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Lavoie Wins Men’s 50-K Race

January 26, 2002

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) _ Andre Lavoie of Canada and Maria Klemperer-Johnson of Ithaca, N.Y., overcame changing weather conditions to win the 50-kilometer freestyle events Saturday in the 20th annual Lake Placid Loppet cross country competition.

Lavoie and Klemperer-Johnson began in light morning snow and ended in clearing skies, a weather combination that made waxing choices very difficult on the demanding trails at the Verizon Sports Complex.

Lavoie finished in 1 hour, 42 minutes, 41.3 seconds. Dan Gibbs of Washington, D.C., was second in 1:47:04.2, while Marc Gilbertson of Hyde Park, Vt., placed third in 2:23:49.2.

Klemperer-Johnson ran away from the ladies field in 1:44:08.8. Sandy Tetreault of Old Forge, N.Y., was runner-up over an hour later in 2:50:27.0. Bronze medallist was Christie Aschwanden of Nederland, Colo., in 2:56:30.1.

Walter Pichler of Bolton Valley, Vt., a former United States Olympian and biathlon coach, captured the 25-kilometer classic in 1:33:59.6. Julianne Stemp of Saranac Lake, N.Y., had the fastest women’s time of 1:57:46.2 in the 25-kilometer classic race.

Topher Sabot of Williamstown, Mass., won the 25-kilometer men’s freestyle event in 1:15:41.9. Sara Schulz of Burlington, Vt., was the quickest among the women in 1:29:18.2.

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