Kikkan Randall strides up a hill in her leg of the women's 4x5k relay in La Clusaz. (Getty Images/AFP)
LA CLUSAZ, France (Jan. 20) - It was a tough day for the USA relay teams in La Clusaz with the women ninth in their 4x5k event while the men finished tenth. Norway swept to wins in both relays. The U.S. Ski Team will now train on the 1992 Olympic trails in nearby Les Saisies in preparation for the upcoming Olympic test events in Sochi Feb. 1-3.
The U.S. Ski Team women were ninth and men tenth as Norway swept the relays in La Clusaz.
The course was set on a 2.5-meter loop with three climbs and a long descent into the finish.
La Clusaz, located in the Haute-Savoie region of France near Annecy, is one of the higher elevation courses on the World Cup at around 4,600 feet above sea level.
The U.S. Ski Team will train at nearby Les Saisies, site of the 1992 Olympic cross country events, before heading to Sochi next week for Olympic test events.
QUOTES Kikkan Randall Holly had some tough luck getting caught up in a fall right after the start and so we came into leg two some time behind. I did my best to try and pull back time to Sweden, Italy and Russia that were just ahead but I basically felt like I was skiing alone. My body was feeling a little flat already on the first lap and unfortunately I was not able to make up any ground. I think everyone on our team felt a little bit flat and tired today. We've only been at altitude a few days and perhaps with the long break after the Tour our race gears still need a few days to sharpen. While today's performance was not a repeat of our podium in Gallivare, we are still proud of everyone for putting out good efforts. We know we can threaten for the podium when we all have great days, but it does take all four of us to have great days. We are still really looking forward to the World Championships relay in five weeks and are confident we will be ready to challenge in Val di Fiemme!