Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - Perspective
The Women's Blur Tour

- By: Sara Renner

We started the season pretty much where we left off. Beckie blasted off from the start in Cogne, Italy and scored two top ten performances and the remainder of the women's team collected good FIS points and proved that we are easily within striking distance of the top 30. I feel obligated to mention that Yves Biladeau, our wax technician and interval companion, claims that had he raced he would have also made the top ten approximately three seconds behind Beckie.

Our next pit stop on the World Cup circuit brings us to Brusson, Italy for the 10 km skate. It has been typical pre-Christmas racing with the not a patch of natural snow and courses consisting of man made snow produced at the mountain tops and trucked down two days before race day. You can count on the Italians to be inventive! A corner missed would result in a close up examination of the local vegetation and training days are spent dodging the 200 other competitors. It is a jammed packed schedule with plenty of races and travel in between but it is great to be racing in Europe and back in the action.

Sara Renner
Canadian Cross Country Ski Team

(Sara Renner has been a member of the Canadian National Ski Team for as long as anyone can remember. She was a 1998 Nagano Olympian and a member for the women's relay team that was second in the Soldier Hollow world cup and 6th at the World Championships last winter. We will all be watching Sara at the upcoming Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah!)

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