Italy's Pietro Piller Cottrer and Russia's Julija Tchepalova won the men's and women's World Cup cross-country races on Thursday.
Cottrer won the men's 15-kilometer individual race in 35 minutes, 6.8 seconds. Vincent Vittoz of France was second at 35:21.7, and German Tobias Angerer was third at 35:31.3.
Tchepalova completed the women's 10-kilometer event in 25:39.0, 14.1 seconds ahead of Canadian Beckie Scott, who medaled in a third straight World Cup cross-country event.
Scott, a gold medalist at the 2002 &to=http://english.pravda.ru/fun/2002/03/19/27065.html' target=_blank>Olympics, also won silver in the women's 15-kilometer pursuit last Saturday and picked up the sprint gold on Sunday.
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