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Karl Saidla

Karl Saidla is the athlete most people think of when they hear the name XCOttawa. Having previously won the Gatineau Loppet, finished 11th at the American Birkibeiner, raced at a World Cup, World Junior Championships, World University Games, and Canada Winter Games, it is fair to say the Karl is somewhat of a legend around these parts. It is also fair to say that Karl definitely saves all his speed for the ski trails.

When Karl isn’t off destroying the competition, he likes to enjoy life. Whether it be listening to his favorite band Fiftymen (whom he has seen live way too many times), to enjoying a hot sauna and a cold beer, to watching spaghetti western movies and reading Estonian children’s books, Karl certainly knows how to have a grand time!

Now don’t be deceived, Karl is not just a skier. He is also a full time student working toward his PhD in what he describes as “studying cities that are designed for walking and riding bikes as methods of transportation”.

Karl is personally sponsored by Alpina and Infinity. He’s also very happy to have great relationships with Caldwell Sport and Gatineau Nordique Sport for ski selection and stone grinding.

HometownOttawa, ON
Personal Sponsors:Alpina, Rottefella,Infinity
Best Results: 11th, 50km Skate, 2011 American Birkibeiner
2nd, 53km Skate, 2009 Gatineau Loppet
12th, (6th Canadian) 20km skate, Silver Star NorAm, 2008
10th, 30km Pursuit, World Championship Trials, Canmore, 2009
1st - Keskinada 2002
5th - 15km skate, National Championships 2002
World Cup 2005, Canmore Alberta
Top 30, World University Games, 2001
Silver, Canada Winter Games, 1999
World Junior Championships, 1996
Performance Goals: Top 6 finishes at major Canada Cups
Top 3 at Keskinada
One top 5 result at Canadian Championships
Other Pursuits: Working full time at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada in Health Policy
Skis: Fischer
Poles: Infinity
Boots: Alpina Bindings Rottefella
Skate: Marwe, Pro Ski
Classic: Pro Ski, V2

