The first day of racing was the classic sprint and Floyd joined me and The Northug.
Wax techs testing out the skis:
Jessie Diggins getting ready:
Jessie is actually a dual citizen of Canada and the US. Her parents were both Canadian (and actually lived in Winnipeg for a short while). As the day wore on, I was referring to her as "Canada's own Jessie Diggins ..."
Floyd, a fellow from Long Island, and myself got a "Jessie, Jessie, ..." chant going in the finals. This was what Jessie recently wrote on her blog:
"And in Canmore, it was such a rush of adrenaline when the entire sprint hill started chanting my name during the final. That was, at the risk of sounding totally cheesy, a magical moment for me. "
Once again, Downtown Nordic dominating the world one chant at a time.
Sundby leading out his heat double-poling the first climb - not bad:
Northug decided to ease up in the sprint. Here he is pausing on the hill to turn around and watch the finish of his own race. ... or perhaps he just wanted to get a closer look at The Northug
Here's the Northug trying to get an autograph:
The crystal globe presentation for the sprint world cup was done right after the race.
One thing that I noticed is the winner of the crystal globe gets this special carrying case for it ...
Evening awards ceremony in downtown Canmore
They did the presentation of the crystal globe again -- there the special case!
Start of the skiathlon on Wedneday
Tim and Jeff sprinting for the time bonus
Jeff takes it!
Jeff now driving to the line ...
Completely collapses at the finish ...
Jeff wearing the bib he got from Devon Keshaw (Jeff had this neat trick where he was telling people that "I told my son/daugheter that I would (put significant demand of star athlete here)". It worked brilliantly.
I wanted to try the same trick so I told Sundby that I told my nephew that I would get a video for him of Sndby singing Bon Jovi's "You give love a bad name" at the top of his lungs. For some reason this trick did not work for me.
Jeff also got to spend one day helping out the National Team Coaching staff ... (yes he really did)
Alex Harvey going to the start of the Individual Skate race
Northug collapsed at the finish -- he sat there for a good 4 or 5 minutes.
And here's The Northug driving the bus
Magnificat at the point were he drops Harvey on the climb out of the stadium
Start of the skiathlon -- looks like your average Downtown Nordic Interval practice!
More crystal globes at the prize ceremony
... and more special carrying cases!
Here I'm trying to find an optimal angle to get on TV
And there we go:
Jeff making the dash to get a picture with Johaug
Yes, cutting in front of 50 kids waiting to get their autograph with Johaug does payoff ...
Me and The Northug:
Sundby getting a picture with Tim
As the event drew to a close, The Northug was passed on to some rather lively Swedish fans ...
And finally, here is Justyna K asking where her idol Jacek is
Thanks Canmore for an amazing week -- see you soon!