|Devon Kershaw of Canada competes in the men's FIS World Cup cross-country skiing 5km classic individual race in Dobbiaco on January 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo)
Canadian cross-country skier Devon Kershaw just missed a podium finish at the prestigious Tour de Ski, finishing fourth overall after Sunday's final stage in Val Di Fiemme, Italy.
Italian Dario Cologna won the overall title while Marcus Hellner of Sweden and Petter Northug of Norway grabbed the other two podium spots. Kershaw, from Sudbury, Ont., missed out on third by just 25 seconds.
"I don't have many thoughts -- I'm exhausted. "It's been a really good tour -- a little bit of bad luck here and there -- but it is (my) best finish ever on the Tour. Fourth place is not something to be super disappointed about but, I'm not going to lie, I really wanted the podium.
"It's hard because I've been fourth and fifth at the Olympics and I'm now fourth here at the Tour de Ski. I'm better this year but I do believe I can be on the podium here and win this thing one day if everything comes together."
Alex Harvey of St. Ferriol les Neiges, Que., finished 12th overall despite earning a silver medal in the eighth stage on Saturday. Ivan Babikov of Canmore, Alta., was 27th.
NESBITT, GREGG CHAMPS
Christine Nesbitt of London, Ont., and Jamie Gregg of Edmonton skated to wins in the 500-metre events at the Canadian Long Track Single Distance Championships Sunday in Calgary.
Nesbitt won her fourth medal of the event by posting a two-race time of 75.88 seconds to edge Anastasia Bucsis of Calgary for first place. Danielle Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., was third.
"Those were good races," Nesbitt said. "They're the two fastest races I've skated this year, and only the third and fourth time I've ever skated under 38 seconds. So I'm pretty happy with that. I feel like there's still room for improvement."
Gregg won his second gold of the weekend by finishing in 69.50 seconds to beat Muncef Ouardi of Montreal. Alex Boisvert-Lacroix of Sherbrooke, Que., finished third.
Tyler Derraugh of Winnipeg and Tori Spence of Kamloops, B.C., won the men's and women's mass start event.
Mike Janyk of Whistler, B.C., finished seventh in the World Cup slalom event Sunday at Adelboden, Switzerland.
Janyk had his best result of the season despite foggy conditions, finishing in 2:00.53. He was 18th after the first run but managed to move up 11 spots after posting the third-fastest second run of the day.
"I made mistakes but I fought like hell," said the 29-year-old, who recently returned from an ankle injury. "That was one of the best runs I've done in a long time -- the way I attacked and fought through."
Marcel Hirscher of Austria took top spot while Ivica Kostelic of Croatia was second. Stefano Gross of Italy rounded out the top three.
Brad Spence of Calgary finished 17th. Julien Cousineau of Lachute, Que., crashed in the first run and suffered what could be a season-ending knee injury.
KOE CASHES IN
Alberta's Kevin Koe won nearly $44,000 in prize money and the TSN Curling Skins Game title with a win over Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton Sunday at Casino Rama.
Koe beat Stoughton five skins to two to grab $23,600 in the final, clinching the title with a triple takeout for two in the eighth end. He beat fellow Albertan Kevin Martin in the early semifinal.
Stoughton finished the made-for-TV event just over $23,000 richer. He beat Ontario's Glenn Howard in the semifinals.