LatestNews Archive - March, 2002

Sunday, March 31 Gaiazov and Freeman win Pursuit
In +17C heat that has everyone nervous about snow, American Kris Freeman charged to the front from his second place starting position today winning the 10km classic pursuit at Spring Series in Bolton Valley, Vermont. Andrew Johnson, winner of the skate race yesterday, held on to finish second with Canadian... [
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Sunday, March 31 Johnson and Ivanova Win First Spring Series Race
Andrew Johnson started off the 2002 US Spring Series with a win by 11.8 seconds over fellow American Kris Freeman. Canadian George Grey continued his run of strong spring races, finishing third. David Chamberlain and Sretr Radek finished 4th and 5th. The first race had a great turn out of 132 men several... [
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Saturday, March 30 A Good End of the Season Laugh: Courtesy of the Spanish Bull - By: Adam Kates
While Cross Country Skiing news does not get much recognition outside of the realm of those who actually participate in the sport, I was surprised to come across a short article in the "Scorecard" section of the March 11th, 2002 edition of Sports Illustrated. This "Scorecard" section details unusual, but true, stories... [
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Thursday, March 28 Newell and Wagner Spring Spring Champs
Junior skier Andrew Newell raced up to compete with the seniors today in the classic sprints at spring series, and showed them all how it was done. Newell beat out Viktor Novotny for the win followed by Jon Arne Enevoldsen. Kris Freeman and Andrew Johnson rounded out the... [
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Wednesday, March 27 Lieutenant Governor and CBC's Scott Russell to attend Beckie Scott Day - By: Gord Jewett
Vermilion is definitely the place to be next weekend as the community and special guests welcome home Olympic medalist Beckie Scott. Saturday, Apr.13th has been declared "Beckie Scott Day" in honour of the local cross-country skier's accomplishments at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Scott, 27, won an Olympic bronze medal Feb.15th in the Women's 2x5 km pursuit. That podium finish... [
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Wednesday, March 27 Grey, Jeffries Strong Again in Verizon Classic Race
American Andrew Johnson took the $1000US prize today at the Verizon 10km classic race in Maine. Johnson was followed closely by BC skier George Grey, who picked up the $500US prize for the second day in a row. Grey was just one second ahead of Kris Freeman who was third. Chris Jeffries improved on his strong fifth... [
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Wednesday, March 27 Grey 2nd, Jeffries 4th in Verizon Sprint Race
George Grey and Chris Jeffries showcased strong spring form yesterday at the Verizon sprint race in Maine, finishing second and fifth respectively. The men's race was won by American Kris Freeman, who was followed by Grey and Andrew Johnson in third... [
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Tuesday, March 26 Brady Says Nominate Your Coach - By: Brady Dunne
I just thought I would let you all know about nominating your coaches for the Canadian 3M coaching award this year. Last year I nominated Helen Lindfors for the 3M coaching award and she was runner up. Runner up was an amazing accomplishment... [
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Saturday, March 23 Farley, Betcherman Win Nationals Long Distance Races
The Nationals long distance races were disputed today in Mont Sainte Anne, Quebec. The men's 50km freestyle mass start was won by Donald Farley, followed by Robin McKeever and Chris Jeffries. The conditions were quite windy and the racers were relunctant to lead. With the win, Farley takes the overall Nationals title. The women's top three over 30km consisted of Dasha Gaiazov, Tasha Betcherman and Rhonda Sandau... [
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Saturday, March 23 Canadian Nordic Team Finishes Strong at World Cup Final
Lillehammer, Norway - The Canadian Nordic women's team wrapped up their historic best-ever season today at the final World Cup event, the Norwegian Birkebeiner. The historic race, which attracted over 9,000 participants this year, proved to be a great way for the dynamic women's team to finish... [
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Saturday, March 23 Alsgaard, Moen Win World Cup Final
Bente Skari was sick in the women's class and Norway's Anita Moen dominated and won the women's cross-country world cup final, the 58k classic mass start Norwegian Birkebeiner... [
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Wednesday, March 20 Future Cuts - By: Sara Renner
