This season it’s been fun following the progress of a young ski racer from Canmore, Joelle Sevigny, in our Adopt-a-Skier program sponsored by Lifesport. Here’s her sixth and final update(see previous updates here).
On March 22 I travelled to Whistler with my family to attend one of the most anticipated event of the year, the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Nationals! After hours of driving on a winding road where I was tossed in the car from side to side, I was glad to see the mighty mountains of Whistler and Callaghan Valley.
Since I wasn’t able to attend Nationals last year, which were held in Mont-Saint Anne, Québec, it was fun and challenging to finally race against some of the elite competitors of the country.
If you’ve read my previous posts, you know that I was sick for two NorAm meets this year. This prevented me from knowing where I was standing compared to the western girls. It also made me nervous to see how I would fare against the nation altogether.
It was a fun experience especially skiing on the superb and challenging 2010 Olympic trails. One of my memorable moments was during the start of the 7.5 km skate mass start with sixty other skiers and having someone stepping on my pole. I then went stumbling down to the ground and skiers passed me from every side. I got up quickly and from being a little mad that I fell, I got a push to go faster.
Now coming back home after a hard week of racing, I can say that I am content and satisfied with my performances. My best result was a 5th place in the 1.2 km classic sprint, which included 1995 born girls. After all four races I ended up placing 5th in the overall junior girl 1996 birth year. Also, at the beginning of the season, my main goal was to finish top ten in the overall standings, which I accomplished!
Another highlight of my trip was seeing the sea for the first time; on one of the training days my parents took me out and I saw the splendor of the Pacific Ocean. We also had a beautiful week filled with sunshine, not what I was expecting coming to the west coast. On the last day it was around eighteen degrees and I raced in shorts, something I don’t get to do very often.
This year, Nationals concluded the racing season, winter flew by and I haven’t even noticed! However even if spring has arrived, I still plan on doing some more mileage around the Bow Valley.
Thanks to Bob, Lifesport and Swix for all the support and for providing me awesome equipment. It was a privilege to have been chosen for the adopt a skier program.
See you around!