National Development Squad
Club: Kanata Racers
Coach: Heinz Niederhauser
Question: How has your season
progressed up to this point? Have you been happy with the way things
have gone? What were the highlights of you season?
Answer: My season has been
great. I got the opportunity to race for Canada at the World Junior
Championships in Slovenia. It was a huge learning experience and
it was interesting to see how much more popular skiing is in Europe.
Question: What are your plans
for next season? Do you have any specific training or competition goals
for the spring/summer, and for next winter?
Answer: My goal for this upcoming
season is to make NTDC Thunder Bay.
Question: Are you going to
Nationals this year? Do you enjoy racing at Nationals, and if so, why?
Answer: I am going to Nationals
and I love it every year. I think it is my favourite races of
the year because it is highly competitive, but you get to stay with
your home team, and I love my team.
Question: What are your goals
for Nationals? What race will you focus on at Nationals, and why?
Answer: I am just hoping to
have a good time and finish my season off on a good note. I wonít
focus on one particular race.
Question: What was your favourite
National Championships youíve ever been to? Why?
Answer: Canmore. I think I
loved Canmore nationals because it was my first big race, it was at
an Olympic venue, and there was no pressure. No one knew who I
was so all I had to do was race my own races. There was no one
who wanted splits off of me or anything.
Question: Do you like Lappe
Nordic Centre (host of this yearís Nationals)? If so, why?
Answer: I love Lappe.
I love the pancakes and the people. Thunder Bay is probably the
friendliest ski community in Canada. They are going to do a great
Question: Who are your picks
to win the following races:
Menís Club Relay: Mount. Saint Anne
Womenís Club Relay: Porcupine
Menís Sprint: Sean Crooks
Womenís Sprint: Dasha Gaiazova
Menís 50k: ?
Womenís 30k: ?