World Cup coming to Canmore

Great news! Dec 2012 is the date

Canada’s medal-winning cross-country ski athletes will be hosting the best nordic skiers on the globe for two World Cup events in December 2012.

Here’s the story from the Calgary Herald:

Canada will host a pair of World Cup cross-country ski events in 2012, Cross Country Canada announced Tuesday.

Quebec City will host its first World Cup race at a downtown venue with a weekend of racing in December 2012, while the Canmore Nordic Centre, which is the home to Canada’s national cross-country team, will follow with a mid-week race followed by a pair of weekend races.

The two events are pending final contractual negotiations with the two local organizing committees and approval by the FIS Cross Country Committee.

“These two Nordic hotbeds, albeit very different, offer Canadian athletes world-class training environments and venues that will challenge the top cross-country ski athletes in the world,” said Cross Country Canada executive director Davin MacIntosh. “The Canmore Nordic Centre has consistently staged very successful FIS World Cup events and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase our sport for the first time near a major urban site in Quebec.”

Canmore is hosting its fourth series of World Cup races since 2005.

“Racing World Cups at home is crucial to develop the next generation of skiers,” said Alex Harvey, who joined forces with Devon Kershaw earlier this year to win Canada’s first ever gold medal at the world championships.

“Kids need to see the best in the world to get inspired. I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to race a World Cup at home.”

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