Nordiq Canada https://nordiqcanada.ca/ Thu, 22 Feb 2024 01:42:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://nordiqcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/cropped-site-icon-2-32x32.png Nordiq Canada https://nordiqcanada.ca/ 32 32 2023-24 World Cup Period 5 Team Nominations https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/2023-24-world-cup-period-5-team-nominations/ Thu, 22 Feb 2024 00:19:09 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18147 Selection Rationale

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Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected to the World Cup Period 5 Team from February 19 to March 18, 2024 with races in Lahti, Oslo, Drammen and Falun. Athlete selections were based on the 2023-24 Nordiq Canada Competition Trip Criteria.

 

Additional priorities considered in athlete selections were:

  • Ideal team composition of three (3) athletes per gender to aid mental and physical health.
  • With heavy sprint schedule in P5, continue to build on sprint and relay strategies with a focus on tactical strategies for sprint qualification.
  • Team size maximum of eight (8) athletes.

 

The deadline to appeal World Cup P5 Team nominations is February 23, 2024 11:59 PM MST. Appeals must be submitted in writing to Nordiq Canada’s Appeal Manager, Stefano Mingarelli, at stefmingarelli@gmail.com.

 

SUMMARY OF NOMINATIONS

Sonjaa Schmidt, Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club, AIAWCA

Liliane Gagnon, Skibec, CNEPH

Katherine Stewart-Jones, Nakkertok Nordic, AIAWCA

Sasha Masson, Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club, CNEPH

Antoine Cyr, Skinouk, CNEPH

Xavier McKeever, Foothills Nordic Ski Club, AIAWCA

Pierre Grall-Johnson, Nakkertok Nordic, NTDC T-Bay

Samuel Hendry, Canmore Nordic Ski Club, CNEPH

 

Athlete nominations were made by the High Performance Committee (HPC) based on the 2023-24 Nordiq Canada Competition Trip Criteria. The HPC oversaw the selection process as per the Nordiq Canada Nomination, Selection and Announcement policy. Members of this committee are:

  • Graham Nishikawa (athlete rep – Para)
  • Devon Kershaw (athlete rep – Olympic)
  • Maria Lundgren (BC)
  • Pauline Nadlersmith (ON)
  • John Lofranco (Athletics Canada)
  • Julie Beaulieu (Nordiq Canada)
  • Kate Boyd (Nordiq Canada)
  • Chris Jeffries (Nordiq Canada)

Final athlete selections were approved by Chris Jeffries, High Performance Director – Olympic.

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2023-24 PARA NORDIC FIS PSS BIATHLON WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD CUP FINALS COMPETITION TEAM – Prince George, BC https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/2023-24-para-nordic-fis-pss-biathlon-world-ski-championships-and-world-cup-finals-competition-team-prince-george-bc/ Wed, 14 Feb 2024 23:01:22 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18123 Synopsis and Rationale

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Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected to the Para Nordic Biathlon World Ski Championships March 6-10, 2024 and World Cup Finals in Prince George, British Columbia March 13-17, 2024. Athlete selections were based on the 2023-24 Para Nordic Competition Trip Criteria.

The deadline to appeal Team nominations is February 23, 2024, 11:59 PM MST. Appeals must be submitted in writing to Nordiq Canada’s Appeal Manager, Stefano Mingarelli, at stefmingarelli@gmail.com.

 

Summary of Team – Para Biathlon World Ski Championships 

Mark Arendz – World Cup Team pre-selection

Brittany Hudak – World Cup Team pre-selection

Derek Zaplotinsky – World Cup Team pre-selection

Natalie Wilkie – World Cup Team pre-selection

Collin Cameron – World Cup Team pre-selection

 

Summary of Team – Para Nordic World Cup Finals

Mark Arendz – World Cup Team pre-selection

Brittany Hudak – World Cup Team pre-selection

Derek Zaplotinsky – World Cup Team pre-selection

Natalie Wilkie – World Cup Team pre-selection

Collin Cameron – World Cup Team pre-selection

Emma ArchibaldNG and Dev Teams…achieve an average of the equivalent 140 FIS PSS points or lower at the selection races in Canmore, AB

Ethan HessNG and Dev Teams…achieve an average of the equivalent 140 FIS PSS points or lower at the selection races in Canmore, AB

Christina PictonNG and Dev Teams…achieve an average of the equivalent 140 FIS PSS points or lower at the selection races in Canmore, AB

Lyne-Marie BilodeauNG and Dev Teams…achieve an average of the equivalent 140 FIS PSS points or lower at the selection races in Canmore, AB

Jesse BachinskyAdditional athletes at HPD-Para discretion based on their potential to achieve 180 FIS PSS points. 

