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      December 1, 2018

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      Race Day 2 of the Lillehammer World Cup got underway with individual start, skate races. It was mild once again, around +4 C., as 3 Canadians took to the courses at the site of the 1994 Olympics.


      There were no Canadian women participating in the World Cup, but Emily Nishikawa and Cendrine Browne are competing this weekend at the Swiss Cup in Ulrichen. With Julien Locke sitting out due to a cold, it was Andy Shields, Russell Kennedy and yesterday's bronze medallist, Alex Harvey in the 2nd of 3 races at the "Lillehammer triple".

      The women's race saw Norwegian Therese Johaug take top spot by 9 seconds over Swedes, Ebba Andersson and Charlotte Kalla. The Swedish women are having a great start to the World Cup, with 2 different athletes on the podium in yesterday's sprint.

      Alex Harvey had another solid race, finishing 17th, which moves him from 6th to 5th on the overall World Cup.  Alex will start tomorrow's 15k, classic pursuit in 10th position, 55 seconds from the lead, with lots of skiers close by to form a chase group.

      Norway's Sjure Rothe and Didrik Toenseth finished 1st and 2nd, with Russian Denis Spitsov in 3rd. Andy Shields finished 61st, with Russell Kennedy 64th out of over 100 racers.

      Emily Nishikawa claimed the victory today in the Swiss Cup, classic sprint race in Ulrichen. After handily winning the semifinal, Emily prevailed in a tight final, by .2 seconds over France's Anouk Faivre-Picon. Switzerland's Lea Fischer was 3rd. Lenny Valjas finished 4th in his quarterfinal.

      Of note on the Canadian race circuit, is the news that the Haywood NorAm, World U23 and Jr trials scheduled for Whistler Dec. 13-16, are moved to Canmore because of lack of snow.

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