Nordiq Canada Banks on Performance Benchmarks in New Era

Nordiq Canada Banks on Performance Benchmarks in New Era

At the finish line of the World Junior Championship individual start 10-kilometre skate-ski race on a frosty mid-February Finnish afternoon in the village of Vuokatti, national team coach Erik Bråten had a piece of Jeopardy-style enough-to-warm-your-heart trivia for one of Nordiq Canada’s emerging talents. “Erik told me: ‘Only one other guy has done this before, win an individual medal at this level. I think you might know his name’,’’ recalled 19-year-old Olivier...
Team Canada Athletes Take COVID-19 World One Stride at a Time

Team Canada Athletes Take COVID-19 World One Stride at a Time

Sharing down time with teammates and competitors from other nations during an international sporting competition is typically a highlight of the experience. During the COVID-19 pandemic, not so much. “I remember very clearly the third or fourth night we were here, when we actually started eating at buffets with other teams, I remember walking into the room – okay, we’re eating in the same room as three or four different teams, all from the same buffet!” recalled...
Tracking Dreams Towards a Healthier Lifestyle in Canada’s North

Tracking Dreams Towards a Healthier Lifestyle in Canada’s North

He spent a spell as a reindeer herder up in the wilds of northern Russia; over two decades ago, his younger self set out on a wildly ambitious, three-year Paris-to-Montreal bicycling trip with $280 in his pocket and faithful dog Misha along as sidekick. He’s conducted over 1,000 lectures to school groups on the benefits of activity aligned to the outdoors and worked alongside Nordiq Canada instructors on how best to deliver the cross-country ski message. Benoit...
Jackrabbit Johannsen’s Legacy Lives On

Jackrabbit Johannsen’s Legacy Lives On

Herman Smith-Johannsen probably never imagined that one day his nickname, Jackrabbit, would inspire thousands of Canadian kids in the sport of cross-country skiing. The Jackrabbit program, run in countless ski clubs across the nation, has its origins in Manitoba, where in the early 1970s the then newly-formed Cross Country Ski Association of Manitoba realized it was missing a youth development component. In 1976, the CCSAM held its first junior ski program; 10...
AltaGas Grants: A Lifeline to Clubs Grabbing Hold of the Undecided and Converting them to Cross-Country Skiing

AltaGas Grants: A Lifeline to Clubs Grabbing Hold of the Undecided and Converting them to Cross-Country Skiing

Nearing a year and a half ago, on the outskirts of Bonnyville (pop. 6,000), nestled in the Lakeland District of northern Alberta between Cold Lake and St. Paul, Les Parsons married a local lass, thereby making her home his. The couple tied the knot on Friday, June 21st, the summer solstice, outside, in the glories of nature, at Lookout Point. The ceremony was held on a cross-country ski trail. No coincidence there. Not with Les Parsons being a familiar face on the...