A Day in the Life… @ the CNEPH (part I)

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Skipresse spent a day with the athletes at the Centre national d’entraînement Pierre Harvey (CNEPH). Watch out, those guys are ready to rock! Skipresse a accompagné les athlètes du CNEPH à l’entraînement.

(From left to right: head coach Louis Bouchard, Dasha Gaïazova, Cendrine Browne, Alexis Turgeon, Simon Lapointe, Alex Harvey, Raphaël Couturier, Anne-Marie Comeau, coach François Pépin, and in front, coach Charles Castonguay)

by Pierre Shanks

 

Alexis Turgeon, Simon Lapointe, Alex Harvey and Raphaël Couturier are ready to go.

Alexis Turgeon, Simon Lapointe, Alex Harvey and Raphaël Couturier are ready to go.

Cendrine Browne, Dasha Gaïazova and Anne-Marie Comeau are ready too!

Cendrine Browne, Dasha Gaïazova and Anne-Marie Comeau are ready too!

Alex Harvey (right) has a personalised training program, so after the photo shoot, he went on his own. But he showed up to see the group. Along with Sidney Crosby, he is the most generous star athlete in Canada.

Alex Harvey (right, with Simon Lapointe) has a personalized training program, so after stopping by to chat with his teammates, he went out on his own. But he showed up to see the group. He is one of the most generous star athletes in Canada. Strong. Intelligent. Genuine./Alex Harvey (à dr. et Simon Lapointe) suit un programme d’entraînement personnalisé, mais il est venu rencontrer ses coéquipiers du Centre. Champion du monde et généreux en plus.

First on today's training menu, after the warm-up, the sprints. Anne-Marie is getting set.

First on today’s training menu, after the warm-up, the sprints. Anne-Marie is getting set./Après l’échauffement, les sprints.

Take position...

Take position…

Alexis and Raph... Take it to the limit... one more time!

Alexis and Raph: Take it to the Limit… one ore time!

Anne-Marie gets instructions from coach François Pépin.

Cendrine gets instructions from coach François Pépin./Cendrine toujours très attentive. C’est pour ça qu’elle progresse.

And then more coaching from head coach Louis Bouchard. She absorbs everything...

And then more coaching from head coach Louis Bouchard. Anne-Marie absorbs everything…/Anne-Marie aussi, une vraie éponge.

Feeling stronger every day: Les filles also sprint with the boys.

Feeling Stronger Every Day: Les filles also sprint with the boys.

Is this where Alex got his love of coffee from?
Is this where Alex Harvey got his love of coffee from?/Pas étonnant qu’Alex Harvey adore le café! 
«This way Stéphane». No need for GPS or Google Maps in St-Ferréol!
«This way Stéphane». No need for GPS or Google Maps in St-Ferréol!
Skipresse couldn't help it... great looking bike! In St-Ferréol, EVERYBODY is fit. And she's wearing a quality helmet too. Two thumbs up to her parents!
Skipresse couldn’t help it… good looking bike! In St-Ferréol, EVERYBODY is fit. And she’s wearing a helmet too. Thumbs up!/Beau vélo, bon casque, bravo!
...Turgeon! Everything's loose at the CNEPH, not much chance of finding «stuff» here.
…Turgeon! Everything’s open and loose at the CNEPH, not much chance of finding «stuff» here./Il n’y a pas de cachettes au CNEPH…
Dasha est bien chaussée...
Appropriate fit for Dasha…
Cendrine est bien chaussée...
Appropriate fit for Cendrine…
Anne-Maire est bien chaussée...
Appropriate fit for Anne-Marie…
Louis Bouchard est, euh... bien chaussé...
Appropriate, euh, fit for head coach Louis Bouchard!
Coach François Pépin is an excellent runner, but Raphaël Couturier will take on any challenge ever thrown at him.
Coach François Pépin is an excellent runner, but Raphaël Couturier will take on any challenge ever thrown at him./ «Raph» est toujours d’attaque pour tous les défis!

(Stay tuned for part II)

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