Amateur sports are bracing for further cuts, the Globe and Mail reported recently. The Canadian Olympic Association (COA) expects to be short $6 million and this will directly impact athletes on all national teams and development in a country which is already struggling to retain its dignity in the sports arena. Sports could avoid the axe if they won medals at the Salt Lake City Olympics. Nordic... [
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Wednesday, March 20 Wada Has Been Aware of Doping All Along
FRANKFURT (AP) -- Cross-country skier Johann Muehlegg, who lost some of his Olympic medals after failing a drug test, had been tracked by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) throughout the winter and consistently showed "clear signs" of doping, according... [
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Monday, March 18 Laakso Skis 252km in Lappe 24 hour
The 24 hour cross country ski relay at the Lappe Nordic Centre on Sunday was an event that set new records and saw some old ones fall. Becky Laakso was the first women to attempt a solo 24 hour ski at Lappe. Blessed with perfect temperatures and fast snow, Becky broke the 250 kilometre mark just minutes... [
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Sunday, March 17 Alsgaard, Belmondo Win Holmenkollen
The annual Holmenkollen distance race in Oslo, Norway is one of the most prestigious races on the World Cup circuit, where skiers make or break their reputations as strong disance skiers. Norway's Thomas Alsgaard, never before considered a 50km skier, added his name to the list of past greats by winning... [
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Sunday, March 17 McKeever Adds Silver To Paralympic Medal Collection
Brian McKeever captured his third medal of the Paralympics yesterday in the final race of the Games, the 20km event. He closes out his first Paralympic Games with two gold medals and one silver medal, which is a record medal haul for a Canadian athlete. Brian and brother-guide Robin McKeever finished a time... [
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Saturday, March 16 Bourgonje 6th, Whyte 9th in Sit-Ski
Women's cross country skiing wrapped up yesterday at the 2002 Paralympic Games with the 10km sit-ski race. Colette Bourgonje (Saskatoon, SK) was 6th (36:24.7) while Shauna Maria Whyte (Hinton, AB) finished in 9th place (37:53.0). Bourgonje was in 3rd place until the 3rd lap when the snow became soft and hampered her progress... [
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Saturday, March 16 Norway to Challenge Dopers Medals
It was announced Wednesday that Norway will demand that the IOC take away all medals from any athlete found guilty of doping at the 2002 Olympic Games. The Norwegian delegation, which has the support of the Canadian Olympic Association, claims that paragraph 25, part 2.2 of the Olympic charter calls for the stripping of every medal from an athlete caught cheating. The IOC... [
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Saturday, March 16 Paralympic Skier Fails Drug Test
West Valley City, Utah -›International Paralympic Committee officials stripped two gold medals from disabled cross country ski star Thomas Oelsner of Germany on Tuesday following a urine test that detected traces of a banned anabolic steroid... [
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Friday, March 15 McKeever Wins Overall World Cup
Brian McKeever has been unbeatable at the 2002 Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City, and his list of accomplishments continues to grow. Yesterday McKeever was awarded the Cross Country Disabled World Cup Overall title for men's blind skiers. Brian also collected 2nd place in Biathlon Disabled World Cup Overall... [
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Friday, March 15 Scott 10th in Overall Sprinting, Renner 30th
After a seemingly endless string of top 10 World Cup sprint races this season, it is no surprise that Beckie Scott ends the year in 10th place in the Overall Sprint World Cup. What is great to see is that another Canadian has broken into the sacred "Red Group" of top 30 skiers, finishing 30th in the Overall Sprint World... [
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Thursday, March 14 Beckie 9th in Holmekollen
The Holmenkollen sprints yesterday was a test race for a new format of World Cup sprinting that sees 24 people qualify for the elimnation round, rather than 16 in the standard format. In the new format, each quarterfinal heat includes six skiers, with the top two advancing. The skiers with the next two fastest times also... [
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Wednesday, March 13 McKeever Wins Historic Second Gold
