ABOUT CROSS-COUNTRY: The start of the season may have given a slight hint that cross-country winter may not be as dominated by red, white and blue as we have become accustomed to.
RUKA (Aftenposten): Winter shoes stomped against squeaking snow, frost smoke through bandages drifted over the arena. The degree approached 20 minus. A glance at the big screen results lists was enough to establish the cold facts.
The first four races of the World Cup had not given a single victory to Norwegian cross-country skiers.
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