As the action picked up on Day 4 at the 29th Winter Universiade, Canada had more Top 20 performances. Alexander Maycock (Nipissing; Orangeville, Ont.) stood out as he skied to a fantastic 19th place result in a field of 83 in men’s cross country individual sprint. His result advanced him to the quarter-finals against a tough field. In addition, Corey Farber (Western; Richmond Hill, Ont.) finished 14th in men’s snowboard parallel slalom race plus Richard Moss (Guelph; Toronto, Ont.) was 15th in the same event.
At the Biathlon Academy venue, all six members of Canada competed in the individual event. On the women’s side for the 7.5 km individual sprint, the top Canadian was Anne Mirejovsky (Alberta; Camrose, Alta.) in 24th place and closely followed by Piaper Veinotte (Cegep Heritage College; Ottawa, Ont.) in 27th spot while Mzia Lee Pottie (McGill; Ottawa, Ont.) placed 28th and Tayla Koerber (Alberta-Augustana; Revelstoke, B.C.) was 30th.
The young squad of three 18 years old and one 19 year competed against some World Cup biathletes. Pottie talked about her experience so far in Russia, “It felt very fast and the skiing was really good. I am definitely one of the young athletes here and really happy to race against this field.”
On the men’s side, Matthew Hudec (Regina; North Battleford, Sask.) had the highest Canadian finish with his 23rd placing while Mathis Roth (Volkshochschule Ulm; Chelsea, Que.) ended up in 34th position in the men’s 10 km sprint
Hudec commented after his race, “I’ve been battling a head cold this week but definitely worked hard and my prone went well today.”
Cross Country Skiing
At Raduga Cluster, both cross country skiing teams were back on the course and had another ideal weather day for skiing. The women’s team had as strong finish by Top Canadian Alex Slobodian (Carleton; Stittsville, Ont.) who finished in 36th in the individual sprint (1.1 km) in a field of 69. Next, was Ember Large (MacEwan; Edmonton, Alta.) in 42nd and followed by Marianne Scherrer (Laval; Quebec City, Que.) ended up 45th. Katherine Denis (Ottawa; New Liskeard, Ont.) in 48th spot while Camille Hamm (Lakehead; Thunder Bay, Ont.) in 53rd and then Freya Hik (Alberta; Toronto, Ont.) was 54th spot.
For the men’s in the individual sprint (1.3 km), the big news was Alexander Maycock with his Top 20 performance. He advanced to the quarter-final round where he finished sixth in his heat.
Maycock commented afterwards, “I was super happy with the day and my results. It was great racing, great skis and just a great day overall.“
In addition to Maycock strong result, the rest of Canadian contingent results were Aidan Kirkham (Carleton; Kanata, Ont.) was in 52nd followed by Matjaz Cigler (Alberta; Toronto, Ont.) in 58th and Gavin Shields (Lakehead; Kitchener, Ont.) was in 59th. Aaron Fahey (Laval; Ottawa, Ont.) placed 61st while David Walker (Victoria; Kelowna, B.C.) finished in 68th position.
At the Sopka Cluster, the Canadian snowboard team raced to two Top 16 results as Corey Farber and Richard Moss continued to competed against some of their idols and legends in the men’s parallel slalom. Farber was top Canuck in a 14th showing while Moss finished in 15th against an International and championship field.
Farber, who has both parents and sister in Russia to cheer live, raced against Russia's Dmitry Loginov, who just won the 2019 snowboard world championships. The day before, Moss raced against Loginov in the parallel giant slalom.
Farber talked about his runs against the champ, “It was definitely a tough race but I think my first run, I went right with him. My second run, you can’t keep up with him but I was really happy overall with my experience today. I hope to be back at the Universiade in two years.”
TEAM CANADA RESULTS FROM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019
Women’s 7.5 km Sprint
- Anne Mirejovsky, Alberta; Camrose, Alta., 29:35.8
- Piaper Veinotte, Cegep Heritage College; Ottawa, Ont., 30.12.8
- Mzia Lee Pottie, McGill; Ottawa, Ont., 30.34.3
- Tayla Koerber, Alberta-Augustana; Revelstoke, B.C., 31.55.7
Men’s 10 km Sprint
- Matthew Hudec, Regina; North Battleford, Sask., 29:04.9
- Mathis Roth, Volkshochschule Ulm (Germany); Chelsea, Que., 35.08.7
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Women’s Individual Sprint
- Alexandra Slobodian, Carleton; Stittsville, Ont., 3:14.62
- Ember Large, MacEwan; Edmonton, Alta., 3:17.98
- Marianne Scherrer, Laval; Quebec City, Que., 3:20.41
- Katherine Denis, Ottawa; New Liskeard, Ont., 3:21.81
- Camille Hamm, Lakehead; Thunder Bay, Ont., 3:27.61
- Freya Hik, Alberta; Toronto, Ont., 3:28.76
Men’s Individual Sprint
- Alexander Maycock, Nipissing; Orangeville, Ont., 2:57.54
- Aidan Kirkham, Carleton; Kanata, Ont., 3.05.76
- Matjaz Cigler, Alberta; Toronto, Ont., 3:08.76
- Gavin Shields, Lakehead; Kitchener, Ont., 3:08.89
- Aaron Fahey, Laval; Ottawa, Ont., 3:09.07
- David Walker, Victoria; Kelowna, B.C., 3:12.58
- Alexander Maycock, Nipissing; Orangeville, Ont., 3:12.33
Men’s Parallel Slalom
- Corey Farber, Western; Richmond Hill, Ont.
- Richard Moss Guelph; Toronto, Ont.
Canada (4-2) wins 8-2 over Czech Republic (2-4) in seven ends during afternoon draw; will face Russia (5-1) on Wednesday, March 6 at 9 p.m. ET (9 a.m. local time) and will face Italy (1-5) on Thursday, March 7 at 7 a.m. ET (7 p.m. local time) in seventh and eighth matches of round robin.
Canada (4-2) won 11-7 over Switzerland (3-3) during morning draw; won 8-3 Sweden (3-3) during evening draw; will face the Czech Republic (3-3) on Thursday, March 7 at 2 a.m. ET (2 p.m. local time) in seventh match of round robin.
Canada (4-0) wins 8-2 vs. Switzerland (0-4); will face Russia (4-0) on Friday, March 8 at 7 a.m. ET (7 p.m. local time) in fourth game of Group A.
Canada (3-0) wins 6-2 vs. Switzerland (2-2), will face Sweden (0-3) on Friday, March 8 at 4 a.m. (4 p.m. local time) in fourth game of Group B.