Levi Nadlersmith (Guide)

Leo SammarelliAdditional athletes at HPD-Para discretion based on their potential to achieve 180 FIS PSS points. 

Yves BourqueAdditional athletes at HPD-Para discretion based on their potential to achieve 180 FIS PSS points. 

 

Athlete nominations were made by the High Performance Committee (HPC) based on the 2023-24 Para Nordic Competition Trip Criteria. The HPC oversaw the selection process as per the Nordiq Canada Selection, Nominations and Announcement policy. Members of this committee are:

  • Graham Nishikawa (athlete rep – Para)
  • Devon Kershaw (athlete rep – Olympic)
  • Maria Lundgren (BC)
  • Pauline Nadlersmith (ON)
  • John Lofranco (Athletics Canada)
  • Julie Beaulieu (Nordiq Canada)
  • Kate Boyd (Nordiq Canada)
  • Chris Jeffries (Nordiq Canada)

Final athlete selections were approved by Kate Boyd, Para Nordic High Performance Director.

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Canada Takes Second Gold at U23 Nordic World Ski Championships https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/canada-takes-second-gold-at-u23-nordic-world-ski-championships/ Mon, 12 Feb 2024 18:03:26 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18119 Canada wins its first mixed team relay at the FIS Nordic U23 World Ski Championships, adding a second gold to its medal count 

 

Planica, SLO It’s raining gold for Canadian cross-country skiers who finished the 2024 FIS Nordic U23 World Ski Championships with a gold medal victory in the mixed team relay. Under heavy rain, Canada’s Derek Deuling (Whitehorse, YT.), Jasmine Drolet (Rossland, B.C.), Max Hollman (Thunder Bay, Ont.) and Liliane Gagnon (Quebec City, Que.) battled with the powerhouse favorites, to grab the gold in Canada’s second upset victory of the Championships.  

 

Derek Deuling kicked off the race in the first of two classic discipline laps. “I was nervous taking the first leg, I really didn’t want to let my teammates down, but as soon as the race started, I felt confident, and really strong,” said Deuling.  

 

Deuling held to the lead group, passing off to Drolet in fifth place. Drolet pushed to hold the team’s position as the race leaders pushed the pace creating a 15 second lead over the Canadian team. Hollmann fired off the third leg with a strong skate. “I figured I gotta close this gap or explode trying,” explained Hollmann. Close the gap is exactly what he did, handing off to teammate Gagnon 2.2 seconds behind the leader.  

 

Gagnon held the Team’s fifth place position until the last kilometre of the race, despite breaking a pole going into the second lap. Emulating teammate Sonjaa Schmidt’s gold medal move in the women’s sprint race, Gagnon dug deep to free-skate past the leaders in the final 150 meters to take the win. 

 

“I’ve been wanting one of these for a while,” Gagnon said, speaking to the buildup to this result. 

 

CEO Stephane Barrette also recognizes what two gold medals in a major international competition means for Canada.  

 

“This is a demonstration of our High Performance program progress and proof that there are no limits to what Canada can achieve when we believe in ourselves and work together to achieve our goals. It is recognition of the staff and volunteers across the country whose contributions to supporting the athletes over the years allowed this result to happen.” 

 

Successes have been coming fast and furious for Canadian skiers this season. Adding to Canada’s first ever U23 women’s medal earlier this week, the long-dominant Para Nordic National Ski Team returns home from World Cup racing with 14 medals, including three back-to-back golds for veteran Mark Arendz. Canada also had its best-ever Youth Olympic Games performances in cross country skiing just two weeks prior.  

 

At the national hub in Canmore AB, where the nation is hosting World Cup racing, Antoine Cyr entered in 18th place in international standings. Coming into the Canmore races, Cyr was asked if Canada is peaking. “Definitely not,” he said. “This is just the beginning.” Olympic Champion Beckie Scott agrees, saying: “I think the Canadian program is doing very well. It is on its way again.” 

