Ça va se jouer au mont Sainte-Anne

Maya MacIsaac-Jones

Amateurs de suspense, oubliez Netflix du 6 au 9 janvier prochain et rendez-vous au mont Sainte-Anne pour les sélections olympiques de l’équipe nationale de ski de fond.

Se dérouleront aussi les sélections nationales en vue des Championnats du monde juniors et U23. Toutes ces courses réuniront plus de 400 athlètes de partout au Canada.

Mais ce sont surtout les sélections olympiques de l’équipe nationale féminine qui tiendront les spectateurs en haleine.

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Maya MacIsaac-Jones: On Track To Come Back

Maya MacIsaac Jones (photo: Martin Kaiser)

Maya MacIsaac Jones (photo: Martin Kaiser)

Maya MacIsaac-Jones had her plan all laid out. Hard training throughout the summer, some of it at National Ski Team camps, and then Europe for the World Cup season as part of CCC’s U25 National Team.

It was going to be her first full time stint as a World Cup athlete, competing with the best of the best. She was boiling with excitement.

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Maya MacIsaac-Jones wins first sr race on NorAm Cup

Erin Yungblut, Maya MacIsaac-Jones and Andrea Dupont (photo credit: Kalli Green)

Erin Yungblut, Maya MacIsaac-Jones and Andrea Dupont (photo credit: Kalli Green)

Tremendous day Saturday for Maya MacIsaac-Jones.

The Rocky Mountain Racers Ski Team up and coming star earned her first senior win on NorAm Cup when she took the sr women free sprint in Sovereign Lake, ahead of teammate Andrea Dupont and CNEPH’s Marie Corriveau, also impressive as she is still a junior.

Here are Mayas’ thoughts after the race.

“After having a tough sprint on Tuesday, I was really happy to be able to pull it together both physically and mentally for today’s race.

«Racing in Senior heats is a completely different ball game than Junior heats, because you have to go at max effort in every heat to advance. Since we have such a strong group of women in Canada right now, it made today very exciting!

«One of the best parts of the day was being able to race the heats with so many of my teammates and sharing the podium with Andrea! My teammates have been extremely supportive of me this past week, especially after Tuesday’s race, and I think that played a huge part in helping me have a positive mental outlook today.»

There will be a 10 km skate race on Sunday.

Adrenaline will be flowing.

Maya MacIsaac-Jones : The Winner Doesn’t Take It All

Maya MacIsaac-Jones and Jennifer Jackson (photo: Martin Kaiser)

Maya MacIsaac-Jones and Jennifer Jackson (photo: Martin Kaiser)

Maya MacIsaac-Jones was absolutely brilliant Wednesday at the nationals, in Thunder Bay, where she won the Jr Women long sprint (1,5 km).

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She played her cards intelligently, first setting a reference time of 3 min 30 s 32/100 with a commanding 6 sec lead over local favorite and up and coming Jennifer Jackson. She knew she had set the bar high.

«My sprint day started out very well with a great qualifier, which made me both excited and very nervous for the heats», said Maya afterwards.

Then she won both her quarter final (3:49.37) and semi final (3:38.71) in a slower pace before the big showdown for the gold medal.

«I knew going into the final that it would be a big battle, so I just went for it and pushed as hard as I could and managed to lead right to the end!»

Maya MacIsaac-Jones and Jennifer Jackson (photo: Martin Kaiser)

Maya MacIsaac-Jones and Jennifer Jackson as they cross the finish line (photo: Martin Kaiser)

We were given two great pictures by Martin Kaiser that show both skiers at the finish line. See on both of them how much those athletes are giving it everything they’ve got. So totally dedicated to their sport.

But that’s not all ! This was about it for those girls competing with each other, as most of them, like Maya, will be moving on to the seniors next season and will face a different breed of racers. Emotion took over at the finish and they were clearly all winners then.

«One of the best things about today’s race was having a group hug with all of the other girls after the finish, said Maya. I think there we have a very strong up-and-coming group of girls right now in Canada, and it has been so much fun racing and pushing each other throughout the season.

Group hug (photo: Bernard Pigeon)

Group hug (photo: Bernard Pigeon)

«Although it was a bit sad for us to be done sprinting as juniors, I am very excited to see what we can do next year challenging the seniors!»

