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The Black Jack Ski Team has a new website!

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Encompassing the entire Skier Development Program, our new website shares information about our Jackrabbit, Track Attack, Junior Racers and Senior Race Team programs, and serves as a hub for following Team Black Jack’s year round adventures.

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blackjackskiteam.com was designed and developed by Black Jack skier Julien Locke.

BC Championships

As the Nationals in Thunder Bay draws near, team Black Jack headed to Kelowna for BC Championships. The 4.5 hour van ride over was uneventful other than the fact Remi and Scott decided to design an extreme waterslide (it includes a mall, a 1.5 hour hike, a 700 meter elevation drop, and the guarantee that you won’t hit your face – although 18 out of 20 people died on the first test run). We arrived at Telemark Ski Club to blue skies and mushy snow (which later turned to ice), but the wax techs were amazing and provided us with really good race skis throughout the weekend.

On Friday, there was a mass start classic race in which we had three BC Champions. Remi dominated his Juvenile Boy category (7km) with an amazing 1:09.8 minute lead, Chiaki won the Junior Girls category (7km) with a 53.5 second lead (a result she has been looking for all season), and Colin won the open men category (15km) ahead of David by 1:20.5 minutes. Sage had her best race of the season so far, finishing fourth in Junior Girls, while Daniel also had a good race, finishing fifth in Junior Boys (10km). Sophie (the newest addition to the Black Jack Race Team) finished 14th in Midget Girls 2 (3.5km). Unfortunately, Michaela and Bronwyn had tough races and had to pull out of their 5km race, while Scott and Julien decided to save themselves for the Canada Winter Games.

The next day was an interval start skate race for the Junior Race Team, while the older boys headed to Prince George for CWG. Sophie bumped up to 9th in Midget Girls 2 (5km), and in Juvenile Girls 2 (7km), Michaela and Bronwyn had another tough race with Michaela in 9th and Bronwyn in 19th. Remi had good result at second in Juvenile Boys (10km), and Daniel got 7th in Junior Boys (10km). In Junior Girls (7km), Sage dropped back to 12th, and Chiaki didn’t race due to the icy conditions. That night, the awards “banquet” was held in Peachland and a few laughs were exchanged while Remi received his first place aggregate award.

Sunday consisted of a fun race where people dressed up for a relay of 3.5km or 5km. Michaela, Chiaki and Sage (the very original team called BlackJack2) landed a 7th place in Junior Women, and Remi, Daniel and Fred won the Open and Masters Men division. Bronwyn was placed on a team with Sophie and a skier from Canmore, and they finished 21st in Junior Women.

Overall, it was a fun weekend with some good races that were very well organized, as usual, by the Telemark Ski Club. Now it’s time for team Black Jack to prep for Nationals here in Rossland, as the Senior Racers return from Canada Winter Games. The team is excited to head to Thunder Bay, and we expect to get some good results at the Canadian National Championships.

Thanks to Dave Wood, Fred Bushell, Mark and Linda Merlo, Tim and Rachel Moore, and Bob McLean for their endless organizing, waxing, coaching and driving. Next, we’ll see what the older boys have to say about PG.

~ Sage


Eastern Canadian Championships 2015

Following a two week hiatus from racing, the senior contingent of Team Black Jack flew across the country for the 2015 Eastern Canadian Championships. As usual, the Canadian Eastern Championships Organizing Committee did a wonderful job putting on a very well organized event at the Nakkertok ski trails in Cantley, QC despite three days of racing in a row, 750 competitors and -20ºC weather.

Julien Locke - Quarter Final

Julien – Skate Sprint

The racing began with the skate sprint. After an overnight snow storm blew in and transformed the rock solid tracks into 8 inches of mush, we were all greeted with a superb opportunity to work on our soft-snow skiing. Julien had the top Black Jack finish of the day, floundering his way through the powder in the A-Final to a 6th position finish. Scott Fraser finished 21st and David 25th.

David Palmer - 15km Skate

David – 15km Skate

The second race of the weekend was a 15km Skate Individual Start. Julien skied to 17th, David (still recovering from a long lasting cold) 19th, and Scott 29th.

Completing the weekend was a 15km Classic Mass Start. Originally slated at 20km, the organizing committee was forced to shorten the event due to the cold weather. Julien had an excellent race, perhaps his best distance of the season, skiing with the lead group for the first 7.5km on his way to a 12th place finish, 3rd U23. Scott finished 19th and David, far from his best, ended the weekend in 23rd.

Joining the team for the weekend were Russell Kennedy (Canmore Nordic), Annika Hicks (Canmore Nordic), Gareth Williams (Telemark), and several members of the Hollyburn Ski Team.

Easterns marks the end of Period 2 of the Haywood NorAm FIS Continental Cup Series. On the NorAm overall ranking list, Julien leads the team in 9th position (2nd U23), Colin a close 10th (3rd U23), David 15th (5th U23) with Scott rounding out the team in 38th.

On the Buff Sprint Series ranking, Julien retains his spot as the top U23 skier in 5th position overall (a drop from 3rd after the Westerns), followed by Scott in 27th, Colin 30th and David 31st.

Many thanks to Dave Wood for his tireless work, and John Langstone, Louis Helbig, David Lumb and Jeff Sim for their contributions.