 

When asked what this means for the future of cross-country skiing on the international stage, Barrette says, “Canada is coming. Look out.”  

 

Complete Results 

 

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Canada’s Para-Nordic Ski Team brings home 14 World Cup medals, picking up where they left off last season https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/canadas-para-nordic-ski-team-brings-home-14-world-cup-medals-picking-up-where-they-left-off-last-season-2/ Wed, 07 Feb 2024 03:26:45 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18114 Martell, Ital—Kicking off a condensed World Cup season, Canada’s National Para-Nordic Ski Team raced in World Cup races at two new venues in Italy’s south Tyrol region – Toblach-Dobbiaco, host of a stage of the FIS Tour de ski; and Martell, a regular stop on the IBU Cup series.

After a two-year hiatus from classic racing, veteran Mark Arendz (Hartsville, PEI) kicked things off winning Gold in the 10 km classic race. In a dominant performance, Arendz bested the field by nearly a minute. Brittany Hudak (Prince Albert, Sask) and Derek Zaplotinsky (Smokey Lake, Alta) picked up Silver and Bronze on the first day of racing.

Para Nordic World Cup 2024 | Val Martello Photo: Josef Plaickner

The medals continued for Arendz, Hudak and Zaplotinsky and teammate Natalie Wilkie who together added five more medals to Canada’s haul. With a heavy schedule of classic skiing to begin the World Cup, the Canadians benefited from exceptional skis and wax against the field.

Emma Archibald (Fall River, NS) had breakout performances at her first World Cup races. Focusing on the cross-country events, Archibald raced to 5th, 6th, and 7th place finishes. Ethan Hess (Pemberton, B.C.) and Lyne-Marie Bilodeau (Orford, Que) both had career-best performances, with Bilodeau making her first semi-final appearances in the sprint races.

At the end of the tour, Canada shifted focus to biathlon races. Arendz once again proved he was the one to beat, taking Gold in all three events, including the Biathlon Sprint Pursuit, a new format on the Paralympic Winter Games schedule for 2026. Hudak added a Gold and Bronze to her haul, while Wilkie added a Bronze.

Christina Picton (Fonthill, Ont) paced a strong, consistent race and was knocking on the podium door in the final day of racing, as Derek Zaplotinsky finished 6th against the world’s best.

Canada returns home to Canmore, Alta to prepare for the FIS Para Nordic World Biathlon Championships in Prince George, B.C. in March.

 

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Sonjaa Schmidt wins Canada’s first women’s U23 Nordic World Championships title, adding her name to the history books https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/sonjaa-schmidt-wins-canadas-first-womens-u23-nordic-world-championships-title-adding-her-name-to-the-history-books/ Tue, 06 Feb 2024 21:31:21 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18099 Planica, Slovenia Sonjaa Schmidt made Canadian skiing history today when she crossed the finish claiming gold in the sprint final of the U23 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.

 

In a surprise upset, the 21-year-old skier from Whitehorse, Yukon came from the back of the pack in the final heat to secure the top spot on the podium.

 

After qualifying in 29th position, Schmidt would cruise through the quarters, and semifinal heats to secure her spot in the finals. With six athletes fighting for the top three spots, Schmidt made her move in the final straight, taking the outside line in a free skate to blow by the leaders in the final 120 meters, crossing the line with a triumphant fist in the air.  The historic victory is the first gold medal for Canada in a U23 Nordic World Ski Championship women’s event.

 

” My main goal for today was to just qualify for the heats,” said Schmidt. “Once I got into the heats, I was just focused on staying calm and relaxed and race my hardest”.

 

Schmidt has been a dominant force in Canadian domestic racing this season. She made her World Cup debut in January with races in Oberhof, Germany and Goms, Switzerland before heading into the U23 World Championships. Following the Championship races, Schmidt will be heading to compete in the FIS World Cup races in Minneapolis, USA.

 

“It was such an amazing day, it hasn’t really hit me yet,” said Schmidt. “It was also so great to see all my teammates do so well, I think today was a huge step for Canadian Cross Country Skiing, and I hope that this result inspires the next generation of skiers”.

 

Sonjaa Schmidt crosses the finish line in Planica SLO. Photo: Graeme Williams

 

“Our goal was to qualify an athlete for the semifinals today,” said Eric De Nys, Nordiq Canada’s Next Gen Coach. “When we saw her win her semifinal, we knew today was going to be special.”

