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      November 17, 2017


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      The international race season began for Team Canada today in Gallivare, Sweden. With wintry temperatures in the area of -10 deg. C. the Canadians were competing in 5 and 10k interval start races.


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      To the delight of the locals, Charlotte Kalla came through with the win, close to 9 seconds ahead of her Swedish teammate Hanna Falk. In 3rd place and close behind was a Russian skier Yulia Belorukova.

      In a very competitive field of 93 racers Emily Nishikawa had the top Canadian women's result at 26th, 54 seconds from the lead. Emily's Whitehorse clubmate Dahria Beatty finished 56th. US star Kikkan Randall looks to be showing good form for Pyeongchang, with an 8th place result.

      Women's results


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      Dahria Beatty and Emily Nishikawa

      On the men's side there was 157 men racing, including 8 Canadians, with the race winner being Evgeniy Belov of Russia. The fact that Belov was allowed to race was concerning to many, as he has been banned for life from the Olympics by the IOC (but not from competing by FIS), due to doping offences at the Sochi Olympics along with 3 other of today's Russian racers. 

      Russian Sergey Ustiugov was 2nd followed by Swiss star Dario Cologna, who seems to be back in peak form after some injury and illness concerns in the last season or so. The Russian team seemed to be skiing at another level, with 8 skiers in the top 10 and 16 in the top 20.

      At the 2010 Olympics Canada's Devon Kershaw missed an Olympic medal by .6 seconds, and gold by 1.6 seconds in the 50 k. He also missed a medal in the team relay by 7 seconds, to the Russian team. This experience helps to serve as motivation to continue to 2018 for what will be Devon's last Olympics. Devon had a solid result in today's race, 12th place in skating which is not usually his main strength.

      The other Canadians weren't quite as successful, with Russell Kennedy in 48th just ahead of Lenny Valjas, who usually is a bit more of a classic sprinter. For Russell it was a good start to the season, having only qualified for the race based on last year's Haywood NorAm standings.

      Jack Carlyle, who paid his own way over was 67th, followed by Julien Locke 72nd, Graeme Killick 90th, Brian McKeever 97th and Jesse Cockney 119th. Knute Johnsgaard didn't race, as he was looking to recover more from some health issues.

      Men's results

      Alex Harvey and Cendrine Browne were still training in Davos, Switzerland, so did not compete.

      This type of race can never be used as a definitive predictor of how the upcoming World Cup races will unfold.  Adaption to racing, travel and other factors all have to be considered, but it will be interesting to see how things progress over the rest of the race series and into next weekend's World Cup.

      Certainly from today's races, Devon has had a solid start and Emily appears to be a decent level, with classic being her favourite technique.

      Tomorrow's race are interval start classic races. Check the links for live timing and possible SVT television coverage.

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