The first World Cup XC races begin this weekend in Ruka, Finland. Many national teams are already there, including the US team. Rikard Grip, the head of the Swedish XC Team, stated that after the excellent results in Bruksvallarna this last weekend he is sending two 20year old skiers, Sofia Henriksson and Maja Dahlqvist, to the World Cup races. He did not mention why the winner of the 15K in Bruksvallarna, Johan Olsson, is not part of the team. Twice World Junior Champion, Stina Nilsson is not going due to an injury in her foot. Rehab on her injured foot has been good, but since this is a World Championship season he did not want Stina to take any chances. Stina is an exceptional talent and if she had skied the third leg in the 4 x 5 women’s relay in the Sochi Olympics I think Sweden would have won by a very large margin, instead of by just 1 second.