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Tag: Cross Country Skiing

The unassuming village of Charlo, New Brunswick has became home to one of the best cross-country skiing and biathlon venues in Canada

CBC:

The club is garnering attention this week as host of the 2018 Canadian Biathlon Championships, but Les Aventuriers aren’t new to the national spotlight. The club has been hosting provincial, regional and national competitions for decades.

The unassuming community has slowly and steadily built the course from scratch for more than 40 years into a renowned facility with millions worth of infrastructure, and its origins are as modest as they come.

“It was a group of people there who just wanted to cross-country ski,” Levesque said. “And that’s how it started.”

Olympic Cross-Country Skiers Eat 8,000 Calories a Day

Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times:

A typical elite cross-country skier will burn about 30 calories a minute during training — by comparison, a 155-pound person on an elliptical machine burns about 11 calories a minute.

Research has shown that a typical male elite cross-country skier must consume 7,000 to 8,000 calories a day — more than three times the caloric needs of an average male — to meet the energy demands of the sport. Female elite skiers must eat about 3,500 to 4,000 calories a day — about double the calories consumed by the average woman. (A Swedish study found that during the hardest training days it can reach 8,126 for men and 4,780 for women — about double the calorie needs of Kenyan marathon runners.)

What does it take to consume 8,000 calories — the equivalent of about 20 plates of lasagna or 40 scoops of ice cream — every day?

Video: Winter Olympics Day 9 Highlights

CBC Sports:

Day 9 of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea saw Canadian freestyle skier Alex Beaulieu-Marchand land on the podium with a score of 92.40 and a bronze in the men’s ski slopestyle final. Norway’s Braaten Oystein took gold with the top score of 95.00, followed by American Nick Goepper who earned silver with a score of 93.60.

Canada secured a spot in the quarter-finals after a 4-0 win over South Korea in men’s hockey but in curling Sweden stole a win over Canada 5-2. Women’s curling team turned things around with a 10-18 victory over Switzerland.

Europeans stole the show on the mountain and plains as Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher became the second athlete to earn two individual golds in Pyeongchang after winning the men’s giant slalom. Hirscher who also won the men’s alpine combined and biathlete Laura Dahlmeier are the only Olympians so far to have done so. Hirscher has a shot at more.

Oleksandr Abramenko won gold in freestyle skiing aerials while Olivier Rochon, the only Canadian to reach the men’s aerials finals, finished fifth and did not make it to the podium. The men’s team pursuit speed skaters failed to advance to the semis. On the women’s side, Marsha Hudey was 10th and Heather McLean finished 14th in the women’s 500-metre finals while Nao Kodaira of Japan took the top spot followed by Lee Sang-Hwa (KOR) in second and Karolina Erbanova (CZE) in third.

Norway won their 11th cross-country medal and 5th gold in the men’s 4×10-kilometre relay while Canada, competing without Alex Harvey after he dropped out of the event, finished ninth.

French explorer Alban Michon plans to ski and dive along the Northwest Passage

Canada’s Northwest Passage is seeing an increase in traffic. The French explorer hopes to raise awareness to the risks of environmental damage posed by the increased shipping activity and climate change.

Levon Sevunts, writing for Radio Canada International:

French explorer Alban Michon plans a solo skiing and diving expedition along part of the fabled Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago to raise awareness of risks facing the fragile northern environment due to climate change.

The Northwest Passage or rather the passages (there are several possible routes through the archipelago) connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and has become increasingly ice-free during summer months, attracting a growing number of ships taking the polar shortcut.

The 2017 was a busy shipping season in the Canadian Arctic that saw 31 complete and 14 partial transits through the Northwest Passage.

You can find out more about Michon’s planned journey on his site.

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