Haywood RACE Report: Dahria Beatty 1 place off Career Best Finish with 16th in the Dresden World Cup

    January 12, 2019

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    Dresden, Germany was today's stop on the World Cup, and with lots of greenish grass visible among the artificial snow tracks, +6 C. temperatures and some rain, there was a bit of a spring vibe in the air.

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    Today's races were individual skate, sprints, with team sprints slated for Sunday.

    Dahria Beatty was the lone Canadian entrant in women's qualifying, where Hanna Falk of Sweden set the fastest time. The Swedes had a good qualifier, with 3 in the top 4, only separated by Sophie Caldwell of the US in 2nd.

    Dahria had one of her best World Cup qualifying results, finishing 20th.

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    12.01.2019, Dresden, Germany (GER): Dahria Beatty (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Dresden (GER). www.nordicfocus.com. © Thibaut/NordicFocus.

    On the men's side Italian sprint ace, Federico Pellegrino of Italy set the top time, followed closely by Andrew Young of Great Britain. Bob Thompson led the charge for the Canadians, missing qualifying by less than 1/2 a second, in 32nd position. Lenny Valjas finished 47th.

    Qualifying Results: Women  Men

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    Dahria, bib 20

    Dahria was drawn into the first 1/4 final, along with the Sprint World Cup leader Stina Nilsson, and 2019 US skate sprint champ, Julia Kern.

    Early on Dahria was battling at the front, just behind another Swede, Jonna Sundling, who is ranked 21st on the Sprint World Cup. Nilsson was skiing at the back of the pack. Around the 1/2-way point Nilsson moved to the front and Dahria dropped back a little, to 4th behind the American.

    On the final sprint the Swedes were 1 and 2, with Dahria lungeing to 3rd, 1 second behind Nilsson. Unfortunately the 2nd heat was by far the fastest on the day and skiers from there, knocked Dahria from a "lucky loser" position.

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    Dahria Beatty (red and blue) out-lunges Julia Kern (US) for 3rd in the 1/4 finals

    Nilsson would go on to win the final, with Sundling finishing 3rd, so some tough competition in the 1/4 's for Dahria. Maja Dalqvist was second, for a Swedish sweep of the podium.

    Dahria finished 16th, just 1 place back from her best career World Cup result which was 15th in a classic sprint, Canmore, 2016. She had a 20th place result in the same discipline in Seefeld, 2018, the site of this year's World Championships.

    Dahria: "What a fun quarterfinal heat in Dresden, I love city sprints! Really close to making the semis today but happy with my 16th place. A new opportunity next weekend. If you missed it, watch my 1/4 final here!"



    In the men's race Norway's Sindre Skar was the winner, with the French team finishing 4th, 5th and 6th.

    Results:  Women  Men

    On Sunday there is a Team sprint event, with Bob Thompson and Lenny Valjas, scheduled to compete for Canada.

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