Off to speedy start

The Sovereign Lake Open held last weekend was the first race of the season for some of the Larch Hills Nordics and many medals were won

The Sovereign Lake Open held last weekend was the first race of the season for some of the Larch Hills Nordics and many medals were won. Skiers from across Canada attended the event, held in fantastic ski conditions.

Saturday’s race was a free technique race. In the Men’s 10-kilometre race, Alexander Corbett placed second in his age category. In the Boys 5-km race, Andrew Nash was third, Kellen Visnaugh seventh and James Hardy eighth.

In the Girls 5-km race, Rachel May claimed third in her age category. Several Larch Hills racers in this event were racing a category higher than usual to be able to race with skiers from Ottawa who were staying with Larch Hills families as part of a ski exchange.

Sunday was a day of classic technique. In the Men’s 10-km race, Thomas Hardy placed fourth in his age category and Alexander Corbett was seventh in his.

In the Boys 5-km race, Andrew Nash placed second, Kellen Viznaugh fourth and Seth Van Varseveld fifth in their age categories. Konrad Van Varseveld took first in his age category. In the Girls 5-km race, Rachel May was second in her age category.

More results can be found at

Top woman

The second stop of the US Super Tour was held in Bozeman, Montana on the weekend in unseasonably warm temperatures. In the 1.5-km Classic Sprint time trial, Salmon Arm’s Alysson Marshall was second by .53 seconds in a field of 67. She came fifth in the finals after being blocked by a Russian skier and then running out of steam in the slush. She was top Canadian woman in both the time trial and finals.

The next day was the 10-km classic event. Icy conditions caused the race start to be delayed twice. When the race finally began, it suddenly warmed up and her wax no longer worked. She came 14 out of a field of 54, top Canadian women. Next stop is Rossland for the first of the Haywood NorAm series.


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