Alex Harvey, Devon Kershaw lead cross-country skiers

Harvey Alex reacts after winning the speed event of the Cross Country Skiing World Cup in Szklarska...

Harvey Alex reacts after winning the speed event of the Cross Country Skiing World Cup in Szklarska Poreba, Poland, on Jan. 18, 2014. (BARTEK WRZESNIOWSKI/AFP)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:41 AM ET

CALGARY - The time is now.

In the four years since the Vancouver Olympics, both Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey have established themselves as cross-country skiing podium threats, and with both skiers entering Sochi at or near their physical peaks, there’s a sense that a Canadian man could finally break this country’s podium drought and bring home a medal for the first time.

“I think this might be the pinnacle of men’s skiing in Canada, at least for the near future,” said national team head coach Justin Wadsworth. “I think we have a wide opportunity to win medals. It’s not just one race.

“It’s not just skating or classic. It’s skating, classic, sprint and distance. We have three or four guys who can do it and, on the right day, we have a couple women who can do it.”


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