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Cross Country Canada —Canada’s top nordic skiers go head-to-head in second of two sprint qualifying races—

CANMORE, Alta.—The battle ground is set. Canada’s best cross-country skiers will stride into Canmore, Alta., November 3 at 9 a.m., for a head-to-head duel on Frozen Thunder. The athletes

will hit the start line for the final sprint qualifying race, presented by Buff, in an effort to earn one of the final two spots up for grabs to compete for Canada on the World Cup this year.

The early season on-snow showdown will be a final tune-up for many of the top Canucks including Lenny Valjas, Jesse Cockney, Graeme Killick, Knute Johnsgaard, Emily Nishikawa, Dahria 

Beatty and Maya MacIsaac-Jones before heading off to Europe for the World Cup season.

The first classic-sprint qualifying race was held on November 1.

It is the fifth annual series of races on Frozen Thunder for Canada’s nordic athletes. The snow preservation project, which stores snow under sawdust to insulate over the summer months to cover more than one kilometre of trail, was created by the Canmore Nordic Centre in an effort to provide nordic athletes with the ability to train on snow at home in October.

Who:              Canadian Cross-Country Ski Team


When:            Thursday, November 3

                        9 a.m. – Sprint Qualifying Race, Presented by Buff


Where:           Frozen Thunder Ski Loop – Near Biathlon Stadium

                        Canmore Nordic Centre



Chris Dornan

Media and Public Relations

Cross Country Canada

T: 403-620-8731