We watched Brian McKeever win the 50K classic at the Canmore Nordic Centre and come a step closer to making the Olympic team. He’s already on the Paralympic team, being legally blind. There’s been lots of media coverage, here’s a few of the stories:
I’ve been hearing a lot about Olympian George Grey, as Cheryl works with George’s wife in Canmore. He’s already on the Olympic team, as is Ivan Babikov, but they were both tuning up in today’s 15K classic event.
Not unexpectedly, Babikov and Grey finished one-two in their event. You can read George’s own comments about today’s race here George Grey
What I found most enjoyable about spectating today was that we could stand at the side of the tracks and get within a few feet of the racers. We had a great vantage point at the top of a small hill where we could observe them climbing. It’s fascinating to see the raw power and flawless technique of these world-class athletes up close.
You can see all the results of today’s races here
We’ll get another chance to see them up close in six weeks, when they compete with Olympians from all the other countries at the World Cup event in Canmore on Feb 5,6. Can’t wait. You won’t get a seat this good at the Olympics. Read more Canmore World Cup
Sandy McNabb Recreation Area
I saw from the trail report that Sandy McNabb had been groomed and was wondering how it was, so I was happy to get this update today: