The 2016 Ski Tour Canada opened on Tuesday in Gatineau, Quebec, with World Cup racers like Sweden’s Hanna Falk and American Jessie Diggins putting a stamp on the freestyle sprint qualifier, posting the fastest and second-fastest times around the 1.7-kilometer course at Jacques Cartier Park, respectively.
Falk topped the women’s qualifier in 3:32.76 minutes on a cold morning with temperatures around -6 degrees Celsius (21 Fahrenheit).
Out of 72 women in the field, Diggins, of the U.S. Ski Team, qualified second, 2.09 seconds back, and Norway’s Ingvild Flugstad Østberg advanced in third (+4.08).
American Sadie Bjornsen qualified eighth (+5.8), and the U.S. had two more women in the heats with Sophie Caldwell advancing in 26th (+12.45) and Ida Sargent in 28th (+12.87).
Canada’s 20-year-old Maya MacIsaac-Jones, of Rocky Mountain Racers, nabbed the final qualifying spot in 30th (+13.07).
Behind her, Rosie Brennan (USA) was 38th (+15.18), Dahria Beatty (CAN) 45th, Annie Hart (USA) 46th, Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt (CAN) 29th, Caitlin Gregg (USA) 53rd, Annika Taylor (Great Britain/Sugar Bowl Academy) 54th, Cendrine Browne (CAN) 55th, Andrea Dupont (CAN) 56th, Jessica Yeaton (Australia/APU) 57th, Jenn Jackson (CAN) 58th, Liz Stephen (USA) 59th, Kaitlynn Miller (USA) 61st, Katharine Ogden (USA) 62nd, Alannah Maclean (CAN) 63rd, Sophie Carrier-Laforte (CAN) 64th, Chelsea Holmes (USA) 65th, Emily Nishikawa (CAN) 66th, Marie Corriveau (CAN) 67th, Katherine Stewart-Jones (CAN) 68th, Jennie Bender (USA) 70th, Annika Hicks (CAN) 71st, and Jaqueline Mourao (Brazil/CNEPH) 72nd.