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      December 10, 2017


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      Day 2 of the Haywood NorAm/US SuperTour saw interval start, skate, distance action on the courses at Sovereign Lake. Temperatures were around -7 as the skiers ventured out on the course, 2 X 5k laps for the women and 3 X 5k for the men.

      The nordic centre was a hive of activity pre-race, as the waxers and athletes completed last minute preparations.



      The women's race was dominated by the US skiers, with Caitlin Patterson of Craftsbury claiming the win, by a large 30 second margin over Alaska's Rosie Frankowski. Caitlin Gregg was 3rd, 1 second back. Kaitlynn Miller was 9th for the US, which makes you wonder about that given name and skiing prowess....

      Zina Kocher of Foothills Nordic had the top Canadian result, a minute from the podium, as she pursues her goal of making the Canadian XC-Ski Olympic Team. Zina has represented Canada at 3 Olympics in Biathlon. Frédérique Vézina of Mont Ste. Anne was the 2nd Canadian. Brittany Webster of Highlands Nordic, a 2014 Olympic team member, who last raced competitively at the 2015 Nationals was 3rd.

      Zina Kocher (r) after crossing the finish line.

      The top junior was Alaska's Hannah Halvorsen, with another US skier Novie McCabe 2nd. Annika Richardson of Hollyburn was 3rd, the top Canadian. Lisle Compton of Kenora was 4th and Kaia Andal of Caledonia Nordic was 5th, to round out the Canadian podium positions.

      Sr. Women's podium

      Jr. Women's Podium
      The men's race was won by Michigan's Ian Torchia, with Jack Hegman of Sun Valley 2nd and Brian McKeever of Fast Trax, preventing a US sweep of the podium, with 3rd place. The 2nd Canadian was Graham Nishikawa of Fast Trax, often Brian's guide in the Pare-Nordic events, and 3rd was Jack Carlyle of  Soo Finnish in 10th.

      On the junior front Hunter Wonders of Alaska had a bit over a 30 second victory over Canmore's Sam Hendry, with Nakkertok's Aiden Kirkham the 2nd Canadian and Thomas Manktelow of Canmore the 3rd.

      Men's Podium

      Jr Men's Podium

      Check back later today for results from the Para-Nordic World Cup in Canmore.

      The Haywood NorAm circuit now moves to Rossland, B.C. for next weekend's races.

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