 

“It was unbelievable. We had athletes and staff gathered near the finish, and when she crossed the line, it was pure joy. We couldn’t have been prouder to be Canadian.” said De Nys.

 

The young Canadian team of cross-country skiers will continue their push for medals at the Championship event in the upcoming 10 km interval start and 20 km mass start events.  The Championship event continues until February 9, 2024.

Sonjaa Schmidt celebrates her U23 World Championships title in Planica SLO. Photo: Borut Živulović/BOBO

Canada’s Lilliane Gagnon (Quebec City, Que.) finished in 8th in today’s race with a time of 2:37.92. Teammates Jasmine Drolet (Rossland, B.C.) and Amelia Wells (Saanich, B.C.) were 33rd and 36th in the qualifiers.

 

Finland’s Hilla Niemela took silver with a time of 2:36.30 And Norway’s Maria Hartz Melling took bronze with 2:36.38.

 

Complete Results

 

In the Men’s race, Norway’s Aleksander Elde Holmboe and Matz William Jenssen took gold and silver with times of 2:15.78 and 2:15.92 with American John Steel Hagenbuch taking bronze in 2:16.49.

 

Canada’s Derek Deuling (Whitehorse, Yukon) was the lone Canadian in the quarterfinals, finishing in 24th with a time of 2:17.99. Teammates Luke Allan (Ottawa, Ont.) and Sasha Masson (Whitehorse, Yukon) were 31st and 34th.

 

Complete Results

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Weekly Division Update Feb 1 https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/weekly-division-update-feb-1/ Fri, 02 Feb 2024 18:51:16 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18097 Dear Divisions,

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Weekly Division Update Feb 1

 

Table of Contents

  • Weekly FIS Race Alert
  • One Week to go: Alberta World Cup!
  • Canada’s Youth Olympic Team Finish 6th in the Mixed Team Relay!
  • Newsletter Break

 

Weekly FIS Race Alert

The domestic race circuit resumes in Sherbrooke, QC. with the Eastern Championships, while in Italy the Para biathlon season kicks off!

 

One Week to go: Alberta World Cup!

The World Cup is Coming to Canmore, Feb 8-13 with a record number of athletes. And the best part? Spectating is free. Plan your trip here and join us at the Nordiq Canada Mapleleaf fan zone, where you can cheer on our incredible athletes, and create cheering posters.

Can’t make the event in person?

Watch Live on CBC Sports

Event Program

 

Canada’s Youth Olympic Team Finish 6th in the Mixed Team Relay!

Leanne Gartner was the first on course, sticking with the lead pack to the three-kilometre mark. She tagged off to Eamon Wilson in ninth place, 30 seconds back from the leaders. Wilson put his head down, bringing the team back into the chase group to tag off in eighth place to Aramintha Bradford. Bradford along with athletes from USA, and Finland would form the chase group tagging off to Cedric Martel in sixth place. With five kilometres to go, Martel would do his best to hang with Team USA, while Finland, Italy and Estonia began to bring back time. Martel would hang on finishing just 1.18 back from the winners, giving Team Canada their best Cross Country Skiing Relay finish at the Youth Olympic Games!

 

Newsletter BreakThere will be no division newsletter next week due to the Canmore World Cup.

 

 

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Powerful Start: Canada’s Para Nordic Team Secures Six World Cup Podiums Despite Early Season Obstacles! https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/powerful-start-canadas-para-nordic-team-secures-six-world-cup-podiums-despite-early-season-obstacles/ Fri, 26 Jan 2024 21:09:44 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18073 Toblach, Italy – The Para nordic World Cup season has been anything but straight forward. Lack of snow, Schedule changes and event cancellations have been a constant theme and challenged Canada’s award-winning team to think outside the box.  

 

Historically, the Para nordic World Cup season starts early December.  This season the first races started in late January. This, combined with a historic snowless start to the season, posed even more challenges for the athletes.   

 

⁠” It’s been a strange year without a World Cup at the start of the winter,” said Derek Zaplotinsky, a 2022 Paralympian and member of Nordiq Canada’s National Ski Team. “In November, I returned home, to Smoky Lake (Atla,), after a large training block in Canmore to no snow on my home trails. The only option for me to do volume training was to ski on the lake behind my parents’ farm. My dad groomed a 5 km track on the lake, which turned out to be fun when it wasn’t windy.” 

