“Something is good here”

Here are a few comments about the Canmore Nordic Centre from today’s World Cup winners:

A large crowd was present for the World Cup awards ceremonies in downtown Canmore

“Something is good here, I really like this place. It is absolutely one of the top of the world places to ski, every time we are here, the preparation of the snow is perfect. They have done a really really good job here.” -Emil Joensson, Sweden, winner of the men’s sprint.

“The course is really nice and also the conditions are perfect. It’s one of the best venues I’ve skied on. The crowd was very good and I have good memories from Canmore.” -Anders Gloeersen, Norway, 2nd in the men’s sprint.

“It’s a beautiful atmosphere out there, sunny weather, nice firm tracks, great crowd – especially that home stretch that was really exciting. It’s really cool to see the enthusiasm here for skiing in North America.” -Kikkan Randall, USA, 2nd in the ladies’ sprint

In today’s racing, Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Falla outsprinted the USA’s Kikkan Randall on the final homestretch of the skate sprint. Norway’s Celine Brun-Lie took third.

Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Falla stands atop the podium for winning the ladies sprint

Sweden’s Emil Joensson skied tactically perfect all day and exploded from the pack off the final downhill to cruise to victory. Norway’s Anders Gloeersen had a comfortable second place finish and 2010 Olympic champion from Russia Nikita Kruikov was third.

Here are today’s full results.


At the awards ceremonies the top ten are introduced to the crowd, so we got to see three Canadians on stage tonight.

Chandra Crawford qualified third, made it to the ladies final but finished sixth. Canmore’s Jesse Cockney had the second-fastest qualifying time but missed out on the finals and ended up ninth. Lenny Valjas finished in seventh.

Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey skied poorly today. Here’s a story of interest in FasterSkier After viciously bad qualifier, Kershaw and Harvey to sit out Canmore skiathlon.

Tomorrow is the final day of World Cup racing at the nordic centre with a skiathlon; that’s where the skiers race half the distance on classic skis, and the other half on skate skies. 15K for the ladies and 30K for the men. Racing starts at 11 a.m.

Lost IPOD at Pocaterra

Hello Skier Bob,

After enjoying a wicked ski up to Lookout via Pocaterra yesterday we got home only to realize that somewhere between enjoying a post-ski snack in the Pocaterra Hut and getting into the car, my Dad’s ipod decided to stay in the mountains.

Would you be able to post this on your website, just to see if anyone came across it yesterday (after about 2pm)? It would be great to get it back.

Thanks so much

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