Haywood LIVE Report: Frozen Thunder in the Forecast

    October 30, 2017


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    The North American race schedule kicks off on Wednesday, Nov 1st in Canmore, Alberta with the Frozen Thunder, classic sprint races. The races, on stored snow at the Canmore Nordic Centre, will be used as a selection race for 1 male to attend the pre-Christmas World Cups. The competition is attracting many of the top Cross Country and Biathlon racers in North America, with the Canadian Biathlon team also using the event for selection. Canada's top Para-Nordic athletes will also be in attendance, including Brittany Hudak, Mark Arendz and Brian McKeever.


    The Frozen Thunder track has expanded this year. It includes a longer distance, about 2k, and some more significant vertical, to make it a better test for World Cup selection. The track is spread out from man-made snow, stored over the summer and protected as much as possible from the heat and wind.  It is an initiative of WinSport and the Canmore Nordic Centre in conjunction with the National Cross-Country and Biathlon teams. It allows our athletes to take in some early season skiing, without having to travel to similar setups in Europe. The present forecast for Wednesday calls for high's of zero and a low of -6 deg. C., so there should be good conditions for the competition.

    Skier Bob article on the FT development

    Selection for cross-country will be based on Wednesday's sprint qualifier. The top eligible non-prequalified Canadian will be selected. After the qualifier, athletes will participate in 3 more rounds of sprinting in a Kings Court format. Race Notice In order to make the competition more about what is on top of the skis, all athletes looking to challenge for a World Cup team position, will have their skis prepared in the same way by the National Team service crew.

    Frozen Thunder selection race article by Rocky Mountain Outlook.

    On Friday the Nordic Centre will also host an individual-start, skating, distance event.


    Photo by NST coach Ivan Babikov: Upside of waking up early morning to ski without “traffic” at the FrozenThunder! #FT2017

    With a little over 3 months to go to the Pyeongchang Olympics, cross country race fever is heating up, across Canada. The next national level races are Haywood NorAm's in B.C.: at Sovereign Lake, Dec, 9,10; and then Rossland, Dec, 15,16. Action will then swing to the eastern part of the country with Haywood NorAm competitions Jan, 6-10 in Mont Ste. Anne, Que. The Mont Ste. Anne races will be used to select any final Olympic Team members, as well as the members of the World Junior and U23 Championship teams that will race in Goms, Switzerland at the end of January.

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