Alberta, BC rule the trail in sprint races

While two Yukon skiers pulled medals in Monday’s long-distance races, Tuesday’s sprints were a different story.

While two Yukon skiers pulled medals in Monday’s long-distance races, Tuesday’s sprints were a different story.

The South ruled in the fast-paced kick and glide of the 1,200-metre races.

“I had a good start, but I couldn’t quite keep up,” said Yukon skier John Parry on his way to “warm down” with a slow glide around Mt. Mac’s trails.

“I felt that I skied tactically well, but I just didn’t have that other gear that those other guys seemed to have.”

Parry finished the speedy race in 22nd place in a field of 51 competitors.

He competed in past Arctic Winter Games, but says that experience doesn’t compare to the Canada Games.

“There’s a lot of depth here, some really good sprinters and really good competitions,” said Parry, who prefers the long-distance races coming up later in the week.

Despite the loss, he felt the energy of the hometown crowd like a strong wind at his back.

“It’s amazing they just seem to pull you through the course and everyone knows who you are.”

“I’ve never had this, it’s just unbelievable,” he added.

The sprint race is a swift run around a quick loop with a tough climb half way through.

The heavy snow, which began earlier in the morning, was filling in the trail’s tracks and slowing down the races.

But the mean conditions didn’t slow team Alberta, which pulled in the top three medals in the women’s breakneck final heat that left two Ontario skiers eating snow dust.

“I’m just so stoked — it’s pretty awesome,” said Heidi Widmer who finished with silver.

“We didn’t really plan it out, but it looks like we did,” she said of the all-Alberta finish.

“We have a really strong team and our coaches are doing a really good job with our skis, so we we’re able to pull it together,” said gold medalist Kathy Jaques, between sucking in breaths at the finish line.

“You need to know when to go hard and when to relax until the sprint to the finish because you never know who’s coming from behind.”

Meanwhile BC struck gold in a harried heat in the men’s sprint as Christopher Werrell crossed the finish line with his arms raised in victory.

“It’s a really good course for me; it’s got the climb and the long flat push,” said the 22-year-old skier.

After ending the race well before any of the other skiers in his heat, he showed off the number “1” on his jersey and raised his arms high in the air.

“It’s definitely hard because you’re competing in heat after heat and I just felt I was getting stronger and stronger.”

Seventeen-year-old Yukoner Bryn Knight advanced to the semis where she skied a tough race, but fell behind ending the event 12th in a field of 53 skiers.

Yukon’s Emily Nishikawa finished 18th and Janelle Greer in 23rd, while Heidi O’Connor-Brook placed 36th.

In the men’s, Sam Lindsey ended in 45th place, Colin Abbott in 40th, David Greer in 29th and Ray Sabo in 20th.

Races continue on Thursday with the 10- and 15-kilometre events.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Patti Balsillie will be running for the mayor’s seat in Whitehorse in the Oct. 21 municipal election. (Submitted)
Balsillie aims to serve as city’s mayor

Says she has the time, skill set to serve in full-time role

Mayo-Tatchun MLA Don Hutton sits on the opposition side of the legislative assembly on March 8 after announcing his resignation from the Liberal party earlier that day. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Don Hutton resigns from Liberal caucus; endorses NDP leadership

Hutton said his concerns about alcohol abuse and addictions have gone unaddressed

Crystal Schick/Yukon News
Calvin Delwisch poses for a photo inside his DIY sauna at Marsh Lake on Feb. 18.
Yukoners turning up the heat with unique DIY sauna builds

Do-it-yourselfers say a sauna built with salvaged materials is a great winter project

Wyatt’s World

Wyatt’s World for March 5, 2021.

Yukonomist: School competition ramps up in the Yukon

It’s common to see an upstart automaker trying to grab share from… Continue reading

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Public Health Nurse Angie Bartelen at the Yukon Convention Centre Clinic in Whitehorse on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
State of emergency extended for another 90 days

“Now we’re in a situation where we see the finish line.”

The Yukon government says it is working towards finding a solution for Dawson area miners who may be impacted by City of Dawson plans and regulations. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Miner expresses frustration over town plan

Designation of claims changed to future planning

Team Yukon athletes wave flags at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony in Whitehorse. The 2022 event in Wood Buffalo, Alta., has been postponed indefinitely. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News file)
2022 Arctic Winter Games postponed indefinitely

Wood Buffalo, Alta., Host Society committed to rescheduling at a later date

Housing construction continues in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse on Oct. 29, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Bureau of Statistics reports rising rents for Yukoners, falling revenues for businesses

The bureau has published several reports on the rental market and businesses affected by COVID-19

Council of Yukon First Nations grand chief Peter Johnston at the Yukon Forum in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. Johnston and Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn announced changes to the implementation of the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy on March 3. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Third phase added to procurement policy implementation

Additional time added to prep for two provisions

Crews work to clear the South Klondike Highway after an avalanche earlier this week. (Submitted)
South Klondike Highway remains closed due to avalanches

Yukon Avalanche Association recommending backcountry recreators remain vigilant

RCMP Online Crime Reporting website in Whitehorse on March 5. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Whitehorse RCMP launch online crime reporting

Both a website and Whitehorse RCMP app are now available

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

Most Read