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2020 – 2021 Alberta World Cup
Academy Athletes

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Annika Richardson Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 1998
Ski Club: Lappe Nordic
Years on Academy: This will be my first year with the academy!
Education: Slowly working on a HBSc in Geology

Career Highlights: 

  • Represented Canada at the Youth Olympic Games in 2019, World Juniors in 2017/18, World Cup Finals 2017/19

Favorite Place to Ski: Silverstar and Sovereign Lake

Favorite Recovery Meal:  Smoothie Bowls and Coffee

Interesting Fact about Me: My current project is to successfully make a delicious sourdough starter.

Equipment: SWIX and Fisher

Instagram:  annika.richardson

Benita Peiffer Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

 Year of Birth: 2000

Ski Club: Whistler Nordic

Years on Academy: This will be my first year with the academy!
Education: University of Calgary

 Career Highlights: 

  •  2019 National Sprint Champion
  • 2019 2 * 2nd place at the Canada Games
  • 2019 Junior National Ski Team
  • 2019 Senior National Development Team Biathlon
  • 2018 Junior National Ski Team
  • 2018 11th at Biathlon World Juniors

 Favorite Place to Ski: Sparenmoos, Switzerland 

Favorite Recovery Meal:  Waffles or Pasta

 Interesting Fact about Me: I love bunnies and I can speak German

 Personal SponsorsRossignol, Nordic Ski Grinds, SWIX

Equipment: Rossignol and SWIX

 Instagram:  benitapeiffer

 

Elizabeth Elliott Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 2000
Ski Club: Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: 2nd year
Education: Bachelor of Biological Science at the University of Calgary

Your favorite place to ski? Silver Star or my home trails in Revelstoke BC

What is your best recovery meal?   Nick Randall’s Finish Pancakes

Interesting Fact about yourself?  I can play the violin

Hannah Jirousek Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 2000
Ski Club: Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club
Years on Academy: 2
Education: Bachelor of Nursing (RN)

 Career Highlights:

  • One of my favorite races was the 2018 Nationals team sprint in Thunder Bay with my teammate, Amanda Thomson, where we finished 4th
  • Another race highlight was racing the AWG 2018 team relay with my little sister and Amanda, where we finished 1st

Favorite Place to Ski: Whitehorse Cross Country ski trails!

Favorite Recovery Meal: Canmore Pasta

Interesting Fact about Me: I speak three languages- English, French and Czech and I LOVE dogs!

Instagram: h_jirousek

Kolibri Drobish
Kolibri Droobish Info
Year of Birth: 2002
Ski Club: Valhalla Hills Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: 1
Education: Athabasca University (taking a couple courses)
Career Highlights: Placing 4th at Nationals 2019, racing in Norway for three months
Favorite Place to Ski: Sovereign Lake or in the Rondanes in Norway
Favorite Recovery Meal: Bagel and cream cheese
Interesting Fact about Me: Played violin since I was 6
Personal Sponsors: Local shop in Nakusp called Shon’s Bike and Ski
Instagram: kolibri_333
Equipment: Fischer skis, Madhus ski, Lazl poles, Madhus and Rossignol boots
Matthew Strum Info
Biathlon Athlete

Year of Birth: 1995 

Ski Club: Canmore Nordic / Foothills Nordic

Years on Academy: 2

 Education: National Sport School – Calgary 

Career Highlights:

  • 2 Tours on IBC Cup Circuit
  • Competing at the Youth Junior World Championships for Biathlon on 3 separate occasions

Favorite Place to Ski: Whistler, BC

 Interesting Fact about Me: Really into mountain biking 

Personal Sponsors: Clint Cawsey, Your name here!

Instagram:  matthewstrum

Introduction Video:  Matt Strum

 

Nate Gerwing Info

Biathlete

Year of Birth: 1995
Years on Academy: This will be my first year with the academy!

