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Hattestad wins men's event; Slovenia's Majdic wins on women's side

Updated: November 29, 2008, 5:53 PM ET
Associated Press

KUUSAMO, Finland -- Ola Vigen Hattestad led a Norwegian sweep in the men's cross-country World Cup ski sprint opener Saturday, while Andy Newell of the United States finished in 11th place.

Petra Majdic of Slovenia won the women's event for her third consecutive victory. Kikkan Randall of Anchorage, Alaska, the first U.S. woman to win a World Cup cross country event, finished less than a second outside of qualification in 33rd place.

The Norwegian trio took command about halfway into ...

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