Brian McKeever and his brother and guide Robin (Canmore, AB) won a second Paralympic gold medal today in cross-country skiing, Visually Impaired, in the 10-km free-style event at Soldier Hollow. Brian finished the race in 22 minutes and 39.1 seconds, more than 37 seconds in front... [
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Sunday, March 10 McKeever Strikes Gold at Paralympics
For a man who claims he prefers the longer distances, Canmore's Brian McKeever and his guide and brother Robin obliterated the field and won a gold medal in the 5km cross-country classic race at Soldier Hollow in a time of 12:07.3... [
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Sunday, March 10 Italy and Norway Take World Cup Relay
Italy won the women's cross-country relay in Falun on Sunday on the strencth of Belmondo's last leg. Norway managed to outsprint Germany for second, with Vibeke Skofterud beating Evi Sachenbacher in the sprint... [
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Sunday, March 10 Belmondo and Alsgaard Win First Ever World Cup Duathlon
After a great classic leg in the women's 5k/5k ski duathlon in Lahti where she managed to stay with Bente Skari, Stefania Belmondo took off in the skate and recorded a clear victory. Russia's Gavriljuk was second while the Olympic champion from the 30k, Gabriella... [
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Sunday, March 10 Grey and Whitten Take Canadian Sprint Titles
Although the 2002 Nationals had trouble getting started, they ended with some of the most exciting and difficult racing of the week. In the women's event, it was Tasha Betcherman who claimed her second national title of the week by winning the 15km mass-start skate race. Betcherman was bested only by American skier Sarah Conrad, who is not eligible for a Canadian title. Tara Whitten fought her way... [
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Friday, March 8 Whyte 4th, McKeever 6th at Paralympics
Shauna Maria Whyte (Hinton, AB) had Canada's best result on Friday with a fourth place finish in biathlon. Calgary's Brian McKeever, along with his guide and brother, Robin of Canmore, finished in 6th place... [
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Friday, March 8 Farley Gaiazov Top Nationals Results
After three days of consecutive cancellations at the Canadian Championships, weather finally cooperated and racing finally got underway today with the middle distance classic races. Donald Farley, perennial favorite and only Canadian male 2002 Olympian, dominated the men's 15km classic, taking an early lead in the first of 3 5km laps and consistantly... [
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Thursday, March 7 National Calendar Issues - By: Anton Scheier
As the person responsible for coordinating the development of the CCC National calendar I thought I would make a few comments and explain a few things regarding Drew Goldsack's recent submission (click here to read Drew Goldsack's artilce) as they pertain to the National championships and the national... [
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Thursday, March 7 Austria Admits and Denies Blood Doping
The Austrian Ski Association has sent a letter to the IOC admitting to "some kind of blood doping" reported Norwegian TV2 Thursday night. The somewhat vague report says that although some blood transfer may have occurred, it was not doping and was never intended to be blood doping... [
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Thursday, March 7 Nationals Race Cancelled a Third Time
Luck is not a word that should be associated with weather this winter in Canada. Early in the year the national calendar was plagued by warm temperatures and little snow. Things have now swung in the opposite direction with cold that makes using the snow we have difficult... [
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Wednesday, March 6 Scott 11th in World Cup Sprint
Beckie Scott led the Canadian team yesterday with an 11th place finish in the World Cup classic sprint race in Stockholm, Sweden. Beckie qualified well, finishing 8th, but dropped slightly on the results when she was eliminated in her quarter-final heat. Norway's Bente Skari won the sprint race ahead of Petra Majdic of Slovenia... [
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Wednesday, March 6 Nationals Race Cancelled Again
Cold temperatures forced the cancellation of the mass-start distance skate races at the Canadian National Championships for the second day in a row. A significant shift will now be made in the schedule to accomodate the distance skate races. The sprint races originally scheduled to run tomorrow will now be moved to Saturday... [