 

“It was difficult to plan and organize the team logistics in advance,” said Kate Boyd, High Performance Director of the Para nordic stream. “This is the latest we’ve been able to confirm competition plans for athletes and staff, so we’ve had to adapt and remain flexible throughout.” 

 

In high performance sport, planning is key to performance results. Yearly training plans are outlined four years in advance, while an athlete’s daily training plan is shaped around seasonal events, to maximize performance on demand.  

 

After last year’s record setting season – 41 World Cup podiums, 16 World Championships medals, and 2 Overall World Titles – the team has high expectations for the first World Cup’s in Toblach.  

 

“My focus is on refining and experimenting with my training methods throughout the race season, rather than fixating on replicating results. My goal is to stay consistent and focus on the process,” said reigning Overall World Cup Para biathlete winner Mark Arendz.  

 

The focus paid off with Arendz winning the season opening 10km classic individual race by 57 seconds over Japans Taiki Kawayoke. Not only was it the first race of the season, but the first classic technique race since an injury prevented Arendz from competing in the discipline since the 2022 Beijing Paralympics.  

 

 

“I’m really happy with how I was able to come back to classic racing with a win, and excited to see the work I’ve put into rehabilitation and training paid off.” 

 

The podiums in Toblach continued through the opening two days of racing with Arendz taking silver in the 10km classic mass start, Brittany Hudak from Prince Albert, Sask. grabbing silver in the 10km classic individual and bronze in the 10km classic mass start, and Derek Zaplotinsky winning back-to-back bronze in the 10km individual and 10km mass start.  

 

Left to Right: Mark Arendz, Derek Zaplotinsky, Brittany Hudak, celebrate their podiums in Toblach ITA.

“Seeing Mark (Arendz) win his first classic race back from injury, really fired up the team,” said Hudak. “The team came together in celebration, and the great results kept coming. Seeing Derek (Zaplotinsky) get his third World Cup Podium, and even our younger athletes having personal bests has the team in a really great place. We’ve created a great atmosphere and a good place to build from. We have our sights set high looking at Prince George.” 

 

This year Prince George B.C. will play host to the 2024 Para Biathlon World Championships and Para Nordic World Cup Finals March 5th-17th 

 

Emma Archibald finished sixth and fifth in her first ever World Cup races, Ethan Hess finished 16th and 13th, while Lyne-Marie Bilodeau finished eighth and ninth.  

 

“We know we have a very competitive team on the international stage; however, it is always great confirmation once we get back to World Cup racing to see how we compare,” said Boyd. “We’ve had personal bests from everyone on the team so far. With the sprints and the 10km in the free technique coming up this weekend, I’m excited to see what’s to come.”  

 

Para nordic racing continues in Toblach for two more events, before heading to Martell Italy.  

 

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Weekly Division Update Jan 25 https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/weekly-division-update-jan-25/ Fri, 26 Jan 2024 17:04:40 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18072 Dear Divisions,

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Weekly Division Update Jan 25

Table of Contents: 

  • The 2024 Para nordic World Cup season is here!
  • Twenty-six Canadian Athletes ready to Defend Home Snow at the 2024 COOP FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Canmore Alberta
  • The Annual Club Fundraiser is on!

 

The 2024 Para nordic World Cup season is here!

Team Canada kicks off the Para nordic season with 3 podiums!

Mark Arendz returns to classic racing taking the first World Cup win of the season, and the leaders bib. Finishing almost one minute ahead of second place proves that this summer’s efforts paid off. Brittany Hudak finished second finishing things off where she left off last season, while Derek Zaplotinsky finished with a bronze for his third career World Cup podium!

 

Twenty-six Canadian Athletes ready to Defend Home Snow at the 2024 COOP FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Canmore Alberta

Full Story

 

The Annual Club Fundraiser is on!

12 Clubs are already fundraising here!

Is your club ready to join? Pick a project to fundraise for, set up your club’s fundraising page in minutes and your donors get a tax receipt instantly when they donate!

Full Details here.

