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      December 9, 2017

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      The World Cup circuit resumed today in Davos, Switzerland with skate sprints. Again there was wintry weather, which hasn't been the recent norm, temperatures were around 0 deg. C. and cloudy at race time.


      Stina Nilsson of Sweden was the top women's qualifier, by 2.5 seconds over Norway's Ingvild Oestberg. The big story of the race was a very strong showing by the U.S. team led by Jessica Diggins, in 4th, including 5th ,6th ,9th and11th place finishes.

      The top Canadian was Dahria Beatty in 53rd, followed by Katherine Stewart-Jones 55th, and Cendrine Browne in 64th. Dahria was 35th at the 900 metre mark but couldn't hold the pace to the finish.

      Women's qualifying results

      For the men it was a familiar name as the top qualifier. Johannes Klaebo of Norway, led the way, just as he has in all the World Cups so far this season. Lucas Chanavat of France was 2nd, 1.27 seconds back.

      09.12.2017, Davos, Switzerland (SUI): Alex Harvey (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Davos (SUI). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus.

      Alex Harvey once again led the way for Canada, qualifying in 21st. It was then a case of 2 relative World Cup "rookies" coming up big for Canada, with Julien Locke, 36th, just a second off qualifying and Russell Kennedy coming through in 48th. Knute Johnsgaard was 52nd, Jess Cockney 54th and Devon Kershaw confirmed again that skate sprinting is not his forte, with a 63rd position (but still a top 1/2 in the field of 112 racers).


      Alex raced in the 5th quarterfinal, along with 2 Russians, Gleb Retivykh and Alex Bolshunov. It was the Russians that set the early pace, with Alex biding his time mid pack. On the last uphill Alex once again couldn't make a decisive move and crossed the line in 5th a little over a second from 1st.

      It was the fastest heat however, with both "lucky losers" selected from it, and Alex only .3 seconds from qualifying for the semis and in 23rd place.

      In the women's final Sweden's Stina Nilsson out-reached Norway's Maiken Falla at the line, with U.S. skier Kikkan Randall making a return to the podium in 3rd. It was a great day for the U.S. women, with Jessica Diggins 4th and Ida Sargent 6th.

      Women's heat progression

      Women's results

      On the men's side Johannes Klaebo continued his record setting ways, winning all the World Cups this season. The question now is can he continue this to PyeongChang? What will be his strategy to ensure he is ready for the Olympics? Federico Pellegrino of Italy was 2nd and Bolshunov 3rd.

      Men's heat progression
      Men's results

      So for Alex continues not to quite have the "jump" for a great sprint performance, but has been satisfied to date as his real focus is performance at the Tour de Ski and Olympics. The men's team showed a bit of progress up the results sheet, with all of the skiers finishing in the top 1/2 of the field. For the women it was another test as they focus on Korea, with Katherine Stewart-Jones showing she is recovering from her injury setback by finishing as 2nd Canadian.

      Alex now sits 5th in the overall World Cup standings, 2 points from 4th.

      Next up, 10 and 15k interval start races on Sunday.

      Be sure to check back for results from today's Para-Nordic World Cup in Canmore and the Haywood NorAm races from Sovereign Lake B.C.

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