Spring in the Yukon and an Exciting New Sponsorship
I got to spend some time at home in Whitehorse this spring recharging and relaxing before next season. I was able to get out for some skis on Bennett Lake and Fish Lake, as well as enjoy the beauty of the northern lights and the spring crocuses with my parents. A really exciting sponsorship was developed this spring as well. RyanWood Exploration has created a new fund to support elite athletes in the Yukon. Knute Johnsgaard, Dahria Beatty and myself are the first recipients. It means so much to have RyanWood Explorations on board with us this season as we head into a very exciting Olympic year. A big thank you to Cathy and Shawn, it was so nice to meet you!
Photo Credits to Dahria Beatty, Joan Stanton and Bob Nishikawa
The 2016/2017 season came to a close with the National Championships which were held in Canmore. It was so nice to be able to race "at home" after having been on the road all season. We flew home from Quebec on Monday and raced on Tuesday. The 10km classic was up first, and I was not sure how my body would respond after the weekend in Quebec, but I was pleasantly surprised to come away with the title.
The very next was the classic sprint, and again I was happy to be feeling good and come away with another win! We had great skis in tricky classic conditions, so hats off to the wax techs! Thanks for all that you do!
Nationals concluded with a 30km Skate. I was able to come away with a third gold medal after a good battle with Zina Kocher. It was such a great way to cap off the season
A big thanks to everyone who made this season so great. Special thanks to my coaches, teammates, wax techs, staff who work so hard to make our team so great. As well thanks to my family and friends for their support.
Quebec World Cup
March 17-19, 2017
The World Cup Finals were held in downtown Quebec City, and they were an incredible event. It is always very special to get to race on home soil, and this was no exception. The atmosphere was great with big crowds out cheering for us. I was feeling much better here than I did at the World Championships, so it was nice to be able to have some better performances that I was happy with. The event was a three day mini tour starting off with a sprint, then a classic mass start, and finally a 10km skate pursuit. Here are some photos courtesy of Peter Collins and Nordic Focus.
The World Championships were held in Lahti, Finland this year. One of the biggest highlights of the championships for me was when our women's team finished 10th in the Relay event. This is the best Canadian women's relay result in a very long time, and I was very proud of our entire team. A big thank you to our entire staff for an amazing Championships.
Photo credit to Nordic Focus
Christmas in Whitehorse and World Champs Prep
I got to spend Christmas at home in Whitehorse with my family after La Clusaz World Cup. It is always so special to come home to Whitehorse and enjoy time with friends and family, and to be able to ski on the great trails in Whitehorse. After Christmas, it was back to the races. This time in Soldier Hollow, Utah - the site of the 2002 Olympics. I solidified my spot on the World Championships team here by being the top Canadian in both of the distance races. The World Championships will be held from February 23-March 5, 2017 in Lahti, Finland. It is my big goal of the season to perform well at these Championships. To prepare best for the World Champs, I made the tough decision to skip the January World Cups, and stay in Canada to train. Training has been going really well, and I can't wait to get back to Europe for the World Championships.
Up next, I head to Davos on February 8 for a training camp before competing in Otepaa, Estonia on February 18. From there it is on the Lahti for the World Championships! Lots of exciting racing to come. Thanks for the support.
World Cup Period 1
I had a great start to the season on the World Cup. I competed in four different weekends in four different countries. The season kicked off with the opener in Ruka, Finland. We then moved on to Lillehammer, Norway for a mini tour of three races. I had a great race in the 10km pursuit. From there we moved to Davos, Switzerland where I had one of my best races in the 15km Skate. and finally we raced in La Clusaz, France where I competed in a 10km Skate as well as a team relay. After a tough summer of injuries, I was just so happy to be able to race and do what I love. It was also nice to see that my fitness level is right on track and that I am headed in the right direction as my big goals for the season come in the 2nd half at the World Championships in February. Here are some photos from the first period of World Cup racing.
New Zealand Training Camp
I spent three weeks training at the Snow Farm in New Zealand, and it was one of the best training camps I've been to. We had perfect skiing conditions every day. We were spoiled with lots of sunshine and perfect tracks, and I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. I feel so fortunate and grateful for the opportunity to get to ski on snow during the summer months. It reminds me just how much I love this sport. My time was mainly spent skiing, but I had a few chances to check out the surrounding areas of Queenstown and Wanaka. Here are some photos of my time in New Zealand. Thanks to all who made this such a great training camp, I can't wait to go back next year!
National Championships Whitehorse
Ski Tour Canada
Happy Holidays from Switzerland
World Cup Period 1
I am back in Northern Sweden for the start of my season. There is a lot of snow here, and we are very excited to start the race season!
Spring Skiing at Sunshine Meadows
Thanks to Noel Rogers at Bow Valley Photography for these photos.
I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of my sponsors and supporters. Without you, I would not be where I am today. You make it possible for me to chase after my dreams and pursue my passion of cross country skiing at the highest level. This past season has been a great one- my best season yet! I have a bit of time off right now to recharge, but I'm already looking forward to next season. I feel so fortunate to have such an incredibly supportive community, and I am grateful for it. Thanks to my family, coaches, teammates, friends and sponsors.
2015 National Championships
Thunder Bay, Ontario
I flew from Oslo to Thunder Bay and hopped in the 10km Classic race the very next day. I managed to win the race and the National Title. I was so happy to win another National Championship! Thank you to the organizing committee in Thunder Bay for putting on such a great event. I finished off the week racing another 30km skate race. Cendrine Brown and I sprinted to the line and she got me by 0.4 seconds!! So close! A huge congratulations to her for a great race! It was so fun to finish off the season at Nationals with all of my teammates.
