The individual start skate race was on the menu today at the Canmore World Cup. For the women it was 10km and the men did 15km, on a 5km loop. The loop was very hard and the snow was cold, however the air had warmed up nicely by race time.
I started 4th and tried to be a bit conservative on the first lap. I felt pretty good as I came back into the stadium for my lap and headed out on my second lap while the red group (fastest skiers) were starting. It was pretty crazy getting passed by them on their first lap while I was already half dead on my second trip up the mountain! I tried to follow what they were doing and stay as close as I could for as long as I could.
In the end, I finished 51st and was satisfied with my effort. These two World Cup starts have been really fun and a great learning experience. I am not racing tomorrow (I was the alternate) but I will be out watching and hoping for some great results for Canada.
Today, the top Canadians were Sara Renner and George Grey who were both 25th. Ivan Babikov, who is racing for Russia this year but will be racing for Canada next year, had a great race and finished 12th.
The Italian men were dominate today and finished 1st and 3rd, with Valerio Checchi taking the gold and Pietro Piller Cottrer taking the bronze. Rene Sommerfeldt from Germany was 2nd.
The women's race was won by Valentino Shevchenko by 30seconds over Evgenia Medvedeva from Russia and Justyna Kowalczyk from Poland.
Full results available at www.fis-ski.com.
Devon Kershaw and Axel Teichmann.
Eric Carleton following Lars Berger.
3rd place - Pietro Piller COTTRER
Best glasses - Tord Asle GJERDALEN
Winner - Valerio CHECCHI