Questions? krobinson@nordiqcanada.ca

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Twenty-six Canadian Athletes ready to Defend Home Snow at the 2024 COOP FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Canmore Alberta https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/twenty-six-canadian-athletes-ready-to-defend-home-snow-at-the-2024-coop-fis-cross-country-world-cup-in-canmore-alberta/ Thu, 25 Jan 2024 18:54:56 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18052 Canmore, Alta. Twenty-six athletes from across Canada have been nominated to suit up in the maple leaf February 9-13 at the 2024 COOP FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Canmore Alberta. 

 

The Canadian team is a mix of seasoned World Cup veterans and promising young talents making their international debut. 

 

“It’s going to be an exciting week for our National Ski Team program and for our Canadian athletes. It’s an opportunity to showcase Canada to the nordic world and the unrivaled beauty of Canmore” said Chris Jeffries, High Performance Director of the Olympic cross-country ski program. 

 

“For some members of our team, this is a chance to fight for the podium. For others, this will be their first World Cup start and a significant step in their development pathway. The focus continues to be on refining individual processes, finding new opportunities to learn and grow, and most importantly, representing our community through our core values and behaviours as a team.”

 

Katherine Stewart-Jones races in Canmore, AB. Photo: Nordiq Canada/Nathaniel Mah

 

Veterans Katherine Stewart-Jones from Chelsea, Quebec, and Antoine Cyr from Gatineau, Quebec, will spearhead the team. With top-10 and top-20 World Cup finishes this season, they are strong contenders at this event. 

 

“I am really excited to be racing on my home courses. My family is making the trip so it will be cool to have them cheering and supporting me,” said Stewart-Jones. “I am also looking forward to racing this venue at the World Cup level, it’s been a long time since my last World Cup here, and I am a very different athlete than I was eight years ago!”

 

Stewart-Jones is based in Canmore,  and trains with the Alpine Insurance Alberta World Cup Academy. After three months on the road, waking up in her own bed to compete in a World Cup will be a rare and welcomed experience.

 

“My goal is to take advantage of the extra preparation I have here, embrace the energy of the hometown crowd, and have fun skiing as hard as I can.” 

 

 

“After two top tens this season things are looking really good,” said Antoine Cyr, a member of Canada’s National Ski Team. “I would like to land another top ten in Canmore, and hope to be fighting for the podium.”

 

With a career-best fourth-place finish last season, Cyr has been knocking at the door of the World Cup podium. He will head to Canmore looking for a boost from the home crowd to capture Canada’s first World Cup podium since 2019. 

06.01.2023, Val di Fiemme, Italy (ITA):
Antoine Cyr (CAN) – FIS world cup cross-country, tour de ski, individual sprint, Val di Fiemme (ITA). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus.

“I’ve been going to Canmore since I first started competing on the Canadian circuit, I know the courses well, and when you combine that with the altitude it gives us a huge advantage. Im really looking forward to racing in front of friends and Canadian ski fans.”

 

Rounding out the team is: 

 

Women

Katherine Stewart-Jones – Chelsea, Que.

Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt – Morin-Heights, Que.

Katherine Weaver – North Vancouver, B.C.

Anna Parent – Canmore, Alta.

Marlie Molinaro – Whistler, B.C.

Élie-Anne Tremblay – Lévis, Que. 

Marielle Ackermann – Kimberley, B.C.

Anna Stewart – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Maeve MacLeod – Revelstoke, B.C.

Katya Semeniuk – Ottawa, Ont.

 

Men 

Antoine Cyr – Gatineau, Que.

Julien Locke – Nelson, B.C.

Olivier Léveillé – Sherbrooke, Que.

Xavier Mckeever – Canmore, Alta.

Léo Grandbois – Sherbrooke, Que.

Pierre Grall-Johnson – Ottawa, Ont.

Julian Smith – Georgian Bluffs, Ont.

Erikson Moore – Mont-Tremblant, Que.

Ry Prior – Chelsea, Que.

Félix-Olivier Moreau – Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que.

Xavier Lefebvre – Longueuil, Que.

Samuel Hendry – Canmore, Alta.

Scott Hill – Parry Sound, Ont.

Rémi Drolet – Rossland, B.C.

Micah Steinberg – Calgary, Alta. 

Eamon Wilson – Burnaby, B.C.

 

The Canadians will face strong competition at the world-renowned Canmore Nordic Centre.  More than 190 athletes from 19 different countries will race over four thrilling days at the Canmore Nordic Centre.  This is a rare opportunity for ski fans to see the stars of the sport in Canada, and show their support for the local ski community. Transit and tickets are free for the event, and VIP event tickets are still available for purchase on the Alberta World Cup Society website.