Photo Credit: Martin Kaiser
Lahti and Holmenkollen
March 15, 2015
After the World Championships in Falun, I went to Stockholm for a few days of rest and a mental break from ski racing. It was really fun to be a tourist for a few days! Our team was then off to Lahti, Finland for the next World Cup. I raced the 10km classic there and had my best ever result! I finished 23rd, and had a great race where I was skiing in the top 20 for most of the race. This is really motivating me for next year to chase after better results!!
From Lahti, we went to Oslo for the final World Cup of the season. I raced the 30km race in Holmenkollen. It was an amazing experience, with so many spectators lined the trail cheering us on. My race wasn't as good as I'd hoped, but it was such a fun day. The weather in Oslo was amazing for the whole week I was there, and it is always a pleasure to get to race in Norway.
I competed in 2 races at the World Championships, and they were both personal best results for me. I finished 30th in the 10km Skate, and 32nd in the 30km Classic. These were my best ever international results in a skate race, and in a 30km race. I am so happy to have skied my best at the World Championships. My skis were awesome in both races too thanks to our amazing service team. I caught a cold right after the race in Ostersund, so I missed the first week of the Championships, but I did a good job of recovering and getting ready for the 2 races I was able to compete in. Our team as a whole had a great Championships with Alex Harvey winning two medals for Canada. Huge thanks to our entire staff for making this such a memorable experiences.
Falun put on a great show. The number of spectators at each race was incredible. The major climb here is called Mördarbacken, or Murder Hill, and it is the toughest part of the course. There were thousands of cheering fans lined a few rows deep all up this climb. It was so energizing to have thousands of people cheering for me as I skied by.
We also ate so well the entire time thanks to our Chef, Mattias. Every single meal was fantastic, and I am so sad the Championships are over now! We are off to Stockholm tomorrow for a few chill days to get rested, then to Lahti, Finland for the next World Cup.
Östersund World Cup
February 15, 2015
Ostersund, Sweden is a beautiful place. I had a great race here in the 10km skate, where I finished 36th. This is my best skate result on the World Cup, and I was only 12 sec out of the top 30. The course was really unique in that the track went through the grandstands. The crowds were amazing and the whole vibe was great! There was even a jacuzzi out on the course for some fans to watch the race from!
Eastern Canadian Championships
February 1, 2015
I made a quick trip out to Ottawa to race Eastern's at the Nakkertok Ski Club. As always it was a fantastic event. Thank you to all the volunteers for your hard work! I was very happy to come away from the weekend with two more victories. I won the 10km Skate as well as the 10km Classic Mass Start race. I am now getting ready to head back to Europe for the rest of the season. Can't wait to get racing on the World Cup again! Thank you to Fred Webster for these great photos from Eastern's.
Duntroon Nor AM
Jan 8, 2015
It is fun to be back in Canada for some NorAm racing. We were in Duntroon, Ontario this past weekend, where we faced some tough conditions. I was happy to get on top of the podium twice over the past weekend. I won the 15km Pursuit as well as the 10km Skate. I ended up 4th in the Sprint. Looking forward to the races in Canmore and Lake Louise this next weekend! Big thanks to Jenn Jackson for the photos.
I travelled home from Europe to Whitehorse to spend Christmas with my family. Winter time in the Yukon is incredibly beautiful. I am so lucky to call it home.
Olympic Trail Sign Ceremony
The Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club has an Olympic Trail. Signs with the names of all Yukon Olympians and Paralympians are placed around the trail. When I was young, I would ski by all the signs including Lucy Steele-Masson's and feel so inspired. Over the Christmas holiday, my brother Graham and I got to unveil our signs. I am so honoured to have my name up on the Olympic Trail. It was a lovely ceremony with many members of the community in attendance. Thank you so much to the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club for this honour.
Davos Top 30!
I scored my first World Cup points in Davos in the 10km Classic. I finished 29th that day! It has been a big goal of mine to crack the top 30, and I am really happy to have done it. Looking forward to improving off this great result now!!
10km Classic World Cup - Ruka, Finland
I had a great start to my season on the World Cup. I had a career best World Cup, placing 38th. I skied with some of the world's best skiers including Justyna Kowalczyk (67). I'm really excited to build off this good start to the season.
I am in Gallivare, Sweden for the start of my season. We are north of the arctic circle, and there is not a lot of sunlight up here. So when the sun comes up, I take pictures of it! The skiing is great, and my first race will be on Sunday. Can't wait to get racing!
Mount Engadine Lodge
I just spent a few days at Mount Engadine Lodge. It was so nice to get away and explore. This was my first time up at the Lodge and it was amazing! I will definitely be back in the winter for some more great training. Gerard, Mal, Peri and I went on a beautiful run up past Chester Lake. The moose were out in the meadow, the larches are starting to turn, and we had beautiful bluebird days! Thanks Mal and Riley!
I was lucky to get home to Whitehorse for a weekend in September. I absolutely love the fall colours. Here I am enjoying the scenery on Bennet Lake with Boz.
AUGUST 2014 HAIG GLACIER
1. Heidi and I at the Canada Day Parade in Canmore
2. Beautiful evening overlooking the Yukon River in Whitehorse
3. I ran a fun rollerski workout with talented up and comers on the Yukon Ski Team
4. Receiving my Key to the City of Whitehorse from Mayor Dan Curtis. I am so honoured to be the first recipient of this award
FEB 2014 SOCHI OLYMPICS
1. Standing in front of Olympic rings at the Laura Cross Country Ski Venue
2. With my teammates in front of the Olympic Torch moments before the Closing Ceremonies
3. Yet another picture on the Olympic rings
4. Canadian flag, signed by my amazing supporters from the Yukon.