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      January 5, 2018

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      The 2018 Haywood NorAm & Olympic/World Jr-U23 Selections kicked off today, 1 day ahead of the original schedule due to Mother Nature’s frigid forecast in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Qc. Today’s classic sprint races saw the open men & women categories chase their Olympic berth over a brand new demanding 1.3km course with 2 major climbs.

      Dahria Beatty of Whitehorse looked in excellent form and took the fastest time of the qualifier in 3 :41.55 followed closely by Cendrine Browne and Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt in 3rd, both from  Fondeurs-Laurentides, QC.

      Cendrine Browne (M.Arnautovitch)

      On the Men’s side, Russell Kennedy of Canmore Nordic Ski Club, AB  came out on top with a time of 3 :02.81, ahead of Julien Locke of Black Jack, BC & Len Valjas from Team Hardwood, ON.

      Russell Kennedy (M.Arnautovitch)

      As the women were ready to start their quarter-finals, the weather had cooled off by 1C degree, and the wind had picked up slightly. Nonetheless, the spirits were high and the energy contagious!
      In the quarterfinals, Canada’s top sprinters demonstrated their strengths and easily made it through to the semis & finals, with Dahria Beatty, Maya Macisaac-Jones, Katherine Stewart-Jones, Cendrine Browne & USA’s Cate Brams led the heats into the semis. Unfortunately Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt, who was 3rd in qualifying and finished an unofficial 2nd in the semis, received a "competition suspension" as a result of a skating infraction in the quarters. She has come back well from a significant neck injury last season, and will now have to focus on performance in the distance races to have a chance for Olympic qualification. 
      Dahria Beatty of Whitehorse eased on to the first step of the podium with Maya Macisaac Jones in 2nd & Katherine Stewart-Jones in 3rd. 

      ''These races here are a great preparation for me before going back to Europe and getting ready for the Olympics. I had a bit of a rough start on the World Cup this season, so it was nice to come home and regroup'' - Dahria Beatty

      ''It went really today. It's usually not my strength to ski a classic sprint, but i'm really excited about today's race. Felt fantastic all the way thru'' - Cendrine Browne

      Open Women Sprint Podium (M.Walker)

      In the Men’s quarter-final, Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier, from Centre Nordique MSA,  Bob Thompson from Team Hardwood, Dominique Moncion-Groulx from Nakkertok, ON, Andy Shields from Thunder Bay, ON all easily moved on, to semis and finals. In the the final stretch, it was Julien Locke that took top honours, followed closely by Russell Kennedy of Canmore Nordic and  Bob Thompon of Team Hardwood.

      ''It was fun racing in St-Férréol-Les-Neiges. This was the main goal after Period 1 on the World Cup, and I performed well today. I am happy I was able to win as i didn't feel great this morning but it got progressively better throughout the day'' - Julien Locke

      ''I'm really psyched on the race today!! I learned alot on the World Cup in Europe before Christmas and i'm really excited to have used it all here. I haven't classic sprinted this well for a long time, so i'm looking forward to the future and more racing.'' - Russell Kennedy

      Open Men Sprint Podium (M. Walker)

      As we speak, the selection committee hasn’t finalized the athletes who are officially selected to the OWG's Team Canada. But it appears that Cendrine Browne & Russell Kennedy have met the Selection standards outlined in CCC’s Internal Nomination Procedures for the 2018 OWG.

      In the afternoon, the Juvenile & Junior Boys & Girls  took part in interval start  skate race as part of the Quebec & Ontario Cup under chilly -17 C temperatures. Benjamin Croteau of Nakkertok & Magalie Daoust of Skinouk were the top Juvenile, in the 5km race, while Kai Meekis of Big Thunder &  Teagan Shapansky of Nakkertok claimed the Junior titles.

      *Schedule change*
      With the cold weather over the weekend, the Jury has officially decided to move Sunday’s distance race to next Wednesday with Monday being the selection race for the skiathlon, and Tuesday  the individual sprint, free technique.

      FIS Tour de Ski - Stage 6 & 7
      After the last rest day during the 9 day grueling event, don’t miss Alex Harvey back in action as he takes on the last 2 stages of the 12th FIS Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme, Italy. 
      Tomorrow's Stage 6 is a 15km classic race where our champion will try to gain some time on 3rd place, 16 seconds ahead of him. Remember that you have until sunday to vote for your hero on the FIS App!

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