The International Ski Federation (FIS) is due to make a final decision this Friday on the ban of fluorinated ski waxes starting right this season.
While many stakeholders agree in principle with the fluoro ban announced last November, a lot of them believe the decision was taken too quickly. According to them, there are too few detector testing devices to find cheaters at all levels and they find them not yet completely reliable.
Also, what is (or will be) the impact of this ban on Canadian teams?
Zina Kocher, one of Canada’s top biathletes for years, came out of retirement in tribute to Rich Boruta, her long time biathlon coach who died tragically in a climbing accident at the age of 49. He was urging her to try to qualify for the 2018 Olympics in xc-skiing.
Zina finished 7th in the skiathlon Monday, virtually ending her chances to do so. Inside her head, somewhere, his characteristic Czech voice was resounding…
Gareth Williams’ reaction after his top U23 place in Monday’s skiathlon, that is sending him to the World Jr/U23 Championships:
“I can say that I am obviously very excited about how today unfolded. The pace from the start was not terribly fast, but there were surges when new people came to the front. I tried to conserve as much energy as possible in the classic portion but I also did not want to fall very far back from the lead pack.
“After the exchange I knew I was in a good position so my strategy remained the same, just stick with the race leaders as long as possible. Again, I did not put in too much work to control the pace, rather I just waited to see what the others would do.
“I knew that everyone was tired going into the last lap, so I decided to go with the final pace of the leaders but sadly my sprint wasn’t where I hoped it to be for the final meters of the race. Overall, still a very good day for me. I was worried about the shape coming into the event but now I can confident moving forward.”
Gareth Williams, Knute Johnsgaard & Graham Nishikawa (photo: cccski)
Shooting Star would have been an obvious title. But Deep Purple’s classic hit is more appropriate for Léo Grandbois, one of Biathlon Canada’s most promising athletes, and his “race it to the ground” personality.
We were told about Léo a while back. The Youth Biathlon World Championships were approaching and Léo, a rugged 17 yo from Sherbrooke, QC (6′-180 lb), had just won some home races. Confidence reigned in the Canadian clan.