 

Canmore will greet the world with a festival of events. Spectators can experience a series of activities, including art walks, a nordic market, spectator zones, and the COOP mini World Cup. Ski fans can plan the perfect weekend at www.albertaworldcup.com.

 

“We are thrilled to once again welcome the world’s best cross-country skiers to Canmore,” said Alberta World Cup Society’s Vice-President and Events Chair Norbert Meier.  “Together, we have created an exciting event at the Canmore Nordic Centre, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.”

 

Schedule: 

(Subject to change)

Tickets: 

General admission is free, however for those interested in the best seat in the house, VIP tickets are still available for purchase at www.albertaworldcup.com

 

Broadcast:

Canadians unable to attend in person can watch live on CBC Gem, with behind-the-scenes content on Nordiq Canada, and the Alberta World Cup social platforms.

 

Media Contacts:

Nathaniel Mah , Marketing and Engagement Coordinator 

Nordiq Canada 

C: 403-700-4927 

E: nmah@nordiqcanada.ca

 

 

Justin Brisbane, Media Manager 

COOP FIS Cross-Country World Cup Canmore – Canmore

E: jbrisbane@albertaworldcup.com

 

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2023-24 World Cup P4 Team Nominations https://nordiqcanada.ca/news-item/2023-24-world-cup-p4-team-nominations/ Thu, 25 Jan 2024 18:18:11 +0000 https://nordiqcanada.ca/?post_type=news-item&p=18042 Selection Rationale

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Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected to the World Cup Period 4 Team from February 6-19, 2024, with races in Canmore, and Minneapolis.

As the host country, Canada is awarded extra race starts. For the Canmore and Minneapolis World Cups Canada has been awarded 12 athletes per gender per race.

Alternate athletes have been named, however will only be selected to the Team in the event of an athlete declining a position. Race starts that come available due to athlete illness will be filled by athletes already selected to the Team.

The International Group will be supported by the World Cup staff team. The National Group will be supported by a domestic staff team

Athlete selections were based on the 2023-24 Nordiq Canada Competition Trip Criteria, and the 2023-2024 P4 Ranking Lists created as per the selection criteria.

The deadline to appeal World Cup P4 Team nominations is January 30, 2024 11:59 PM MST. Appeals must be submitted in writing to Nordiq Canada’s Appeal Manager, Stefano Mingarelli, at stefmingarelli@gmail.com.

 

SUMMARY OF NOMINATIONS

WORLD CUP CANMORE

 

International Group

Antoine Cyr – CNEPH, Club Skinouk, QC

Xavier McKeever – AIAWCA, Foothills Nordic Ski Club, AB

Olivier Léveillé – CNEPH, Club de ski de fond Orford, QC

Julien Locke – Black Jack Ski Club, BC

Katherine Stewart-Jones – AIAWCA, Nakkertok Nordic, QC

Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt – AIAWCA, Club Fondeurs Laurentides, QC

Katie Weaver – AIAWCA, Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club, BC

 

 

National Group

Léo Grandbois – CNEPH, Club de ski de fond Orford, QC

Pierre Grall-Johnson – NTDC T-Bay, Nakkertok Nordic, QC

Julian Smith – NTDC T-Bay, Georgian Bay Nordic, ON

Erikson Moore  – NTDC T-Bay, Club Fondeurs Laurentides, QC

Ry Prior – AIAWCA, Chelsea Nordiq, QC

Félix-Olivier Moreau – CNEPH, Club Nordique Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC

Xavier Lefebvre – CNEPH, Club de ski de fond Monteriski, QC

Sam Hendry –  CNEPH, Canmore Nordic Ski Club, AB

Scott Hill – AIAWCA, Hardwood Nordic Ski Club, ON

Rémi Drolet – Black Jack Ski Club, BC

Micah Steinberg – Canmore Nordic Ski Club, AB

Eamon Wilson – Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club, BC

Anna Parent – CNEPH, Canmore Nordic Ski Club, AB

Marlie Molinaro – Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club, BC

Anna Stewart – AIAWCA, Nakkertok Nordic, ON

Élie-Anne Tremblay – CNEPH, Skibec, QC

Katya Semeniuk – AIAWCA, Nakkertok Nordic, ON

Marielle Ackermann – Kimberley Nordic, BC

Maeve MacLeod – Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club, BC

 

