|David Nighbor Muscles Out Victory in Teck Cominco Sprint Race|
- By: Cross Country Canada
VERNON, B.C.—Canada’s David Nighbor sprinted his way into the winner’s circle at the Haywood NorAm Series at the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club near Vernon, B.C. on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Nighbor, who is known more for his strength as a distance skier, had a different strategy heading into the classic sprint race. With fresh snow hovering over the 1.1-kilometre Sovereign Lake track, Nighbor used skate-ski equipment, put his head down and double-poled like mad to capture the first Teck Cominco Sprint title of the season.
“I just felt with the snow conditions that if I double-poled well I could muscle out the victory and I was able to do that,” said Nighbor, who pulled away from the pack down the final descent into the stadium. “Because I am usually better in distance races, I think it is important to get on the podium in the sprint races for sure.”
Nighbor and his Canadian teammate, Phil Widmer, of Banff, Alta., both easily qualified for the top-30 heats, which has six athletes racing head-to-head. The top-two athletes in each race move onto the next round. The twin Canadian towers cruised their way through the heats until meeting head-to-head in the final. With Widmer lurking from behind, Nighbor controlled the final heat from start-to-finish holding off the final charge from his countryman to solidify the top spot on the podium.
“Dave raced really well today and did a great job double-poling,” said the 24-year-old Widmer. “For me, not being on the World Cup team right now, I just want to continue keeping in race shape and have good quality races. My next major goal is to race at the World Cup in Canmore, so I’ll continue working hard to achieve that.”
Meanwhile, Sarah Daitch, of Fort Smith, N.W.T., was sandwiched between two Americans on the women’s podium of the Teck Cominico sprints.
Lindsay Williams, of the United States, won the dash to the line in a hard-fought women’s battle for gold. With Daitch finishing second, Williams’ teammate, Lindsey Dehlin, rounded out the podium in third.
The Haywood NorAm Series, North America’s premier development race series, now moves east to the Canmore Nordic Centre – home to Cross Country Canada and the 2008 Cross Country World Cup. Many of the nation’s best cross-country ski athletes from coast-to-coast will compete in a series of races December 6-9, 2007.
Cross Country Canada is the governing body of cross-country skiing in Canada. Its 45,000 members are athletes, coaches and officials, including members of the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Team and Canadian ParaNordic Cross-Country Ski Team. Cross-country skiing is Canada’s optimal winter sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually.
Complete Results: http://www.zone4.ca
Top-Five Men’s Results:
1.David Nighbor, North Bay, Ont., 2. Phil Widmer, Banff, Alta.; 3. Colin Rodgers, USA; 4. Mike Sinnot, USA; 5. Stefan Kuhn, Canmore, Alta.
Top-Five Women’s Results:
1. Lindsay Williams, USA; 2. Sarah Daitch, Fort Smith, N.W.T.; 3. Lindsey Dehlin, USA; 4. Dasha Gaiazova, Montreal; 5. Madeleine Williams, Edmonton.
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