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      January 19, 2017

      CALGARY – As an elite cross-country skier growing up in Toronto, Lenny Valjas went to extreme lengths to train on surreptitious night runs at Uplands Ski Club in nearby Thornhill.

      “I would go with a headlamp and just ski up and down a couple of times and avoid the groomer so I wouldn’t be seen,” he told Postmedia this week from Seefeld, Austria. “I don’t think he was too thrilled with me wrecking his trails at 10 o’clock.”

      The path from the urban wilds of Toronto to the national ski team is a meandering one given the lack of wide-open spaces in Canada’s largest metropolis. And even after Valjas moved west to train at the serene Canmore Nordic Centre, the 28-year-old experienced more downs than ups in the hunt for success.

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