Career Highlights: 

  • Bronze in 2016 Canadian Biathlon Nationals Mixed Relay

Favorite Place to Ski: Silver Star

Favorite Recovery Meal:  Cheeseburgers

Interesting Fact about Me:  I also race Enduro Mountain Biking at the National level

Equipment: Rossignol

Instagram:  nategerwing

Paige Latta Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 2000
Ski Club: Sovereign Lake Nordic Center
Years on Academy:   This will be my first year on The Academy!
Education:   I am currently in my first year of Sciences at the University of Calgary but I will be switching into Kinesiology next fall

Career Highlights:

  • 4th Nationals 20km
  • Training and racing in Europe
  • Getting on the podium for mixed team relay at Nationals

Favorite Place to Ski: Sovereign Lake

Favorite Recovery Meal:  Pasta and garlic bread

Interesting Fact about Me: I can play the drums

Personal Sponsors Stussi Sport, Hilltop Subaru, Loland and Taves Dentistry, Phoenix Steakhouse, Paradigm Naturopathic, Alpina

Instagram: Paigelatta

Equipment: Swix poles, Alpina boots, Fisher skis

Thomas Manktelow Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 1998
Ski Club: Canmore Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: 4 

Career Highlights:

  • Midget NorAm Champion
  • 2nd Canadian National Championships – Sprint
  • 3rd Overall 2014 Canadian National Championships
  • 1st 2014 Western Canadian Championships – Sprint
  • Eastern Canadian Champion 2016

Favorite Place to Ski: Canmore Nordic Centre

Favorite Recovery Meal: Smoothie and eggs

Words I live by: “Set your goals high and don’t stop until you get there”

Interesting Fact about Thomas: He can ride a unicycle!
Personal Sponsors: Rossignol, Unlimited Skate and Snow

Facebook: Thomas Manktelow
Instagram: thomasmanktelow
Equipment: Rossignol

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Anna Parent
Anna Parent Info

Year of Birth: 2000
Ski Club: Canmore Nordic
Years on Academy: First Year!
Education: General Science – MRU
Career Highlights: US junior national champion in 2019
Favorite Place to Ski: Truckee, California
Favorite Recovery Meal:
Interesting Fact about Me: I used to be a level 9 competitive gymnast for many years before retiring in 2018 and starting to ski race again!
Personal Sponsors Rundle Sport
Instagram: @anna.parent
Equipment: Fischer/Swix

Beth Granstrom Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 2000
Ski Club: Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: 2
Education: University of Calgary, Biological Sciences 

Career Highlights:

  • 2017 Westerns 1st place in classic int. 10km
  • 2017 Nationals 1st place classic int. 10km
  • 2017 Nationals 3rd place classic sprints
  • 2017 Vernon NorAm 3rd place 5km mass start classic
  • 2018 World junior trials 5th skate sprints
  • 2017 junior girl 1st aggregate at nationals
  • 2018 Junior National Ski Team
  • 2018 Nationals 2nd in interval start 10km classic

Favorite Place to Ski: Silver Star

Interesting Fact about Me: I can ride a unicycle. My twin sister and I are the sixth generation of our family to have been raised in Revelstoke.

Instagram: bethlgranstrom

Equipment: Fischer and Swix

Fred Albrecthson
Fred Albrechtson Info
Year of Birth: 2002
Ski Club: NickelPlate Nordic Centre
Years on Academy: This is my first year
Education: Bachelor of Kinesiology, University of Calgary
Career Highlights: 1st Western Canada Cup 10km classic 2020
3rd Western Canada Cup 15km skate 2020
12th World Junior Trials 10km classic 2020
10th World Junior Trials 30km skate 2020
2nd Vernon NorAm 10km classic 2019
5th 2019 Nationals 10km classic
Favorite Place to Ski: Seefeld, Austria
Favorite Recovery Meal: Homemade Lasagne
Interesting Fact about Me: I’ve skied on the Dachstein Glacier
Personal Sponsors: The Warehouse Group, Jakroo Custom Designs, Nordic Ski Grinds, NickelPlate Nordic Centre
Instagram: fred_albaturkey
Equipment: Fischer and Swix
Hannah Skelton
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Larissa Black
Larissa Black Info
Year of Birth: 1999
Ski Club: Sea to Sky Nordics
Years on Academy: First Year
Education: BCIT – Forest and Natural Areas Management
Career Highlights: Junior IBU – Top 40 (Sprint) 2019
Junior IBU – Top 40 (Pursuit) 2019
2019 Canada Winter Games Gold Medal (Pursuit)
Attended World Junior Biathlon Championships in 2019 and 2020
Favorite Place to Ski: Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Favorite Recovery Meal: Smoothies
Interesting Fact about Me: I am from Squamish, BC, I and love to mountain bike and hike in my free time!
Personal Sponsors: Alta Lake Electric, Squamish.com, The Joinery/Locavore, Swix, Rossignol, National Firearms Association
Instagram: larissablackk
Equipment: Rossignol, Swix
Maya MacIsaac Jones Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 1995
Ski Club: Rocky Mountain Racers
Years on Academy: 2
Education: Working on Undergraduate degree in Psychology

