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    • Haywood RACE Report: Katherine Stewart-Jones and Russell Kennedy win Day 3 at the World Championship Trials

      January 20, 2019

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      The temperature was in the -15 deg. C. range with high winds and heavy snow, for final day of the Haywood NorAm/World Championship trials. The event took place at Bishop's University Sherbrooke/Lennoxville, Quebec and it was perfect conditions for FIS's World Snow Day.

      Michael Goldbloom, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop's University the starter for the races

      Women's start (Pierre Pinard photo)

      First off was the women's race, a 15k mass start.

      It was a close contest initially between Nakkertok's Katherine Stewart-Jones and Fondeur Laurentide's Cendrine Browne. There was a bit of a pack on the 1st lap, including Chelsea's Laura Leclair and another Nakkertok athlete Zoë Williams, but Stewart-Jones and Browne, broke away as the race progressed and it became a 2 person contest.

      Katherine Stewart-Jones leading, Cendrine Browne, Laura Leclair, with Zoë Williams in the background

      Stewart-Jones and Browne skied together on the first 2 laps, with Katherine skiing to a comfortable 8 second win on the final lap.

      Katherine Stewart-Jones crosses the line

      In the middle of the race, Williams caught up to and passed Leclair for 3rd, with a 6 second margin.

      "I felt really strong on the uphills and felt that I had something left for any sprint at the end".
      Katherine Stewart-Jones

      Katherine S-J in the lead Michele Carriere photo

      Stewart-Jones shows she is in good form for the upcoming World Championships with 2 wins and a loss by a tenth of a second, in the 3 trials races.

      In the Junior Women's 15k race, Nakkertok's Tove Halvorsen had a commanding 2.5 minute win over her teammate Bronwyn Williams, with Orford's Alexandra Racine 3rd.

       Tove Halvorsen  (Michele Carriere photo)

      So cold at the race, the drinks at the finish line froze (Pierre Pinard photo)

      The men's 20k race was called an "epic contest" with 25 starters heading out to claim a spot on the World Championship team.

      Men's start with Russell Kennedy and Evan Palmer Charette setting the pace. (Pierre Pinard photo)

      A bit surprisingly, considering the conditions, the skiers looked to make a break from the start, with Russell Kennedy from Canmore and Lappe's Evan Palmer-Charette setting the pace.

      Russell Kennedy leads Evan Palmer-Charette, Andy Shields (Lappe) and Alexis Dumas (Skibec)
      Pierre Pinard photo

      On the 3rd lap Russell Kennedy and Team Hardwood's Scott Hill, yesterday's winner, stepped up the pace and on the last lap Kennedy skied away from Hill for a 23 second victory.

      The fight for the final podium position

      It was a close race for 3rd, and came down to a sprint over the last 200 metres, with Evan Palmer-Charette finishing 3rd. 1 second later there was a photofinish for 4th with Dumas, ahead of Shields and Skibec's Philippe Boucher 1/2 second later.

      Russel Kennedy, Michele Carriere photo

      "The fight for the podium occurred on the last uphill. I went hard initially when we hit the hill. And when Scott didn't respond I just went for it Scott is skiing really well so I wanted to leave a bit of reserve just in case. " Russell Kennedy

      In the Junior Men's 20k race, Felix-Olivier Moreau of Mont Ste. Anne won by over 4 minutes ahead of Nakkertok's John Lindfors, with Orford's Olivier Léveillé in 3rd. Moreau's result was good for 7th overall.

      Felix-Olivier Moreau #138 (Michele Carriere photo)


      Congratulations to the volunteers in Sherbrooke for putting on a great event, in very challenging weather conditions.


      The second day of World Cup racing in Estonia involved 10 and 15k classic interval start competitions.

      20.01.2019, Otepaeae, Estonia (EST): Dahria Beatty (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, 10km women, Otepaeae (EST). www.nordicfocus.com. © Thibaut/NordicFocus.

      Dahria Beatty was the lone Canadian skiing in the women's event, finishing 43rd, in the race won by Norway's Therese Johaug. Johaug has won all but one World Cup race she has entered this year.

      20.01.2019, Otepaeae, Estonia (EST): Len Valjas (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, 15km men, Otepaeae (EST). www.nordicfocus.com. © Thibaut/NordicFocus.

      In the men's 15k Lenny Valjas finished 43rd, with Bob Thompson 52nd. Iivo Niskanen of Finland claimed his first podium of the season with the win.

      20.01.2019, Otepaeae, Estonia (EST): Bob Thompson (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, 15km men, Otepaeae (EST). www.nordicfocus.com. © Thibaut/NordicFocus.

      Results: Women  Men


      The first day of racing began in Lahti, Finland, with the World Junior Championship classic sprints.

      Conditions were excellent, with temperatures were around -5 deg. C. and partly cloudy, as the qualifying rounds began.


      Kristine Skistad of Norway won the women's event in a photo finish ahead of Poland's Monika Skindor. All of the top 4 finished within a second.

      The top Canadian was Anna Pryce in 42nd, with Molly Miller 52nd, Isobel Hendry 69th and Anne-Marie Petitclerc unable to finish, due to a broken binding.

      Russia's Alexander Terentev won the qualifier by 6 seconds, and had a comfortable 1 second win in the final.

      Canadas's top skier was Remi Drolet, in 25th overall, after finishing 5th in his 1/4 final. Xavier McKeever was 52nd, Tom Stephen 59th and Pierrick Sarthou 67th.

      Results: Women  Men

      Up next tomorrow, the U23 sprints. The race is available for viewing on Live Stream PPV at 07:00 EST. Each race is also archived on the site.

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