DUESSELDORF, Germany -- Marit Bjorgen and Ella Gjomle of
Norway won the women's 6x0.8 kilometer freestyle team sprint World
Cup race Sunday with a time of 10 minutes, 50.1 seconds.
It was the second victory of the weekend for Bjorgen, who won
the individual sprint Saturday.
Bjorn Lind and Peter Larsson of Sweden captured the men's 6x1.5
event in 19:52.4.
Organizers called the 350,000-person crowd for the World Cup season
opener a record for the sport. Held in the city center instead of
the woods, the artificial snow track for the event is built along a
In the women's race, Britta Norgren and Lina Andersson of Sweden
finished 3.7 seconds behind the winners, with Virpi Kuitunen and
Aino Kaisa Saarinen of Finland were third.
Oystein Pettersen and Eldar Ronning of Norway finished second in
the men's race, 2.6 back, with Renato Pasini and Cristian Zorzi of