Haywood RACE Report: Andy Shields and Annika Hicks win Haywood NorAm Western Canadians

    January 20, 2018


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    A chilly start to the day in Red Deer, but the temperatures climbed to close to zero, as racing action unfolded with classic mass starts.

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    The men raced a 15k and the lead group included 9 skiers after the first of 4 laps.  Lappe's Andy Shields, Canmore's Russell Kennedy, Scott Hill of Barrie XC and Jesse Cockney set out on the final lap together.

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    On the last lap Jesse Cockney faded back a bit off the front, and Andy Shields skied to a comfortable 9 second victory over Russell Kennedy. Scott Hill was another 4 seconds back in 3rd.

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    Andy Shields with the win

    In the Jr. Men's event Black Jack's Remi Drolet was a fraction of a second short of 6th overall, and captured the Junior win by a minute over Canmore's Sam Hendry. Strathcona's Tallon Noble was 3rd.

    The women's race got off to a bit of a rough start, as skiers battled for position.
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    There was also 4 athletes contesting 3 podium positions over the last lap. Annika Hicks of Canmore came through with the win by 2.5 seconds over Olivia Bouffard-Nesbit of Fondeurs Laurentides and 24 seconds over Foothills Nordic's Zina Kocher.

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    Annika Hicks leads the pack

    Kaia Andal of Caledonia Nordic won the Jr Women's race by a large 1 and 1/2 minute margin over Rocky Mountain Racer's Sara McLean. Clair Littlefair of Yellowknife was 3rd. Andal was 5th overall in Open Women, just ahead of Black Jack's Molly Miller, a Jr. Girl who finished 6th in the open Women's race.

    Racing continues on Sunday with relay events.

    Results

    Podiums

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    Para Nordic podium, with Colette Bourgonje making a return to NorAm racing action

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    Women's podium

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    Jr. Women's podium

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    Jr. Men's podium

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    Men's podium

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    Earlier today the Para-Nordic team picked up 3 medals at the Para-Nordic World Cup in Oberreid, Germany. Brian McKeever led the team with gold, as they compete in their final World Cup competition before the Paralympic Games. Mark Arendz captured silver and Emily Young bronze in their respective competitions.

    CCC Press Release
    Results

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    20.01.2018, Planica, Slovenia (SLO): Julien Locke (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Planica (SLO). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus.

    Not far from Oberreid, Julien Locke was the top Canadian at the Planica, Slovenia, sprint World Cup with a 62nd place finish. Dominique Moncion-Groulx was a bit over a second farther back in 65th, with Bob Thompson 66th and Antoine Briand 70th. Norway's Johannes Klaebo won another World Cup, with his teammate Emil Iversen 2nd and Sweden's Teodor Peterson 3rd.
    Qualifying Results
    Final Results

    Next up tomorrow, is a 15k classic race.

     

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