 

ALTERNATES:

Noah Weir Chaba – AIAWCA, Canmore Nordic Ski Club, AB

Guillaume Pelchat – CNEPH, Pembroke & Area Cross Country, ON

Adam Heale – NTDC T-Bay, Black Jack Ski Club, BC

Nicholas Randall – NTDC T-Bay, Big Thunder Nordic Ski Club, ON

Mats Halvorsen – CNEPH, Nakkertok Nordic, QC

Aidan Kirkham – Kanata Nordic Club, ON

 

 

 

WORLD CUP MINNEAPOLIS

International Group

Sonjaa Schmidt – AIAWCA, Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club, YT

Katherine Stewart-Jones – AIAWCA, Nakkertok Nordic, QC

Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt – AIAWCA, Club Fondeurs Laurentides, QC

Liliane Gagnon – CNEPH, Skibec, QC

Katie Weaver – AIAWCA, Hollyburn Cross Country Ski Club, BC

Sasha Masson – CNEPH, Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club, YT

Antoine Cyr – CNEPH, Club Skinouk, QC

Xavier McKeever – AIAWCA, Foothills Nordic Ski Club, AB

Olivier Léveillé – CNEPH, Club ski de fond Orford, QC

Julien Locke – Black Jack Ski Club, BC

Max Hollmann – AIAWCA, Big Thunder Nordic, ON

 

 

National Group

Léo Grandbois – CNEPH, Club ski de fond Orford, QC

Pierre Grall-Johnson – NTDC T-Bay, Nakkertok Nordic, QC

Luke Allan – Nakkertok Nordic, QC

Julian Smith – NTDC T-Bay, Georgian Bay Nordic, ON

Alexandre Cormier – CNEPH, Club Fondeurs Laurentides, QC

Raleigh Tarte – Kimberley Nordic, BC

Derek Deuling – Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club, YT

Tom Stephen – AIAWCA, Foothills Nordic Ski Club, AB

Félix-Olivier Moreau – CNEPH, Club Nordique Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC

Sam Hendry – CNEPH, Canmore Nordic Ski Club, AB

Scott Hill – AIAWCA, Hardwood Nordic Ski Club, ON

 

Alison Mackie – AIAWCA, Edmonton Nordic Ski Club, AB

Tory Audet – AIAWCA, Chelsea Nordiq, QC

Amelia Wells – AIAWCA, Strathcona Nordic Ski Club, BC

Jasmine Lyons – Nakkertok Nordic, ON

Anna Parent – CNEPH, Canmore Nordic Ski Club, AB

Alexandra Luxmoore – AIAWCA, Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club, BC

Clara Hegan – NTDC T-Bay, Nakkertok Nordic, ON

Jasmine Drolet – Black Jack Ski Club, BC

Marlie Molinaro – Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club, BC

Anna Stewart – AIAWCA, Nakkertok Nordic, ON

 

 

ALTERNATES

Élie-Anne Tremblay – CNEPH, Skibec, QC

Marielle Ackermann – Kimberley Nordic, BC

Rémi Drolet – Black Jack Ski Club, BC

Erikson Moore – NTDC T-Bay, Club Fondeurs Laurentides, QC

Ry Prior – AIAWCA, Chelsea Nordiq, QC

Xavier Lefebvre – CNEPH, Club de ski de fond Monteriski, QC

Garrett Siever – Telemark Nordic Ski Club, BC

Samuel Picard – CNEPH, Club Fondeurs Laurentides, QC

 

Athlete nominations were made by the High Performance Committee (HPC) based on the 2023-24 Nordiq Canada Competition Trip Criteria. The HPC oversaw the selection process as per the Nordiq Canada Nomination, Selection and Announcement policy. Members of this committee are:

  • Graham Nishikawa (athlete rep – Para)
  • Devon Kershaw (athlete rep – Olympic)
  • Maria Lundgren (BC)
  • Pauline Nadlersmith (ON)
  • John Lofranco (Athletics Canada)
  • Julie Beaulieu (Nordiq Canada)
  • Kate Boyd (Nordiq Canada)
  • Chris Jeffries (Nordiq Canada)

Final athlete selections were approved by Chris Jeffries, High Performance Director – Olympic.

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