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Canada Nominates Preliminary World Cup Finals Team

(Note: This post has been updated to include Len Valjas, Knute Johngaard, Jess Cockney, and Graeme Killick as team nominees. They were mistakenly omitted from Cross Country Canada’s original press release.) 

Earlier this week, Cross Country Canada (CCC) announced its preliminary selections for World Cup Finals, which will be held March 17-19 in Quebec City, Quebec.

According to the press release: “This preliminary selection is based on 7.5.a-e of the Amendment to the Selection Criteria for Competitions (23-Jan.-2017): http://www.cccski.com/National-Ski-Team/Selection-Criteria/Amendment–2—2016-17-Selection-Criteria-for-Comp.aspx#.WKNIE7YrJhE. The remainder of the selection process (7.5.f-g) will be completed after March 5 to allow consideration of all the international race results in February and early March.”

The preliminary selections (nine men and seven women) are outlined below. Canada’s Nation’s Cup quota for World Cup Finals is 15 women and 15 men.

2017 World Championship Team

  • Alex Harvey                           NST – CNEPH – Club Nordique Mont Ste Ann
  • Devon Kershaw                      NST – Onaping Falls
  • Len Valjas
  • Knute Johngaard
  • Jess Cockney
  • Graeme Killick
  • Emily Nishikawa                    NST – Whitehorse
  • Dahria Beatty                          NST – AWCA – Whitehorse
  • Cendrine Browne                    NST – CNEPH – Fondeurs
  • Katherine Stewart Jones          NST – TBay NTDC – Nakkertok
  • Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt           NST – AWCA – Fondeurs-Laurentides

FIS Continental Cup Leaders at end of Period 3

  • Maya MacIsaac-Jones             NST – AWCA – Rocky Mountain Racers
  • Russell Kennedy                     Canmore Nordic

World Junior Championships (top 12 result)

  • Gareth Williams                      NST Jr – Telemark

NorAm Ranking: Top ranked athletes based on best 4 races (this excludes athletes selected above):

  • Andy Shields (1st)                  Lappe
  • Sophie Carrier-Laforte (6th)   CNEPH – Skinouk

COC Points – Best 4 Cdn Results for WC Selection – Women
COC Points – Best 4 Cdn Results for WC Selection – Men

*PyeongChang World Cup results between 20 and 30 were not considered in this preliminary selection based on an analysis of the depth of field at this event. These results may be considered in the final selection process 7.5.f.

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