Snow Farm, New Zealand 5 September 2018 – Kevin Bolger & Sophie Caldwell from the USA took out the cross country sprints at Snow Farm in the FIS Australia New Zealand Cup Freestyle Sprints.
Caldwell has taken the top spot for the Freestyle Sprints for the second year running at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ. Competing alongside her USA teammates who took the top seven placings she said “It’s awesome, I train with these girls, their my teammates, club-mates and my National Team. We train with each other every day, pushing each other so it almost feels like another work out at home, but it’s always fun to have the race suit and race bib on. It’s an awesome event and we love coming back every year.”
Ida Sargent also took out second place for a second time at the Winter Games NZ. Recently, Ida also placed third in the US Super Tour Freestyle Sprints alongside Caldwell. The two look like they will be pushing each other this season.
Bolger, who made his debut on the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ podium said, “It’s great, it’s a beautiful day and it felt good. I’m happy with how it came out”. Coming to the end of the American Summer, Bolger explained, “I think we are all stoked to be down here and getting on snow and as well as getting into some races. It’s early for us, back home we have been on roller skis all summer so it’s good to be down here with everyone and the US team, I think we are all just fired up”.
Ben Saxton of the USA came in second with Tomoki Sato of Japan joining the American’s on the podium taking third place. Sato placed 5th in the 2017 Audi quattro Winter Games FIS Australia New Zealand Cup Freestyle Sprints.
Catch the final day of Cross Country action at Snow Farm tomorrow for the Classic Mass Start – FIS MENS 15km and FIS LADIES 10km
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