Alex Harvey Rebounds into Ninth in Return to World Cup

    January 26, 2019

    ULRICEHAMN, Swe.—Alex Harvey is back on track following a ninth-place finish in a 15-kilometre individual start World Cup cross-country skate-ski race on Saturday in Ulricehamn, Sweden.
     
    “I am really happy,” said the three-time Olympian.
     
    “That was my best distance race of the season. The feelings were really good today and feel like I have the arrow pointing in the right direction again.”
     
    Harvey battled through each of the three laps to post a ninth-place time of 35:26.8.
     
    “I started a bit too excited and began to fade a bit in the middle of the race, but then came back at the end. That to me shows the shape is pretty good,” said Harvey. Sometimes when you start to fade in a race, it keeps going downhill, but today I was able to catch a second wind and fight back into the top-10.”
     
    After winning the 30th medal of his career in just the second World Cup stop of the season in November, it has been a grind of sorts for the St-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que. product. Struggling to find his top form, the 30-year-old pulled out of the prestigious Tour de Ski heading into the final weekend where he returned to Quebec for a mental break.
     
    “I needed to stop getting upset with myself, and couldn’t find a good vibe,” added Harvey, who was still fighting off some jet lag on Saturday after arriving in Sweden on Wednesday. “I couldn’t do that on the road racing so had a good mental break at home and know I need to let things just happen on its own.”
     
    Harvey returned to the World Cup on a course he has had success on in Ulricehamn – it was lined with more than 30,000 passionate Nordic fans on Saturday cheering the world’s best on, ringing cowbells, enjoying music and bonfires alongside the tracks.
     
    Harvey captured his sixth World Cup victory two years ago on the Swedish tracks, a day before making history with the men’s relay team where they won their first-ever bronze medal on the World Cup.
     
    “I like the course here, but they changed it a bit and added one extra hill. It’s a working course. It makes you work the whole way and there is little time for recovery,” said Harvey.
     
    “I had been feeling good in training and was hoping to ski well and have a good effort. I’m really happy to do that today.”
     
    Harvey finished 31 seconds behind the gold medallist – Maurice Manificat of France – who stopped the clock at 34:55.4. The Norwegians won the silver and bronze medals. Simen Hegstad Krueger was second at 34:56.5, while Didrik Toenseth crossed the line in third at 35:04.1.
     
    Dahria Beatty, of Whitehorse, was the lone Canadian in the women’s 10-kilometre individual start race. Beatty placed 56th at 29:42.9.
     
    Germany’s Nadine Herrmann won the gold with a time of 28:48.3.
     
     
     
    Young Canucks Team Up in Relays at Nordic World Junior Championships
    Over in Lahti, Finland, Canada’s next generation of Nordic skiers were on the start line for the team relay races at the Junior World Ski Championships.
     
    Anne-Marie Petitclerk, Jasmine Drolet, Anna Pryce and Molly Miller combined to post an 11th place time of 38:26.1 in the women’s 4x3.3 kilometre relay.
     
    The Canadians finished just over three minutes behind the leading pace set by the Norwegians at 35:24.7. Russia was second at 35:25.7, while Sweden was in third at 35:58.0.
     
    The Canadian men also finished in 11h spot at 48:04.4 in the 4x5 kilometre relay.
     
    Remi Drolet, Sam Hendry, Xavier McKeever, and Tom Stephen posted a combined time of 48:04.4
     
    The Americans captured their first ever victory in the junior relay, clocking a time of 45:34.7. Russia was second at 45:38.5, while the Germans teamed up for the bronze medal with a time of 45:41.0.
     
    Complete Relay Results:https://bit.ly/2TrQXYI
     
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