Well, so she should. Maya’s time in today’s final (3:25.34) would have given her… the bronze medal with the seniors.

Let’s rock.

So long Almaty!

Katherine Stewart-Jones, Maya MacIsaac-Jones and Sophie Carrier-Laforte

Katherine Stewart-Jones, Maya MacIsaac-Jones and Sophie Carrier-Laforte

It’s been a positive experience for the junior canadian squad at the Jr-U23 World Championships in Kazakhstan.

Katherine Stewart-Jones, Maya MacIsaac-Jones and Sophie Carrier-Laforte will never forget their participation at the Worlds, the first one for Maya and Sophie.

We thank them for their generosity (and this amazing picture!) and wish them the best for things to come.

«I had so much fun racing today!» -Maya MacIsaac-Jones

Dahria Beatty and Maya MacIsaac-Jones in Almaty

Dahria Beatty and Maya MacIsaac-Jones in Almaty

And that’s what it’s all about when you’re young and willing and learning and progressing.

Maya MacIsaac-Jones learned a little bit more about racing in the Jr Women 5 km F at the World Championships in Almaty.

So she placed 45th, just behind NWT’s Annah Hanthorn, the worst result among the four Canadians in the race. Think she would be devastated? Ha! That’s not knowing her.

«I had so much fun racing today in Almaty! The conditions were beautiful– hard packed cold tracks, and it was warm and sunny outside.

«Racingwise, I was disappointed with my placing but happy that I was only roughly 1 min 30 s behind the leader. Although that is a large gap for a 5 km race, it isn’t something that is impossible to make up.

«Tactically, I made a bit of a mistake by holding back a bit too much at the start of the course, but I was really happy with my finishing speed.»

By the way, when she gets older, Maya wants to become a journalist.

Yesss!

«Felt great to show the world Canadian girls can be fast internationally!» -Maya MacIsaac-Jones

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Maya MacIsaac-Jones last month in Duntroon, Ontario

Maya MacIsaac-Jones may not have achieved her day’s goal in Tuesday’s sprint at the Jr World Championships, but she showed something that will serve her even better for the rest of her life : being a team girl.

«My “realistic” goal for today’s race was to qualify, so I am very happy I achieved that!

«My “dream goal” was to get a top-15, and I am a bit disappointed that I didn’t advance past the quarter finals, but overall I am happy with the day. It was so much fun to be able to race in the heats and to get a chance to go head-to-head with the best juniors in the world.

«The best part of today was begin able to qualify with 3 other Canadian girls, it felt great to show the world that Canadian girls can be fast internationally!»

Olivia and Maya On A Horse With No Name

Olivia Bouffart-Nesbitt and Maya MacIsaac-Jones

Olivia Bouffart-Nesbitt and Maya MacIsaac-Jones

Olivia Bouffart-Nesbitt and Maya MacIsaac-Jones probably wished the horse was real! They are both in Almaty, Kazakhstan, getting ready for the World Junior and U23 Championships.

«I am still adjusting to the time change in Kazakhstan, says Maya, so I am still feeling a bit tired from that, but I did intensity two days ago and felt great during the intensity.

«Mentally, I am still feeling tired from the time change, but physically my body is feeling very strong, so I think that once I adjust to the time change properly I will feel great and ready to race!

«The race organizers are still setting up the sprint course, so I haven’t had a chance to ski it yet, but once it is open I will be skiing it a lot to look at race strategy and tactical ideas.»

Skiplus will cover some : live tweeting for a number of races, reports, reactions from athletes and some exclusive pictures. Canada has sent a strong team to Kazakhstan so the week promises to be exciting.

Maya MacIsaac-Jones: Reason to Believe

The picture below shows what a top athlete looks like after a supreme effort. Moments before, Maya MacIsaac-Jones was helped up back on her feet after winning the junior sprint at the World Jr Championships selections in Duntroon, Ontario.

Maya MacIsaac-Jones

Maya MacIsaac-Jones, exhausted after her victory

«I felt tired during my qualifier today but by the time I got to my semi-final and final I was feeling great, said Maya after the race.

