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    • Haywood LIVE Report: A busy weekend, with World Championship trials in Sherbrooke, World Cups and the 1st World Junior Champs Race

      January 17, 2019

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      1) Jan. 18-20 Haywood NorAm & AltaGas sprint, Sherbrooke, Quebec

      The Haywood NorAm series kicks off for 2019 at Bishop's University, with over 300 racers competing in the AltaGas skate sprints on Friday; interval start, classic races on Saturday; and mass start, skate races on Sunday. It will be a gruelling schedule, with the winners of each race earning a spot on the Canadian Team that will race at the World Championships in Seefeld, Austria.

      Some of the names to watch are: Nakkertok's Katherine Stewart-Jones, 2nd on the NorAm standings behind the Yukon's Dahria Beatty, who is presently on the World Cup; Maya Macisaac-Jones of Rocky Mountain Racers; and Cendrine Browne from Fondeurs-Laurentide who have also shown some good results on the NorAm circuit, U.S. Nationals and in Cendrine's case the pre-Christmas World Cups.

      For the men, Blackjack's Julien Locke should be a favourite in the sprint after claiming the US Championship title, and Lappe's Evan Palmer-Charette showed strongly in the distance races at the same event. Para-Nordic star Brian McKeever, from Fast Trax Run & Ski, will also be on the hunt for a World Championship team spot, in addition to using the races as preparation for Para-Nordic Worlds, that will be held in Prince George in February.

      Live Timing


      2) Jan 19, 20 FIS World Cup Otepää, Estonia

      Canada will be represented in Otepää, by the same athletes that raced the sprints in Dresden last weekend. Dahria Beatty who had a strong 16th place finish in that World Cup sprint will be the lone Canadian woman. Bob Thompson, who was 32nd in Dresden, 2 places back from the World Championship qualifying mark, and Lenny Valjas, will represent Canada and Team Hardwood, on the men's side.

      The classic sprint finals are scheduled for 06:55 EST on Saturday, with the women's 10k classic at 03:30 and the men's 15k race at 07:00, all EST, on Sunday.

      The races can generally be watched on the following website http://www.sportlemon.tv/ or other streams, ensure you have proper computer security activated. Eurosport UK are generally providing live coverage in English. Note television doesn't necessarily cover the complete race live. Complete event coverage is usually available using the subscription based Eurosport player, however your computer's IP address must be based in Europe via a VPN.

      FIS provide live updates on Live timing, and post race video highlights. You can usually also find post race footage on crosscountryski.us

      FIS Cross Country Website Results, Press Releases, Video...


      3) Jan. 20-26. World Junior and U23 World Championships, Lahti, Finland.

      Canada will be represented by 18 athletes at the event, from 11 clubs across the country, including 2 sets of siblings. (media release) The races get underway on Sunday with the junior, classic sprints.

      It will be a bit different to watch the races in one of the traditional World Cup and World Senior Championship race sites, as these championships generally moved around to smaller "non-traditional" venues.

      The Finnish organizing committee has set up an extensive system of pay-per-view live-streaming of the event.

      Canadian Team Nomination, Media Release
      Schedule and Live Timing
      Race website

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