December 07, 2010 (Canmore, AB) – The Alberta Cup Series kicked off this past weekend with a 1km freestyle sprint competition on Dec. 4 and 9km classic race on Dec. 5. Saturday’s freestyle sprint race saw an Alberta World Cup Academy sweep of the Open Men’s podium, with Drew Goldsack claiming the victory, followed by Jess Cockney finishing second and Graham Nishikawa in third. Goldsack was the fastest qualifier of the day, being undefeated in sprint racing so far this year. Perianne Jones (NST) sprinted to victory in the women’s race with Alysson Marshall (AWCA) and Heidi Widmer (AWCA) finishing second and third, respectively.
In Sunday’s distance races, Goldsack took the win by just under four seconds, with second place Graeme Killick (NST) right on his tail. Erik Carleton grabbed the third podium spot. Jones carried over her winning momentum in the women’s 9km classic race to claim top spot again, followed by Brittany Webster (NST) and Brooke Gosling (CXC) in second and third, respectively.
Ben Theyerl was born into a family now three-generations into nordic ski racing in the US. He grew up skiing for Chippewa Valley Nordic in his native Eau Claire, Wisconsin, before spending four years racing for Colby College in Maine. He currently mixes writing and skiing while based out of Crested Butte, CO, where he coaches the best group of high schoolers one could hope to find.