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      February 18, 2018

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      It was a another nice day, sunny and just below zero, as the men began the 4 X 10 km. Olympic relay.


      Canada would be without Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey, 2 team stalwarts, that had been members of Canada's best ever relay performance 5th in the 2009 Worlds, and the best Olympic relay performance, 7th in Vancouver, 2010.


      Canada would lead off with Lenny Valjas, followed by Graeme Killick, Russell Kennedy and then Knute Johnsgaard.

      Lenny Valjas on the course for Canada

      Lenny started things off on the right track, bringing Canada through in 10th, pretty much tied for 8th with the Czechs and the Germans. On lap 2 Graeme Killick maintained the position and in the last few hundred metres moved into 7th as they caught a struggling Swedish team.

      Relative rookie Russell Kennedy managed to keep us in 7th over the 1st of the skate legs, with Knute Johnsgaard battling the Kazak's for most of the anchor lap, before settling for 9th, just 10 seconds back.


      At the front, Norway skied to their 1st Olympic relay gold medal since 2002, in a come from behind performance sparked by Simen Krueger and Johannes Klaebo.

      Today's result was a tie for Canada's 2nd best Olympic relay result ever with Calgary 1988, and unofficially it was the 3rd best Major Games result behind 5th at the 2009 Worlds in Liberec, with Devon Kershaw, Alex Harvey, George Grey and Ivan Babikov. A great performance by a relatively inexperienced team.


      Interview Lenny Valjas and Russell Kennedy

      Race Replay

      So now it is a start of a couple of days of rest for the athletes and the Canadian overnight viewers, until Wednesday morning the 21st when the Team sprint semis start at 3 AM EST.

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