The next generation of Canadian Ski Cross stars throw down at the Nakiska NorAm
Calgary, AB (January 23, 2020) - After a busy weekend at the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup some members of the Canadian Ski Cross Team stuck around for the Nakiska NorAm January 21 and 22 on the same course that the World Cup took place. It was an exceptional opportunity for members of the team who look to build up to the World Cup.
On the women’s side of things Zoe Chore (Cranbrook, BC) and Antoinette Tansley (Calgary, AB) finished in one-two on both days of racing. Chore gained valuable experience on the Cross Alps Tour at the end of 2019 and she translated that into results on this side of the pond.
“It was an amazing track at Nakiska this week. It was very similar to the World Cup track which made for great training and racing. I had some tight heats and an exciting big final. I am excited to race the rest of the NorAm circuit!” said Chore.
Tansley, who is studying at the University of Calgary, was happy with her performance at the Nakiska NorAm.
“It felt good for me to secure the fastest qualification for the first time and then to have such tight and hard fought heats on an incredible track rounded out a great start to the NorAm season.”
For the men it was a clean sweep of the podium for the Canadian Ski Cross Team. Carson Cook (Edmonton, AB) won the first day of racing. Cook was joined on the podium by Gavin Rowell (Prince George, BC) and Ned Ireland (Lake Country, BC).
Cook reflected that “the NorAms at Nakiska are a blast. The track left from the World Cup gave us a great opportunity to work on our technical skills in a competitive atmosphere while battling it out with teammates and friends.”
On the second day of racing the same three musketeers stood on the podium with Rowell on the top step followed by Cook and Ireland.
Rowell found the experience well worth the busy schedule, “it was an amazing opportunity to continue to use the track that was built for the World Cup. I am ready to get this NorAm season going with some tight heats with good friends.”
For Ireland it was great to get more experience on such a high-quality track, “Really good to have a NorAm on a World Cup level track. It allows us to get some good race environment training in.”
The Ski Cross NorAm circuit now heads to Calabogie Peaks, set to take place later this week.
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