skate race on Sunday. The OPA Continental Cup is one level below the World Cup.

Results (brief) link to full results below

1. Caitlin Gregg (USA) Loppet Nordic Racing 6:23.7
2. Elisabeth Schicho (Ger) SC Schliersee +1.5
3. Sofie Krehl (Ger) SC Oberstdorf +2.8

1. Jean Tiberghien (Fra)  La Feclaz 7:30.1
2. Paul Goalabre (Fra) Armees-EMHM SC Queyras +1.9
3. Maicol Rastelli (Ita)  C.S. Esercito +4.9

15. Logan Hanneman (USA) APU Nordic Ski Center +15.2

U20 Women
1. Antonia Fraebel (Ger) WSV Asbach 6:38.5
2. Hannah Halvorsen (USA) Sugar Bowl Ski Team and Academ +4.8
3. Laura Chamiot Maitral (Fra) C.S des saisie +6.4

U20 Men
1. Janosch Brugger (Ger) 7:37.0
2. Luca del Fabbro (Ita) GS Fiamme Gialle +0.8
3. Martin Collet (Fra) Chamon +1.7

25. Ben Ogden (USA) Stratton Mountain School +28.4

Full results here.

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