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      February 1, 2017

      By: Donna Spencer The Canadian Press Published on Wed Feb 01 2017

      There are a few reasons for a spike in cross-country ski medals from Canada's men, according to the team's star.

      Alex Harvey says peaking at the right time, ski management, a commitment to the relay and the suspension of some Russians from competition combined to produce two World Cup gold medals and a bronze over an eight-day span.

      The 28-year-old from Saint-Ferreol-Les-Neiges, Que., and Toronto's Lenny Valjas won team pursuit gold Jan. 15 in Italy followed by Harvey's 15-kilometre victory and the 4-x-7.5k relay bronze a week later in Sweden.

      Harvey, Valjas, veteran Devon Kershaw of Sudbury, Ont., and rookie Knute Johnsgaard of Whitehorse earned the first World Cup relay medal ever by Canadian men.

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