Career Highlights: 

  • 2018 and 2019 Sprint National Champion
  • 2019 Senior World Championships Team Member
  • 18th place at the 2018 U13 World Championships
  • Former Senior National Ski Team Member (2016-2019)
  • Former Junior National Team Member (2011-2015)

Favorite Place to Ski: Gatineau Park

Favorite Recovery Meal:  Pasta

Interesting Fact about Me: I’ve re-read Harry Potter more times than I can count

Personal Sponsors:  Trail Sports, Home Hardware Athabasca, Paintbox Lodge

Equipment: Rossignol, Alpina and SWIX

Instagram:  mayamacisaacjones

Nicolas Bennett Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 2000
Ski Club: NWT High Performance Ski Team
Years on Academy: 2
Education: Second year Bachelor of Arts U of C

Career Highlights:

  • Nationals 2019 30 km Classic
  • Silver at Arctic Winter Games 2018
  • 9/72 1.2 km Skate Sprint at Canadian Nationals 2018
  • 4th at Western Canadian Champs in 10km Classic
  • Silver at Eastern Canadian Champs in 3km Prologue

Favorite Place to Ski: Canmore, AB

Favorite Recovery Meal: Salmon

Interesting Fact about Me: I love the outdoors, travelling, Scuba Diving, eating tacos, and I am a major coffee enthusiast

Personal Sponsors: Rossignol and Barren Ground Coffee Co.

Equipment:  Rossignol and SWIX

Instagram: Bennett_nicolas

Romeo Champagne
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Amelia Wells
Amelia Wells Info
Year of Birth: 2002
Ski Club: Strathcona Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: First year!
Education: University of Calgary Bachelor of Health Sciences – Honours Health and Society program
Career Highlights:
Favorite Place to Ski: Mt. Washington Ski Resort on a clear day when I can see the sea
Favorite Recovery Meal: Peanut butter and apple
Interesting Fact about Me: I love Vegemite on toast
Personal Sponsors:
Instagram: wells_amelia
Equipment Fischer, Salomon, Swix and Alpina
Dahria Beatty Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 1994
Hometown: Whitehorse, YK
Ski Club: Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club
Years on Academy: 8

Education:  Currently working on my Bachelor of Management in Marketing through Athabasca University

Career Highlights

  • 16th Dresden World Cup Skate Sprint
  • 24th 2019 Lahti World Cup Skate Sprint
  • 1st 2019 Ski Nationals 10 km Skate
  • 15th Ski Tour Canada – Canmore classic sprint stage
  • 2015-2016 Haywood NorAm series winner and Buff Sprint NorAm series winner
  • 25th -2016 Davos World Cup – Skate Sprint
  • 12th – 2017 U23 World Championships – Classic Sprint

Favorite Place to Ski: Sovereign Lakes, BC and Mt McIntyre trails in Whitehorse

Favorite Recovery Meal: Raspberry, ginger, banana smoothie topped with coconut, slivered almonds and dark chocolate chips

Words I live by: “Great things never came from comfort zones” “Happiness is a warm butt” ~ Every woman who skis.

Interesting Fact about Me: I am 23 years old and have always lived with a dog! and my favorite color is purple

Personal Sponsors:

Ground Truth Exploration

Proskida

Ryanwood Exploration

Skookum Asphalt Ltd.

