Sprint (free technique)
The Individual Sprint starts with a time trial in the qualification round. Skiers start every 15 seconds, with the 30 fastest qualifying for the quarterfinals, where they face off in heats of six. The first two finishers in each heat move on automatically to the semifinals, along with the two skiers with the next fastest times (lucky losers). The semis follow the same process, with the grand final featuring the six fastest skiers in a showdown for the stage win.
Friday, March 22, 2019 — Freestyle Sprint
10:50 a.m. — 1.5K Freestyle Sprint Qualifications — Men and Women
1:20 p.m. — 1.5K Freestyle Sprint Finals — Men and Women
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(Starting order for the Classic Mass Start will be determined by the results of the Sprint)
Mass start (classic)
Ski racing’s most simple and straightforward format. All skiers start together. An exciting, tactical race (similar to road cycling) with the first skier to cross the finish line taking victory.
Saturday, March 23, 2019 — Classic Mass Start
9:15 a.m. — 10K Classic Mass Start — Women
11:00 a.m. — 15K Classic Mass Start — Men
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Pursuit (free technique)
The thrill of the chase. Starting order for the Pursuit will be determined by the results of the Sprint and Mass Start. The pursuit event is an exhilarating race format that sees the overall leader start first, only to be chased by the skiers behind him or her in the general classification. Skiers start one-by-one at intervals determined by their current time deficit in the overall standings. The job of the leader is to fend off the chasing skiers and hold on for the win. First skier across the line wins the race, but skiers can also compete for “fastest time of the day” prizing as well.
Sunday, March 24, 2019 — Freestyle Pursuit
9:30 a.m. — 10K Freestyle Pursuit — Women
10:45 a.m. — 15K Freestyle Pursuit — Men
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