Here are the results from this weekend's NorAm/Calforex Cup Races!
Here are the RMR results of the first on snow biathlon races of the year. These races were held to select the last few spots for the Canadian IBU World Cup Team and IBU Cup Teams.
Hello once again,
Brian and Erik got their medals tonight! The Medal ceremonies are well orchestrated and quite moving, with the music and all. Great to see the Canadian flag raised and hear the anthem. in the picture the medals have been presented and the flowers are now being presented. I have other pictures to share later.
Last night we had a very nice dinner at the hotel hosted by Canadian Paralympic Committee and sponsor Petro-Canada. Lots of good food and drink. They brought in a trio of Russian entertainers who were quite lively. They had a bunch of strange instruments ("noisemakers"), and we had a chance to join in.
This morning the weather changed completely - to rain. Even up on the mountain it was cloudy and very wet, horrible conditions for all, some ice, some slush on course. The one picture is the view from the stadium this morning, and the forecast is for more of the same, hopefully it cools off tonight and turns to snow. Mark Arentz did earn a bronze medal in Biathlon today for Canada which was a great achievement, especially with the conditions.
Tomorrow we are back up to the venue for more cross country races.
Mike & Silvia
From Cross Country Canada website ...
SOCHI, Rus.—Canada’s Mark Arendz battled through brutal race conditions to win the bronze medal in the men’s 12.5-kilometre standing category at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia on Tuesday.
With rain pelting down and dense fog socked into the Laura Nordic Stadium, the 24-year-old took advantage of the weather he grew up with in Hartsville, Prince Edward Island to grab his second medal of the week. Arendz clocked a time of 30:31.0.
“To get a medal is awesome and that was the goal,” said Arendz. “There were mistakes out there both in shooting and on the course so it was not a perfect race, but anytime you are on the podium I have to be happy because this is strong field.”
Full Article Here
A fantastic day and much fun at the Laura Nordic site today. Brian won gold, and it was pretty close throughout and exciting to watch. Sweden also won a gold today in the Woman's 15 km Standing, so Sylvia was especially pleased.
The picture attached is the flower ceremony at the site - Brian and Erik on the podium, Russia second, and Sweden third. The medals will be awarded here in Rosa Khutor tomorrow evening.
We were besieged again for pictures by the Russians, and apparently our Canadian flag is getting lots of screen time.
A hot sunny day, about +15 at the race site. These were classic distance races, and in some categories, some athletes were changing skis to get fresh wax.
Hugs and high fives from the Sochi volunteers as we exited the Laura venue - an interesting route: you walk down maybe 500 meters, then catch a small gondola back up above the stadium to a high point, then take a great honking gondola down to the valley. We celebrated with Russian beer, and tonight, the Canadian Paralympic Committee is hosting a dinner for Friends and Family. Will be lots of happy faces there.
Best to all,
Mike and Sylvia
See also, CBC Interview with Brian, Erik and Graham
Tonight Mark received his silver medal at the Awards Ceremonies here in Krasnaya Polyana.
Afterwards he had it with at Canada House, and was also presented with a Cossack Canadian hat courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
See pictures attached.
A quick hello from the mountain cluster at the Paralympics. We're just down from the Laura Nordic centre where Mark Arentz got a silver today in the Biathlon 7.5 km sprint. Congratulations to Mark, and there will be celebrations at Canada House which is located at our hotel.
Very warm here, it was +10 at the race site this afternoon, and the course softening up.
The Russians love our Canadian flag; we are in countless photographs.
All of Canada's top cross country skiers not currently racing on the World Cup circuit converged at the Canmore Nordic Centre last week to fight it out for selections to World Juniors, U23 Worlds, and the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Day 3 was another Individual Sprint Freestyle for all categories. RMR Results were:
All of Canada's top cross country skiers not currently racing on the World Cup circuit converged at the Canmore Nordic Centre last week to fight it out for selections to World Juniors, U23 Worlds, and the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Day 2 was a Classic Distance race for all categories. RMR Results were:
All of Canada's top cross country skiers not currently racing on the World Cup circuit converged at the Canmore Nordic Centre last week to fight it out for selections to World Juniors, U23 Worlds, and the Sochi Olympic Winter Games. This day included a Open Men and Open Women Free Individual Sprint only.
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