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XC skiers come up flat

After a solid start to the season the Canadian cross-country team came up flat in Finland last week, failing to finish in the top 30 of any event.

On the men's side, Alex Harvey was the top Canadian in 55 th in the 1.4 km classic sprint, an event the Norwegian team dominated with first, second and fourth place results.

In the 15 km classic Ivan Babikov was the top Canadian, in 38 th place, although to be fair it was a tough race and he finished less than 26 seconds back of the winner. Norway again took gold with Russian skiers placing second and third. American Kris Freeman placed fourth and missed the podium by 2.2 seconds.

In the women's 1.2 km classic sprint Sara Renner was the top Canadian, in 42 nd position, while the podium went to skiers from Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia. Renner also led the way in the 10 km classic, placing 39 th . Finland, Russia and Norway claimed the top three spots.

 

B.C. Snowboard holding tryouts

The B.C. Snowboard Association is hosting tryouts for the provincial development team Saturday, Dec. 5 at Big White, the home base of the provincial program.

There are a limited number of spaces available for riders aged 13 to 18. The benefits include a chance to work with coaches, chances to compete at FIS-sanctioned events and support at contests.

To take part contact development team head coach Matt Galina at 250-718-5940.

The team trains at Big White on Saturdays and Sundays, but in the past the team has accepted riders from Whistler and other regions.

 

Halfpipe team heading to Copper

The Canadian halfpipe team is en route to Copper Mountain, Colorado where they will take part in the first event of the U.S. Grand Prix series Dec. 9-12. Because the contest takes place in a halfpipe with regulation 21-foot walls the results will count towards the Canadian Snowboard Federation's team selection for February's Olympic Games.

Given how U.S. riders have dominated in Olympic halfpipe the last three Games, it's also a chance for Canadian riders to size up the competition. As well, the events traditionally attract the top European and Japanese riders. It's believed that the Chinese team will also make an appearance.

The halfpipe World Cup schedule does not resume until the Dec. 18-19 contest in Arosa, Switzerland, followed by a contest in Austria in the New Year.

The alpine snowboard season is also on hiatus after next weekend's races were cancelled at Limone Piemonte, Italy due to lack of snow. The snowboardcross team won't be back on snow until late December.

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