"It's great to get on the podium. You do not need a medal in metal in order to know that you've done well," Musgrave told local media, referring to the fact that as a British citizen his status meant he would not get a medal, despite coming second.

The high placing was particularly noteworthy as the current superstar of world cross country ski racing news Petter Northug, the double Olympic champion wh0 has won nine World Championship and Winter Olympic gold medals was 38 places behind in 40th - he's been ill.

Musgrave, whose father is in the oil industry, was born in Dorset but grew up in Alaska, Scotland and Shetland. He previously competed for Britain in the 2009 World Championships and the 2010 Winter Olympics.