February 21, 2010

2010 Olympics Day 8: Is Canada a Cross Country Country?

I admit it — lately I've been getting a bit down about Canadian results at the 2010 Olympics. But I don't want to forget about the great things that happen, just because they don't end in a podium ceremony.

On that note, yesterday's results in the cross country, the men's 30 km double pursuit, were a highlight of these games so far.

So the Day 8 Svein Tuft of the Day goes to the Canadian cross country ski team. In yesterday's race, Canada placed three men in the top 10 and four in the top 16. Ivan Babikov, previously highlighted here, finished fifth, nine seconds behind the winner. George Grey finished eighth, Alex Harvey was ninth, and Devon Kershaw finished in sixteenth place.

Although the double-pursuit format is relatively new to the Olympic Games, Canada's previous best-ever over 30 km was by Alex' father Pierre, a 14th place in 1988.

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