Kassel strides to gold at Masters World Cup

Nikki Kassel already knew the feeling of being a world champion cross-country skier.

Saturday on the Masters World Cup slopes in Beitstolen , Norway she was reminded how good that feels.

article continues below

He 45-year-old Prince George nurse posted the fastest overall time among 88 women on the way to a gold-medal finish in the 15-kilometre freestyle event at the Masters World Cup in Beitstolen , Norway .

Kassel , entered in the 45-49-year age class, completed the course in 40 minutes 17.0 seconds.

On Sunday, Kassel won silver in the women’s 10km freestyle race. She finished in 26:43, 49 seconds behind gold-medalist Sandra Wagenfuhr of Switzerland .

The weekend races marked the return for Kassel at the Masters World Cup. In 2017 in Kloster , Switzerland she won silver medals in the 15km and 30km freestyle events. In 2011, at Sovereign Lake near Vernon , Kassel captured gold in the 15km and 30 km freestyle and helped Canada win gold in the relay. She also claimed silver in the 10 km classic race.

In other results Sunday from Beitstolen, Scott Forrest of Prince George raced to a 24th-place result out of 49 in the men’s 60-65-year age class in the 10km classic event. Forrest finished in 31:37, 5:07 off the winning pace of Gianpaolo Englaro of Italy .

On Friday, Forrest placed 35th in his age class in the 15km classic technique race.

The team relays are on Tuesday followed by the long-distance classic races Wednesday and the long-distance freestyle events on Thursday.

Next Saturday, the 62-year-old Forrest is entered in the Birkebeiner, a 54 km classic technique race from Rena to Lillehammer while carrying a 3.5-kilogram backpack. The traditional race is symbolic of a winter trip made in 1206 by Norwegian loyalists to save Hakon Hakkonsson, the one-year-old heir to the throne of Norway .

Read Related Topics

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Prince George Citizen welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. Comments that contain external links will not be permitted. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Snowblow front lawn POLL

Did you snowblow your front lawn this spring?

or  view results

Sign Up For Our e-Newsletter!
  • 97/16

    Prince George's Weekly News

Popular Citizen

Community Event Calendar


Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.

Lowest Gas Prices in Prince George
Prince George Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com