«I was surprised at how the final ended up playing out. I just went as hard as I could from the start and managed to keep the lead. The great skis from my coaches for the heats were a huge help too.

«I have been working really hard towards this so it is great to see all that work pay off!»

The win qualifies Maya for the World Jr Championships in Kazakhstan.

And yes, there is reason to believe.

 

Maya MacIsaac-Jones: Greatness Awaits

Andrea Dupont and Maya MacIsaac-Jones

Andrea Dupont and Maya MacIsaac-Jones very happy with their Saturday results in Rossland

We’ve written a lot about the CNEPH junior men skiers in the last few days, after their stellar performances over the last week-end. The Quebec armada took five of six spots on the junior podiums in the opening two NorAm Cup events in Rossland, BC .

Par Pierre Shanks

The junior girls performances are also worth taking notice, as the same three girls stole the show!

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Frozen Thunder Sprint – Photo Report

The canadian cross-country ski season got underway Friday in Canmore with the WinSport Frozen Thunder Classic sprint race. Here are some pictures of the race. Most pictures in this photo report are from Angus Cockney.

La saison canadienne de ski de fond a commencé vendredi à Canmore avec l’épreuve de sprint de la WinSport Frozen Thunder Classic. Voici quelques photos de la course. La plupart des photos sont de : Angus Cockney.

Ida Sargent from the U.S. Ski Team won the senior womens race, followed by Canada's Perianne Jones/Ida Sargent, de l'équipe nationale américaine, a remporté la course chez les femmes seniors, suivie de la Canadienne Perianne Jones  (photo: Angus Cockney)

Ida Sargent from the U.S. Ski Team won the senior womens race, followed by Canada’s Perianne Jones/Ida Sargent, de l’équipe nationale américaine, a remporté la course chez les femmes seniors, suivie de la Canadienne Perianne Jones (photo: Angus Cockney)

Andy Newell, senior men's winner/Andy Newell, vainqueur chez les hommes seniors (photo: Angus Cockney)

Andy Newell, US sprint star, senior men’s winner/Andy Newell, vainqueur chez les hommes seniors (photo: Angus Cockney)

Devon Kershaw had the best canadian result with a 5th place/Devon Kershaw, meilleur Canadien avec une 5e place (photo: Angus Cockney)

Devon Kershaw had the best canadian result with a 5th place/Devon Kershaw, meilleur Canadien avec une 5e place (photo: Angus Cockney)

Perianne Jones (photo: Angus Cockney)

Perianne Jones, 2nd. Dahria Beatty, not on the picture, placed 3rd/Perianne Jones, 2e, a devancé Dahria Beatty qui n’est pas sur la photo (photo: Angus Cockney)

Jesse Cockney finished right behind Devon Kershaw in 6th place/Jesse Cockney  a suivi Devon Kershaw en 6e place (photo: Angus Cockney)

Jesse Cockney finished right behind Devon Kershaw in 6th place/Jesse Cockney a suivi Devon Kershaw en 6e place (photo: Angus Cockney)

And just behind Cockney, Lenny Valjas placed 7th/Et tout juste derrière Cockner, Lenny Valjas s'est classé 7e (photo: Angus Cockney)

And just behind Cockney, Lenny Valjas placed 7th/Et tout juste derrière Cockney, Lenny Valjas s’est classé 7e (photo: Angus Cockney)

Heidi Widmer placed a respectable 4th/Heidi Widmer a obtenu une 4e position fort respectable (photo: Angus Cockney)

Heidi Widmer placed a respectable 4th/Heidi Widmer a obtenu une 4e position fort respectable (photo: Angus Cockney)

 

 

In 5th place, US Ski Team  Jessica Diggins (photo: Angus Cockney_1

In 5th place, US Ski Team Jessica Diggins (photo: Angus Cockney)

American Kris Freeman, 4th (photo: Angus Cockney)

American Kris Freeman, 4th (photo: Angus Cockney)

US Ski Team Noah Hoffman, 22nd (photo: Angus Cockney)

US Ski Team Noah Hoffman, 22nd (photo: Angus Cockney)

American Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, 2nd (photo: Angus Cockney)

American Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, 2nd (photo: Angus Cockney)

