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    • Haywood LIVE Report: World Cup in Seefeld, World Jr./U23 Champs start Sunday

      January 26, 2018

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      So the action continues this weekend at: the Para-Nordic World Cup in Oberreid, Germany, where we have won a bunch of medals and more are expected; a World Cup in Seefeld, Austria, the last before the Olympics;  the World U23/Jr. Championships which start Sunday in Goms, Switzerland; and a SuperTour in Craftsbury, Vermont with 20-30% Canadian content.

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      1) Jan 20-28: Para-Nordic World Cup, Oberreid, Germany

      This is the last World Cup for the Canadian team before the Paralympics, with 2 biathlon events left to go in the schedule. So far, we have won 7 medals, including yesterday's silver by Mark Arendz in Biathlon. Mark has 2 more races to go this weekend and will be planning on adding to the medal count.  Check the CCC Press releases for details.

      Website https://www.weltcup-oberried.de/en/
      WPNS website for results https://www.paralympic.org/nordic-skiing/calendar-results.

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      2) Jan 27,28. FIS World Cup, Seefeld, Austria

      Seefeld will be the site of the 52nd FIS Nordic World Ski Championships to be held February 20-March 3, 2019. The Austrians don't often hold World Cups, but have held the Olympics in 1976 and the Worlds previously in 1985.

      This is the last World Cup before the Olympics and the following Canadians are expected to be participating: Dahria Beatty, Cendrine Brown, Emily Nishikawa, Alex Harvey, Knute Johnsgaard, Devon Kershaw, Graeme Killick, Julien Locke, Lenny Valjas and Bob Thompson.

      Bob is competing as the Haywood NorAm race leader, and Julien Locke based on his 15th place reult in the World Cup sprint in Dresden.

      The Olympic Team announcement will be made on Monday. It has been delayed, as the FIS had not determined the final Olympic quota positions for countries until Thursday. Canada was allocated several extra positions, so there are now a total of 11 positions available on the Pyeongchang team at this time.

      The schedule in Seefeld includes a skate sprint on Saturday and mass start short distance skate events on Sunday.
      Race Schedules: Note there is on occasion some changes to race starts from original schedules, and TV programming may not be synchronized with the complete race. Check the organizer's website to verify timing and double check the time difference listed.
      CET= Central European Time
      EST= Eastern Standard Time
      The races can generally be watched on the following website http://www.sportlemon.tv/ ensure you have proper computer security activated. Eurosport UK are generally providing live coverage in English which can often be streamed through the sportlemon.tv website. Note television doesn't necessarily cover the complete race live. Complete event coverage is usually available using the subscription based Eurosport player, however your computer's IP address must be based in Europe.
      FIS provide live updates on Live timing, and post race video highlights. 
      FIS Cross Country Website Results, Press Releases, Video... 


      3) Jan. 28-Feb.3. World Junior and U23 Championships, Goms, Switzerland.

      The Canadian team has been training in Praz de Lys, France. The story to date has been the weather. There has been some major snowstorms in the area, and the resort in Switzerland where the Championships are being held, has even had to close for a day due to heavy snowfall.


      The team has had it's challenges getting to and from it's hotel. On the day they arrived it was necessary to walk with their luggage up a hill to the hotel, as the road had been closed to traffic. Departure was delayed a day, as landslide danger had once again caused a road closure.

      The team is now safely in Goms and looking forward to the competitions that start with skate sprints on Sunday.


      The most experienced team member will be Katherine Stewart-Jones having skied already at 3, World Jr and 1, U23 Championships as well as last year's Sr. Worlds. She has had 2, top 15 results at the World Jrs, and last year finished in the low 20's as a first year Senior at the U23s. Another experienced team member will be U23 member Maya Macisaac-Jones, who has 2 top 30 sprint finishes in Canadian World Cup events.

      On the men's side, 1st year U23 athlete, Gareth Williams will be one to watch, looking to follow up on last year's 11th place skiathlon result at the Junior Championships. In 2017, Etienne H├ębert finished 17th in the junior sprint, and he will be looking to improve on that performance in 2018, his last in the junior ranks.
      Complete team



      Race website

      Live stream by Swiss Ski.

      4) Jan. 26- 28 U.S. SuperTour Craftsbury, Vermont

      The next stop in the U.S, National Race Series is Craftsbury, Vermont. There is quite a large Canadian contingent there, almost a 3rd of the men's field and 1/4 of the women's field. Those athletes, and many of the U.S. skiers, are expected to move north to Ottawa/Gatineau the following weekend where the Haywood NorAm Eastern Canadian Championships and SuperTour event will take place.

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