Outdoor ice continues to challenge Henry

Outdoor conditions have become a thorn in the side of Whitehorse speedskater Troy Henry.

Outdoor conditions have become a thorn in the side of Whitehorse speedskater Troy Henry.

For the second time this season the 25-year-old failed to get his usual results outdoors while competing at the Canada Cup 3 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan over the weekend.

“I tend to not do well at outdoor races,” said Henry. “I’m trying to figure out what the issue is that’s causing me problems. It’s been difficult, but I’m hoping that I’ll eventually find a solution with outdoor racing.

“Currently, for the five-kilometre, it seems like I’ll make it six laps into the 12-and-a-half race and then I have nothing left.

“I’m trying to figure out what’s causing issues for me. Hopefully I’ll find out what the issue is and I’ll solve it.”

Henry skated to 12th in the 5,000-metre at 8:22.59 on Saturday, far off his personal best of 6:42.06 set indoors.

He also came 23rd in the 500-metre at 40.85 on Friday.

Henry also struggled to break into the top-25 at Canada Cup 1 outdoors in Quebec City in early December.

At the Canada Cup 2 indoors at the Calgary Oval, Henry skated to 10th in the 1,500-metre in a field of 63 skaters.

While wind can definitely be a factor in outdoor skating, a lot of it can do with the ice. The ice can be too soft or too hard, and dust and other particles trapped in the ice can cause friction.

“That does have a bit to do with it, for sure,” said Henry.

Sunday’s 500-metre and 1,000-metre races were cancelled due to minus-20 temperatures and 50-70-kilometre winds.

Henry competed in his first Team Canada’s Olympic trials at the Calgary Oval over the holidays.

He sped to fifth place in the 10,000-metre with a season best time of 14:07.57 and also placed 11th in the 5,000-metre with a time of 6:46.24.

Henry was not named to the team last week.

Contact Tom Patrick at


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

Just Posted

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley gives a COVID-19 update during a press conference in Whitehorse on May 26. The Yukon government announced two new cases of COVID-19 in the territory with a press release on Oct. 19. (Alistair Maitland Photography)
Two new cases of COVID-19 announced in Yukon

Contact tracing is complete and YG says there is no increased risk to the public

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on April 8. Yukon Energy faced a potential “critical” fuel shortage in January due to an avalanche blocking a shipping route from Skagway to the Yukon, according to an email obtained by the Yukon Party and questioned in the legislature on Oct. 14. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Energy faced ‘critical’ fuel shortage last January due to avalanche

An email obtained by the Yukon Party showed energy officials were concerned

Jeanie McLean (formerly Dendys), the minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate speaks during legislative assembly in Whitehorse on Nov. 27, 2017. “Our government is proud to be supporting Yukon’s grassroots organizations and First Nation governments in this critical work,” said McLean of the $175,000 from the Yukon government awarded to four community-based projects aimed at preventing violence against Indigenous women. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon government gives $175k to projects aimed at preventing violence against Indigenous women

Four projects were supported via the Prevention of Violence against Aboriginal Women Fund

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone

When I was a kid, CP Air had a monopoly on flights… Continue reading

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

Today’s mailbox: Mad about MAD

Letters to the editor published Oct. 16, 2020

Alkan Air hangar in Whitehorse. Alkan Air has filed its response to a lawsuit over a 2019 plane crash that killed a Vancouver geologist on board, denying that there was any negligence on its part or the pilot’s. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Alkan Air responds to lawsuit over 2019 crash denying negligence, liability

Airline filed statement of defence Oct. 7 to lawsuit by spouse of geologist killed in crash

Whitehorse city council members voted Oct. 13 to decline an increase to their base salaries that was set to be made on Jan. 1. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Council declines increased wages for 2021

Members will not have wages adjusted for CPI

A vehicle is seen along Mount Sima Road in Whitehorse on May 12. At its Oct. 13 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved the third reading for two separate bylaws that will allow the land sale and transfer agreements of city-owned land — a 127-square-metre piece next to 75 Ortona Ave. and 1.02 hectares of property behind three lots on Mount Sima Road. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Whitehorse properties could soon expand

Land sale agreements approved by council

Most Read