Jesse Cockney (no 118) following Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, who placed 2nd (photo: Angus Cockney)/Jesse Cockney (no 118), qui a fini 6e, suit Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, qui a pris le 2e rang (photo: Angus Cockney)

Jesse Cockney (118), who finished 6th, following Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, who placed 2nd (photo: Angus Cockney)/Jesse Cockney (118), qui a fini 6e, suit Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, qui a pris le 2e rang (photo: Angus Cockney)

Ivan Babikov, spécialiste des courses de distance, a fini 23e (photo: Angus Cockney)/Ivan Babikov, an ace in distance races, finished 23rd (photo: Angus Cockney)

Ivan Babikov, an ace in distance races, finished 23rd (photo: Angus Cockney)/Ivan Babikov, spécialiste des courses de distance, a fini 23e (photo: Angus Cockney)

Brian McKeever, 15th (photo: Angus Cockney)

Brian McKeever, 15th (photo: Angus Cockney)

Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt, 12th, followed by Jennifer Jackson, 13th (photo: Angus Cockney)

Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt, 12th, followed by Jennifer Jackson, 13th (photo: Angus Cockney)

Graeme Killick, 12th (photo: Angus Cockney)

Graeme Killick, 12th (photo: Angus Cockney)

Emily Nishikawa (photo: Angus Cockney)

Emily Nishikawa (photo: Angus Cockney)

Michael Somppi, 9th (photo: Angus Cockney)

Michael Somppi, 9th (photo: Angus Cockney)

Kevin Sandau, 11th (photo: Angus Cockney)

Kevin Sandau, 11th (photo: Angus Cockney)

This pic is from our archives, but it must be noted that Maya MacIsaac-Jones (no 3)  won the Jr Women, while Angus Foster was top Jr men (photo: Julie Melanson)/Cette hoto est de nos archives, mais il faut souligner que Maya MacIsaac-Jones (no 3) a enlevé l'épreuve chez les femmes juniors tandis qu'Angus Foster a dominé chez les juniors hommes (photo: Julie Melanson)

This pic is from our archives, but it must be noted that Maya MacIsaac-Jones (no 3) won the Jr Women, while Angus Foster was top Jr men (photo: Julie Melanson)/Cette photo est de nos archives, mais il faut souligner que Maya MacIsaac-Jones (no 3) a enlevé l’épreuve chez les femmes juniors tandis qu’Angus Foster a dominé chez les hommes juniors (photo: Julie Melanson)

Devon Kershaw, Benjamin Saxton and Andy Newell, gold diggers! (photo: Angus Cockney/Devon Kershaw, Benjamin Saxton et Andy Newell, chercheurs d'or! (photo: Angus Cockney

Devon Kershaw, Benjamin Saxton and Andy Newell, gold diggers! (photo: Angus Cockney/Devon Kershaw, Benjamin Saxton et Andy Newell, chercheurs d’or! (photo: Angus Cockney

Kings court sprint style at Frozen Thunder: men and women are mixed! (photo: Twitter/CCC)/Format particulier au Frozen Thunder, où hommes et femmes skiaient en même temps! (photo: Twitter/Ski de fond Canada)

Kings court sprint style at Frozen Thunder: men and women were mixed! (photo: Twitter/CCC)/Format particulier au Frozen Thunder, où hommes et femmes skiaient en même temps! (photo: Twitter/Ski de fond Canada)

Michael Somppi (113), Patrick Stewart-Jones (111), Graeme Killick (106) - (photo: Angus Cockney)

Michael Somppi (113), Patrick Stewart-Jones (111), Graeme Killick (106) – (photo: Angus Cockney)

Alysson Marshall (48) finished 6th, US Team member Liz Stephen (44) 8th, and fellow American Erika Flowers, 7th (photo: Angus Cockney

Alysson Marshall (48) finished 6th, US Team member Liz Stephen (44) 8th, and fellow American Erika Flowers, 7th (photo: Angus Cockney

The men's podium : winner Andy Newell, Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, 2nd and Swiss Inniger Mathias 3rd (photo: Twitter/Andy Newell)

The men’s podium : winner Andy Newell, Dakota Blackhorse-von Jess, 2nd and Swiss Inniger Mathias 3rd (photo: Twitter/Andy Newell)

 

 

 

Se donner, mais tellement!

