March 16, 2012
Canadians share podium in cross-country skiing
By QMI Agency
Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw became the first Canadian men to share a World Cup podium in cross-country skiing after winning the gold and bronze medals in Falun, Sweden, Friday.
Harvey, 23, clocked a golden time of eight minutes, 16.8 seconds in the men's 3.3-kilometre skate-ski prologue race at the World Cup finals while Kershaw settled into third place in 8:19.9. It was the sixth World Cup medal of Harvey's career and third this season.
The win by Harvey, of St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., came on the same course where his father. Pierre, skied to the the first of his three World Cup gold medals.
"It is such a special day for me to get my first individual victory on the same course where my dad's first win was in 1987," Harvey said. "When I found out I won, I was so pumped. I ran over and hugged my dad and Devon, who was also right there. The wax techs were all there and the whole team was so excited. It is so special."
The bronze medal clinched second place in the overall World Cup standings, the most successful finish for a Canadian male cross-country skier.
"To be second in the overall is crazy awesome and very hard for me to process right now with two races still to go," the 29-year-old from Sudbury said. "I'm not sure how many skiers -- cross-country or alpine -- have ever been second overall in history."
Toronto's Len Valjas wound up 21st.
Daria Gaiazova of Banff, Alta., led the Canadian women in the 2.5km prologue with a 27th-place finish.