Marshall at top

Front of pack: Alysson Marshall continued her winning ways, picking up medals in recent races in Canmore and Whistler. - Contributed
Front of pack: Alysson Marshall continued her winning ways, picking up medals in recent races in Canmore and Whistler.
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Alysson Marshall was crowned Haywood NorAm Western Canadian Champion after a three-day pursuit or mini-tour held in Canmore on the weekend.

She also maintained her NorAm Leader position, wearing the yellow bib in her races.

A day after she won her first NorAm Gold Medal in the sprints Saturday, Marshall went on to win the last race of the three-day pursuit just 2.1 seconds ahead of her teammate Emily Nishikawa.

As the mini-tour leader, Marshall was the first to start on Sunday with a 16-second lead.

Nishikawa and Marshall played a tight cat- and-mouse race during the difficult 10-km freestyle race but Marshall ended up with a decisive win.

She was also unstoppable in the sprints, slingshotting into the lead on the last hill coming into the stadium.

Marshall won a bronze medal in the first stage on Friday in frigid temperatures, just 0.4 seconds off of a silver medal and less than five seconds off first place Nishikawa.

Marshall also competed at NorAms at Whistler Jan. 12 to 15, where she won two silver medals – in sprints and the 15-km skiathalon.

She also came in fourth in the 10-km skate in open women, putting her in the NorAm Leader position.

Next up for the talented skier are Eastern Canadians in two weeks.




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