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    • Canada Winter Games Blog: Quebec Dominates Day 3

      February 27, 2015

      Quebec earned three medals today in the skate mass start races.

      The women’s race was full on excitement with a battle for 2nd through 4th place.  The women’s field in mass starts tends to spread out but not in today’s race.

      Quebec’s Anne-Marie Comeau lead throughout the 10km race to take the win in commanding fashion. The rest of the lead pack battled back and forth with various athletes alternating 2nd place.  It came down to a sprint to the finish with a photo finish between Katherine Stewart-Jones of Quebec and Maya Macisaac-Jones of Alberta with the Yukon’s Annah Hanthorn also in the mix.  The final results ended up with Comeau and Stewart-Jones one and two, Macisaac-Jones in third just 0.1 seconds back of send and Yukon’s Hanthorn in forth just 0.19 seconds out of the medals. Kendra Murray also of the Yukon ended up in fifth just 2.01 seconds back of Hanthorn.  A tight race to say the least.

      In the men’s 15km skate event, we saw a changing of the guard with three new medalists.  Quebec’s Raphael Couturier led off and on during the race but persevered at the end to win in a time of 35 minutes and 13.69 seconds.  In second was Ontario’s Evan Palmer-Carrette 8 seconds back and David Palmer of BC in third.

      Athletes have raved about the course and conditions out at Otway Ski Centre all week. Although technical and slightly icy, competitors enjoy the layout of the trails and how tough they are.

      In Para Nordic racing, sit skiers raced a firm and icy 5km course. In the men’s division, Quebec’s Yves Bourque redeemed himself after being shut out of the medals in the previous sprint event winning gold in 17minutes and 10.5 seconds. He was followed by BC’s Derek Zaplotinsky and third was another Quebec athlete, Sebastien Fortier. This was both Derek and Sebastien’s third medal of the games.

      In women’s Para-sit ski action, both Emily Suchy of BC and Tanya Quesnel earned their third gold and silver medal respectively.  Ana Lucas Osma of Alberta took her second trip to the podium earning a bronze in the 5km race.

      The Para Standing athletes found themselves racing a challenging and hilly course at Otway.  New Brunswick’s, Louis Fortin, won his second gold medal completing the 5km course in 15 minutes and one second.  A newcomer to the sport of Para Nordic skiing, Jesse Bachinsky of Manitoba moved his way up the medal podium and earned his first silver of the games 43 seconds back of Fortin.  In his second Canada Winter Games, Gabriel Denis of Ontario skied his way into a bronze medal just 10 seconds back of silver. Andy Lin was shut out of the medals for the first time at the games finishing in 4th place for BC.

      Brittany Hudak of Saskatchewan easily won her third gold medal of the week nearly 1.5 minutes in front of BC’s Emily Weekes. Hudak has been dominate all week and a star of the Saskatchewan Nordic contingent. Third place went to Sochi Para-Olympian, Margarita Gorbounova of Ontario.

      Although Para Nordic racing is complete for the games, the able bodied skiers will send their best 4 athletes to the relay start line on Saturday. The relay event sees the first two legs of the relay ski classic followed by two legs in skate. The relay is an opportunity for each province to show their depth in the sport and never fails to deliver exciting racing.  A most see for any endurance race enthusiast.

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