Saturday, November 3, 2001 - LatestNews
Cross Country Canada Press Release

Beckie Scott wins North American Cross Country Season Opener Fairbanks, Alaska - Beckie Scott, North America's sprint queen, won today’ s season opening Continental Cup Sprint race in a tight finish against three American women. The Vermillion, Alberta native is pleased with her race, despite an uncomfortably close finish.

Scott, who won a World Cup Silver Medal last year at the 2002 Olympic site and who dominates the North American race circuit, is happy with her race but admits that she experienced a moment of panic in the final.

"I was really happy with my qualification time and moved through the heats quite well" says Scott "but the finish was a bit tighter than I would have liked."

Kikkan Randal from Anchorage finished a close second behind Scott, and was followed by Aelin Peterson from Fairbanks in third.

Milaine Theriault from St. Quentin, NB was the next best Canadian finisher in fifth place, followed by Amanda Fortier from Edmonton, Alberta in sixth and Edmontonian Tara Whitten in seventh.

American skiers dominated the men's event. Chris Jeffiries from Ottawa, Ontario was the top Canadian finisher in sixth place, followed by Calgary, Alberta's Robin McKeever in seventh.

This weekend's races are hosting top North American racers. For Scott and her Canadian teammates, these races come at the end of two weeks of early season, on-snow training in Fairbanks. Race action continues tomorrow.

Blanka Jelen, Communications Director @ or
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