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Charles Reid grew up snowboarding at a young age in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. He has been competing for over a decade in halfpipe, slopstyle and big air. Charles has dominated podiums around the world at high profile events such as the Burton US Open Rail Jam, Burton Canadian Open, Empire Shakedown, Oakley Stylewars and Winter Dew Tour. With his busy schedule, he also manages to find the time to film video parts. Charles Reid will definitely be someone to watch from the 2014 Olympic team.

For Charles’s full bio visit: http://www.canadasnowboard.ca/en/team/?id=162

Alex Duckworth is from a small fishing village along Nova Scotia’s mountain-less south shore. Snowboarding may seem like an unusual career choice being from that area, but she has made a name for herself. Duckworth was an alternate for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, after breaking her ankle mid way through qualifications, only to miss qualifying by one position. Duckworth’s Determination and hard work has her fully recovered and strong as ever, with Sochi 2014 as her goal. When not competing in the southern hemisphere, Duckworth is keen to spend most of her summers where she grew up, sailing in the Nova Scotia waters.

For Alex’s full bio visit: http://www.canadasnowboard.ca/en/team/?id=44 



Brendan is beginning his seventh year of racing with Canada’s senior team. Brendan began cross-country skiing at the age of three and immediately fell in love with Nordic sports. After steadily improving during his first six years of cross-country skiing, and influenced by a strong family commitment to the Nordic sports, Brendan decided to try his hand at biathlon. Under the direction of coach Pat Bobinski, he started competing at the territorial level, and his success soon led him to national and international competitions. Brendan is now a nine-time Canadian medalist as well as a bronze medalist in the relay at the 2007 World Junior Championships and a silver medalist in the relay at the 2005 World Junior and Youth Championships. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Biathlon Canada Myriam Bédard Award. Brendan wishes to build on qualifying to compete in the relay at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games develop in hopes of achieving his future dreams in the sport of biathlon.

For Brendan’s full bio visit: http://www.biathloncanada.ca/dbfiles/1850.pdf


Zina took her first strides in the sport of biathlon while competing in  the 1998 Alberta Winter Games. Once graduating from high school in 2000, Zina moved to Canmore, Alberta to train full-time with the Rocky Mountain Racers under Richard Boruta. That same year, the Albertan made the Canadian Biathlon Team and represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in Khanty-Mansisysk, Russia. During her rookie year on the World Cup circuit in 2003-04, Zina finished in the top-30 five times, with her best result coming in Slovakia after crossing the line in 10th spot. An elite international biathlete, she achieved a top-30 individual finish in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games . Zina made history four years ago, becoming the first Canadian biathlete in more than a decade to win an international  medal by claiming the bronze in Sweden. Zina is on her way to realizing her dream of being a World Champion. When away from the biathlon course, Zina enjoys playing the flute, rock climbing, downhill skiing and yoga.

For Zina’s full bio visit: http://www.biathloncanada.ca/main.php?p=294 


periprofilePerianne is coming off two of her best seasons ever as a member of the National Ski Team where she broke through to win her first two World Cup medals. Perianne teamed up with Chandra Crawford to win the bronze in a team sprint race in Milano, Italy in 2012, and reached the World Cup podium again last year in a team sprint – this time on the Olympic course in Sochi, Russia with Daria Gaiazova. Perianne accomplished her Olympic dream in 2010 where she hit the start line for the sprint and 15-kilometre race distances. After a very successful three-year stint on the Junior Canadian Team, the young Canuck is now one of the top women’s skiers in the country, and is making her tracks against the best in the world. Perianne posted a career-best individual sprint performance last year when she was ninth in Liberec, Czech Republic.

What comes first – the chicken or the egg? The same could be said for Perianne as to whether she learned to walk or cross-country ski first. Perianne stepped into her first set of cross-country skis at just three years old when she joined a Jackrabbit ski group in her hometown of Almonte, Ont. A love for the outdoors and sport helped propel the devoted youngster to the next level in Nordic skiing. At 15, her family joined the Nakkertok Ski Club in Ottawa and her career took off. Perianne quickly became part of the racing team and competed at a high-level throughout high school on both the Nakkertok and Ontario teams.

