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    • Haywood RACE Report: Natalie Hynes 24th, Félix Longpré 28th at the World Jr. Champs. skiathlon

      February 1, 2018

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      It was a snowy, windy day, with soft fluffy snow in the tracks, as the World Junior Championship skiathlon races got underway.


      First up was the women's 10k event.

      The opening few 100 metres of both events had their problems with congestion. In the women's race 3 of the Canadian women were stuck behind a significant tangle, which spread out the pack quickly.


      Canada's top racer was Natalie Hynes in 24th, Hannah Mehain was 37th, Alexandra Racine 51st and Catherine Reed-Metayer 62nd.

      Sweden's Frida Karlsson was the decisive winner by 35 seconds, with the U.S.'s Hailey Swirbul losing a finish-line sprint, to finish 3rd behind Lona Johansen of Norway.

      Interview with Natalie Hynes

      Antoine Cyr

      Antoine Cyr was setting the early pace for Canada in the classic portion of the skiathlon, with rankings in the teens. He faded a bit in the skate portion of the race and was passed by Félix Longpré, who finished 28th, the 23rd best skater overall. Étienne Hébert, who skied the 2nd lap with Félix and has skied with him since they were in the Midget category, finished 30th. Antoine Cyr wound up 32nd and Reed Godfrey was 54th.

      There was a trio of Norwegians on the podium, led by Harald Amundsen.


      A happy Félix  (l) with Étienne Hébert

      Audio interview with Étienne Hébert

      Coming up Friday are the U23 skiathlons at 04:30 and 06:30 EST and available on the Swissski Livestream.

      Also up tomorrow are classic sprints from the Haywood Eastern Canadian Championships from Nakkertok Nordic. There are over 800 athletes competing from 90 clubs from across North America, check the Haywood LIVE Report (coming soon!) for more details.

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