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Erik Bjornsen competes in 1.8K sprint

Erik Bjornsen competes in an event prior to heading to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Games.

Erik Bjornsen competes in an event prior to heading to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Games.

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Erik Bjornsen of Mazama did not advance to the quarterfinals of the men’s sprint today at the Winter Olympics.

Torin Koos of Leavenworth finished 37th (3:40.27) and Bjornsen was 39th (3:40.39). Only the Top 30 advanced.

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Erik Bjornsen of Mazama waves to fans after arriving at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Andrew Newell was the fastest American finisher with the 17th-best qualifying time of 3:35.52. Simi Hamilton also advanced with the 21st quickest mark (3:36.12).

Ola Vigen Hattestad of Norway came through the 1.8K sprint with the fastest run at 3:28.35.

The Top 2 finishers in each of the five quarterfinal heats will advance to the semifinals, as will the two athletes of the remaining 20 with the fastest overall times.

All four American women’s cross country skiers were among the Top 30 qualifiers to advance to the quarterfinals of the women’s sprint free that was to be contested later Tuesday.

Medal favorite Kikkan Randall had the 18th-fastest qualifying time with a 2:36.67. Sophie Caldwell (9th) was the fastest American, with Jessie Diggins (12th) and Ida Sargent (27th) advancing as well.

Maiken Caspersen Falla of Norway came through the 1.3K sprint with the fastest run at 2:32.07.

The Top 2 finishers in each of the five quarterfinal heats will advance to the semifinals, as will the two athletes of the remaining 20 with the fastest overall times.

Randall, 31, is seeking to become the first American to medal in a cross country event since 1976.

Some information for this story came from ksdk.com/Olympics.

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