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      November 4, 2016

      Knute Johnsgaard, an interesting up-and-comer on the national nordic-ski team, which is prepping for World Cup circuit, starting this month in Finland. For Scott Cruickshank Calgary Herald column Nov. 4, 2016. (Submitted photo) NordicFocus / NordicFocus

      No matter how demanding – and repetitive and stressful – his day-to-day routine gets, he knows there is a handy antidote.

      Only two hours away.

      One flight can carry the Canmore-based youngster from Calgary to the Yukon – a world away from the competitive grip of cross-country skiing, a place of soul-soothing serenity.

      At least, as far as he’s concerned.“I am able to, usually once or twice a year, fly home and get the chance to go hunting, to just be out in the wilderness,” says Knute Johnsgaard. “Sitting close to wildlife, that sets my mind at peace. Sometimes you get too wound up thinking about ski racing and criteria and trying to make Olympics and world championships.

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