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Tuesday, March 5 Nationals Race Moved to Wednesday
It was announced earlier this afternoon that the mass-start distance races, scheduled to take place today, will be moved to Wednesday. Cold weather and strong winds conspired to cancel the first day of competition at the Canadian National Championships in Canmore, Alberta... [
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Monday, March 4 Olympic Reflections: My Defining Moment - By: Sara Renner
There is one thing that we never do before we start a ski race. The women's team never hugs. We might make eye contact and wish each other good luck or at the most give each other a hard high five. A hug is a distraction and best saved for after the finish line... [
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Monday, March 4 NSDT Update: Returning Home - By: Drew Goldsack
Well, we're finally back in Canada after a really good Senior B-tour trip. We had seven races in three and a half weeks and I think it's safe to say that everyone is glad to be home so that they can get some rest before Nationals. Trying to recover in one week is something like cramming for that exam that... [
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Sunday, March 3 Scott, Renner 8th in World Cup Sprint Relay
Beckie Scott and Sara Renner continued their strong post-Olympic campaign in the World Cup sprint relay today in Lahti, Finland. Scott and Renner placed 8th, 27.3 seconds behind the winning Italian team of Gabriella Paruzzi and Sabina Valbusa. Russia and a combined France/Italy team rounded... [
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Sunday, March 3 Beckie Scott the True Olympic Champion
"It was after Nagano that we made a conscious decision that we're not going to be like this again," Scott said. "We're going to be better. "After Nagano, we were in a sink-or-swim situation," Renner said. "We realized that we had to keep funding for the sport, we had to keep kids in the sport, so we just went for it. And as a team we went for it. As a five person women's team, we all gave it our best for four years. It paid off. It's a lesson in perseverance. It's a lesson in always believing in yourself and supporting each other. We're living proof... [
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Sunday, March 3 3M Coaching Canada Award
3M Coaching Canada Award nominations are now being accepted for 2002. Do you know a 3M National Coaching Certification Program certified coach (Level 2 minimum) who has made a significant contribution to athletes and sport development? This is your opportunity to recognize that contribution by nominating... [
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Saturday, March 2 Smigun, Elofsson Win, Wadsworth 11th
Kristina Smigun of Estonia beat Italian Stefania Belmondo by less than one second to win the women's 10k skate World Cup in Lahti on Saturday. The world cup leader Neumannova was 4th and Julija Tschepalova did not ski. Canada's new Olympic stars were also on the start line in Lahti and showing... [
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Saturday, March 2 NSDT Update: The Nationals are Coming - By: Tasha Betcherman
If you're like me you've been glued to the television coverage of the Winter Olympics. It's been quite amazing watching our own Canadian cross country ski team soar to the top. The pursuit race took my breath away as I'm sure it did yours, seeing Beckie Scott charging to the line and taking the bronze. A moment none of us are likely to forget for as long as we live. As well, the rest of the Canadians have had historical results and broken through barriers... [
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Friday, March 1 Soldier Hollow Redux: Reflections on Blood, Pure and Corrupted - By: Dr. Donald Christie Jr.
As a sports physician working with Nordic skiers, I have followed the "live high/train low" and blood doping sagas with great interest, and I know that confusion arises when terms and concepts, commonplace in our "doctor talk," are picked up and used by athletes, coaches, and the lay press without full understanding. Such misunderstanding could allow lame excuses to be promulgated by those caught with their hands in the... [
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XC Ottawa Update Friday, March 1 XC Ottawa Update: Keskinada 50k
To begin, it must be mentioned that our team was exceptionally well prepared for this race, and we had excellent race and wax support. Among those who made superb contributions in this regard were Pavol Skvaridlo, John Langstone, Tom McCarthy, and Don Moxley. This race had been a major team objective since the summer, and it was very satisfying to accomplish what we... [
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