Posted on December 12, 2014 by Jadene Mah

The 2014-2015 ski season officially began as the snow fell on November 9th and skiers were able to head out and start practicing on the soccer field. Due to such a late snowfall, the team travelled to Canmore and Lake Louise for a training camp to get in some quality practice time. The Canmore Nordic …

photo (2)The 2014-2015 ski season officially began as the snow fell on November 9th and skiers were able to head out and start practicing on the soccer field. Due to such a late snowfall, the team travelled to Canmore and Lake Louise for a training camp to get in some quality practice time. The Canmore Nordic Centre was packed with skiers of all ages and ability eager to start skiing for the season. The second day of training included two sessions at Lake Louise with the U of A main campus cross country ski team. The third day included a time trial to identify where individuals were at after the summer break and for preparation for quickly approaching races. After skiing for several hours each day of the camp, skiers were starting to feel ready for the races that were to take place two weeks later in Canmore for the first Alberta Cup of the season on November 28-30, which was to include a race to qualify for the Canada Winter Games.

Due to severe weather, the weekend of racing was postponed and rescheduled. Due to the unexpected change of plans, only three of Augustana’s skiers were able to attend the races but represented the school well in their racing debut. Hans Asfeldt completed the 10.5 km classic race in a time of 28:44 in 7th place on day one of racing while Matthieu Martin finished 27th in a time of 33:51. Emily McIlroy raced a 7km classic and finished 13th in a time of 24:29.

The second day of racing was skate technique and distances were 12km for men and 9km for women. Hans finished in 5th place with a time of 32:12, just 41 seconds back from the first place finisher. Matthiue finished in 23rd with a time of 37:12. Emily finished 6th in the 9km race with a time of 28:43. Hans secured a spot at the Canada Winter Games with his finish times at the Alberta Winter Cup. The Canada Winter Games will be in Prince George February 13 – March 1.photo (1)

By Brianna Schultz, Vikings Cross Country Skiing


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