A new year...

A new calendar year has started with our whole team spread in different directions.

The University of Calgary group is busy starting a new semester on campus and several athletes are awaiting to hear if they will be participating in the upcoming Canada Winter Games for their respective provinces. They will take part in the upcoming Alberta Cup this week-end.

Dahria and Emily are busy participating in Cross Country Skiing World Cups in Europe and Nathaniel Mah is representing Canada in Nordic Combined World Cup events there as well.

Several of our athletes are attending the selection races this week-end for World Championships on the new FIS homologated ski trails in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Game on!

COMING SOON: On February 21st, we will host a "Ski and Fondue event" at the Canmore Nordic Centre "Chandra Crawford Hut". Please consider joining the Academy Club and get your invitation to this event by being a member. See detailed information in this issue.

The Academy Team
Nishikawa joins elite group of Canadian skiers
The Tour de Ski is considered by some to be the toughest event in the sport. Combining seven races spanning over four countries in 10 days, it requires incredible levels of strength and stamina to survive. Most of the field drops out well before the finish. But for Emily Nishikawa, there was no question she was going to reach the Tour de Ski finish line.
Nishikawa finished 25th overall in the Tour de Ski, capping off her incredible week with a career-best 20th place result on the infamous Val de Fiemme climb. She became only the fifth Canadian female skier to finish the circuit in history.
Modeled after the Tour de France, the Tour de Ski stage race challenges the best skiers in the world with seven demanding races over ten days, concluding with a 425m vertical climb up Italy’s Alpe Cermis. Finishing all seven stages left the Canadian elated and exhausted, having checked of a longheld career goal.
 “I think in the back of my mind it was an event I’ve always wanted to do,” Nishikawa said. “It’s so different. There are so many races, one after another. If you have a good day or a bad day, you have to move on right away. If you’re really upset about a race, you just have to forget it. You have no time to dwell on anything.”

Upcoming Events for 2019
Fe February 21
J  oin us for our first "Ski and Fondue" at the Chandra Crawford Hut - Join the Academy Club to have access to this fun event More Information
February 8-10
Western Canadian Championships in Kelowna More information
In the News
Dahria, 16th at the Dresden World Cup
Read about it - CBC News Text Link

Dahria has also updated her blog Read Dahria's blog
CanmoreNordic Centre Upgrades
Nordic Centre could lose biathlon events without upgrades - Rocky Mountain Outlook
Photo Credit: Pam Doyle Photography
Join us for a Ski and Fondue!
Where: Chandra Crawford Hut at the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park

When: February 21 st, 2019
Get your special invite to the event, join our Academy Club. You will get 2 Academy hats, 2 tickets to the event and a tax donation receipt (through the Alberta Sport Connection – fill out the form). We will also include your name on our Academy Wax tent. Silver or Gold membership will get you an invitation: $250 or $750
Buy your membership: Zone4
Questions, please email nrichard@albertaworldcup.com
Strum Climbs Canadian Biathlon Ranks
The hits just keep rolling for Matthew Strum.
The Alpine Insurance AWCA’s lone biathlete strung together three solid races in North America before Christmas, which was enough to convince Biathlon Canada he had earned a trip overseas.
Strum made his first IBU Cup tour in three years, joining teammates Aidan Millar, Trevor Kiers, and Carsen Campbell on the men’s team. The IBU Cup is a feeder circuit for the World Cup, and includes many of the world’s top prospects in the sport.
In his first IBU Cup race, Strum finished in the middle of the pack, placing 50th in the men’s sprint in Germany, while shooting 9/10. On Day 2, he shot clean and moved up to a very respectable 28th spot.

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