Russell Kennedy (guide)
October 07, 1991
Canmore Nordic Ski Club
Alain Parent/Robin McKeever
Ian Daffern, Bruce Johnson, Laurent Roux, Dan Madlung
Background to National Ski Team:
Russell Kennedy grew up in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, but has represented Canada internationally since 2010. He made his World Cup debut in December 2012 when the circuit made Canadian stops in Quebec City and Canmore. His next World Cup starts came during the eight-stage Ski Tour Canada in March 2016.
In 2016-17, Russell finished first overall in the Nor-Am Cup standings on the strength of five podium finishes, including one victory. He also joined the World Cup team for five races in March 2017, including the World Cup Finals in Quebec City. Russell competed at World Cups in Ruka, Lillehammer, Davos and Torblach in December 2017 before returning to the Nor-Am Cup circuit where he reached the podium in all five of his January 2018 starts, winning two gold and three silver medals.
Just a couple of weeks after making his Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018, Russell represented Canada at the Paralympic Winter Games as a guide for visually impaired cross-country skier Brian McKeever. Together, they won gold in the 1.5km sprint and bronze in the 4×2.5km open relay.
While continuing to train and guide on Canada’s Para-Nordic Team, Russell is also one of the top Canadian men competing internationally, splitting time on the World Cup and racing domestically.
Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing:
Was first on skis at age two. He started cross-country skiing competitively in middle school. Russell had been an alpine skier and continued to race both through middle school until he decided to focus solely on cross-country.
Russell moved from California to Canmore in June 2010 to further his skiing career. As a kid, he ran a 100m race wearing a toga in one of the original Greek Olympic stadiums.
2020 – World Cup, Meraker, NOR: 39 (F Mst)
2020 – World Cup, Trondheim, NOR: 49 (Sprint C), 39 (30km C pursuit)
2019 – World Cup, Cogne, ITA: 12 (sprint F)
2018 – Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang, KOR: 9 (4x10km relay), 49 (50km mass start), 54 (Sprint Classic)
2011 – FIS World Junior Championships: 9 (Relay), 42 (20km pursuit), 50 (10km free)