Valjas, Nishikawa take gold on Day 1 at Canadian cross-country ski championships – Ottawa Sun

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National team veterans Lenny Valjas of Toronto and Emily Nishikawa of Whitehorse came out on top in the senior classic style competitions on Day 1 at the Canadian cross-country ski championships at the Nakkertok Nordic Ski Centre in Gatineau.

Vajas, a double Olympian with seven World Cup podiums to his name, was in a hard-fought battle with junior racer Remi Drolet for much of the race. Bob Thompson of Woodstock was second, followed by Gatineau’s Antoine Cyr in bronze position. Drolet, who was seventh at this year’s world junior championships, finished as the top junior. Winning silver in the junior race was Sam Hendry, with Ottawa’s Pierre Grall-Johnson third.

Said Valjas: “It is inspiring to see all the young skiers out here racing, as I head into my final World Cup races in Quebec City. Remi made me push hard today. He is the future and I am happy to see the young guys nipping at my heels”.

In the women’s race it was Nishikawa and Dahria Beatty of Whitehorse that came away with gold and silver, with Chelsea’s Katherine Stewart-Jones taking bronze.

Anne-Marie Petitclerc of Mont Ste. Anne was the top junior woman, 56 seconds ahead of Amanda Thompson. Tove Halvorsen of Chelsea claimed bronze.

There were also two age classes of younger skiers, with Ottawa’s Luke Allan placing second in a race dominated by Canmore’s Xavier McKeever, the son of Canadian Olympians Milaine Theriault and Robin McKeever and the nephew of Paralympic star Brian McKeever.


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