Valjas shocks with silver win

Eirik Brandsdal from Norway (C), Len Valjas from Canada (L) and Paal Goldberg from Norway pose on...

Eirik Brandsdal from Norway (C), Len Valjas from Canada (L) and Paal Goldberg from Norway pose on the podium during the Nordic Skiing sprint World Cup in Drammen on March 7, 2012. AFP/Stian Lysberg Solum/Scanpix Norway

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, Last Updated: 9:12 PM ET

Len Valjas shocked the cross-country skiing world by winning a silver medal in the World Cup event Wednesday in Drammen, Norway.

The 23-year-old from Toronto, in just his third season on the World Cup circuit, led the six-man final of the sprint event before crossing the finish line behind only Norway's Erik Brandsdal. The second-place result was Valjas's second top-five World Cup finish this season.

"I don't think it has sunk in yet, but it does feel pretty good," Valjas said. "I think I may be a little in shock. I never would have thought I'd win a medal this early in my career, but to have the first medal come in Norway is really special. This country has been really good to me over the last couple of years. I just wanted to get to the front and attack on the hills. I had great skis and was able to do that. I felt good all day."

Canada's Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw were knocked out in the round of 30.

In the women's race, Chandra Crawford and Daria Gaiazova both had their career-best classic-sprint race results. Crawford finished fifth while Gaiazova was eighth.


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