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Wadsworth Says Nothing’s Final on Hetland, Rest of CCC Team-Staffing Decisions

Justin Wadsworth’s not sure how it got out there, but he said incorrect information reached the press on Tuesday regarding the Canadian World Cup Team’s coaching and waxing staff for the 2014/2015 season.

Canadian National Team Changeup: De Nys No Longer Women’s Coach, Starts Junior Program

Coach Eric Denys and Sara Renner at SilverStar, spring '09

Canadian Women’s World Cup Coach Eric de Nys is in the process of starting a new junior-training program in Canmore after parting ways with the national team. “With the World Cup team being what it will be next year, it just can’t justify having that many coaches there,” he says. “We had to do some restructuring and part of that was eliminating a job.”

Ammar Gets Coveted Gold at Canadian Nationals in 30 k Classic; Babikov Tops Sandau in 50 k

The junior men's 30 k classic mass start on the last day of Canadian Nationals last Saturday in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Canadian Nationals came to a close last Saturday, with Ivan Babikov rolling to a 41-second victory over Kevin Sandau in the 50 k classic and Amanda Ammar notching a coveted senior title with a 54-second win over Emily Nishikawa in the 30 k at Blow Me Down Trails.

Gaiazova, Graham Nishikawa Finally Champions in Canadian Nationals Skate Sprints

Katherine Stewart-Jones (Nakkertok) pulls away from the pack in the junior women's A-final on Thursday in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. She went on to win the freestyle sprint for her third national title.

Dasha Gaiazova beat out fellow Canadian World Cup teammate Perianne Jones to the line to win Thursday’s freestyle sprint A-final for her first victory of the week at Canadian Nationals. Paralympic guide Graham Nishikawa overcame jet lag for his first senior-national title.

Babikov Back in Canada, Winning Nationals; Widmer Tops Women’s 10 k

Scott Hill (NDC Thunder Bay/NST) racing to his second-straight individual junior title at Canadian Nationals on Tuesday in the 15 k freestyle in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

At Canadian Nationals on Tuesday, Ivan Babikov pulled out an 18.4-second victory of Paralympic gold medalist Graham Nishikawa, both of which were fresh off the plane from Europe and Russia, respectively. Heidi Widmer notched another national title as well.

Emily Nishikawa, Cockney Canadian National Champs in Classic Races

The senior women’s 5 k classic interval start podium on Sunday at Canadian Nationals with winner Emily Nishikawa (AWCA/NST), Dasha Gaiazova (NST) in second and Amanda Ammar (Team Ninja) in third. (Photo: Cross Country Canada)

Zeke Williams of the Alberta World Cup Academy reports from 2014 Canadian Nationals in Newfoundland, interviewing the winners of Sunday’s short-distance classic men’s and women’s races.

Harvey Third Overall in the World Cup; Sundby Wins Pursuit

6.03.2014, Falun, Sweden (SWE): Alex Harvey (CAN)
- FIS world cup cross-country, 15km men handicap start, Falun (SWE). © Felgenhauer/NordicFocus.

Alex Harvey started Sunday’s 15-kilometer freestyle pursuit in Falun, Sweden, with one thing on his mind: a first- or second-place finish would put him on the overall World Cup podium. “I’m super stoked,” said Harvey of his podium. “That was a super-nice way to end the season.”

Double Gold for Canada on Last Day of Paralympics: Klebel Gets First Medal, McKeever Notches 10th Win

Chris Klebl with his Men's 10km Sitting gold medal and Brian McKeever with his 15km free Visually Imaired gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Chris Klebl earned his first Paralympic medal in impressive fashion, winning gold in Sunday’s cross-country 10 k sit-ski race on the last day of the Sochi Games. Brian McKeever took his third gold of the week, 10th total, the most of any winter athlete in Paralympic history.

Harvey Having Season of a Lifetime, Wins World Cup Finals 30 k Skiathlon

Canada's Alex Harvey celebrates in his traditional fashion after winning his third World Cup race of the season, the 30 k skiathlon and second stage of World Cup Finals on Saturday in Falun, Sweden. (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

Alex Harvey rocked the 30 k skiathlon, executing a tried-and-tested strategy to a ‘T’ and staying out of the way of trouble. The Canadian won the penultimate race of World Cup Finals to put himself in podium contention for the overall World Cup, which would be the icing on his most successful season to date. Devon Kershaw placed 12th, and Ivan Babikov finished 23rd for Canada.

Late-Season Calculations Play into World Cup Strategies: Harvey Improves to Top 6 Overall, Hoffman Goes for Points

Start of the men's 50 k freestyle mass start at Holmenkollen on Saturday in Oslo, Norway, with Alex Harvey (3) trailing overall World Cup leader Martin Johnsrud Sundby (yellow bib). (Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus)

For many, the Holmenkollen 50 k freestyle mass start on Saturday was all about larger goals — not just the race itself. But to achieve those goals, one had to do well enough in the challenging six-lap race. Alex Harvey improved from 46th to 14th with that mindset, and Noah Hoffman put it all on the line for bonus points.

