The Devon Kershaw Show: All Aboard the Ulricehamn, Sweden Sprint Train with Kershaw and Cockney

Devon KershawFebruary 7, 2021

In this episode, Devon and former Canadian National Team member Jess Cockney discuss the intricacies of Saturday’s skate sprint and Sunday’s team sprint in Ulricehamn, Sweden.

Jessie Diggins in yellow – continues to lead the overall World Cup. (Photo: NordicFocus)

The stage has been set, the first few acts are over, yet the curtain has not closed — Jessie Diggins with a third place in Saturday’s sprint brings her closer to securing the World Cup overall as the season enters it’s last month and a half of racing. No other way of putting it, Diggins looks in-form and formidable.

Oskar Svensson (SWE), and Gleb Retivykh (RUS), (l-r) closing down on a tight finish. (Photo: NordicFocus)

The men’s skate sprint saw a slimmed down Norwegian squad locked out of the final and Oskar Svensson of Sweden sweep in for another win. And Sunday, that was team sprint day – we’ll let Kershaw and Cockney drill down on the merits of that race. You’ll hear some Yin and Yang.

And as a bonus, we get a brief oral history of perhaps the most Canadian of things, the xc-ski air guitar. The origin myths you hold close to your heart may be dispelled.

The Canadian men’s relay (hair band or boy band?… after placing third for Canada’s best World Cup result in the 4 x 7.5 k, with (from left to right), Lenny Valjas, Alex Harvey, Knute Johnsgaard, and Devon Kershaw. Guitar vintage- 2017. (Photo: Salomon/NordicFocus)
One more riff: Harvey’s “air -guitar” remains in tune. (Photo: John Lazenby/
Kershaw celebrating and channeling Pete Townshend after winning a race in Russia in February 2012. Photo: Fischer/Nordic Focus.


Thanks for listening.

Devon Kershaw

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