Katherine Stewart-Jones, Anne-Marie Comeau, Frédérique Vézina (photo: Jimmy Gunka)

Katherine Stewart-Jones, Anne-Marie Comeau, Frédérique Vézina (photo: Jimmy Gunka)

Les filles du CNEPH ont connu une journée, une autre, exceptionnelle, jeudi, aux essais olympiques et mondiaux canadiens à Canmore, en Alberta.

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Chez les séniors, Cendrine Browne, qui en est à sa première saison au sein de l’équipe nationale de développement, a pris le 3e rang chez les U23 dans le 10 km classique, départ individuel. Cela la place en bonne position pour se qualifier en vue des Championnats du monde U23 à Val di Femme, en Italie, à la fin du mois.

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Guerre fraternelle

Oui, fraternelle. À ne pas confondre avec guerre fratricide! Les fondeurs et fondeuses canadiens se préparent fébrilement en vue des sélections olympiques et mondiales (U23 et juniors) qui se dérouleront à Canmore, à partir de mercredi.

par Pierre Shanks

Déjà, sept membres se rendront à Sotchi : Alex Harvey, Devon Kershaw, Ivan Babikov et Lenny Valjas chez les hommes; Chandra Crawford, Dasha Gaïazova et Perianne Jones chez les femmes.

L’équipe nationale choisira deux autres athlètes chez les hommes (un sprinteur et un spécialiste de longue distance) et deux autres chez les femmes (une sprinteuse et une spécialiste de longue distance) .

Une guerre fraternelle s’annonce donc. Tous ces athlètes se côtoient, s’aiment et se respectent, mais à partir de mercredi, ils ne feront pas de quartier !

Voici un tour d’horizon de la saison des athlètes du Centre national d’entraînement Pierre Harvey (CNEPH) jusqu’ici et comment ils se sentent à l’approche du moment charnière de leur saison.

Maya MacIsaac-Jones (photo: Julie Melanson)

Maya MacIsaac-Jones (photo: Julie Melanson)

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Week-end @ Rossland

Here are some pictures, most of them exclusive, from last week-end’s NorAm Cup races in Rossland, B.-C. All of them are from Shelley Peachell, who we thank profusely on behalf of FB/skipresse.

by Pierre Shanks

Voici des photos, dont la plupart sont exclusives, de la fin de semaine de courses à la Coupe NorAm de Rossland, en C.-B.  FB/skipresse remercie la photographe Shelley Peachell.

Down to the wire between Emily Nishikawa, Heidi Widmer and Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt/Finale très disputée entre  Emily Nishikawa, Heidi Widmer et Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt

Down to the wire between Emily Nishikawa, Heidi Widmer and Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt/Finale très disputée entre Emily Nishikawa, Heidi Widmer et Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt

The subsequent podium/Rendues sur le podium: Nishikawa 1, Widmer 2, Bouffard-Nesbitt 3

The subsequent podium/Rendues sur le podium: Nishikawa 1, Widmer 2, Bouffard-Nesbitt 3

Anne-Marie Comeau (202), Sophie Carrier-Laforte (203), Frédérique Vézina (206)

Anne-Marie Comeau (202), Sophie Carrier-Laforte (203), Frédérique Vézina (206)

Anne-Marie Comeau a connu un week-end du tonnerre chez les jrs: 3e au sprint patin et 1re au 10 km classique!/Another fabulous w-e for jr Anne-Marie Comeau: 3rd in the sprint F and 1rst in the 10 km classic!

Anne-Marie Comeau a connu un week-end du tonnerre chez les jrs: 3e au sprint patin et 1re au 10 km classique!/Another fabulous w-e for jr Anne-Marie Comeau: 3rd in the sprint F and 1rst in the 10 km classic!

Frédérique Vézina aussi a excellé: 5e au sprint patin et 2e au 10 km C/Frédérique Vézina was up there as well: 5th in the sprint F and 2nd in the 10 km C.

Frédérique Vézina aussi a excellé: 5e au sprint patin et 2e au 10 km C/Frédérique Vézina was up there as well: 5th in the sprint F and 2nd in the 10 km C.

Maya MacIsaac Jones placed 10th in the sprint./Maya MacIsaac Jones a fini 10e au sprint.

