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Tom McCarthy

Tom is the team sprinter - by which we mean, he's too slow and lacks endurance to compete seriously in any race over a couple of kilometres. So he's decided to pretend that he can sprint fast, and that way he doesn't have to do intervals with the rest of the team and get shown up for the pretender that he really is. Well, he did do ok in 2006 - a 10th place at National Championships, a win at the Quebec Sprint Championships, and a win at the Keskinada Sprints - so maybe he's not that bad. Tom has only become a sprinter in the last year, after his lack of training volume has caught up with him. Tom finished a Master's degree at Simon Fraser University in 2005, and took a job with the federal government, in the Accelerated Economist Training Program. He's finished that program in July 2007, and he's not sure what'll happen to him after that - but he sure hopes it involves skiing, even if it's mostly short distances.

HometownOttawa, Ontario
Personal Sponsors:Karhu, Infinity
Best Results: 1st, Keskinada Sprints, 2006
1st, Quebec Sprint Championships, 2006
10th, National Sprint Championships, 2006
2nd, Sovereign Lake Loppet, 2005
Performance Goals: Top performances at Eastern Canadians & Nationals
Other Pursuits:Pursuits? I LOVE pursuits!!

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Race Preview 2015 Boxing Day Burnoff - Cancelled  (2015/12/01)
Race Preview Boxing Day Burnoff 2013  (2013/12/17)
Race Report 2012 Boxing Day Burnoff Results and Photos  (2012/12/28)
Race Preview 2012 Boxing Day Burnoff – MASS START TEAM EVENT  (2012/12/04)
Race Report 2009 Boxing Day Burn-off Results  (2009/12/26)
Race Preview 2009 Boxing Day Burnoff  (2009/12/24)
XC News 2010 Olympic Contenders - Only 100 days to wait!  (2009/11/04)
Athlete Diary Update from the Coast – August 2009  (2009/09/02)
XC News Latest from the Coast – Big News!  (2009/07/09)
Athlete Diary Toast from the Coast – The Third  (2009/06/24)
XC News More Toast of the Coast  (2009/06/07)
XC News The Toast of the Coast  (2009/05/27)
Race Report 2008 Boxing Day Burn-Off Results  (2008/12/30)
XC Local 2008 Boxing Day Burnoff at Nakkertok Nordic  (2008/12/22)
Humour Tom, Ed and the Great Horn.  (2008/10/29)
Training A Feat of Great Stupidity!  (2008/07/23)
Race Report 2008 Canadian Ski Nationals: Sprint Relay – March 16  (2008/03/17)
Race Report 2008 Whistler Loppet Report  (2008/02/25)
Athlete Diary Athlete Diary: Confessions of a Sinking Ship  (2008/02/14)
Editorial Callaghan Valley: The First Ski  (2008/01/22)
Race Report BC Cup at Callaghan Valley: Race Update  (2008/01/21)
Race Report Boxing Day Burnoff Results and Photos  (2007/12/27)
Training Guest Commentary: Training for skiing at altitude  (2007/11/17)
Editorial Top Ten List: Moments in Sport that Motivate Me  (2007/11/09)
XC Local Gatineau Park Parkway Network Closed to Motorists for Winter Season  (2007/11/06)
XC Local McCarthy Cup Preview: Getting a Drubbing from the Bro  (2007/10/31)
Editorial Canada and USA: Let’s start working together again!  (2007/10/22)
Travel-Tourism Tale of the Tape: Ottawa vs. Vancouver  (2007/10/12)
Workout of the Week E-Z Summer Technique Training  (2007/08/30)
Athlete Diary A Tour-de-France Inspired Comment on Drugs in Sport  (2007/08/06)
Nutrition Product Review: EMEND Recovery Drink  (2007/06/27)
Ski Gear Product Review: Elpex Team Carbon A.R.M.  (2007/06/18)
Travel-Tourism A New Trail  (2007/06/12)
Gatineau Park Gatineau Park Summer 2007 Parkway Rollerskiing Closure Update  (2007/05/30)
Athlete Diary Athlete Diary: Season Review 2007  (2007/04/24)
Race Report 2007 Ski Nationals Report #4: Sprints  (2007/03/23)
XC Local The McCarthy Cup  (2007/03/01)
Race Report 2007 World Championship Trials – Sprint Weekend.  (2007/01/23)
Training Cold Weather Skiing Tips  (2007/01/16)
Editorial Orion's Ski  (2007/01/09)
