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      January 24, 2019

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      Today was the 5th of 7 days of competition at the World Jr/U23 Championships and it was a mass-start, distance day, with temperatures around -15 deg. C.


      The junior women's 15k classic race was won handily by Sweden's Frida Karlsson, by a 52nd margin. US skier Kendall Kramer was 4th and the top Canadian was Jasmine Drolet in 36th. Anne-Marie Petitclerc was 40th, Anna Pryce 46th and Isobel Hendry 59th.


      The men skied a 30k race and it was a strong race for the Canadians.

      It didn't all go smoothly as Remi Drolet had his ski, skied on by a competitor and had to recover from a face plant at the 10k mark. Both his bindings released and he had to make up around a 20 second gap on the main group as he was going through the stadium.


      The trio of Remi Drolet, Sam Hendry and Tom Stephen stayed with the lead pack of  20+ for most of the way, until the real battle for final positions happened on the last kilometre or so.

      It was a great finish for Canada, with Remi Drolet in 7th, joining his sister as top Canadians on the day. A little farther back was Sam Hendry in 20th and Tom Stephen in 23rd. Pierrick Sarthou was 46th.

      Remi was boxed out a little at the finish, and otherwise maybe would have moved ahead a position or even 2. To the best of our recollection this puts him into some illustrious company, at least distance events, with only Alex Harvey with a 2nd, 3rd and 4th and Bert Bullock 4th in the 1974 European Junior, soon to be World, Championships having finished ahead of him in this category of competition.

      On the women's side Marie-Josee Pepin's silver, Jane Vincent's 4th place and Amanda Fortier's 8th place results have set the Canadian standards.
      (Any corrections appreciated)


      Next up tomorrow, the same events for the U23's.

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