Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Olympic Cross Country Skiers shine in Corner Brook

 by Keith and Heather Nicol
     We are at the midway point of the National Cross Country Ski Championships and today was the free http://www.skinationals2014.com/   for the upcoming races which continue until Saturday, March 22.
technique interval start. Temperatures were - 6 C and the wind was gusty but the hard pack snow made for fast skiing conditions. Racers of different categories skied distances ranging from 5 km to 15 km. Over 400 racers competed including several members of Canada's National Ski Team who recently competed at the Olympics in Sochi. It was impressive to see these skiers turn in some very fast times as they skated the race trails at the Blow Me Down Ski Park in Corner Brook. This is the biggest cross country ski event ever held in Newfoundland and the caliber of skiers here this week is impressive. This is a great chance to come out and see some of Canada's best cross country skiers compete and spectators are encouraged to come up to the ski park to see all the action. For more information see :
Rounding a corner in the stadium
Open Women skating through the stadium

Olympian Daria Gaiazova skating toward the finish
The Open Men Category skied 15 km
Skating past the flags in the stadium
Olympian Ivan Babikov won the Open Men's 15 km race

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