Icycle Sport

Rancho Vignola

Buff Canada

Capital Helicopters

Alkan Air

Website: www.dahriabeatty.com

Instagram: dahriabeatty
Twitter: @DahriaBeatty
Facebook: dahriabeattyskier

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Gillian Gowling
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Keiran Marchand
Keiran Marchand Info
Year of Birth: 1999
Ski Club: Nelson Nordic Ski Club
Years on Academy: First Year!
Education: Mechanical Engineering Technology, SAIT
Career Highlights: U-24 National Team
2020 Payak 30km – 3rd
2019 IBU trials – 3rd in Junior
Favorite Place to Ski: Callaghan Country – Whistler, BC
Favorite Recovery Meal: Egg and bacon wrap
Interesting Fact about Me: Minor crippling addiction to coffee
Personal Sponsors:
Instagram: keiran_marchand
Equipment: Rossignol
Laurence Dumais Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 1997
Ski Club: Fondeurs – Laurentides
Year on Academy: 3 

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree in Business, concentrating in Accounting

Skiing Achievements you are proud of:
– 2012 nationals champion
– 3rd in the aggregate, 2013 Whistler nationals
– Quebec cups champion, 2014
– 3rd in the classic sprint, Thunder Bay nationals 2015

Instagram: @laurence.dumais
Facebook: Laurence Dumais

Interesting fact about Me? Used to be a competitve road biker before becoming competitve skier.
What is your favorite place to ski race: Feutersoey, Switzerland
What is your favorite recovery meal: Lots of pasta!
Any inspirational quote that you would like to share? “Don’t lose the grip on the dreams of the past, you must fight just to keep them alive” – Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan and keyboardist Jim Peterik

What equipment do you use? skis, poles, boots and bindings.

Introduction Video: Laurence Dumais

 

Natalie Benoit
Natalie Benoit Info
Year of Birth: 2001
Ski Club: Caledonia Nordic
Years on Academy: 1
Education: University of Calgary Kinesiology
Career Highlights: Earning a top ten at Nationals in Whistler while my little brothers watched and cheered for me.
Participating in the Canada Winter Games relay with my team mates Gillian and Larissa and earning a medal with them.
Favorite Place to Ski: Sovereign Lake Nordic
Favorite Recovery Meal: Chocolate Covered Almonds
Interesting Fact about Me: One season, when I was younger, I was disqualified and penalized so often that people stated calling me “dsq” as a joke.
Personal Sponsors:
Instagram: nat.benoit
Equipment: Madshus
Nicholas Randall Info

Cross-Country Ski Athlete

Year of Birth: 2000
Club: Big Thunder Nordic
Years on Academy: 2
EducationUniversity of Calgary, Majoring in Chemistry

 

Career Highlights:

  • 9th – YOB Aggregate Canadain National Championships 2019
  • 8th – Canadian National Championships 2018 – Sprint
  • 10th – Canadian National Championships 2016 – 5km Cl Int
  • 2nd – OCup #1 2016 – 5km Cl Int

Favorite Place to Ski: Canmore Nordic Centre

Favorite Recovery Meal: Tuna Melts

Interesting Fact about Me: I lived in France and raced with La Féclaz during the 2016/17 season

Equipment: Salomon and KV+

Instagram: nicholasmrandall

Sonjaa Schmidt
Sonjaa Schmidt Info
Year of Birth: 2002
Ski Club: Whitehorse Ski Club
Years on Academy: 1
Education: Electrical Engineering at SAIT
Career Highlights: Placing top five at the 2019 nationals
Going to the U.S. nationals in 2018
Travelling to Greenland for racing against the arctic
Favorite Place to Ski: Whitehorse and Canmore
Favorite Recovery Meal: Butter chicken and rice
Interesting Fact about Me: My dogs name is Swix
Personal Sponsors: ACS Mechanical
Instagram: sonjaa_schmidt02
Equipment: Fischer
Swix
Lazl

Academy Partners & Sponsors

Partners

Cross Country Canada
Alberta World Cup Society
Cross Country Alberta
Winsport
Capital Region Training Group

Sponsors

Alpine Insurance
Sauce
The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
Start Ski Wax