Maya MacIsaac Jones placed 10th in the sprint./Maya MacIsaac Jones a fini 10e au sprint.

Jr podium jr: Katherine Stewart-Jones, Dahria Beatty, Anne-Marie Comeau

Jr podium jr: Katherine Stewart-Jones, Dahria Beatty, Anne-Marie Comeau

Cendrine Browne s'est rendue en quarts de finale chez les femmes sr./Cendrine Browne made it to the 1/4 finals with the sr women.

Cendrine Browne s’est rendue en quarts de finale chez les femmes sr./Cendrine Browne made it to the 1/4 finals with the sr women.

Kevin Sandau, winner of the sr men 15km C on Sunday./Kevin Sandau, vainqueur du 15 km C sr dimanche.

Kevin Sandau, winner of the sr men 15km C on Sunday./Kevin Sandau, vainqueur du 15 km C sr dimanche.

Raphaël Couturier s'est rendu en 1/4 de finale du sprint patin, tout comme son coéquipier du CNEPH Alexis Turgeon./Raphaël Couturier made it to the 1/4 finales of the sr sprint F, just like CNEPH teammate  Alexis Turgeon.

Raphaël Couturier s’est rendu en quarts de finale du sprint patin, tout comme son coéquipier du CNEPH Alexis Turgeon./Raphaël Couturier made it to the 1/4 finales in the sr sprint F, just like CNEPH teammate Alexis Turgeon.

Simon Lapointe, 39e au 15 km classique sr/Simon Lapointe, 39th  in the men's 15 km C.

Simon Lapointe, 39e au 15 km classique sr/Simon Lapointe, 39th in the men’s 15 km C.

Sr 15 km C podium/Le podium du 15 km C sr: Kevin Sandau, Sylvan Ellefson, Graham Nishikawa.

Sr 15 km C podium/Le podium du 15 km C sr: Kevin Sandau, Sylvan Ellefson, Graham Nishikawa.

Gabrielle Lemire, 11e dans le 10 km C jr./Gabrielle Lemire, 11th in the jr 10 km C.

Gabrielle Lemire, 11e dans le 10 km C jr./Gabrielle Lemire, 11th in the jr 10 km C.

Andrée-Anne Théberge, 8e dans le 10 km C jr./Andrée-Anne Théberge, 8th in the 10 km C jr.

Andrée-Anne Théberge, 8e dans le 10 km C jr./Andrée-Anne Théberge, 8th in the 10 km C jr.

Sr men's sprint podium/Le podium du sprint sr masculin: Erik Bjornsen, Miles Havlick, Graham Nishikawa.

Sr men’s sprint podium/Le podium du sprint sr masculin: Erik Bjornsen, Miles Havlick, Graham Nishikawa.

Heidi Widmer and/et Emily Nishikawa (313)

Heidi Widmer and/et Emily Nishikawa (313)

Sr Women 10 km C podium/Le podium du 10 km C féminin: Kate Fitzgerald, Emily Nishikawa, Amanda Ammar

Sr Women 10 km C podium/Le podium du 10 km C féminin: Kate Fitzgerald, Emily Nishikawa, Amanda Ammar

Heidi Widmer et Erik Bjornsen

Heidi Widmer et Erik Bjornsen

Raphaël Couturier, 16e dans le 15 km C sr/16th in the sr men's 15 km C.

Raphaël Couturier, 16e dans le 15 km C sr/16th in the sr men’s 15 km C.

Week-end @ Sovereign Lake

Les athlètes du Centre national d’entraînement Pierre Harvey (CNEPH) ont connu un excellent premier week-end de compétition en fin de semaine à Sovereign Lake, en Colombie-Britannique. Les photos ci-dessous sont une gracieuseté de Julie Melanson.

by Pierre Shanks

Centre national d’entraînement Pierre Harvey (CNEPH) athletes had an excellent first week-end of competition at the Haywood NorAm Buff races at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre (B.-C.). Kudos to Julie Melanson for the pics below.

CNEPH newcomer (and up and coming junior!) Maya MacIsaac-Jones took 8th spot in the 10 km Free and won the B final in the sprint.

