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10/15km Classic in Canmore
By:  Ingrid Hagberg   (2012/12/05)


Sunday morning was the last race for the World Cup Trials as part of theNORAM in Canmore. After some good results from Saturday XC Ottawa was back at it again, with a 15km classic for the men and 10km for the women. Racing on one of Canmore's toughest loops, there was excessive climbing, tricky corners, and little flat throughout the race course. The men completed4 challengingloops of 3.75km, and the women did 3 loops of an equally taxing3.3km.

The race clock started at 9am, with the men up first under gray skies thathad just lightened up after the late sunrise.Karl easily posted the best place for XC Ottawa, finishing an impressive 28th overall. Next up was Lee in 42nd, Matthias in 56th, and Andre rounded out the team in 80th.

The women started soon after at10:30 and were greated withfalling snow,covering the well skied intracks.Megan lead the way for the ladies, finishing 20th overall. Sheila was 29th and Ingrid finished35th.

Megan sprinting to the finishin our new Podiumwear Gold racing suits. (Photo Credit: James Cunningham)

Once again, thanks to our amazing waxers, Coach John, Anna, and Justin. They prepared us flawless skis, which has become a commonoccurance over the years.

While the racing was over for the day, the excitement was not. The team came home after a nice evening in town to discover that Megan had qualified for the Quebec World Cup sprint! Megan will hit the startline on Saturday with 13 other Canadian athletes and the best cross country skiers in the world!

For a complete list of qualified athletes, click here.

World Cup action starts on Friday in Quebec Citywithteamsprints, and then switches to an individual sprint on Saturday. After QuebecCity, the eyes of the ski world will move to Canmore on December 13th, with a 10km/15km classic.Next up will be a sprint on December15th, and the event will finish offwith a skiathlon (15/30km)on the 16th.If you are in the area, be sure to check out the races as they promise to be both exciting and engaging!

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