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Canadian cross country skiers struggling at Winter Olympics

Alex Harvey
Alex Harvey
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According to the Sochi 2014 website, Canadian cross country skiers have not performed well at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

On Friday in the men's 15 kilometre classical cross country skiing competition, Devon Kershaw of Sudbury, Ontario was the top Canadian in 35th place. Ivan Babikov of Canmore, Alberta was 39th, while Alex Harvey of Saint-Ferreol, Quebec could not even finish.

Harvey also struggled in the men's quarterfinal of the 1.5 kilometre sprint on Tuesday where he finished well back of Russians Sergey Ustiugov and Alexei Petukhov, and 18th in the men's 30km skiathlon on Sunday.

According to Canadian Olympic gold medalist Beckie Scott, the Canadian men's cross country ski team is being too conservative in their starts, while Harvey, according to CBC Sports, is having difficulty getting the right pair of cross country skis to work effectively on the course.

The next Olympic men's cross country skiing competition will be Sunday with the men's 4x10 km relay final.

Expectations were high for Harvey at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi because of his four World Cup medals this season. Sweden meanwhile has had an excellent Olympic Winter Games in cross-country skiing. They have now won seven cross country skiing medals.