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National Championships Interview Series: Chris Jefferies
By:  Team XCOttawa   (2006/03/06)

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XC Ottawa managed to get in touch with a number of prominent skiers who grew up skiing in Ottawa. We asked them for their thoughts on the season just passed, their goals for next year, and their focus for the upcoming National Championships. Weíll post a new one every day as Nationals goes on!

Today we are talking to Chris Jefferies. Chris grew up skiing with the Nakkertok Ski Club. He now lives in Canmore (AB) when not chasing the World Cup circuit around Europe and Scandinavia. As you know, Chris skis for the Canadian National Team and was a member of the Torino Olympic Team.

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: HonestlyÖ I feel fortunate to have secured a job for next season. A season of many racing lows and only a couple highs, namely a 24th finish in the Oberstdorf World Cup. Experiencing the Olympics and domestic World Cups with teammates, family and friends were definitely memorable.

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: Finishing the season are first and foremost. Following the last races at Shark, a spring break from training is definitely in order. Afterwards, I think a whole lot of change is in order. If your not evolving and progressing in your training, your not getting faster, and I think I need to make this a priority.

Question: Are you going to Nationals this year? Do you enjoy racing at Nationals, and if so, why?

Answer: I love Nationals and canít wait to get there. Itís just a great way to wind down the season. Spring weather is starting to arrive, the racing is great, and it is always an opportunity to see all your friends again. Also, after a long season of international racing, itís nice to be back in Canada.

Question: What are your goals for Nationals? What race will you focus on at Nationals, and why?

Answer: I wonít be focusing on any one race at nationals this year, but just hoping to ski as hard as possible each day. By this point in the season, fatigue is definitely becoming a factor, so Iím definitely looking forward to not racing another 30km this year.

Question: What was your favourite National Championships youíve ever been to? Why?

Answer: Charlo! Great weather, great people, and beautiful area I had never been to.

Question: Do you like Lappe Nordic Centre (host of this yearís Nationals)? If so, why?

Answer: Lappe and thunder bay is like my second home. I spent my first 3 years of senior here and I think they have the greatest Nordic community in Canada. Lappe is a special place to race; itís a racing club and Reijo and the others live for good racing.

Question: Who are your picks to win the following races:

Menís Club Relay: Nakkertok, represent!

Womenís Club Relay: Edmonton Nordic

Menís Sprint: Sean ď50 sprintĒ Crooks (sorry Widmer)

Womenís Sprint: Perianne Jones (Nakkertok, represent!)

Menís 50k: Me, bring it!

Womenís 30k: Dasha

 
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