Lenny Valjas closes out his Canadian Ski Championships career, with a third Gold medal

    March 18, 2019

     Gatineau, Quebec: World Cup veteran Lenny Valjas of Toronto and Woodstock’s Bob Thompson, brought home a victory for Team Hardwood, at the Canadian Ski Championships, in the men’s team sprint relay.

    In the relay each skier alternates with 2 laps each of the 1.3 km. course in classic technique.
    Thompson led off for Team Hardwood, and there was tight competition among the top 4 teams throughout the race, with the lead often changing hands. It was only on the last hill that Lenny Valjas was able to make a little bit of a gap, and ski to victory, on what will be the final Ski Championships race of his career.

    Big Thunder Nordic’s (Thunder Bay), Malcolm Thompson and Graham Ritchie took silver, ½ second back, with Canmore’s Sam Hendry and Reed Godfrey finishing with the bronze.

    Nakkertok’s Pierre Grall-Johnson and Dominique Moncion-Groulx were 4th, struggling a bit in the semis, when Grall-Johnson broke a pole.

    Bob Thompson:” It was a real battle on each hill, great to get the win here with Lenny!”.
    Lenny Valjas:” Bob skied awesome, he really kept us in the race. Really fun to finish my Nationals career on a relay day”.

    In the women’s sprint, it was Nakkertok’s Hannah Shields and Zoë Williams that came through with a fairly comfortable win ahead of Big Thunder’s Mia Serratore and Sadie White. White had a great anchor leg, coming off a significant deficit, to beat Nakkertok #2’s Bronwyn Williams and Katherine Denis, by 2 seconds at the line.

    Hannah Shields: “My skis were super, super fast, thanks wax techs”.

    Zoë Williams: “Hannah crushed it, so on the last lap, I just had to hold the lead”.

    In the Canadian College and University Championships, Lakehead’s Thunderwolves were the women’s champions, and Laval’s Rouge et Or won the men’s title.