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Team Canada continued to roll in day two of the 29th Winter Universiade. After a historic first day when the maple leaf was raised twice in snowboard cross event, great performances continued from that momentum with two Top 20 performances in alpine skiing and biathlon.

Matthew Hudec (Regina ; North Battleford, Sask.) finished 16th in the men’s 20 km Individual biathlon event during the first day of the competition for that sport in Russia. Laurence Huot (Montreal; Montreal, Que.) was fast down the mountain and placed 20th in the alpine skiing event of women’s combined slalom.

Alpine Skiing 

At Funpark Bobrovy Log, the Canadian women’s team was busy with two medal races during the day. Huot led the way in both the combined slalom (20th) and combined Super-G (22nd). Marie Desrosiers (Montreal; Montreal, Que.) was consistent as she was 32nd place in both races while Adrienne Poitras (Montreal; Montreal, Que.) was 33rd in slalom and 45th in Super-G. Sabrina Cormier (Montreal; Montreal, Que.) skied both races but did not earn a showing due to disqualification.

Huot succulently discussed her two races, “It was super nice and super fast. It was fun. And that was my day!”

Alpine Skiing Results


In the first day of biathlon at the Biathlon Academy venue, all six members of Canada competed in the individual event. On the women’s side for the 15 km individual, the top Canadian was Anne Mirejovsky (Alberta; Camrose, Alta.) in 23rd place and closely followed by Mzia Lee Pottie (McGill; Ottawa, Ont.) in 24th and then Piaper Veinotte (Cégep Heritage College; Ottawa, Ont.) in 27th spot while Tayla Koerber (Alberta-Augustana; Revelstoke, B.C.) was 30th.

On the men’s side, Hudec had the highest Canadian finish overall on day two in individual events with his 16th placing while Mathis Roth (Volkshochschule Ulm; Chelsea, Que.) ended up in 34th position in the men’s 20 km individual.

Biathlon Results

Cross Country Skiing 

Both cross country skiing teams were back on the course at Raduga Cluster and had ideal weather conditions. The women’s team had as strong finish by top Canadian Alex Slobodian (Carleton; Stittsville, Ont.) who improved from day one and finished in 45th in the 5 km pursuit. Next, was Camille Hamm (Lakehead; Thunder Bay, Ont.) in 46th and then Freya Hik (Alberta; Toronto, Ont.) was 48th. The rest of team went 49th for Ember Large (MacEwan; Edmonton, Alta.) followed by Katherine Denis (Ottawa; New Liskeard, Ont.) in 51st spot while Marianne Scherrer (Laval; Quebec City, Que.) ended up 54th.

“It was spectacular and this was my best race of the year,” stated Slobodian. “I felt from the get-go that I able to ski with people and started to get this feeling of flow and could still keep pushing. I am super proud of myself as I has a good day.”

For the men’s in the 10km race, Aidan Kirkham (Carleton; Kanata, Ont.) was top Canadian in 39th (a ten-spot jump from day one performance) followed by Matjaz Cigler (Alberta; Toronto, Ont.) in 62nd and then Alexander Maycock (Nipissing; Orangeville, Ont.) improved 10 spots from day one and finished in 69th position. Gavin Shields (Lakehead; Kitchener, Ont.) was in 70th. David Walker (Victoria; Kelowna, B.C.) placed 72nd while Aaron Fahey (Laval; Ottawa, Ont.) placed 75th.

“It was pretty good today, a lot better than yesterday," Kirkham said after the race. “I was able to push pretty hard and catch up with guys ahead and then I kept going strong through the finish.”

Cross Country Results 



Women’s Combined Super-G


  1. Laurence Huot, Montreal Carabins; Montreal, Que., 1:00.61
  2. Marie Desrosiers, Montreal Carabins; Montreal, Que., 1:00.87
  3. Adrienne Poitras, Montreal Carabins; Montreal, Que., 1:01.89

DSQ Sabrina Cormier, Montreal Carabins; Montreal, Que., DSQ

Women’s Combined Slalom


  1. Laurence Huot, Montreal Carabins; Montreal, Que., 1:34.70
  2. Marie Desrosiers, Montreal Carabins; Montreal, Que., 1:37.21
  3. Adrienne Poitras, Montreal Carabins; Montreal, Que., 1:37.33

DSQ Sabrina Cormier, Montreal Carabins; Montreal, Que., DSQ


Women’s 15 km Individual


  1. Anne Mirejovsky, Alberta Pandas; Camrose, Alta., 58:05.2
  2. Mzia Lee Pottie, McGill Martlets; Ottawa, Ont., 1:01.11.9
  3. Piaper Veinotte, Cegep Heritage College; Ottawa, Ont., 1:04.36.7
  4. Tayla Koerber, Alberta-Augustana; Revelstoke, B.C., 1:09.16.2

Men’s 20 km Individual


  1. Matthew Hudec, Regina Cougars; North Battleford, Sask., 59:34.6
  2. Mathis Roth, Volkshochschule Ulm (Germany); Chelsea, Que., 1:16.27.7


Women’s 5 km Pursuit


  1. Alexandra Slobodian, Carleton Ravens; Stittsville, Ont., 18:26.1
  2. Camille Hamm, Lakehead Thunderwolves; Thunder Bay, Ont., 18:34.1
  3. Freya Hik, Alberta Pandas; Toronto, Ont., 18:44.8
  4. Ember Large, MacEwan Griffins; Edmonton, Alta., 18:46.8
  5. Katherine Denis, Ottawa Gee-Gees; New Liskeard, Ont., 19:05.1
  6. Marianne Scherrer, Laval Rouge et Or; Quebec City, Que., 19:31.8

Men’s 10 km Pursuit


  1. Aidan Kirkham, Carleton Ravens; Kanata, Ont., 27.42.5
  2. Matjaz Cigler, Alberta Pandas; Toronto, Ont., 30:32.2
  3. Alexander Maycock, Nipissing Lakers; Orangeville, Ont., 31:42.8
  4. Gavin Shields, Lakehead Thunderwolves; Kitchener, Ont., 31:43.3
  5. David Walker, Victoria Vikes; Kelowna, B.C., 32:16.7
  6. Aaron Fahey, Laval Rouge et Or; Ottawa, Ont., 33:46.0


Canada (2-1) lost 7-5 vs. Sweden (2-1) in the afternoon draw; Canada (2-1) will face Switzerland (1-2) on Monday, March 4 at 9 p.m. ET (9 a.m. local time on Tuesday, March 5) and play Great Britain (2-1) on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 a.m. ET (7 p.m. local time) in fourth and fifth matches of round robin.


Canada (1-1) lost 12-6 to Great Britain (1-1) during morning draw; Canada (2-1) wins 13-8 vs. USA (1-2) in evening draw; will face Russia (2-1) on Tuesday, March 5 at 2 a.m. ET (2 p.m. local time) in fourth game of round robin.


Canada (3-0) wins 1-0 vs. USA (1-2); will face Switzerland (0-3) on Wednesday, March 6 at 4 a.m. ET (4 p.m. local time) in fourth game of Group A.


Canada (2-0) wins 6-1 vs. Latvia (1-2), will face Switzerland (2-1) on Wednesday, March 6 at 12:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m. local time) in third game of Group B


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