Beatty gives breakout performance in Switzerland

Before this past weekend Dahria Beatty’s best finish on the FIS World Cup circuit this season was 50th. She just cut that in half.

Before this past weekend Dahria Beatty’s best finish on the FIS World Cup circuit this season was 50th.

She just cut that in half.

The Whitehorse native placed 25th in the women’s sprint at a World Cup in Davos, Switzerland on Sunday.

The 22-year-old qualified in 27th and moved up two spots in the heats.

“I am really happy with my race on Sunday. The qualifier felt really good and I was able to push all the way through without any major mistakes, said Beatty in an email to the News. “We also had really good skis.

“After having made some costly errors in the first two sprints of the season it was amazing to be able to make the heats in Davos with a solid race. I was also happy with how I skied in my quarterfinal, it was the second fastest heat of the day and I gave it everything I had.”

By placing 25th — beating the likes of Norwegian Olympic medalist Heidi Weng and American world championship medalist Kikkan Randall — Beatty notched the first FIS World Cup points of the season for the Canadian women’s team.

Before Sunday Beatty’s best-ever finish in a World Cup race was 15th in the Ski Tour Canada last March in Canmore, Alta. She placed 50th in sprints in Ruka, Finland to start the World Cup season in November.

“This is my first time scoring World Cup points this season and the first time ever in Europe which is a pretty big step for me,” said Beatty. “It was amazing to be able to ski to 15th last year in Canmore on one of my home courses but to be able to qualify in Europe on a course I have never raced before gives me the confidence that I am starting to reach a level in sprinting where I can be competitive with the best in the world.”

Beatty, who is currently ranked 66th in the FIS world standings, also placed 42nd in the 15-kilometre free on Saturday. Teammate and fellow Whitehorse native Emily Nishikawa took 34th Saturday and did not start in the sprints Sunday.

Whitehorse’s Knute Johnsgaard placed 60th in the men’s sprint on Sunday for his second best finish of the season.

The three Whitehorse skiers and the rest of the Canadian team will be back in action this weekend at the La Clusaz World Cup in France.

“The distance race on Saturday was also a good day for me. It was my best distance result so far this season … as well as the strongest I have felt in distance so far this year,” said Beatty.

“Coming off this weekend I am really looking forward to another skate distance race in La Clusaz next weekend and I am even more excited about the relay which Emily and I will both be racing along with our teammates, Cendrine Browne and Sophie Carrier-Laforte.”

Contact Tom Patrick at tomp@yukon-news.com

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

Just Posted

The Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services building in Whitehorse on March 28, 2019. Three people who sat on Many Rivers’ board immediately before it closed for good say they were relieved to hear that the Yukon RCMP has undertaken a forensic audit into the now-defunct NGO’s financial affairs. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Former Many Rivers board members relieved to hear about forensic audit, wonder what took so long

Three people who sat on Many Rivers’ board immediately before it closed… Continue reading

Whitehorse General Hospital in Whitehorse on Feb. 14, 2019. The Yukon Employees’ Union and Yukon Hospital Corporation are at odds over whether there’s a critical staffing shortage at the territory’s hospitals. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
YEU, Yukon Hospital Corp. at odds over whether hospitals are understaffed

YEU says four nurses quit within 12 hours last week, a claim the YHC says is “inaccurate”

Two former Whitehorse Correctional Centre inmates, Ray Hartling and Mark Lange, have filed a class action against the jail, corrections officials and Yukon government on behalf of everyone who’s been placed in two restrictive units over the past six years. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Class action filed against Whitehorse Correctional Centre over use of segregation

Two former Whitehorse Correctional Centre inmates have filed a class action against… Continue reading

asdf
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Oct. 21, 2020

Movie poster for <em>Ìfé,</em> a movie being shown during OUT North Film Festival, which includes approximately 20 different films accessible online this year. (Submitted)
OUT North Film Festival moves to virtual format

In its ninth year, the artistic director said this year has a more diverse set of short and feature films

Triple J’s Canna Space in Whitehorse on April 17, 2019, opens their first container of product. Two years after Canada legalized the sale of cannabis, Yukon leads the country in per capita legal sales. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon leads Canadian cannabis sales two years after legalization

Private retailers still asking for changes that would allow online sales

A sign greets guests near the entrance of the Canada Games Centre in Whitehorse on June 11. The city announced Oct. 16 it was moving into the next part of its phased reopening plan with spectator seating areas open at a reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
CGC reopening continues

Limited spectator seating now available

During Whitehorse city council’s Oct. 19 meeting, planning manager Mélodie Simard brought forward a recommendation that a proposed Official Community Plan amendment move forward that would designate a 56.3 hectare piece of land in Whistle Bend, currently designated as green space, as urban residential use. (Courtesy City of Whitehorse)
More development in Whistle Bend contemplated

OCP change would be the first of several steps to develop future area

asdf
EDITORIAL: Don’t let the City of Whitehorse distract you

A little over two weeks after Whitehorse city council voted to give… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Northwestel has released the proposed prices for its unlimited plans. Unlimited internet in Whitehorse and Carcross could cost users between $160.95 and $249.95 per month depending on their choice of package. (Yukon News file)
Unlimited internet options outlined

Will require CRTC approval before Northwestel makes them available

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse. Yukon’s territorial government will sit for 45 days this sitting instead of 30 days to make up for lost time caused by COVID-19 in the spring. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Legislative assembly sitting extended

Yukon’s territorial government will sit for 45 days this sitting. The extension… Continue reading

asdf
Today’s mailbox: Mad about MAD

Letters to the editor published Oct. 16, 2020

Most Read