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Race Report E Load Marathon Race Report: Craftsbury Marathon  (2016/02/04)
Race Report Race Report: New England Nordic Ski Association Season Opener at Craftsbury  (2015/12/22)
XC News Gatineau Loppet 2016 Update – New Registration Procedure, Later Date, and FIS pointsts  (2015/11/03)
XC Local New Possibilities with Transcollines Public Transit  (2015/09/07)
Editorial Cross-Country Ski Commuting  (2015/02/06)
Ski Gear Gatineau Nordique Sport: Ski Prep for the Canadian Ski Marathon  (2015/02/04)
Travel-Tourism Vuokatti Early Season Skiing Loop: Virtual Tour  (2014/10/23)
Training You get what you pay for.  (2014/09/09)
Interview Ski Training: Therapy for the New Mother  (2014/08/08)
Photos and Videos Old Chelsea Milk Run  (2014/04/04)
XC Local Boxing Day Burnoff  (2013/12/28)
Sponsor News Nakkertok North is Ready. Are you?  (2013/11/06)
Photos and Videos Best of YouTube: Nordic Skiing Edition  (2013/09/13)
Workout of the Week Ski striding: A Lost Art?  (2013/07/17)
Athlete Diary Didn't make it to Bend.  (2013/06/06)
Ski Gear Equipment Review: Alpina ESK Pro Skate Boots  (2013/03/24)
Photos and Videos Eload/Emend XCOttawa Duathlon Team Relay - On and Benind the Scene  (2013/01/22)
Training MM 2012  (2012/11/21)
Training Memo: Fall Training Considerations  (2012/09/29)
Workout of the Week Workout of the Week: Bixi Riding.  (2012/07/24)
XC Local Gatineau Park Road Closure Update  (2012/05/29)
Athlete Diary From a “ski training while sightseeing on a work trip” perspective  (2012/05/28)
Race Report Blueberry Report #2 - Race Day in Sweden  (2012/03/13)
Race Report Craftsbury TD Bank Eastern Cup, Day 1 - The Whole 9 Yards  (2011/12/19)
XC Local Objective: Gatineau Loppet. February 17-19 2012  (2011/10/27)
XC Local  Jim Howe Memorial Cross Country Race this Sunday. We’ll be there....  (2011/10/13)
Athlete Diary The First Assignment.   (2011/09/07)
Gatineau Park Canada Day Tribute Training Camp.  (2011/07/05)
XC Local Pictures from Sunday's great skiing  (2011/04/03)
Race Report E Load Marathon Race Report: American Birkebeiner  (2011/03/07)
XC Local 2011 Ski for Kids: Monday Febrary 21  (2011/02/17)
Race Report Mt. Orford Mini-Tour  (2011/02/01)
XC News Gatineau Loppet 53k Skate: Prize Money, Canada Points, Free Accommodation for Elite Skiers!  (2011/01/21)
Ski Gear Ski Testing: Why and where to get it done.  (2011/01/02)
Race Report Jim Howe Memorial: “This is a cross country race, not a spa”  (2010/10/28)
Athlete Diary Summer Mixing  (2010/09/19)
Ottawa-Gatineau The Canada Day Raft - “ a post apocalyptical means of reaching the Heart of Darkness”  (2010/07/14)
Current Events Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour: The Routine  (2010/06/14)
Ski Gear Where to go if you are a cross country skier with sore feet? BioPed!  (2010/05/20)
Race Report Getting pounded: 2010 Almonte Paris-Roubaix  (2010/04/30)
XC Local Michel Dallaire Retires from Gatineau Park  (2010/04/26)
XC Local E Load/E Mend XC Ottawa Duathlon Night Race: Thursday, March 4th.   (2010/02/22)
XC Local Gatineau Loppet: To provide the best course possible, we need a few more volunteers!  (2010/02/17)
Gatineau Loppet Gatineau Loppet 53km Skate Update: Important Notice for A Wave Skiers-Racing Licenses Required.  (2010/02/11)
Ski Gear Thinking about getting your skis stoneground before the Gatineau Loppet?  (2010/02/04)
XC News Gatineau Loppet Update: Elite 53km races  (2010/01/21)
Race Report E Load Marathon Race Report: Olympic Trials 30km and 50km…How many laps do I have left?   (2009/12/26)
Athlete Diary Sometimes, a really awesome dude becomes a living legend..  (2009/11/15)
Training "If I train more and I train harder, I can improve", sure MAYBE...  (2009/10/18)
Photos and Videos Skiing: the argument in favour  (2009/08/26)
Travel-Tourism Estonia  (2009/07/26)
XC Local XC Ottawa 09-10: The Few, The New, The Old...  (2009/06/05)
Travel-Tourism It's Closer Than You Think....  (2009/04/24)
Race Report E Load/E Mend Marathon Race Report: Canadian Championship Long Distance Mass Start.  (2009/03/20)
XC Local Mooney's Bay Cross Country Ski Trails: Mt. Mooney draws a crowd.  (2009/02/25)
XC Local E Load/E Mend Marathon Race Report:The Gloppet? Yeah, that's what we call it.  (2009/02/16)
Ski Gear Stone grinding: Refresh your memory, and maybe your P-Tex as well  (2009/02/04)
Editorial Sunday: Women: 10k Skate, Men: 15k Skate. Why the difference?  (2008/11/17)
Athlete Diary It won't pass judgment. That part is up to you...  (2008/10/20)
Training XC Ottawa Training: Snarling in September  (2008/08/28)
Editorial The Canadian Olympic Committee and the Olympic Creed  (2008/07/28)
XC News Owl Rafting Training Camp: On the Chisel  (2008/06/21)
Athlete Diary Training Log: Early Season  (2008/06/04)
Ski Gear Equipment Review: Next Year's Alpina ECL Classic Boots  (2008/04/16)
Gatineau Park The Gatineau Park Loop  (2008/04/07)
Race Report E Load Race Report: Nationals Long Distance Classic Races  (2008/03/27)
Race Report Old School Event Report: The Viking Loppet  (2008/03/12)
XC News DATE CHANGE: Lafleur de la Capitale BBQ, Sunday March 16!  (2008/03/06)
Race Report Old School Event Report :The Nakkerloppet  (2008/03/05)
XC News E Load Marathon Race Report: Gatineau Loppet 53k skate  (2008/02/18)
Editorial 'Cross-Country' Skiing and Eight times a 2.5km loop  (2008/01/29)
Ski Gear Caldwell Sport comes to Canada!  (2007/11/13)