Perianne is equally busy off the snow as she is on. A competitive cross-country runner during her high school years, she still enjoys being active with training and running in the summer months, and is taking some post-secondary classes. When she does find some free time, she spends it with family or cooking tasty vegetarian meals.

For Peri’s full bio visit: http://cccski.com/National-Ski-Team/Athlete-Information/Senior-World-Cup-Team/Perianne-Jones.aspx 


This Issue: A discussion with Joel Jaques, wax technician for Canada’s National Cross Country Team 

skiwaxing_shutterstock_24690370_smallJoel Jaques is a wax technician with Canada’s national cross country ski team, supporting all the skiers as well as acting as personal wax tech for Perianne Jones and Ivan Babikov.  Currently with the team for World Cup races in Europe and preparing to head off to Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Jaques took a few minutes to pass on his waxing tips for recreational cross country skiers. 

What’s your most important piece of advice for people new to waxing their own skis?

JJ: Keep it simple.  On the World Cup circuit we’ll do pretty complicated things to make sure our skiers’ skis are the best and fastest, but at a recreational level this isn’t necessary.  Don’t try to over complicate the waxing – just make sure you have good skis, and then follow the guidelines on the wax that you buy.

What are the basic waxing supplies someone should own if they’re just getting started?

JJ: You need the following basics:


  • Iron – to melt your wax
  • Cork – for spreading the wax
  • Scraper – to remove excess wax from the base before brushing it
  • Brush – a general purpose brush to remove the final bits of wax from your base without damaging the skis
  • Waxes:  I’d suggest a base binder, a red,violet and blue hard wax, a universal klister, a warm and a cold glide wax.
Why is it important to wax your skis?

JJ: In classic skiing, waxing gives you grip for going up the hills.  No one likes to ski with no grip!  Glide wax allows you glide faster.  Both are important, because there’s no greater feeling that skiing on a well-waxed pair of skis.

How often should someone wax their skis?

JJ: For classic waxing it is best to wax every time you go out.  This allows you to have the ideal grip wax for the snow and weather conditions.  Glide waxing is something that you can do less frequently, but in an ideal world you would wax before every ski.  Don’t let this hinder you though – the most important is that you get out there and enjoy the trails.

Are there different waxing requirements for different types of skis?

JJ: There are skate skis, which are stiffer and need glide wax applied to the entire surface.   Then you have classic skis – these are a little bit longer and softer.  You can get waxless classic skis, which are convenient because you can just put them on and go. They work well in most conditions, but are generally slower than a well-waxed ski. And of course waxable classic skis require to you apply wax yourself.

What’s the proper technique for applying wax?

shutterstock_93674263JJ: For glide wax you want to apply it using an iron. The most important thing is to keep the iron moving on the ski so that it melts the wax but doesn’t burn your ski base. Then let the ski cool, scrape the excess was off with a plastic scraper, and finally, brush the remaining wax off with a brush. This will allow the structure of the ski base to be clean.

For classic waxing, it’s best to melt a base binder on with either an iron or heat gun.  You want to let this cool before you apply the kick wax. Pick one that has an appropriate temperature range.  Apply the wax and smooth it out with the cork until it’s uniform, then repeat.  Usually 4-6 layers should be enough.

How do different weather conditions affect waxing? 

JJ: Weather is the biggest factor in waxing.  We also consider humidity, snow type and sun on the track.  There are different waxes for different conditions.  For classic racing we use hard wax in colder conditions and klister in really warm and icy conditions.

What should you do to your skis at the end of the season?

JJ: At the end of the season it’s good to put a layer of wax on your skis and leave it without scraping it off.  This will protect your bases over the summer.  In the fall you can scrape the wax off and you’ll be ready to hit the trails.


