It was very very well done. Certainly worth the trip! The kids were excited and inspired to see all the top skiers, live and up close, after watching them most weekends all winter. They're already familiar with the big names (Johaug, Sundby, Kalla, Weng, etc...).
I thought the organizers made excellent use of the park and was fun to see the 6m hill of snow used to good effect in the race.
I only wish I had heard of this earlier so I could have planned to take the family out to Canmore! Sigh...
Watching Sundby skate up that hill in warm-up was really impressive! I've never seen someone bounce up a hill like that!
I've been to a few of the World Cups in Canmore and man, those are something special.
So great to see how much the sport has advanced from when I was Mia and Sophia's age. Heck, JackRabbits didn't even exist back then.
What was the TSN turning point for XC skiing in Canada? JackRabbits, Bekki's medal? Pierre Harvey????
'88 olympics? Probably not, but facilities wise maybe?
That's actually a hard question as one could say the sport has only begun to get there. Canada has a long history of hosting WCs, including in the Yukon and Atlantic Canada I believe. Also hosted a World Champs on trails that are no longer used in Thunder Bay.
A few turning points:
1) 1988 Canmore Legacy creating some of the best/toughest trails in the world and giving Canada a nordic HQ. Negative: it has also created in infamous "Canmore Bubble".
2) Canada's 1998 Olympic team bottoming out and athletes like Beckie and Sara said that wasn't going to cut it anymore. The women were sick and placed last, a waxtech made the mens Olympic team. After this, Beckie got a personal coach and her and Sara made a big jump. Four years later, Beckie's gold and Sara's in the Red Group. This lead to Chandra in 2006 (also 1988 legacy) and the Mens team amazing results in 2010 and 2011.
I'm sure there's a bunch more. CCC has some big challenges right now, Alex is really the only solid medal hope and their Calgary-based sponsorships have really dried up. The new CEO is rumoured to be about to make a bunch of changes after this winter. In 2006 Chandra said nordic could become the new yoga, that hasn't quite worked out, but it's moving in the right direction.
I recall WC being held in Labrador many years ago but I am not sure.
Hosting a single WC in the middle of nowhere cold place Canada vs a week of WCs in high visibility locations and with full on media and public participation is a whole different level of ambition.
Yeah, although perhaps the urban locations can swing a bit too far one way. Shame they couldn't do a race at Lake Louise because of TV restrictions, but the races at Canmore will be trying to keep things real. Including winter camping for spectators.
Also, can someone explain the success of the UK team?
Step 1: Move to Trondheim.
Step 2: ????
Step 3: Profit.
Just like North American Orienteers!
Step 1: Move to Finland
Step 2: ?????
Step 3: Borrow more money.