Canadian Xavier McKeever wins golden hat trick in junior cross-country skiing in Sweden


McKeever finished almost 90 seconds faster than Jens Junes of Sweden. Sweden’s Theo Mattei took bronze in 34: 31.8.

“This is my first distance skating race of the year, so I really had no idea how I would fare,” McKeever said in a statement from Nordiq Canada.

“I just wanted to give’er. I’m so happy with the way things turned out.

“Overall I had three strong races this week. There are still things to improve technically, but it’s good to start the season and see where the form is. “

Brian McKeever, 17-time Paralympic medalist in the visually impaired classification, ran 15 km roller skating on Sunday to prepare for the upcoming Para World Cup season and placed 54th.

He also helped his nephew and Canadian teammate Rémi Drolet in Gaellivare by loaning them skis.

“He’s been helping me test skis the last few days,” said Xavier.

“I used a pair of his skis in the sprint race and tried a pair today as well to pick the best possible skis.

“He’s very helpful to all of us and generous in lending us his equipment, but I also know that once you’re on the course, that’s it for you.”

Drolet, of Rossland, BC, placed 16th in the men’s 15 km.

Meanwhile, Katherine Stewart-Jones of Chelsea, Que., Finished 11th in a women’s 10 km international skate-ski race in Norway.

The World Cup cross country season kicks off next weekend in Rukka, Finland.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 21, 2021.

The Canadian Press


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