In her first full season back after having a daughter in February of 2007, Renner is looking to come back in full form, with “consistent top 10 results in distance racing” and “a return of my sprinting form”. As Dave Wood points out, Renner has always been an all-around skier, excelling in distance and sprint events alike. But some of her strongest performances have been in the sprint events, such as Canada’s first WCh medal that she earned in the ‘05 classic sprint and the silver that she teamed up with Beckie Scott to win at the ‘06 Olympics. After her daughter was born Renner felt that her strengths were shifting away from sprinting toward middle distance racing but, she says, “This summer, I worked on more power so hopefully that will translate on the race course”.
Renner will be missing this first weekend in Beitostollen but racing soon after disembarking the plane in Kuusumo. She will remain in Europe until after the Tour de Ski. Her family will join her in Rogla, Slovenia for the WC races and Christmas holiday.