Len has emerged as another one of Canada’s great young cross-country skiers after posting back-to-back medal-winning seasons with a silver and bronze medal this year at the World Cup Tour de Ski. Len’s breakthrough season came in 2012 when he won a silver and two bronze medals on the World Cup. The youngest member of the Canadian World Cup Team, Len is a three-time Canadian National Sprint Champion. Len was accepted to the National Team Development Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont. (2007-08), and trained at the Pierre Harvey National Team Development Centre (CNEPH) in Mont Ste. Anne, Que. last year. The sprint specialist also finished 15th at the World Championships in Oslo, Norway in 2011. With the fast approaching Sochi Olympics on the horizon, Len enters his third year on the Canadian World Cup Team with commitment and purpose to reach his potential as an elite skier.

Len’s Nordic heritage (Estonian/Swedish) introduced him to cross-country skiing as his parent’s would haul him around ski trails in a backpack as an infant. After getting involved in youth programs at his home club, his progression through the Jackrabbit and Development Team programs at Hardwood helped to prepare him for his journey as a cross-country skier. Len is very grateful to his parents who have supported him since the beginning, his home club, Hardwood, for believing in him, and his coaches and teammates who have helped motivate him to be the best athlete he can be.

Len participated in many sports as a youngster, and by the time he was 17, he excelled in two sports in particular: mountain biking and cross-country skiing. That year (2006) Len had the distinction of being named to the provincial teams in both sports. Soon after, Len realized that a decision had to be made, as to which sport he would focus on. He chose cross-country skiing and has never wavered in pursuit of achieving his Olympic dream. When Len is not skiing he loves to spend as much time in the water as he can. Two of Len’s favorite things to do are windsurfing and surfing. After every season Len spends a month and a half in Maui playing in the water and loving life.

For Len’s full bio visit: http://cccski.com/National-Ski-Team/Athlete-Information/Senior-World-Cup-Team/Len-Valjas.aspx



A 2010 Olympian, Daria has developed into one of the top cross-country ski racers in the country. She captured her first World Cup medal three years ago when she and Chandra Crawford won the bronze at a World Cup team sprint in Dusseldorf, Germany, and found her way back onto the World Cup podium in 2013 with teammate, Perianne Jones, on the 2014 Olympic course at the World Cup in Sochi, Russia. Daria has progressed her way through the Canadian system. She was first recognized as a member of the National Ski Team in 2002 when she earned a spot on the World Junior Team, but was unable to attend as she was still waiting to receive her Canadian citizenship. Since 2003, Daria has qualified for four Canadian teams that have competed at the World Ski Championships: World Junior Team, World Under-23 Team, and World Ski Championship Team. Daria is now focused on representing Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in her native country of Russia – which would be equally as special as competing in Vancouver 2010.

When not travelling the World Cup circuit, Daria uses her time at home in Banff, Alta. to volunteer weekly with the Seniors Walking Program, and actively participates in KidSport fundraising and athletic programs as an Olympic Athlete Ambassador. Daria also works closely with kids in Banff during the school year with after-school sports programs. In her spare time, Daria enjoys learning how to Telemark ski at Norquay.

Daria holds a B.Sc. from Waterloo University, and is currently two-thirds through a B.Comm degree from McGill University. In 2010, she completed the Dale Carnegie Communications program in Calgary. Daria speaks English, French and Russian. Her current goal is to learn how to speak Spanish.

For Daria’s full bio visit: http://www.cccski.com/National-Ski-Team/Athlete-Information/Senior-World-Cup-Team/Daria-Gaiazova.aspx


harveyfeatureAlex Harvey is already one of Canada’s most accomplished skiers. In just his third year on the National Ski Team, Alex teamed up with Devon Kershaw to win Canada’s first-ever men’s medal at the World Championships when they captured the gold in the team sprint at the mecca of cross-country skiing in Oslo, Norway in 2011. He became Canada’s most accomplished cross-country ski athlete at the World Championships in 2013 when he also won the bronze medal in the sprint event. Alex has reached the World Championship podium at all levels of the sport for Canada. Alex also became the first Canadian to win a gold medal at the Under-23 World Championship when he captured the pursuit title in Estonia weeks before making history with Kershaw. One of the most successful junior racers ever produced in the national program, Alex is the only Canadian to have won three medals at the World Junior Championships.