XC Local eLoad XC Ottawa Invitational Cancelled  (2007/01/04)
Gatineau Park Bill S-210: An Act to Amend the National Capital Act – Establishment and Protection of Gatineau Park  (2006/10/19)
Athlete Diary Athlete's Diary: Tom McCarthy's Mid Summer Report  (2006/08/02)
Training 2006 OWL Rafting Training Camp Report  (2006/06/21)
XC News May Skiing: Training or Novelty?  (2006/05/08)
XC Local My Final Race of the Season (or, The Chipmunk Story)  (2006/04/01)
Race Preview 2006 National Championships  (2006/02/28)
Q & A That's an Excellent Question - How to Sprint Faster (on cross-country skis).  (2006/02/28)
Contest Olympic Pool 2006 Final Standings  (2006/02/27)
Athlete Diary Athlete's Diary: Tom McCarthy - Winning and Learning  (2006/01/30)
Race Report XC Ottawa wins Quebec Sprint Championship (classic)!  (2006/01/27)
Athlete Diary XCOttawa Athlete Diary: Tom McCarthy  (2005/09/29)
Editorial Let's Smoke Some Track: Gary Bailie and the Kwanlin Koyotes  (2005/05/25)
Race Report 2005 National Championships Report #5: Long Races CANCELLED!  (2005/03/05)
Editorial eLoad Race Report: 2005 National Championships Pursuit Skate  (2005/03/04)
Race Report 2005 National Championships Report #4: Classic Sprints.  (2005/03/03)
Race Report 2005 National Championships Report #3: Pursuit Skate.  (2005/03/02)
Race Report 2005 National Championships Report #2: Individual Classic Race  (2005/03/01)
Race Report 2005 National Championships Report #1: Men's Relay  (2005/02/27)
Race Report 2005 Canadian National Championships, Prince George, B.C  (2005/02/26)
Editorial Bonk Series: 2001 Nationals  (2005/02/14)
Ski Gear Thank You Karhu Skis!  (2005/02/09)
Editorial Tom's Reflections on the 2004/2005 Racing Season  (2005/02/07)
Workout of the Week The Spring Hangover Ski  (2005/02/03)
Editorial Tom's 'Best Of' List for 2004  (2005/01/07)
Editorial Vancouver 2010: Whistler Nordic Centre Environmental Assessment Review  (2004/11/21)
Training Foundations of Plyometrics  (2004/10/18)
Race Report No limits to this fun!  (2004/09/24)
Editorial Limits of Fun at Whistler  (2004/07/19)
XC News Western Bureau Report #5: Spring Skiing on the West Coast  (2004/05/12)
Editorial Western Bureau Report #4: Reality Bites!  (2004/03/21)
Training Tips on Descending Hills in Control  (2004/01/21)
Editorial Vancouver 2010: An Olympic-sized gamble: Take the safe bet and move the nordic events to Cypress Bowl.  (2004/01/10)
Editorial Fumes and Fluoros: XC Ottawa's First Racing Trip of 2003/04  (2003/12/15)
Travel-Tourism Western Bureau Report #3: Nickel Plate Nordic Centre  (2003/11/11)
Travel-Tourism Western Bureau Report #2: New Legends: A Trail Report from Way Out  (2003/10/08)
Training Western Bureau Report #1 - Mt. Baker Hill Climb  (2003/09/01)
Editorial Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Winter Olympics  (2003/07/21)
Ski Gear Holmenkol Wax Report - Mont. Orford, 2002  (2003/01/26)
XC Local Race Report: Ontario Cup #3, Gatineau Park  (2003/01/11)
XC Local Why are the leaves still on the trees?  (2002/12/22)
Ski Gear Holmenkol Wax Update #1  (2002/11/20)
Ski Gear Holmenkol and XC Ottawa partner to produce a winning combination  (2002/10/10)
Training Figure Skating with Don Jackson  (2002/10/01)
Gatineau Park Gatineau Park Trail Running: Hot Weather Run  (2002/08/16)
Ski Gear Announcing a Partnership with Holmenkol Ski Wax  (2002/07/31)
Editorial  A Letter to the Globe and Mail.  (2002/07/13)
Current Events Letter to the Globe and Mail, RE:Politicians got de luxe treatment at Olympics  (2002/07/13)
XC Local Year 1 - Success!  (2002/04/01)
XC News XC Ottawa Sprints Away!  (2002/03/24)
XC News Strong showing at the 2002 National Long-Distance Championships  (2002/03/23)
Training Challenges and Hurdles  (2001/11/28)
XC Local Skiing in Ottawa and Gatineau Park  (2001/09/10)
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