Canadian Paralympic Preview: McKeever, Bourgonje, Arendz Lead the Way to Sochi

Canadian World Cup Veteran Mark Arenz in the Standing Division Sprint at Canmore. (Photo Courtesy Pam Doyle)

The 2014 Winter Paralympics officially kick off Friday with the Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia, and the Canadian Para-Nordic team is raring to be one of the most dominant teams at the Games, shooting for third in the overall medal count.

Canadian Women Stand Together, Reflect on Olympic Experience

Several members of the Canadian Olympic cross-country ski team get the perfect photo opp at the Olympic rings in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (From left to right): Perianne Jones, Amanda Ammar, Heidi Widmer, Brittany Webster, and Emily Nishikawa. (Photo: Emily Nishikawa)

For Canada, the 30-kilometer freestyle mass start was less about results and more about the emergence of a unified women’s team, which finished within places of one another and stuck together even after the race. While one is continuing on the World Cup, national-team veterans Dasha Gaiazova and Chandra Crawford will not be racing this weekend in Lahti, Finland.

Harvey Tripped Up in 50 k Finale, Canadians Pivot to Hockey

Alex Harvey was in the mix in the Olympic 50 k, but was hit with bad luck yet again and finished 19th.

When Alex Harvey tripped over a pole broken by U.S. skier Noah Hoffman, it summed up the whole Olympics for the Canadian team: if one piece was there, the rest was unlucky. Harvey, Ivan Babikov, and Graeme Killick finished 19th, 20th, and 28th, while Jesse Cockney was “just thrilled to have the start.”

After Classic Team Sprint Gold Three Years Ago, Canadians Get ‘Goose Egg’ in Sochi


The Canadian team sprint pair of Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey was eliminated from the race without even qualifying for the final round. Head Coach Justin Wadsworth said: “This is the worst feeling I’ve had since I’ve been with the team.”

Canadians 14th in Women’s Olympic Relay: ‘We Need to Work on the Strength of our Women’s Team’

Canadian biathletes and fellow cross-country skiers cheer on their own Perianne Jones on the first leg of the 4 x 5 k relay at the Sochi Olympics on Friday. Jones dropped to 14th and the team finished 14th, one place better than their finish at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

It was a rough day for Canada in the women’s 4 x 5 k relay after Perianne Jones got popped on the first leg. With a strung-out pack, the gap to 13th became difficult to overcome and the Canadians finished 14th.

Slow Skis Bog Down Canadians in 15 k Classic; Kershaw Top Guy in 35th

Canada's Alex Harvey stops for a moment to tell head coach Justin Wadsworth (not shown) that his skis aren't gliding. Harvey completed the second lap, but did not finish the 15 k classic individual start at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Devon Kershaw said he felt better skiing Friday than previously at this Olympics, but it was hard to tell with too much grip on a klister day in extremely soft and warm conditions. Kershaw placed 35th, his teammate Ivan Babikov finished 39th, Graeme Killick was 65th and Alex Harvey did not finish.

Webster 42nd in 10 k Classic as Canadians Struggle Through Slush

Dasha Gaiazova (Canadian World Cup Team) racing to 44th in Thursday's 10 k classic individual start at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

As if individual starts aren’t mentally hard enough, add summer-like conditions to the Winter Olympics and it gets just plain sloppy out there. Brittany Webster was the top Canadian in 42nd in Thursday’s 10 k classic race, and Dasha Gaiazova followed in 44th.

Best of the Rest: North Americans Qualifiers Reflect on Skate Sprint

Four U.S. women made the heats, Ida Sargent had one of her best freestyle sprints of the season in her first Olympic race, and Jessie Diggins tallied the second-best American result in 13th after Sophie Caldwell — who made U.S. women’s Olympic history in sixth in Tuesday’s sprint.

Crawford’s Olympic Sprint Journey Ends in 44th on Tough Sochi Course

Canada's Chandra Crawford racing in the 1.3 k freestyle sprint qualifier on Tuesday in Sochi, Russia.

After ending last season early and then leaving the national team this year, Chandra Crawford has had a long journey in her quest to repeat her 2006 Olympic gold medal in the freestyle sprint. It ended after qualification today, when Crawford placed 44th. “That is so disappointing,” she said. “But I’m happy with the effort.”

Four U.S. Women and Two Men Qualify in Olympic Skate Sprint; Three Canadians Also Advance

All four U.S. women advanced to the rounds in Tuesday’s Olympic 1.3 k freestyle sprint, along with Canada’s Perianne Jones and Dasha Gaiazova. Andy Newell led three North American men who qualified in the 1.8 k sprint, with Alex Harvey and Simi Hamilton, respectively.