Nationals Wrap Up

You guys! Our team is home from Thunder Bay boasting a record breaking performance overall for Manitoba at our National Championships.

On Saturday Jesse Bachinsky (Kenora Nordic) and his Guide Brendan, a duo who had been turning heads all week, earned GOLD in their final race, the 10km Free (Para Men Standing). And you heard about Levi Nadlersmith’s (Downtown Nordic) SILVER medal in Thursday’s Individual Sprint (Junior Boys).

Division Aggregate results are now published. Manitoba ranks 6th overall with a Junior rank of 6th – up from 7th spot last year (and 8th the year before, notice the trend?).

Congratulations to the whole team – all of the athletes, the coaches, the parents, everyone. It takes a ski village!

Silver Medal for Nadlersmith at National Championships

Another great day for Manitoba on Day 4 (Thursday) at the Canadian National Championships in Thunder Bay. In the Classic Individual Sprint event both Conor McGovern (Red River Nordic) and Levi Nadlersmith (Downtown Nordic) advanced to the A finals in their respective age groups.

Levi ended up winning a Silver medal in Junior boys and Conor was 5th in Juvenile boys. It was incredibly exciting to watch! Simon Giasson (Red River Nordic) narrowly missed qualifying for the quarter finals, finishing one spot out of the top 30, by just .07 seconds. And Jesse Bachinsky finished just outside of a podium position in 4th place.

Manitoba skiers have not performed this well at the National Championships in….well, it’s been a long time – great job team Toba!

Final race of the week is today – Mass start Free technique.

Update From National Championships

Our team has been having a great time together in Thunder Bay this week. And they are racing very well!

Three top 10 performances on Tuesday (Interval start Classic):
Conor McGovern (Red River Nordic) 4th of 74 in Juvenile Boys
Levi Nadlersmith (Downtown Nordic) 10th of 78 in Junior Boys
Lisle Compton (Kenora Nordic) 9th of 55 Junior Girls

Also, strong results from:
Elora Adamson Red River Nordic 41 of 55 in Junior Girls
Levi Warkentine Boundary trails 68 of 78 Junior Boys

Red River Nordic trio Simon Giasson, Lucas Smith and Cam Roe all finished within 3 seconds of each other, placing 136th through 138th of 152 “Open Boys” (Juvenile and Junior Boys raced a common distance on Tuesday).

Red River Nordic skier Sean Carter (now skiing for Lakehead University) placed top 10 in the very strong field of Junior Men. Sean made it to the Quarterfinals in today’s (Wednesday) Individual Sprint event.

Respect to our waxing team – Andrew Casey and Alan Adamson – for great skis on an icy klister day!

A club team from Kenora Nordic is competing as well. Racing strongly in Juvenile Girls is Elise Hummelbrunner, Claire Hensrud and Brooklyn Francis. Along with Karly Lockhart (Junior Girls) and Katie Lockhart (Junior Women). Congratulations to coach Betsy!

Racing continues tomorrow and all week long.


The Kids Are Alright at Blow Me Down


Blow Me Down Ski Club is hosting the 2014 Canadian National Championships this week in Corner Brook, NL and our team has been there since Wednesday experiencing a new season everyday. Yes, b’y.

The team is racing very well. Here are some highlights:

Sunday’s Classic Interval start
Levi Nadlersmith 5th, Conor McGovern 12th in Juvenile Boys
Lisle Compton 15th of 59 Juvenile Girls
Elora Adamson top 1/2 of field Junior Girls

Today’s Medium Distance Interval start Free technique race
Lisle 10th
Levi N 10th
Conor 11th

Up next are the Individual sprints Wednesday and Thursday. Racing wraps up this Saturday. Fair weather to you and snow to your heels team!

Full results on Zone4.

Stay tuned for a photo gallery. The athletes are blogging when they can Of course, we’ll archive it all here in Races Outside Manitoba.