The road to 2013 Canadian Ski Nationals in Whistler, B.C. (Photo: Gerry Furseth)
Today was the first official training day for Canadian Nationals at Whistler Olympic Park. The venue welcomed cross-country skiers with blue skies, fast snow and warm sunshine that didn’t soften the tracks.
Racing starts on Saturday and continues through the following Saturday.
Saturday: Freestyle team Sprint
Sunday: 5/10 k freestyle individual start
Tuesday: 10/15 k classic individual start
Wednesday: 1.4 k classic sprints (younger athletes)
Thursday: 1.6 k classic sprints (open & older juniors)
Saturday, March 30: 20/30 k freestyle mass start
Over 600 athletes are registered. In addition to the expected Canadians, there are a sprinkling of Americans, Norwegians, and biathletes (who stuck around after Canadian Biathlon Nationals ended on Wednesday).
Virtually all of the top Canadians are registered. Lenny Valjas, Devon Kershaw, Alex Harvey, Ivan Babikov, Michael Somppi, Dasha Gaizova and Emily Nishikawa are in Falun through Sunday for the World Cup Finals with most expected to race in Whistler on Tuesday. Perianne Jones will also be there, Kershaw and Harvey will be skipping Nationals (Kershaw might be attending as a spectator), and Babikov will make a decision after Sunday’s pursuit.
A final decision hasn’t been made, but it is likely that zone4.ca will have live timing on race days.