Photos courtesy of Bernard Pigeon

 


U-23 Trials Duntroon/Westerns Canmore & Lake Louise

Here we go! It’s been a long time since our last post so before you start reading go grab yourself a cup of tea, a blanket, and get comfortable, because this will be a long read.

Picking up where we left off, brings us to the sprint day at trials. After a breakfast of champions we walked over to the Highlands Nordic Centre where the wind and snow hadn’t let up. Lots of faces looked gloomy and unimpressed in the Chalet due to the weather situation, but we weren’t concerned. Under the harsh weather conditions all 4 of the Blackjack boys qualified into the heats. FYI this was the second time Colin has had the fastest qualifier for Blackjack this season.

Dave planned that Colin and David would sit out of the heats to help with their distance chances for the next day, meanwhile Julien and myself (Scott) were playing our cards as sprinters. Although I was 4th in my quarter final and unable to grab a lucky looser spot, Julien destroyed his Quarter and Semi final in Blackjack fashion. In the A final Julien unfortunately crashed and was unable to ski back into the heat. On a better note he still finished 6th overall, and 3rd U-23.

The next day was a 15km Skate individual start. Dave told us to leave everything we had out there, and we did. David came through and fell to his knees at the finish and Colin came into the finishing straight holding off Graeme Killick who started 30sec behind him. Colin finished 7th, 10sec back was David in 8th, Scott was 35th, and Julien was 40th.

After that race Colin was selected to the U-23 World Champs team to represent Canada in Kazakhstan! Way to go Colin!

We stayed one more day in Duntroon and went for a relaxing recovery ski in the new snow at the Highland Nordic trails. A special thanks goes to all the volunteers and organizers for putting on a great weekend of racing under brutal conditions.

After a mishap in the airport with someone’s tickets… We all got back to Calgary and quickly headed to Canmore to meet the rest of the club for the Westerns Canadian Championships.

Thursday was a race at Lake Louise for the Open Men category. To me this race felt like something different. First of all it was at Lake Louise, one of the most gorgeous places on earth, and second it was one loop of a 10km course. Just like the old days! Lots of guys chose to double pole this course including Julien, but at the end of the day grip wax took the win! And a great day for Blackjack with all 4 of us in the top 13! Colin finished 8th, David and Scott were 1sec apart in 11th and 12th, and 6 seconds back from them was double poling Julien in 13th! This is Scott’s best ever result in a Nor-Am.

Now it’s time for the Junior Blackjack racers! The Friday was a classic mid-distance for them in Canmore. They showed a lot of excitement the night before, and thankfully all of them channeled that excitement to focus, and were ready to race by breakfast. Daniel went out first placing 15th Junior boy in a tough field. Sage also raced well in Junior girls placing 22nd, followed by Chiaki in 38th. Remi went out with a painful pace that nobody could match, and won the Juvenile boys race by 14.2sec! Michaela is starting to show her form with a stellar 4th place in Juvenile girls with Bronwyn in 40th. Sophie finished 17th in the midget girls as well.

Saturday was a sprint day in Canmore. Colin did not partake under Dave’s recommendation, but the rest of us qualified into the heats and gave it our best shot. Julien’s best shot landed him a second place overall in Open men and top U-23. Julien’s best result of the year! Daniel finished 2nd in his B-Final which landed him an 8th overall in Junior boys. Remi had a crash in his quarterfinal that knocked him out of the heats early. On a side note, Al Fisher drove up from Rossland to watch us race! I speak for all of us when I say that it was great to have his support on the course. Thanks Al.

One last race to end this post was a distance skate race. 20km Skate Mass start went out first for open men. After a few kilometers of easy skiing, David and Colin had enough and started to push the pace for a few laps. Once the group started getting torn apart from the pace, David and Colin held on to the leaders as best they could on the last lap. At the finish David took 4th overall with his best result of the year! Followed by Colin in 5thjust a few seconds back. Julien and myself (Scott) battled each other a few minutes behind the front of the race, but due to my pole shattering with 2km left in the race, we will never know how it could have finished! Julien was 21st and Scott was 25th.

Daniel was 16th in his 10km race, Sage and Chiaki jumped up positions finishing 14th and 20th in their 10km. Remi had a close finish ending up 3rd just 11sec back in his 6.6km race.

I hope your cup of tea was as relaxing as my trip back to Rossland was. With all the parents that attended giving rides to all their kids, I had the whole back of the van to sleep in. That’s what I call premium recovery. Since we’ve been traveling for over two weeks now a little home time will be good for everyone to regroup, bleach our drink-belts, and get some laundry done.

Thanks a lot to Dave Wood for all the hard work he put in over the last few weeks.

Next post will be about Easterns in a couple weeks. Good luck at Worlds Colin!

Scotty

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U23 World Championships Trials – Day 1

Team Black Jack is off to a strong start at the U23 World Championships Trials / NorAm in Duntroon, Ontario. Colin Ferrie lead the team with a 5th place finish in the Senior Men’s 30km skiathlon followed closely by David Palmer in 7th. In the U23 category, Colin and David ranked 3rd and 4th, putting themselves in a good position for the selection at the end of the weekend.  Scott Fraser finished 25th, 13th U23.

Full (unofficial) results on Zone 4

http://zone4.ca/live.asp?id=7088&cat=3&lap=F&showall=1

More details to follow.


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