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CU Bufffs’ Petra Hyncicova finishes 60th in 10K Freestyle Race at Olympics

In what was her second race in three days, and third overall at the 2018 Winter Olympics, Colorado senior women’s Nordic skier Petra Hyncicova competed on Thursday in the Ladies’ 10K freestyle race at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Representing the Czech Republic, Hyncicova placed 60th out of 90 racers with a time of 29:09.9 in the 30-second interval start race.

Wearing bib No. 8, she started out at 4:48.9 in the first 1.6K of the race, which was mostly uphill. By the 6.2K mark, she was at 18:24.3, at the time ranking 61st in the field, but closed to 59th by the 8.4K mark at 25:09.0.

The weather conditions, which had been cold and freezing for most of the week, improved for the 10K race Thursday. Winds were calm and the temperatures were “not even at freezing point,” according to the NBC broadcast. There were sunny skies and the broadcast said the air temperature was at 1 degree Celsius (33.8 Fahrenheit) with a 5KM wind speed (3.1 mph) from the south.

Her next race will now be on Sunday, Feb. 25, in the Ladies’ 30K Classic mass start.

Former CU women’s Nordic skier, Joanne Reid who is competing in the biathlon for Team USA, placed 22nd with just one penalty in Thursday’s women’s 15K individual race.

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