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      November 4, 2016

      From left, wearing red uniforms, are men’s senior World Cup team members Len Valjas (1), Graeme Killick (14) and Knute Johnsgaard (2), and in behind is Bob Thompson, (7), racing in the Frozen Thunder sprints at the Canmore Nordic Centre on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. (Pam Doyle/ For the Crag & Canyon)

      Canada's last two spots on its cross-country ski World Cup team were claimed in a competitive sprint races at the Canmore Nordic Centre this week.

      Jesse Cockney, of Canmore via Whitehorse, won Tuesday's race and Bob Thompson, of Woodstock, Ont., took the final team opening when he won the sprint race on Thursday.

      Thompson is excited to have won the final spot on the World Cup team and it will be his first European World Cup experience.

      “It's been the goal for most of the year knowing that these races were going to count so it's good to finally have it happen and go the way I wanted it,” said the 25-year-old, who trains in Thunder Bay, Ont.

      To win, Thompson wanted to make sure he worked the downhills to gain as many seconds in the races as possible as well as pacing himself to avoid fading and losing time on the last lap.

      “It's a bit of long gradual finish with the rolling hills and you really gotta make sure you stay on the gas to keep the speed high,” said Thompson.

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