(Photo: Julie Melanson) CNEPH newcomer (and up and coming junior!) Maya MacIsaac-Jones (no 3) took 8th spot in the 10 km F jr and won the B final in the jr sprint./La nouvelle venue (et vedette montante junior!) Maya MacIsaac-Jones (no 3) s’est classée 8e au 10 km patin avant de remporter la finale B dans le sprint jr.

Frédérique Vézina (no 9) a commencé en lionne avec une 2e place dans le 10 km pas de patin, puis 2e de la finale B tout juste derrière Maya./Fred Vézina place a startling 2nd in the Women 10 km F and then 7th in the sprint, right behind Maya.

(Photo: Julie Melanson) Frédérique Vézina (no 9) a commencé en lionne avec une 2e place dans le 10 km jr patin, puis 2e de la finale B au sprint jr tout juste derrière Maya./Fred Vézina (no 9) placed a startling 2nd in the 10 km F jr and then 7th in the jr sprint (B final), right behind Maya.

Anne-Marie Comeau (no 4) a grandement impressionné avec une 3e position au 10 km patin et une 4e place au sprint./Anne-Marie Comeau (no 4) was impressive, placing 3rd in the 10 km F and 4th in the sprint.

(Photo: Julie Melanson) Anne-Marie Comeau (no 4) a grandement impressionné avec une 3e position au 10 km patin jr et une 4e place au sprint jr (finale A)./Anne-Marie Comeau (no 4) was impressive, placing 3rd in the 10 km F jr and 4th in the jr sprint (A final).

Cendrine Brown (no 109), maintenant dans l'équipe nationale sénior (développement), a fini 2e U23 au 10 km patin et 11e (finale B)au sprint sénior./ Cendrine Brown (no 109), now with the national sr team (development), finished 2nd U23 in the 10 km F and 11th (B final) in the sprint.

(Photo: Julie Melanson) Cendrine Brown (no 109) et sa tresse d’or, maintenant dans l’équipe nationale sénior (développement), a fini 2e U23 au 10 km patin et 11e (finale B) au sprint sr./ Cendrine Brown (no 109) and her characteristic golden plait, now with the national sr team (development), finished 2nd U23 in the 10 km F and 11th (B final) in the sr sprint.

Dans le sprint masculin,  Simon Lapointe (no 310) et Raphaël Couturier (no 301) ont fini respectivement 6e  et 5e. «Raph» avait précédemment dominé la qualification. Leur pote Alexis Turgeon (qui n'apparaît pas sur la photo) s'est rendu en 1/4 de finale. Raphaël a aussi récolté une 19e place au 15 km patin./In the men's sprint, Simon Lapointe (no 310) and Raphaël Couturier (no 301) placed 6th and 5th respectively. «Raph» had previously posted the best qualifying time.  Their buddy Alexis Turgeon (not on the picture) made it to the quarterfinals. «Raph» also took part in the 15 km F where he placed 19th.

(Photo: Julie Melanson) Dans le sprint masculin sr, Simon Lapointe (no 310) et Raphaël Couturier (no 301) ont fini respectivement 6e et 5e. «Raph» avait précédemment dominé la qualification. Leur pote Alexis Turgeon (qui n’apparaît pas sur la photo) s’est rendu en 1/4 de finale. Raphaël a aussi récolté une 19e place au 15 km patin./In the men’s sr sprint, Simon Lapointe (no 310) and Raphaël Couturier (no 301) placed 6th and 5th respectively. «Raph» had previously posted the best qualifying time. Their buddy Alexis Turgeon (not on the picture) made it to the quarterfinals. Raphaël also took part in the 15 km F where he placed 19th.

La relève au CNEPH, objectifs de saison

Anne-Marie Comeau, Frédérique Vézina et Cendrine Browne

Anne-Marie Comeau, Frédérique Vézina et Cendrine Browne

En cette année olympique, il n’y en a que pour les objectifs des athlètes qui visent de grandes performances aux Jeux et c’est tout à fait normal et bien ainsi. N’empêche que la relève derrière a aussi des objectifs de saison, et il n’est pas étonnant d’apprendre que pour certains et certaines, être sélectionné(e) au sein de l’équipe olympique relève de l’exploit et ça aussi, c’est un rêve qui peut devenir réalité.

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