The son of legendary cross-country skier, Pierre Harvey, Alex is as determined to achieve excellence in the classroom as he is on the snow. Alex has balanced his academic and athletic lifestyle while enrolled in the ski- études program during high school, and continues to take university courses on a part-time basis during the shoulder seasons. Alex also enjoys spending time with friends, going to movies and listening to music.

For Alex’s full bio visit: http://www.cccski.com


Chandra Crawford edging out Perianne Jones in the Winsport Frozen Thunder Classic

Born and raised in Canmore, Alta., Chandra was consistently presented with opportunities to take ski and hiking trips in the mountains. Her competitive spirit started early with competitions in running, swimming, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and biathlon. She raced biathlon for five years, but wanted to switch into cross-country skiing full-time at age 16 without moving from her home club. When the trials for the World Junior Cross-Country Ski Championships were hosted in her hometown, a surprise result became her ticket to the world of cross-country. Following the World Juniors that year in Europe, Chandra made the Canadian Junior Team the following season, and went on to wear Canada’s colours at two more World Junior Championships before taking on the world’s best in the senior ranks.skiing. Chandra has committed to pursuing excellence in skiing since she won the sprint event at those trials in 2001.

Leveraging her 2006 Olympic victory, Chandra created Fast and Female – an organization dedicated to “Empowerment Through Sport” – which strives to get girls hooked on living an athletic lifestyle. Chandra plans to advance the Fast and Female brand, and work on programs that will get kids more active time built into their school days, in an effort to continue to emphasize the value of sport in our society.  When not skiing, Chandra enjoys photography, swimming in the river, and getting out in the mountains. Although almost all of her energy is focused on competing at the elite level in her sport, she always finds time to connect with the kids coming up in skiing, and volunteers with her local club as much as she can.

For Chandra’s full bio visit: http://www.cccski.com/National-Ski-Team/Athlete-Information/Senior-World-Cup-Team/Chandra-Crawford.aspx


Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 8.54.04 AMDevon Kershaw heads into the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, having blazed a historic trail in the Canadian cross-country ski circles. Devon’s electrifying run reached a whole new level in 2012 when he became the first Canadian male to finish second overall on the World Cup circuit. Kershaw’s incredible season included winning two World Cup races in addition to adding another silver and three bronze medals to his career total.

Growing up in the Northern Ontario city of Sudbury, Devon’s parents were instrumental in developing and nurturing a love of the natural environment and active lifestyle – both of which are cornerstones of his life today. An active Canadian sport enthusiast growing up playing hockey, volleyball, badminton, tennis and running competitively, Devon skied for Laurentian Nordic as a junior where he represented Canada at three World Junior Championships (2000-2002), and won 18 national junior titles. Devon’s career took off after moving to Canmore to be a full-time member of the National Ski Team.

An excitable person on and off the ski trails, Devon stays busy playing in the mountains, sipping cappuccinos with friends, playing guitar and taking photos. Beyond skiing Devon plans to return to school to pursue a degree in medicine, with the eventual goal of becoming a doctor specializing in sports medicine.

For Devon’s full bio visit: http://www synthroid 75 mcg.cccski.com/National-Ski-Team/Athlete-Information/Senior-World-Cup-Team/Devon-Kershaw.aspx

Nicknamed “Garcon” or “The Kid”, 19-year-old Maxence Parot started snowboarding at nine years of age because all his friends were in to it. Coached by Max Henault from O’Neill, Parot finished in third place at the 2010 Ride Shakedown, a competition he had always dreamed of winning. As well, Parrot finished third in Slopestyle and first in Big Air at the 2011 Winter Games. In the summertime, Parrot works on a golf course in Bromont, Québec, and trains and practices tricks on the trampoline. Maxence’s father is a former Canadian champion of waterskiing and alpine skiing.

Click here to see Maxence’s snowboard edit from the 2012 seaon: www.youtube.com/watch

For Maxence’s full bio visit: http://www.canadasnowboard.ca/en/team/?id=113