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Making 'Telemark'

The Olympics may be getting the world's attention but members of the Telemark Cross Country Ski Team, supported by Kelowna Toyota, have been too.

The competitors raced in competitions in Switzerland, Quebec and Prince George recently.  

Representing Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in Goms, Switzerland, Hannah Mehain raced to 29th place in the Junior Ladies Free sprint and Gareth Williams was 41st in the U23 Men’s 15 km Classic.  Fellow Telemark teammate and member of Team Croatia, Fran Vukonic, skied to 78th place in the Junior Men’s Free sprint.

Meanwhile, in Gatineau Quebec, nine members of the Telemark squad competed in the Haywood Eastern National Championships. Highlights include 3rd and 4th place finishes by Ian Williams in the 2000 Boys 10 km Classic and 7.5 km Free, 4th and 6th place results for Cole Turner in the 2001 Boys 7.5 km Free and 10 km Classic and a 6th place finish by Jenna Sim in the Junior Women’s Classic sprint.

Closer to home, fifteen members of the Telemark team competed at the BC Cup series in Prince George.  

In the Classic sprint, Garrett Siever (2004 Boys) and Gregor Graham (2003 Boys) raced to 1st place finishes, Tristan Lee 3rd (2002 Boys) and Nikhil Filatow 7th (2004 Boys). The next day, the Telemark squad competed in the Free technique event under heavy snowfall and in frigid (-19 C) temperatures.  

In the 5 km distance, Garrett Siever was 2nd and Nikhil Filatow 13th (2004 Boys). In the 7.5 km event, Gregor Graham was 3rd, Ian Mayer 5th and Mason Hawes 11th (2003 Boys), Carolyn Shaw 15th (2002 Girls), and in the 2002 Boys division, Connor Hobbs was 3rd, Grayson McKinnon 6th, and Tristan Lee 9th.

The next event for Team Telemark is the BC Championships at the Telemark Nordic Ski Club in West Kelowna, February 16-18th.  The event will attract over 600 athletes from BC, Alberta and the Northwest USA.

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