Another beautiful day for the Classic Sprint in Canmore. The day started well with two US women, Kikkan and Holly, as well as five US men, Torin (2), Andy (10), Simi (24), Cook (27), and Kuzz (26) out of a strong field of 70 some. Kikkan and Torin both ended up in 11th and the rest of us dropped back a bit. Still, a solid day to have so many qualifiers as we head to Vancouver next week.
Here are a couple of shots from the day:
US Team coach Pat Casey provides an interview for fasterskier.com. Topher and the Fasterskier crew have been doing a great job covering cross country skiing at all levels this winter. Be sure to check them out to get your Nordic fix. The early morning sunlight provided a cool pre-race atmosphere at the venue.
World Cup quality tracks. This is how good they looked at the end of the day. Solid.
Behind the perfect conditions all week here in Canmore stand over 450 volunteers. These guys worked hard over the past two years to make this weekend such a success. Congrats to Canmore local Sara Renner for her 3rd place finish today!
Men’s A-Final, fighting for 2nd place. Sweden’s Emil Johnnson was already 10 seconds ahead of the pack and cruised in for his 3rd Canadian World Cup win in three years. He sure put the hurt on the rest of us.
We’ve got another two days to relax here in Canmore before we head to the big show in Whistler on Tuesday.