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      January 21, 2018

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      It was a pleasant day in Planica, Slovenia, just around zero with light snow falling, as the men's 15k classic, individual start race got underway. Devon Kershaw returned to World Cup racing for the first time, after falling ill just before the first stage of the Tour de Ski. Antoine Briand was not racing, having joined up with the Canadian team group preparing for the World U23 World Championships that will take place in Goms, Switzerland at the end of the month.

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      Fortunately the weather in Planica was a little different from that experienced by the other members of the World Cup team, at the pre-Olympic training camp in Livigno, Italy. Two feet of snow fell overnight, making training a challenge...


      The big news from the event was that Norway's Johannes Klaebo didn't win, being beaten by Kazak
      Alexey Poltoranin by 13 seconds. Calle Halfvarsson of Sweden was 3rd.

      The Canadian team was missing many of the Olympic bound skiers including Alex Harvey. For Devon Kershaw, it was a chance to get the bib on after his layoff, and test his level. Coming across the line in 44th was a reasonable comeback result.



      Bob Thompson and Dominique Moncion-Groulx were part of the younger group that were racing to build on their World Cup experience and finished 64th and 70th respectively, 6 seconds apart. Julien Locke did not start.

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      20.01.2018, Planica, Slovenia (SLO): Bob Thompson (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Planica (SLO). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus.

      Results

      Next weekend there are World Cup races in Seefeld, Austria. Julien Locke, based on his Dresden sprint result and Bob Thompson the Haywood NorAm Continental Cup leader, are scheduled to participate, along with members of the Olympic team.

      Also this morning, Brian McKeever added to his medal total, with a silver at the Para-Nordic World Cup in Oberreid, Germany. Events are still underway, check for Live Results and a press release later today.

      Later today, the relay competitions from the Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Championships in Red Deer, Alberta. BC holds a slim lead over Alberta going into the last day's events.

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