Training Common Training Mistakes. How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Fall  (2007/11/02)
Training Cross Country Running: To Be Cherished  (2007/09/30)
Athlete Diary One Day at a Time  (2007/07/23)
Athlete Diary Athlete Diary: Staying Healthy  (2007/04/23)
Humour Winter Driving  (2007/03/07)
Athlete Diary Athlete Diary: Optimism.  (2007/03/07)
Ski Gear Fischer Carbonlite Field Test  (2007/01/10)
Race Report US Nationals 2007 - Race Report  (2007/01/05)
Athlete Diary Athlete Diary: Bang for the Buck!  (2006/10/04)
Editorial XC Ottawa - Where have we been?  (2006/08/27)
Ski Gear The `Complete Fleet`: Notes on Ski Selection with help from Zach Caldwell.  (2006/06/26)
Gatineau Park Weekend skiing looks good!  (2006/03/31)
XC News 2006 National Championships: Long Distance Races  (2006/03/12)
XC News 2006 National Championships: Sprints  (2006/03/11)
Race Report 2006 National Championships: Mass Start Skate  (2006/03/09)
Race Report 2006 National Championships: Classic Race Report  (2006/03/07)
XC News Race Preview: Canadian Junior and Senior Championships  (2006/03/05)
Race Report 2006 National Championships: Relays!  (2006/03/05)
XC News eload Marathon Series - Marcialonga: Charge of the Bisons.  (2006/02/02)
XC News Brief Marcialonga Update  (2006/01/31)
XC News Canmore World Cups: More Gold for Beckie! Is this for real?  (2005/12/18)
XC News Canmore World Cups: Silver makes it 6 medals in 5 World Cups!  (2005/12/18)
XC News Canadian World Cup Interviews: Sara Renner  (2005/12/15)
XC News Canadian World Cup Interviews: Phil Widmer  (2005/12/15)
XC News Canmore World Cup Courses: Pain and Suffering Are Waiting!  (2005/12/14)
Photos and Videos Canmore World Cup: Training Photos!  (2005/12/14)
XC News Sovereign Lake World Cup Sprints: GOOOOOOOLD!  (2005/12/11)
XC News Canadian World Cup: Continuous Pursuit. Excitement? Yes, please!  (2005/12/10)
XC News World Cup Sovereign Lakes - Training Photos  (2005/12/09)
XC News Canadian World Cup: Everybody Ready?  (2005/12/09)
XC News Canadian World Cup Interview: Chandra Crawford.  (2005/12/08)
Race Report 2005 Silver Star Report - Wrap-up  (2005/12/01)
Athlete Diary Athlete Diary Entry: Karl Saidla from Cowboy Country  (2005/11/13)
Ski Gear Karl and Megan's ski sale: What's left?  (2005/11/02)
Workout of the Week Short ski striding intervals with technical component  (2005/11/01)
Athlete Diary Haig Glacier Report  (2005/09/16)
Workout of the Week Continuous ski striding interval  (2005/07/04)
Training OWL Rafting/Madawaska Kanu Centre Training Camp Report  (2005/06/28)
XC Local To Lafleur De La Capitale : Thank You !  (2005/04/06)
Race Report eLoad Race Report-Tour du Mt. Valin.  (2005/03/20)
XC News Great White North National Championships: Fishing Anyone?  (2005/03/03)
XC News Great White North National Championships: The Sugar Turns to Slop.  (2005/03/02)
XC News Great White North National Championships: Sugar is Sweet (for some!)  (2005/03/01)
XC News Great White North National Championships: Club relays.  (2005/02/27)
Gatineau Loppet Rezac 6 for 6 at Keskinada Worldloppet!  (2005/02/21)
Editorial Bonk Series: Running out of gas: A lesson learned at an early age.  (2005/02/15)
Gatineau Loppet 2005 Keskinada Preview  (2005/02/12)
Athlete Diary Canadians cross the border, but take a while to make it back!  (2005/02/04)
Travel-Tourism Great White North Destinations - Thunder Bay, Ontario  (2005/01/22)
Editorial Thunder Bay Canada Cup Interview: Reijo Puiras  (2005/01/22)
Ski Gear Ski equipment: Technology-Dorks and Zen-Masters.  (2004/12/10)
XC News Great White North Interview Series: Chris Jeffries  (2004/12/07)
Editorial Old Dogs Interview Series: Wayne Dustin  (2004/12/03)
Editorial No "Freedom Twenty-Five" for Skiers in North America!  (2004/10/18)
Editorial Old Dogs Learning New Tricks  (2004/09/10)
XC News John Langstone wins the Dave Rees Award  (2004/06/16)
Editorial The Merits and Demerits of Early Morning Training  (2004/06/13)
Editorial Today's Racing: Do What Ya Like!  (2004/05/31)
Training Cross-training activity: Canoeing!  (2004/05/09)
Travel-Tourism Chic Chocs Spring Fling 2004  (2004/05/01)
XC Local Charles Hodgson: 100 Days of skiing - Come Hell or High Water.  (2004/04/05)
Race Report Birkie 2004: Boondockles and Brats.  (2004/02/29)
Travel-Tourism Thunder Bay Canada Cup-Doin'it and Doin'it and Doin'it Right!  (2004/01/25)
Travel-Tourism Training Vacation Report #2: Sahly, Saunas, and fashion tips...  (2003/09/20)
Training Keeping our heads above water at the Madawaska Kanu Centre!  (2003/09/15)
XC Local XCOttawa.ca Welcomes New Coach John Suuronen!  (2003/08/28)
Other Sports XC Ottawa at the 2003 Rideau Lakes Cycle "Tour"  (2003/07/23)
Ski Gear Adventures in Spring Skiing with the Madshus - Hypersonic C3 Multigrip Vario  (2003/05/01)
Nutrition Try eLoad for Keskinada!  (2003/02/09)
Training eLoad Keskinada Training Tip #3  (2003/02/04)
Ski Gear Try e load for the Keskinada!  (2003/02/01)
Training eLoad Keskinada Training Tip #2  (2003/01/15)
Training eLoad Keskinada Training Tips #1  (2002/12/10)
XC Local XCZone: Searching for the Ultimate Ride  (2002/11/01)
Training Legends of the Fall: Magnussen, Mieto, Jernberg, Svan and Dezolt  (2002/09/01)
XC Local XC Zone Update  (2002/07/03)
Gatineau Loppet 2002 Keskinada 50k Media Clippings  (2002/02/17)
Gatineau Loppet 2002 Keskinada 50k Skate Summary  (2002/02/12)
XC Local What is XCOttawa.ca?  (2001/09/01)
Travel-Tourism Chic Choc Adventures  (2001/05/10)
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