The 2nd ever World Cup sprint race was in 1993 in Strbske Pleso, Slovakia and featured some of the best prizes I’ve ever heard of in a World Cup.
Pictured below, is the first prize for men, a car which was immediately sold to the Swiss women’s coach, and the second place women’s prize, a fur coat. Then 21 year old, Thomas Alsgaard won a license to hunt bear in the Tatra Mountains in Slovakia for 2nd place. Vegard Ulvang won a live pig as an honorable mention for 4th place. The pig was later butchered and smoked for him and the rest of the Norwegian national team during the 1994 Olympics at Lillehammer.
Also I’ve become a fan of Thomas Zipfel’s Cross Country skiing cartoons which you can find at: http://www.fiscrosscountry.com/fan-stuff/thomas-zipfel-cartoons.html
Here is one about the upcoming Tour de Ski, STARTING IN 2 DAYS!!