The ultimate cross-country skiing competition was hosted by Lake Louise Ski Resort this weekend, in what was the first time Red Bull NordiX was organized outside of Europe. After the conclusion of the World Cup cross-country skiing season at the Canmore Nordic Centre, some of the world’s best were put head-to-head with local up and coming Nordic and cross-country athletes in a one of kind competition. Participating athletes were put to the test to use various ski disciplines on cross-country skis, facing both uphill and downhill sections on a track full of jumps and rollers.
The final run came down to an surprising finish as Canadian amateur, Yannick Lapierre beat out some of the world’s elite athletes on this unpredictable course. The Quebec native was matched up in the starting gates against the likes of former 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games gold medalist, Petter Northug, who also took third place in the Ski Tour Canada race in Canmore this past week.
“I certainly did not expect to win, especially up against the likes of Northug and Andrew Newell who are the best in the world at cross-country sprinting. But I was lucky that I stayed on my feet in the finals unlike the others who saw first hand that anything can happen on this course.”Yannick Lapierre
Red Bull NordiX 2016 Men's Results:
1) Yannick Lapierre (CAN)
2) Dusan Kozisek (CZE)
3) Petter Northug (NOR)
Red Bull NordiX 2016 Women's Results:
1) Jennie Bender (USA)
2) Sarah Murphy (CAN)
3) Taylor Koerber (CAN)