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The “soup” from the National Championships Classic and Skate races
By:  Anna Geiger-Whitlock   (2012/03/21)

The “soup” from the National Championships Classic and Skate races
By Ingrid and Anna

Nationals has been exciting so far, not only have we been able to post great results, many skiers have been able to work on their summer tans! With sky-rocketing temperatures, Klister was inevitable and the track held up pretty well, making for some fun spring skiing! John, Jess and Camille were in the wax room early for race days, working on the right combination. The key this week is trying to prevent buildup of dirt on the ski’s.
The fields of skiers have been very exciting with 100 open woman and 160 open men! It has been fun to race against so many people. Lots of universities are here too, which has made for many great levels of competition! We’ve had a mixed bag of results that can be found at http://www.zone4.ca/results.asp?ID=4793&cat=all

The first individual races of nationals started off on Monday, with a 5km classic for the women, and 10km for the men. The heatwave continued, with temperatures nearing 10 degrees in the middle of the day. Fortunately, XC Ottawa skiers were among the first racers to start, enjoying the “cooler” temperatures. The women’s race was won by the USA’s Ida Sargent, with Perianne Jones taking the top Canadian spot in 2nd. Sheila took home the top honours for XC Ottawa, finishing 31st. On the men’s side, Ivan Babikov won the gold, fresh off world cup racing in Europe. Peter was the top XC Ottawa athlete in 67th.

Katie looking quick!

Tuesday morning dawned bright and terribly hot. With open men and women starting later in the day, we got to take full advantage of the balmy 17 degrees outside. Shorts and t-shirts were the clothing articles of the day! Most notably, the Canadian World Cup team was back from the finals in Sweden, making for a deep field. The men started out first, with a 15km skate. With snow melting fast in the warm sun, dirt was making its way into the trails, and skis became slower with each lap completed. The women raced their 10km soon after. Megan was the top women in 45th, and Matthias was the top man in 56th.

For full results, check out

Kyle looks back in classic race (above) and Kyla is all smiles (Below)

Photos by Bernard Pigeon
Full photos from race can be seen at http://www.skinationals2012.com/skinationals2012/photos_en.aspx

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