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      November 4, 2016


      Dahria Beatty was only 12 years old when 23-year-old Chandra Crawford belted out “O Canada” from the top of the podium at the 2006 Torino Olympics.

      Maya MacIsaac-Jones was a mere 11. Emily Nishikawa was 16. Yet the story of how Crawford caught magic in a bottle a decade ago sparked Canada’s current crop of young national team skiers to dream big as they take their next big steps on the world stage by kicking off the 2016/17 World Cup season in less than a month.

      Heavy on youth and zeal, the Canadian women’s team is a wildcard this year on the world cup circuit. Joined by Cendrine Browne of Quebec, Beatty, Nishikawa and MacIsaac-Jones will start the year on the world cup tour, and Cross Country Canada is interested to see what they can accomplish.

      The women paid to train in New Zealand this year as part of a three-week training camp, showed good fitness working out in Park City, Utah and will challenge the world in the next month.

      “I’m looking forward to it. Frozen Thunder (distance race, where Beatty finished fourth, eight-tenths of a second behind Rosanna Crawford) was a good start to the season,” Beatty said. “Racing girls with top 30 results on the world cup is really motivating.”

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