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    • CCC RACE Report: Alex Harvey, just shy of the podium, 7th in Olympic 15k

      February 16, 2018

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      It was another pleasant sunny day at Alpensia and the Canadian fans were out in force ready to cheer on Alex Harvey and his Canadian teammates.



      Canada had 4 athletes racing, Graeme Killick, Devon Kershaw, Knute Johnsgaard and Alex Harvey, who was looking for redemption after missing the heats in the sprints 2 days before.

      Graeme Killick ready to go


      It was a good day for Alex who was in 4th place at the 1.5k mark, just a few seconds off the leader, France's Maurice Manificat.
      Over the next 5k Dario Cologna of Switzerland made his mark in the race, gaining a 10 second lead over 6 skiers, including Alex, all a few seconds apart.

      On the second half of the course Alex was still in the hunt for the medals, before dropping off the pace slightly in the last few km., to finish 7th, about 12 seconds from the podium


      Graeme Killick finished the day in 38th, with Knute Johnsgaard 69th.

      Knute Johnsgaard collapses at the finish after a strong effort.

      Devon Kershaw rounded out the Canadian performances coming through in 71st


      Dario Cologna went on to win by 18 seconds over the skiathlon gold medalist Simen Krueger of Norway.

      « Il me manque un petite affaire pour faire le saut sur le podium. Mais je suis dans le coup. » - @alex_harvey#Pyeongchang2018 #RCOlympiques @cccski pic.twitter.com/b7Vh5PStZk

      So a good day again for Alex, just missing the final gear to get onto the podium. Graeme Killick seems to be on an upward trend for the final races, with Devon and Knute struggling a bit on a challenging course.

      Race replay on CBC

      Next up tomorrow the women's relay Feb 17, 04:00 AM EST, on Sportsnet or live streamed on CBC's Olympic website.

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